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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Calling Planet Earth: Miranda July's "The Future"

    When discussing Miranda July’s second feature film, The Future, many writers have fixated on the relationship between the artist’s New Age-y pixie persona and her art, weighing in on how twee and precious (words almost guaranteed to be paired with the filmmaker’s name) her latest effort is. Relevant, perhaps, but not entirely fair to her work, which has matured significantly over time. The Future has combined what July is most frequently praised for—unflagging sincerity and an uncanny ear for the idiosyncrasies of human vulnerability, yearning, and existential struggle—as well as what she is most infamously criticized for: that same unrelenting sincerity, which has a tendency to suffocate the material. The result is a film that is both deeply affecting and kind of annoying. However, July seems to have learned to harness the exasperating, overly stylized elements of her filmmaking, such that in this case they’ve become integral to the film’s success in capturing the realities of love and loss. Read Farihah Zaman's review of The Future.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: The Future Still Has Lots Of Jerks In New Trailer For 'In Time' With Justin Timberlake

    It seems in the not-so-distant future, assholes still rule. Anyway, after dropping a wealth of footage at Comic-Con, it seems Fox wants to give away as much of this movie as possible before it hits theaters (reminiscent of their campaign for "X-Men: First Class"), so now barely one week later, we now have a trailer for the increasingly silly looking "In Time."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New In Theaters - Skip "Cowboys And Aliens;" See "Attack The Block" Instead

    The title says all you need to know; 2 movies with "alien attack" themes amongst the films opening this weekend. 1 is ridiculously expensive but sucks; the other cost a fraction of what the first one cost, and is a better film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer for "Boys of Summer": Now on VOD

    Tribeca and ESPN Films documentary Boys of Summer, directed by Keith Aumont, stars Vernon Isabella and the Curaçao All-Star Team. The documentary film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 NY International Latino Film Festival last summer.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Institute Pushes Deeper Into Digital Distribution Alternatives--Analysis

    Sundance Institute Pushes Deeper Into Digital Distribution Alternatives--Analysis

    Two things pop from this week's announcement from Robert Redford's Sundance Institute about their "Artists Services Initiative." First, who it's for--Sundance Institute filmmakers only--and second, how it contrasts with Robert De Niro's for-profit New York-based Tribeca Films, which picks up films to release, some of them from its own festival.

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  • The Playlist
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    John Travolta & Chuck Norris Among The Latest Old Dudes Rumored For 'The Expendables 2'

    Jet Li Apparently Has Better Things To DoWith a director now in place in the shape of Simon West, the man behind “Con Air” and a bunch of movies that offered greatly diminished returns, and with a release date now set for just over a year from now, "The Expendables 2" will presumably start casting up hard soon, but the rumors continue to fly.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Kounelias Joins Academy as Chief Marketing Officer

    Academy CEO Dawn Hudson has hired veteran marketing executive Christina Kounelias to the new post of chief marketing officer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Kounelias will assume her new role on August 1 and will report directly to Hudson, who is moving swiftly to bring in her own people, and will not rely strictly on the folks already there, many of them for some years. In this new position, Kounelias will oversee all planning, strategy and marketing execution of Academy initiatives including its signature Oscar telecast, the Governors Awards and year-round educational outreach and screening programs. The marketing, communications and online staff will report to her.Kounelias has been a member of the Academy for nine years.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (w/ Matthew Cherry) Episode 12: "Last Week Of Filming"

    Time sure flies... seems like it was just yesterday when we began this series, and we're already up to #11, which means we've been doing this for at least 11 weeks.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Polanski's Carnage Will Open New York Film Festival, Hits Theaters in December

    Now we know what the 49th New York Film Festival opener on September 30 will be: Roman Polanski's Carnage. It's an odd choice, because needless to say, the director himself will not be able to attend, given his status as an exile. (That's what satellite feeds are for.) Based on Yasmina Reza's 2009 Tony-Award-winning Broadway play God of Carnage, the movie stars Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz as two couples battling over their children, who had a fight on a playground, and the health of their respective marriages. (More photos here.)

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  • Spout
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    "The Smurfs" Gets Lost Inside the Biggest Product Placement Ever

    It is true, "The Smurfs" is one of the more tolerable movies to rape your childhood in a long time. The characters are cute and only minimally obnoxious. The scatological and pop culture references are at a minimum (though "Rango" proved that a lot of both doesn't have to be terrible). And it's self-aware in a respectful fashion more reminiscent of "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" than "The Brady Bunch Movie," so the adults who grew up on the little blue creatures have something to appreciate, and not in too campy a way. Sure, it's basically a rehash of "Enchanted," which was itself basically a rehash of "Splash," and I guess I was too hopeful in thinking some of the reflexivity would involve accusations of communism, but I found the movie to be a slight improvement on at least the more recent of those NYC-set fish-out-of-water fantasies. Probably because even watching Smurfs perform "Walk This Way" as Neil Patrick Harris -- wearing a sadly ironic CBGBs shirt to remind us of how NYC used to be cool and not kiddie -- accompanies on a faux guitar during an extended product placement of "Rock Band" is still better than any of the contradictorily self-parodying numbers sung by Amy Adams in a Manhattan that's portrayed even more Disney-fied than it unfortunately already is.

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