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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ten Films To Compete For LUX Prize

    Ten films have been selected to compete for Europe's LUX prize. Details below. The European Parliament unveiled, in the frame of the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), the ten films pre-selected to compete for this year’s LUX Prize. These films, (co)produced in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland or UK, all reflect the excellence and richness of European cinema which the European Parliament is very pleased to support.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: 'Transformers 3' Obliterates 4th Of July Weekend Record

    But Underperforms Domestically Over 5 Days, 'Larry Crowne' Can't Get Out Of First GearThere's astronomically good and slightly bad to report as the sequel to a less-than-critically-loved-blockbuster-created-solely-to-move-toys hit the marketplace. Michael Bay's “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” underperformed domestically compared to its predecessor. It grossed $97.4 million in its Friday to Sunday opening box-office weekend, compared to the $108 million "Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen" accumulated in 2009 without the aid of inflated 3D ticket surcharges (and yet, it's won the top-grossing weekend of 2011 so far). But an overseas bonanza did take place as expected. Hauling in $372 million worldwide so far, "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon," set the record for the third best worldwide debut of all time. And good news for ailing 3D numbers -- approximately 60% of the ticket sales came from theaters using the stereoscopic visual format.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: 3-D Transformers 3 Breaks Records, Larry Crowne Fizzles

    The weekend box office brings back event 3-D with Michael Bay's Transformers 3's $372 million worldwide so far (UPDATE: six day worldwide total was $379 million), and puts major movie stars on notice that they'd better deliver high quality if they want to target adults: Tom Hanks may have bitten off more than he could handle by co-writing, producing, directing and starring in Larry Crowne, an old-fashioned romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts which has totaled just $13 million (UPDATE: four day total was $15.7 million). Anthony D'Alessandro reports:

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Brendan Fletcher "An Indie Process in a Conventional System?" Part 1

    There are so many traps to avoid when making a feature. It is hard to NOT lose sight of the forest for the trees. The greatest visions get cut back due to the limits of practicality. The enormous task of world building often leaves nuance back by the gate. And how do we ever do something original in this world of Super Abundance. Some say there are only six stories to tell -- but there are 45,000 films produced globally per year.I have a particular love for ambitious film. I truly admire those who reach beyond the realm of reason. When I met Brendan Fletcher prior to him making his first feature, I knew he was such a soul. When I saw his film MAD BASTARDS, it was reaffirmed, but now that I am learning more of the process, I think he may be much more than that. Brendan will be guesting for the next few days, as he lifts the curtain and opens the kimono for our inspection.

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  • Caryn James
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    What the Founding Fathers Didn't Do, But Palin-Bachmann Think They Did (Video)

    In honor of the Fourth of July, here's a Revolutionary Primer, a mangled but funny version of U.S. history in which Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien imagine the damage Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann might do as history teachers.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    link we like: AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE MUSEUM

    link we like: AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE MUSEUM

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  • Hope for Film
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    New Dirty Girl Edit Hits U.S. October 7, Stars Dark Knight Rises' Juno Temple

    New Dirty Girl Edit Hits U.S. October 7, Stars Dark Knight Rises' Juno Temple

    Harvey "Scissorhands" Weinstein has returned to the editing room on several films in Weinstein Co.'s promising fall line-up, from Madonna's W.E., The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn to Toronto pick-up Dirty Girl, a high school bad girl comedy written and directed by whippersnapper Abe Sylvia. TWC released a sassy pink-and-yellow U.S. poster last week; its rocking over-saturated pastel tint, dazzling accessories, chipped nail polish and hair color firmly set the film in 1987 territory, as Brit ingenue Juno Temple’s blazing eyes peer over the reflection of an unending Oklahoma road.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post Alex & Andrew Smith: "Crowdfunding = Barnraising: We All Have To Do Some Heavy Lifting"

    It's kind of hard to find the appropriate analogy for what we do, particularly these days. Often I am tempted to think it is running full speed against a brick wall without any protective headgear on, hoping that a door may open the moment before impact. But those are on my down days. Usually I can see us all working together, building bridges, fusing connections, doing the labor that will lift the culture in many ways. It shouldn't be so hard to describe that, but I still struggle.Which is one of the reasons I was so pleased to reconnect with Alex and Andrew Smith, twin brothers, whose go to it attitude and willingness to reach high with their ambition has never been lagging. They look for the truth of it, and don't shy from the honesty of the hard work. Which is why the analogy they unearthed for crowdfunding for their guest blog today is so fitting.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Snap! Crackle! Pop! Rice Crispies Commercial

    I woke up this morning humming the jingle for a 50s commercial whose lyrics I still remember. How powerful is that? And I still eat the Kelloggs cereal. Here's the animated musical Rice Crispies commercial:

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