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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Turner Classic Movies Plays Its Cards Right

    I don’t know how the folks at TCM keep topping themselves, but they do. For their annual Summer Under the Stars festival, featuring a different star for every day in August, they’ve hired graphic artist Michael Schwab to create a series of distinctive collector cards, depicting each star in an iconic role one can recognize even in silhouette. You can admire the whole series online HERE. These are not “virtual” creations, however: the network plans to give away 500 complete sets through a sweepstakes drawing you can read about at their site.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Deadline and PMK Add Segall and Koltai-Levine, Newsweek Sells, Forbes Loves Blogs

    It's a smart move for Mail.com CEO Jay Penske to bring on trade-savvy Lynne Segall as vice president/publisher, who was unaccountably let go by the LA Times, where she launched The Envelope, among other cash cows.

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  • Spout
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    Is "Inception" Based On a Comic Book? Film Blog Water Cooler 8/3/10

    Did Christopher Nolan spend too much time in the comic book store researching for his Batman films and accidentally pilfer a plot from an issue of "Uncle Scrooge"? That's the question of the day, which reminds me of the time the Internet thought too much about whether the Wayans brothers movie "Little Man" had ripped off a Bugs Bunny cartoon (specifically "Baby Buggy Bunny"). That one was more likely light theft due to certain precise similarities, while this whole idea that a Scrooge McDuck story inspired "Inception" is just a fun little coincidence. And a chance for people to read in full a Dan Rosa-penned comic.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Jon Stewart Disses Media Coverage of Chelsea's Wedding

    The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cWedding of the Decade of the Century of the Millenniumwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

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  • Spout
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    Solar Tsunami Destroys New York City

    Don't you just love doomsday news? Today everyone is talking about the solar tsunami, or "coronal mass ejection," or simply sun explosion, that's heading straight towards Earth. I'm pretty sure we're safe from anything more than perhaps a few power outages and satellite damage. But I have no idea. I'm not a scientist. I'm a movie blogger. And all I know of solar flares is what we're shown in the movies. Maybe this approaching storm is the beginning of the chain reaction that causes the end of the world in 2012, as seen in "2012." Or, maybe there will be a quicker effect, such as what occurs in Alex Proyas' "Knowing." Maybe Nic Cage dropped out of Joel Schumacher's "Trespass" because he saw the disaster coming and has gone somewhere to save himself?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    3-D Resistance, Teen Stars Disappoint at Box Office, Justin Bieber Biopic, New Idol Judges

    - The ultimate Hollywood truism these days: if you can't make it good, make it 3-D. The NYT considers the pull for and push against 3-D domination. At Comic-Con, several directors played to anti-3-D sentiment in the cavernous Hall H. J. J. Abrams believes that “when you put the glasses on, everything gets dim." Joss Whedon loves 3-D, but at the same time was against MGM turning his production of The Cabin in the Woods 3-D: now Whedon hopes being the only non-3-D horror flick could make it special. With almost 60 3-D films set for release in the next two years across some 5,000 digital screens, now 2-D is old-school-cool. Some filmmakers are resisting 3-D; it complicates shooting and, according to both Whedon and Abrams, typically does little or nothing to improve cinematic storytelling. Christopher Nolan resisted making Inception 3-D, while tech-savvy Michael Bay has admitted to making Transformers 3 only partially 3-D.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Unraveling Inception: Zimmer's Piaf Riff, Clothing Clues, Nolan's Anxiety

    One of the great pastimes of summer 2010 is unravelling, explaining and debating Inception. Which is the main reason it is such a big hit: repeat business. (The movie's so good that the Chinese government is allowing it to play there, a rare honor for a Hollywood picture.) Here are some recent popular memes:

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Isabel "Coca" Sarli Speaks!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Colin Fitz Comes Back from the Dead: A Tale of Indie Resurrection

    Director Robert Bella went thousands of dollars into debt to get his debut film Colin Fitz, an absurdist comedy about a dead rock legend starring William H. Macy, into Sundance in 1997. He then spent the next 13 years getting himself and the film--which earned good reviews--out of hock. At one low point, when he got sick of sleeping on friends' couches, he moved into his own storage space.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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