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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SFIFF To Honor Serge Bromberg, Present His Retour de Flamme: Rare and Restored Films in 3-D

    The San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs April 21 - May 5, will present the Mel Novikoff Award to Serge Bromberg, in recognition of his invaluable contributions as cinematic enthusiast, collector, preservationist, exhibitor and programmer.

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  • The Playlist
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    Guillermo Del Toro Confirmed To Direct 'Pacific Rim,' Will Hit Theaters In 2013

    It didn't take long for someone to snatch up Guillermo del Toro after Universal left "At the Mountains of Madness" blowing in the wind.

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  • Spout
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    "Black Death" Asks Sharp Questions with Some Blunt Instruments

    A few months back I was sitting in a screening of “Centurion,” and found myself irked in an entirely unexpected way. I was uncomfortable with the portrayal of the Picts, the warrior people north of Hadrian’s Wall, as so incredibly barbaric and uncivilized. Immediately I was confused; can a film be ethnically problematic at the expense a people who have not existed for roughly a millennium? For all cultural intents and purposes in the 21st century, the Picts might as well be imaginary, like their equally blue compatriots in “Avatar.” Yet it was clear that "Centurion" had something to say that was a bit deeper than your standard formula action film. How did these chilling tattooed warriors fit into that message?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Relativity's Movie Network Adds ScreenRant Movie Site

    Relativity Media’s advertising and promotion network, The Movie Network, has added Vic Holtreman's popular fanboy site ScreenRant.com, which grew its base by covering sci-fi, superhero and fantasy films. Per ComScore, ScreenRant now reaches 800,000 unique users per month. ScreenRant.com joins a growing list of sites that sign on with Q1Media-managed TheMovieNetwork to increase their ad sales.
The Movie Network is a part of entertainment advertising and promotional network The Rogue Network, which is managed by Q1Media.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Homes Of The Stars—Then And Now

    Photo courtesy of Darrell Rooney.

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  • The Playlist
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    Guillermo Del Toro Says $150 Million 'Mountains' Budget Was Approved By Universal

    Filmmaker Still Seems Unclear Why Universal Walked Away From Project, "I Am As Puzzled As Most People Are" & More Learned From Extensive InterviewJust days after Universal canned Guillermo del Toro's long-gestating dream project "At the Mountains of Madness," the director is now opening up about what happened behind the scenes and the biggest takeaway is he's as surprised and shocked as we are.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix

    Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix

    Finally, the promise of streaming movies has become a practical reality, from Amazon to Netflix. But as multiple indie sites come and go (from Jaman and Mubi to Spout), on the eve of SXSW, a new indie site launches Wednesday, Fandor, that promises a better subscription indie streaming service via its website and Facebook. For $10 a month, you can browse, sample, clip and stream its library of 2500 films, from Fritz Lang and Maya Deren classics to Alex Cox and Derek Jarman indies or Sundance docs. (Shorts are in the mix too, especially as a mobile app comes online.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Hilariously Awful Trailer For 'Things Fall Apart' That Movie 50 Cent Lost All That Weight For

    If you want to be taken seriously as an actor, the quickest route to success is to gain/lose a bunch of weight and/or lose your hair. 50 Cent has done both, but don't expect anyone to come calling around awards season time.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    ALPHAVILLE

    “Sometimes reality is too complex for oral communication,” says the gurgling, gravelly-sounding computer voice at the start of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 iconoclastic science-fiction detective picture, Alphaville (available on DVD). “But,” the voice continues, “legend enhances it in a form which enables it to spread all over the world.” Film, of course, is a modern form of legend, so Godard sets his course pretty clearly at the outset. After that, you’re on your own.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Kill The Irishman' But Spare The Movie

    The true story of Danny Greene is not without intrigue or plot twists. The Irish dockworker first became a union head before seeking less savory work as a mob hitman. Like many before and after him, Greene earned the ire of those around him by trying to use his reputation as a negotiation tool, seeing the endless benefits of his experience mixed with an entrepreneurial know-how. Unlike others before him, organized crime didn’t know exactly what to do with the self-proclaimed “Celtic Warrior” and efforts to snuff him out were for naught. Judging by historical record, the Irishman seemed very much bulletproof.

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