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  • The Lost Boys
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    October Oscar Predictions!

    So I've totally fucked off on this blog for a good week or two. My excuses: I had a mini book tour (which was so, so fun... thanks to all that helped that happen), had a horrible post-TIFF cold/flu, and am now in the midst of the New York Film Festival, a festival I love but one in the midst of the most exhausting city to possibly hold a film festival. Here's hoping the buck stops here (and I'm saddened that I missed out on the opportunity to blog about things like the "Arrested Development" fourth season/movie, which is the greatest news perhaps ever). But I figured why not start things off with a Lost Boy cornerstone: Updated Oscar predictions. Though I must say attempting to get excited awards season this year has been a slow build: Things be boooring right about now, but for what it's worth, here's where I see it all standing.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Hill Harper Directed Short "The Truth" To Premiere At Chicago Film Fest

    Aside from acting, Hill Harper is now expanding into directing, and his first result is his short The Truth, which will premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival on Oct 10, 14 and 15 as part of its City and State shorts program.

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  • Caryn James
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    Hugh Laurie Goes to Prison: "House" Season Premiere

    After crashing his car through Cuddy's window at the end of last season, House apparently landed in prison because that's where we find him at the start of tonight's season premiere. (Last season Thirteen was just out of prison, this year House; would you want a hospital where all the docs are ex-cons? Just asking.)

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  • Hope for Film
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    Does Indie Film Suffer The Same Problems As College Football?

    Entertainment Culture gets institutionalized. We start doing something for one reason, and it just becomes the way. Often the practice no longer lines up with the actual result. It requires that we step back and look at it for what it really is -- but that is a lot easier said than done.Comparisons often feel a bit stretched, but they still some times help, by providing a bit of distance, to help us recognize where our institutions went wrong. Attorney and Sales Rep George Rush previously shared with us a bit about the sales process and strategy of micro-budget filmmaking. As much as he is passionate about Indie Film, he also has another love, and through that prism offers up a bit of an alternative vision that could provide a nice corrective to the indie institution of film festivals.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema" - A Retrospective Not To Be Missed!

    We're going to be covering this retrospective, which begins this Friday; Our man on the west coast, Brandon Wilson, will be present for as many screenings as he can attend, and will be writing about each experience, which he'll post here on S&A, so stay tune for the coverage.

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  • The Playlist
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    Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Aims To Shoot Spring 2012 As Paramount Comes Aboard With New Regency

    Darren Aronofsky's post-"Black Swan" ride has been as dizzying as any pirouette in the Oscar nominated film. As you already know he somewhat dramatically bailed on "The Wolverine" after much buzz had built up around him taking on the comic movie. And then just as surprisingly, it was revealed that Aronofksy was once again trying to get his long gestating "Noah" off the ground. The project has been in the works since at least 2007 and earlier in the year, it was revealed that Aronofsky was collaborating with comic book artist Nico Henrichon on a graphic novel take on the tale to spur interest in feature adaptation. Well, the roll of the dice worked, but financing for the $130 million dollar film became the next question. New Regency ponied up half of the cost with Paramount, Fox and Summit to start falling all over each other for the opportunity to pay the rest of the bills.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Ban On "Tintin In Congo" For Its *Commercialization Of Racial Superiority* Goes To Court

    Interesting case... if the court rules in his favor, this could certainly open a Pandora's Box, as suggested by the attorney for the defendants.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Powers Netflix's Top Ten Most-Rented List

    Oscar Powers Netflix's Top Ten Most-Rented List

    Netflix's ten most-rented list of all time (list below) reminds us of the long-tail Power of Oscar. And it should remind Netflix, as it splits its DVD and streaming business and alienates many of its customers who are used to relying on its deep long-tail arcania, that their solid customer base is smart adults, not the great unwashed, something they seem to be in danger of forgetting as they focus on TV and mainstream acquisitions and let smaller movies go.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    When Bad Perfume Ads Happen to Good Actors: Melanie Laurent the Latest (Well Paid) Victim

    Melanie Laurent is the latest (well-paid) victim of perfume advertising. It's amazing how powerful (translation: $$$) the mere suggestion of celebrity sexuality or nudity can be. But we don't care how sparkly they these commercials may be; they are all wasted opportunities, and A-list directors often share the blame. The only one with an ounce of creativity is Jean-Jacques Annaud's Dior ad, in which Charlize Theron's unbridled confidence holds our interest (along with cameos by late Hollywood icons). Granted, it's hard to represent a scent with visuals, but surely they can try harder to stand out? See how many of these you can stomach:

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  • The Playlist
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    Pink To Star In Sex Addiction Dramedy 'Thanks For Sharing'

    Patrick Fugit Rounds Out The CastMark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwenyth Paltrow, Joely Richardson, Josh Gad and...Pink? Oops sorry, Alecia Moore. That's the name the pop singer is going by for her first major part in a leading film and yes, Class 5 Films and Olympus Pictures announced today that she has joined the upcoming sex addiction dramedy "Thanks For Sharing."

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