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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Pascal Talks Girl with Dragon Tattoo Casting and R Rating

    In a wide-ranging conversation with The Wrap's Sharon Waxman, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal reveals her direction for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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  • Spout
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    See It: Re-Release of Christopher Nolan's "Following"

    With Christopher Nolan's "Inception" the most talked about film in a while, it's time to revisit the writer-director's first feature, "Following." Or, if you've never seen it before, now's a good time to finally acquaint yourself with the 1998 neo-noir. IFC Films recently began showing the black and white film on its IFC In Theaters on demand channel and will be spotlighting it for the next three months, so you won't have trouble locating it. They've released a trailer for the special re-release, which we're sharing down below (after the jump).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Career Watch: Nicolas Cage Risks Overexposure

    Career Watch: Nicolas Cage Risks Overexposure

    Nicolas Cage's latest movie The Sorcerer's Apprentice is dead on arrival. What went wrong? There's nothing wrong with his performance. But are people getting tired of seeing Cage? After 60 movies, has he started to exhaust the possibilities? Here's a taste of my latest Career Watch column.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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  • iW NOW
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    Nolan's "Following" Re-Release Trailer Up on IFC

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  • Spout
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    Remembering Character Actor James Gammon (1940-2010)

    While I was recalling "Major League" over the weekend, thinking back to when Tom Berenger looked better than he does in "Inception," another actor from the baseball comedy was being mourned in California. James Gammon, who played the part of Coach Lou Brown in two "Major League" films, died Friday of cancer in Costa Mesa. The stage and screen vet was easily identifiable to film fans by his distinctly scruffy looks and low, scratchy voice. It's hard to imagine him being suited for any other job than character actor.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Stiles in The Bell Jar, Pascal Talks Sky Falling, Breillat's Sleeping Beauty Debuts in Venice

    Stiles in The Bell Jar, Pascal Talks Sky Falling, Breillat's Sleeping Beauty Debuts in Venice

    - Julia Stiles is alive and well. In fact, she's a busy girl. Her last big-screen role in The Bourne Ultimatum was much like her recent career: quiet and timid. So what has she been doing?

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Dear Andrea Peyser,

    I'm tired. And I almost decided to just ignore the homophobic, ignorant and considerably ridiculous story you wrote for The New York Post this weekend. But as the hours have winded down since I first read it amidst a jet-lag induced 4am wakeup call this morning, I feel this is more or less impossible.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Congratulations, indieWIRE

    In my Berlin daze, I forgot to blog a happy birthday message to my dearest employer and friend, indieWIRE, who turned 14 last week. But since today is an even bigger day for ol' iW, I figured I do so belatedly before additionally congratulating them on some big news: Peter Bogdanovich will soon launch his own site as part of the indieWIRE Network of blogs and websites (called, yes, "Blogdanovich"), AND Chris Campbell has just joined us as the lead writer for the new Spout.com, a site that iW acquired earlier this year. A warm welcome to both. Additionally, indieWIRE has formally unveiled a number of new and enhanced ways to read our content anytime: Our new mobile site can be found at http://www.mobile.indiewire.com. So it's all very exciting, and I'm proud to be continuing my own now 4-year relationship with iW and look forward to whatever exciting evolution is in store in the coming years.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Notes on the Midnight Ramble.

    Anyone familiar with Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary "The Last Waltz," which showcases The Band's seminal Thanksgiving Day finale performance, has heard about the Midnight Ramble. In a brief scene (embedded above), drummer Levon Helm explains the appeal of traveling medicine shows that would play late into the night, and as "the jokes would get a little juicier and the prettiest dancer would really get down," many of the more adventurous rhythms and underground mentalities of early rock and roll were born. Helm's version of the Midnight Ramble takes place several times a year at his cozy home recording studio in Woodstock, where I was lucky enough to attend a performance over the weekend. The hefty price of admission is worth it. (Check out the site for upcoming dates, both in Woodstock and around the country.)

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