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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Watch: Lost 1951 Robert Altman Film 'Modern Football' (Video)

    Look closely and you will find traces of Robert Altman's signature cinematic approach in the just-discovered footage of his lost early film "Modern Football." Produced in 1951 for the Kansas City film company Calvin, the 26-year-old Altman strings together the daily life of football players with their game.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SXSW: Forest Whitaker's JuntoBox Project To Crowdsource New Films (Video)

    The Oscar-winning actor and producer, director Forest Whitaker has launched a project, JuntoBox Films, that will help you crowdsource your films. Announced at South by Southwest, JuntoBox aims to discover and incubate a new generation of talent in cinema, with an innovative model that marries new technology, filmmaking, and social media.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ed Helms Talks Changing Audience Expectations & The Improvisational Style Of 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

    The future looks bright for Ed Helms. His indie turn in “Cedar Rapids” was well-received, “The Hangover Part II” followed the success of the first film and it looks like 'Part III' is a go. Helms also picked up the slack on “The Office” following the departure of Steve Carell to very positive responses. Now Helms steps out of his comfort zone just a tad to portray the not-terribly-likable Pat in the Duplass Brothers’ new film, “Jeff Who Lives at Home.”

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  • The Playlist
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    David Dobkin's 'Arthur And Lancelot' Kicks Back To Life With Colin Farrell Now Set To Star

    Warner Bros. continues their week of putting big franchises on their production slate. A couple of days ago they took over "The Dark Tower" from Universal, yesterday they conjured up "Mandrake The Magician," and now, a project thought left for dead is kicking back to life.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Sets Dates and Locales for 2013 Oscar Nominations and Awards

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will announce the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, about a week earlier than usual, and the Oscar telecast on ABC will take place on Sunday, February 24th.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    "The Fog of War": Part II: Errol Morris Takes on Donald Rumsfeld

    Errol Morris, the Oscar-winning director of "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara," about the infamous Vietnam-era Secretary of Defense, has a similar target up his sleeves: a new project on Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense who helped plan the Iraq War and sanctioned America's policies of torture, according to a story in today's Vulture.

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  • The Playlist
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    Errol Morris Will Point The Interrotron At Donald Rumsfeld In A New Documentary

    Controversy has never scared off Errol Morris, and in fact, it has powered some of his best work. From the true crime tale "The Thin Blue Line," powerful portraits of war in "The Fog of War" and "Standard Operating Procedure," and more recently the JFK assassination (in the astounding short "The Umbrella Man"; watch it here) he has faced some tough material head on with tremendous insight. And his next effort promises nothing less.

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  • The Playlist
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    '21 Jump Street' Directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord Talk Deleted Scenes For DVD, Shooting Action & More

    One of the biggest compliments you can pay a movie like the new Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum vehicle "21 Jump Street" -- based on a old television property and seemingly hatched inside a coldly cynical meeting between studio chiefs and big-name action producers (in this case "Fast and Furious" overseer Neal H. Moritz) -- is what a huge surprise it is. If you had told us a few weeks ago that we would be staggering out of the theater, our sides aching from laughing too hard and our heads spinning from what a smart, fun, earnest, movie it was, we wouldn't have believed it ourselves. But it's true. "21 Jump Street" really is that good. And a big part of what makes it so fresh is that it comes from a couple of new live action directors – "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" helmers Chris Miller and Phil Lord. We talked to them about the transition from live action to animation, what they wanted to incorporate into the movie, and why Dave Franco asks Tatum about his choice in music.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rashaad Ernesto Green's Acclaimed Drama "Gun Hill Road" Screens March 28 (Brooklyn)

    We've discussed this film at length on this site, so if you haven't yet seen it, or would just like another look, here's your chance.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Megan Griffiths - Director of SXSW Audience Winner Eden

    I was a little late to finding out about Eden but I am glad I did. It's a really good and interesting film on a difficult topic -- sex trafficking. We all think the sex trafficking occurs over there in countries far, far away. But it happens here ALL THE TIME. This film is based on a true story of a woman who was kidnapped by a cute guy she met in a bar. A normal night out with your friend ends up being the worst decision. The thing about trafficking is that it happens in plain site and many people in the culture perpetuate it - even guys with daughters. (That's the part that makes me so crazy. How can these dudes buy sex from women they know are held prisoner and not think about their own children.) The disconnect is amazing.

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