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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Harry Potter, Lord of the Mashup

    The new Harry Potter 7 Trailer seems vaguely reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. Granted, both are fantasy films, but the sweeping helicopter shots of magical warriors running across fields and mountains seem a little too similar. Well there's a reason! Harry Potter will be traveling to Middle Earth this fall. Just kidding, but check out the trailer for a fictional HP vs. LOTR after the jump:

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  • ReelPolitik
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lone Scherfig's One Day Starts Filming with Hathaway and Sturgess

    Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess have started filming One Day, which David Nicholls adapted from his bestselling novel. Lone Scherfig (An Education) is directing; the ensemble includes Romola Garai (Atonement), Jamie Sives (Get Him To The Greek), Rafe Spall Hot Fuzz, Ken Scott (Charlie Wilson's War) and Jodie Whittaker (Venus).

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    The Social Network

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Women to Blog About: Orly Ravid, Founder, The Film Collaborative

    to bring attention to the lack of parity between women and men in our industry, I have been putting a ♀ next to women directors, business owners, company heads to bring awareness of what I am calling The Female Factor in the business. To step up upon my soapbox for a moment: I want to assist in bringing a conscious awareness to the fact that if 50% of the population in our target audience is not represented by any where near 50% in the creative input and commercial exploitation of cinema, then the the scales are very much out of balance and the resulting product is also askew. To create is to influence and to influence is to profit. To obtain the most value for the effort, the greatest return on the investments being made in the film business, the points of view of women need to be integrated totally into the fabric of the business (and the society). As a representative of 50% of our population, I'm taking advantage of this blog to serve occasionally as my soapbox and I will sometimes be blogging about the women who are moving our industry forward as team and community members, movers and shakers.

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  • Spout
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    What's Your Favorite Movie of the Summer So Far?

    We've already passed the temporal midpoint of the Summer 2010 movie season, but this weekend marks a kind of center to this year's blockbuster frame. There's a particular film we've all been waiting for, especially given that few other Hollywood spectacles have wowed us to this point. Will "Inception" be the game changer for what has until now been an unremarkable summer? Although not outstanding, the early reviews for Christopher Nolan's original action-fantasy are about average in relation to his other works, and while it's unlikely to be anywhere close to the box office behemoth that "The Dark Knight" was, it should at least be one of the season's most popular films.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: Inception

    Everyone is different. I don’t like mazes, puzzles, Rubik’s Cube, or most of Christopher Nolan’s films. He delights in creating cinematic puzzles but I always sense the wheels turning, instead of getting caught up in the action. Obviously he has the imagination to devise ingenious premises and the skill to bring them to life, but halfway through Inception, which runs close to two-and-a-half hours, my mind started to wander. Instead of being pulled into his world I felt myself drifting away from it.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Jolie Transcends Gender, Action Star Shortage, Banks as Tinkerbell

    - Angelina Jolie is the first actress to transcend gender. It's hard to argue that any other actress, dead or living, can do what she can. Sony paid her $20 million up front for Salt, reports THR. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura agrees that it's unusual for a female to be an action star. But in Jolie's case, "She's not a female action star; she's an action star. She's really the first female to transcend gender. I don't think it's occurred before."

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    'Life During Wartime' clip

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Next Wave of Inception Reviews: Less Effusive

    Next Wave of Inception Reviews: Less Effusive

    One sign of a movie worth seeing more than once is that you also want to read more than one review. Rarely have I been more compelled to read what my respected colleagues have to say about a new film. Now that those reviews are pouring in, Inception's Rotten Tomatoes ranking among "top critics" has fallen to 87--which is a very high number, by the way. Most Oscar contenders rank in the 80s.

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