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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: True Grit Long Version

    Paramount tacked the long True Grit trailer in front of The Social Network this weekend. Now I know more than I want to know, typically. Instead of wondering if Josh Brolin and Matt Damon are both bad guys, we see that Damon plays a Texas Ranger helping Bridges' U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn on a two-man job to track 14-year-old Mattie Ross's target: Tom Chaney (Brolin), the man who killed her father. And we get more glimpses of banter among the group tracking Brolin.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Current Press Releases from Abroad

    Lots of interesting news is coming from offshore and so I am starting my own "wire service". When I get the news, I'll post a line and the link for those who are interested in following the links. This one I particularly like because I like the film so much and it came to U.S. via COLCOA where Overbrook made a remake deal with Danny Boon, the same director, for a the English language remake to be released 2013. Welcome to the Sticks, the French comedy about a postal civil servant in France being relocated to the North of France, to "the sticks" has been remade by the Italians as Benvenuti al sud (Welcome the The South) by Cattleya in which Universal has a 20% share. Remaking titles from Universal’s library is easier than trying to remake something from scratch. It opened in Italy October 1 and is opening in France this month as well.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Noam Chomsky Conference In Iceland

    As you can tell, I haven't exactly been posting like crazy since my arrival here in Reykjavik, mostly because it's just been too amazing here to hinder by holing up with a laptop. I'll have a bunch of musings to post tomorrow as I make my Icelandic exit, but for now here's video from an inspiring conference late last week at the festival with Noam Chomsky that is most definitely worth 50 minutes of your spare time:

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Carlos

    Olivier Assayas’s Carlos opens with a disclaimer noting the necessary fictionalization of certain elements of the following story even though the overall project aimed for historical fidelity. Disclaimers are banal, cinematic elements usually not remarked upon, but as with everything we see in a film, someone had to choose to include it and select what specific words and phrasing to employ. When this kind of text begins the new work by Assayas, a filmmaker always assiduously attuned to every piece of the cinematic machine, we should pay attention. Clearly the filmmaker wants us to immediately recognize the dangers inherent in using a movie to navigate the life of any historical figure, much less one with as rich and varied a saga as that of Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, the aspiring Venezuelan revolutionary who would go on to become the landless international terrorist and mercenary Carlos “The Jackal.” We should recognize these dangers, and in this state of heightened awareness, view Carlos appropriately—as a mix of images standing in for facts and other images the results of carefully conceived fictions. Read Jeff Reichert's review of Carlos.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Ken Feinberg

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Donald Duck vs. Glenn Beck.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    For Colored Girls Campaign is Old-Fashioned

    For Colored Girls Campaign is Old-Fashioned

    Lionsgate has been talking about an Oscar campaign for Tyler Perry's screen adaptation of For Colored Girls (from Ntozake Shange's poetic 1975 hit Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf).

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Producers to Watch: Anne Marie Gillen ♀

    by guest blogger Peter Belsito

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Social Network Plays Well to Academy

    The Social Network Plays Well to Academy

    Saturday's Academy screening of The Social Network played well to a full house--the movie also opened at number one this weekend, and scored rave reviews, which won't hurt with Oscar voters.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Zellweger Faces Uncertain Future as Case 39 Flops

    Zellweger Faces Uncertain Future as Case 39 Flops

    Signature line: "You had me at hello."

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