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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TIFF Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Review, and Alex Gibney Talks

    TIFF Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Review, and Alex Gibney Talks

    Alex Gibney's hugely entertaining Eliot Spitzer doc, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, is a leading contender for this year's doc Oscar. The movie is full of surprises. In my flip cam interview with Gibney (below) he explains how the story he tells turned out far different from what he thought it would be, and why Wall Street Masters of the Universe were so eager to go on camera to chortle over Spitzer's dramatic comedown: "They wanted to stamp on Spitzer's grave," Gibney admits. 'It's not stretching the truth to say they hated this man."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Garner/Renner Get Addicted, Boardwalk Empire's Williams, Jacki Weaver, The Fighter Trailer

    - Jennifer Garner will play the trophy wife addicted to prescription drugs and Jeremy Renner will play the lifeless pharmacist catering to (and falling for) the woman and the addiction via their disastrous extra-marital affair in Better Living Through Chemistry. (This seems to be a trend: another upcoming title is Love and Other Drugs.) THR is calling it a dramatic thriller, not a romantic comedy. Garner was at her post-Alias best in 2007's action/drama The Kingdom. This picture seems the most promising of her handful of projects in development (mostly comedies). And Renner's role sounds like a treat for The Town star to crack and crumble with. Writers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier will make their directorial debuts with this project.

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  • New Deal Sally
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    Clip Watch: Mirren, Willis Play CIA Seniors in Red

    Summit introduced their grown-up thriller Red at Comic-Con, where star Helen Mirren wore an American Splendor t-shirt in solidarity with the late great Harvey Pekar.

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  • Spout
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    10 Best Parents in Teen Movies

    Sure, Emma Stone is terrific in "Easy A," but the real treat is the pair of actors playing her parents in the new teen comedy. In general my favorite parts of the movie involve the adult characters, but I was particularly smitten by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as the appropriately named Rosemary and Dill (because they add flavor to the film). They're funny, caring, open (sometimes a little too much) and overall very respectful and loving figures.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Toronto 2010 | Departure

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rotten Tomatoes Goes Social

    Rotten Tomatoes Goes Social

    Founded in 1998, movie-review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is making changes under new owner Flixster. It’s going social.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Producers to Watch: Brett Leonard and New Technology

    By guest blogger Peter BelsitoBrett LeonardI recently met Brett Leonard and immediately liked him and his philosophy of work in life and the biz – a questioning and somewhat radical, experimental outlook which I just think is so relevant these days. As an accomplished filmmaker, his passion for helping young filmmakers find their voice is an inspiration and I also like his far reaching vision into ‘new technology’. Too often today our colleagues in the movie business fear and resist the trends we must learn to follow in our technological medium (i.e. cinema). Technology has no morality, nor feelings, it is impassive and ever changing, developing. I like it that Brett looks at it objectively, as an artist and teacher, and seeks to utilize it and expand the medium.Brett has been making films for over 25 years. He describes his career arc as that of ‘an indie filmmaker who has also made studio films.’Brett’s philosophy, born out in all his current interactive work, is to empower people to create story, character, and emotion in any new media experience, no matter what the technology being used to create it.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    TIFF 2010: Daniel Cockburn's "You Are Here"

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Full of Beans: Ben Affleck's "The Town"

    “It's Heat meets The Departed!” shout the TV ads, forgivable marketing puffery that the entertaining but chronically hackneyed The Town can't possibly begin to live up to. There are certainly traces of both, as bank heists that spill onto daylight streets with deafening automatic weapons will now always be assumed nods to Michael Mann's classic. And director Affleck no doubt hesitated before setting yet another crime movie on Boston's hardscrabble white streets following his previous movie, the similar Gone Baby Gone, not to mention the Scorsese picture.

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