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    Salesman

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    Now "Mission: Impossible" is Being Rebooted?

    That's sort of the case, according to a report from Variety, looking further into the "Mission: Impossible IV" updates I wrote about yesterday. The trade claims Paramount is so unhappy with the box office performance of Tom Cruise's "Knight and Day" that it wants to distance the "Mission: Impossible" franchise from the actor's past within it. The structure will be different, featuring only two agents (Cruise and Jeremy Renner) -- so I guess Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg aren't being brought back? -- and the title is rumored to be doing away with both the "Mission: Impossible" and the "IV" parts and going with something akin to "The Dark Knight" or, more fittingly, a Bond title.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Exquisite Corpse: 8 MM Film Experiment

    It's surreal.

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    Is "Mission: Impossible" the Only Franchise to Keep Getting Better With Age?

    I think so. It's a bit of a toss-up, but I just barely prefer John Woo's "Mission: Impossible II" to Brian DePalma's initial adaptation of the "Mission: Impossible" TV series. I didn't particularly like either of the first two installments, to be honest, but Woo's style of action filmmaking kept me more engaged than that of DePalma, who couldn't get me past that convoluted plot. I surprisingly loved "Mission: Impossible III," apparently more than some others (and not just based on its disappointing box office). I mean, casting Philip Seymour Hoffman as the villain was all the work they needed to do, yet J.J. Abrams also elevated it by delivering the clearest and most character-driven film of the series.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    LOW AND BEHOLD available for pre-order on DVD

    Time for some shameless promotion. Low and Behold is coming to DVD on September 7 and is now available for pre-order on www.lowandbeholdmovie.com. I am very proud to be an executive producer of this film, the first narrative film shot in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Based on real events, LOW AND BEHOLD is the story of Turner Stull (Barlow Jacobs), a young insurance claims adjuster in post-Katrina New Orleans who risks his job to help a local man, Nixon (Eddie Rouse), find his lost dog. As this unlikely pair traverses the city, Turner comes to discover that some damage is immeasurable. Filmed on location in New Orleans only months after Hurricane Katrina, LOW AND BEHOLD blurs the line between reality and fiction, creating a mosaic of images, faces, and voices that together make for a unique cinematic experience. I hope you check it out. Full release below.

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    Tom Green and Gallagher Clown Around

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Somewhere Flies Over the Rainbow to Venice

    Somewhere Flies Over the Rainbow to Venice

    This weekend you will not be getting any Emmy coverage from me, as I'm off to Italy, first for a Roman holiday, then to Venice via speed train to cover the festival. There I expect to see Somewhere--as well as talk to director Sofia Coppola. Focus has released a new clip, below.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SnagLearning Expands Classroom Boundaries

    SnagFilms announces SnagLearning, a platform of 125 documentary films that will serve as engaging education tools for students in nearly every middle and high school classroom. CEO Rick Allen calls it a "natural extension" of SnagFilms, which launched two years ago; "teachers have championed our slate of films, which students can stream for free as a means of supplementing their learning. As classrooms stretch their boundaries, SnagLearning will be there – at home or in school – to serve our ever growing community of teachers, students and parents.”

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    As of Today, Netflix on Your iPhone

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    Update: Happy The Movie on Kickstarter

    A HAPPY Update! By Roko Belic

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