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    Spout's Fall Movie Preview - Part 1

    The crop of summer movies this year were more lackluster than blockbuster. But September is upon us and with it comes the fall film season, a time for Oscar bait and festival favorites and -- at least in 2010 -- more exciting sequels, remakes (such as "Let Me In," pictured above) and 3D, sci-fi and fantasy films than those of the prior frame. It almost makes sense that "Machete," the most satisfying kind of action fluff, which in many ways is also the smartest blockbuster of the year so far (not that it's been hard), arrived in the transitional weekend of Labor Day. It closes out one season with a bang (and a lot of stabbing and slicing) and opens another with a semblance of grown-up debate.

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    Ho Yuhang Bio

    Ho Yuhang (1971, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) is originally trained as an engineer and learned film making in the television advertising industry.

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    Harmony Korine Bio

    Once hailed as ‘the future of American cinema’ by Werner Herzog, writer/director, Harmony Korine is one of the most controversial, independent filmmakers working today.

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    Alexis Dos Santos Bio

    Alexis Dos Santos (1974, Argentina) is a director, scriptwriter, editor and producer.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Reverse Shot Talkies #19: Romain Duris

    Talkies host Eric Hynes talks to French star Romain Duris (Heartbreaker, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) about painting, performance, and the rigors of being a leading man.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Toronto Fest: 9 to Watch (and more)

    For the Wall Street Journal Online (and hence, targeted more to mainstream consumers), here is my Toronto Film Festival Nine Films to Watch, which includes usual suspects such as "Black Swan" and "127 Hours," but I've also thrown in Errol Morris' doc "Tabloid" (I'm a fan) and the new "Brighton Rock" update, starring Sam Riley (I'm a fan of both the actor, and of course, author Graham Greene, who wrote the 1938 book on which the film is based). I could also have equally noted John Cameron Mitchel's "Rabbit Hole" (I did namecheck Nicole Kidman with that film in mind).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Venice Press Conference: Coppola, Dorff and Fanning Talk Somewhere

    Venice Press Conference: Coppola, Dorff and Fanning Talk Somewhere

    Video of the Venice Somewhere press conference with (a soft-spoken) Sofia Coppola, Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning is in two parts, below. Coppola was a good deal more forthcoming in her later one-on-one interview with me, which I will eventually transcribe and post.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Telluride Review: Errol Morris Goes for Laughs with Tabloid

    Telluride Review: Errol Morris Goes for Laughs with Tabloid

    Telluride critic Tim Appelo was surprised that documentarian (blogger/tweeter) Errol Morris's latest, Tabloid, is well, funny. Having spent some time with the man, he can be quite witty, as are his famous Oscar shorts. Dark humor informs all his films, even his dead-serious docs Fog of War and Standard Operating Procedure. I can't wait to see Tabloid in Toronto, where I'm scheduled to talk to Morris, and he is scheduled to dialogue with another seriously funny filmmaker, Werner Herzog.

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  • Enzian Theater
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    Beyond Bollywood: SAFF 2010 Set to Roll

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Venice: Joaquin Phoenix is Not Here

    Venice: Joaquin Phoenix is Not Here

    Rookie director Casey Affleck is playing out his hand on the bizarre Joaquin Phoenix documentary I'm Still Here, which debuted in Venice Monday to rousing applause, and is still inspiring huge debate. What the hell is Phoenix doing? Committing career suicide? Creating an indelibly accurate portrait of a miserable depressed self-medicating and deluded actor? Doing an Andy Kaufman-type performance piece, egged on by Affleck?

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