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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Super 8 Opening Projections Are Irrelevant; Word-of-Mouth Will Sell This Critics' Darling

    Super 8 Opening Projections Are Irrelevant; Word-of-Mouth Will Sell This Critics' Darling

    Having seen Super 8 Tuesday--it did not disappoint--I agree with box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro's assertion that it doesn't matter if Super 8 opens soft. It's an original that plays like gangbusters and as such, the eventual returns will dwarf its opening this weekend, whatever it is. (This terrific unofficial fan poster evokes the spirit of one-sheet artist Drew Struzan of Lucas/Spielberg fame, who denies any authorship.)Super 8 has been driving Paramount and online movie sites super crazy. After word broke Monday evening  that advance tracking was soft on the J.J. Abrams-Steven Spielberg nostalgia-fest, the studio went into PR overdrive, clarifying projections. And in a final riposte to all box office naysayers, decided to offer Thursday sneak previews via Twitter in an effort to swell sales.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Jungle Fever" 20 Years Later...

    WOW! Times really does fly by! It was exactly 20 years ago - June 7, 1991 - that Spike Lee's Jungle Fever first opened. Made at the time when Spike was THE director of the moment, and a film, like other films that Spike made during that period, which had its staunch defenders and detractors.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: International Trailer For 'The Help' Starring Emma Stone

    This writer is making a prediction now: "The Help" is going to be the sleeper surprise of the summer.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Angela Bromstad's Legacy at NBC - Women Writers on Community

    Saw this link at Vulture (those guys and gals are really good) via the AV Club and it is such a good quote that it needs to be re-quoted verbatim.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Eerie, Creepy & Chilling Trailer For Indie Horror Flick 'Entrance'

    The Los Angeles Film Festival is nearly upon us and the big name films tend to generate the buzz and hog the spotlight, it's the lower key films that end up getting audience talking afterwards and of those may be the indie horror film "Entrance."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Life in a Day and Ridley Scott's Micro Movie Mogul Initiative Raise Money for Charities

    Ridley Scott invites the public to aid in promoting the UK theatrical release of Life in a Day on June 17 (it opens in the US June 29), and by doing so raise money for UK charities, all through the Micro Movie Moguls initiative. This is how it works: An individual or company sets themselves up as a Micro Mogul and they chose a charity -- any good cause -- to receive 25% of the tickets sold through their online ticket booth. Here's more information. Here is our review and the Life in a Day trailer. This movie is a must-see.

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  • Spout
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    "The Trip" and "Trollhunter" Are Existential Road Comedy Cousins

    At first glance one might not immediately see a likeness between Steve Coogan and a 50-foot troll. I certainly didn’t. However, the more I think about it the more I realize that two of my favorite films of the year, “Trollhunter” and “The Trip,” have an awful lot in common. True, Coogan and his co-star Rob Brydon don’t look all that much like legendary Norwegian monsters, or even the gruff and scruffy woodsman that keeps them in line. Yet each film speaks with an oddly melancholy whimsy that turns out to be quite compelling. Christopher and I caught both of these earlier this year and included “The Trip” in our initial list of 10 Tribeca films to watch for. You can also check out Christopher’s Sundance review of “Trollhunter” here.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Rushmore' Reunion? Olivia Williams Frontrunner To Play Bill Murray's Wife In 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

    What else can we say about the lovely and talented Olivia Williams except that she's consistently great in pretty much anything she's in. Most American audiences became familiar with her she when she starred in Wes Anderson's sophomore effort "Rushmore" and it looks like a reunion of sorts with another cast member is in the works.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    New AMC/Regal Distrib Open Road to Release Killer Elite September 23

    As Cinedigm's Chris McGurk advocates a partnership rather than adversary relationship between distributors and exhibitors, by sharing in the back-end of movies that hit VOD in advance of the usual 90-day ancillary window, dominant theater chains AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment's fledgling distributor Open Road Films is testing the question of whether there's an inherent conflict in theaters owning their own distribution arm. They are calling Open Road "acquisition-based," and thus their first major release (which they insist is not a remake), Killer Elite, was financed by Omnilab Media (Oliver Stone's W) and produced through Omnilab’s Australian production arm, Ambience Entertainment. Inferno Entertainment handled worldwide sales.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Khanna Joins MGM as President of TV and Digital

    Going forward, executives in charge of Television and Digital--such as new MGM Television Group and Digital president Roma Khanna--will have vital roles to play. MGM co-chairs Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber signed the ex-president of Universal Networks International & Digital Initiatives. Khanna will supervise all TV sales, production, acquisitions, licensing, content creation and digital initiatives for MGM worldwide, overseeing all franchises and partnerships, and will look for new franchises and content through the MGM library.

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