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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Biutiful, A Film of Inarritu

    Will Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's long-awaited follow-up to Babel (which scored seven Oscar nominations in 2007 including best picture) find a stateside home? Word is, CAA is on the verge of making a deal for the Spanish-language Biutiful, which earned divided reaction in Cannes, although Javier Bardem shared the best actor prize. (The actor just wed lady love Penelope Cruz in the Bahamas.)

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Three Points - Snubbing

    1) George Lucas snubs Darth Vader and gets enraged.

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  • Spout
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    The New Spout

    Welcome (back) to Spout, the blog devoted to the movies you love. I’m Christopher Campbell, your lead blogger as well as a curator of others’ writings, which will primarily focus on and serve as prompts for discussions of great and important films and filmmakers. Maintaining a critical yet positive voice, we will continue to provide you with smart and conversational pieces, both short and long, on anything from the classics to new releases, from any nation, genre or format. Basically anything that's relevant, timely or of contemporary interest to you, the reader and participator.

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  • iW NOW
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    "My Dog Tulip" Is First Reformed New Yorker Films Pickup

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Out of the Blue: Pedro González-Rubio's "Alamar"

    The other day, while strolling a humid Brooklyn street, I overheard a twentysomething woman talking to her friends about her movie predilections. Her life is stressful, as it turns out, her work hours long and her job serious. When she goes to the movies, she wants to unwind, to take in easily digestible entertainment—to, as she put it, “put her brain on autopilot.” That this person plausibly represents a key urban intellectual demographic that was once connected and clued in to what was going on in film outside the multiplex and is now resigned to Hollywood’s paltry offerings, while justifying her artistic and emotional laziness on grounds of taste, is a matter too depressing to wrestle with at this juncture. But what’s also fascinating about her casual commentary is what it reveals about many viewers’ idea of escapism in film, and what we’ve come to label as such. If one wants to escape from the toll of the daily grind, why must it necessitate putting one’s brain “on autopilot”? Why has film culture split so drastically between high and low that any alternative to Hollywood fare is perceived as difficult and forbidding? In order for film to survive as a valid art form, audiences need to wish to escape to worlds not commercially prescribed to them. One need not retreat to fantasy to escape.

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  • Spout
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    SpoutBlog, Now Available in Book Form

    The long-promised SpoutBlog book is finally here!

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Reverse Shot Talkies #17: "Alamar" director Pedro González-Rubio

    Filmmaker Pedro González-Rubio walks along the water with host Eric Hynes to discuss fishing, family, and poetry, and to explain how his lovely new film, Alamar, was a journey of discovery.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Pattinson Short The Summer House Hits iTunes

    It's France, July 1969, as astronauts prepare to walk on the moon. No, it's not Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen in a clinch in a dark room. It's lissome English lass Taluhah Riley (The Boat That Rocked) and Rob Pattinson (pre-Twilight) in a short targeted to women who are on Team Edward. It's just been made available (and already in the top five) on iTunes in the US, plus Canada, UK, France, Ireland and Germany:

US Download; Canada Download; UK Download.  See trailer below:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Families vs. 3-D: Too Pricey

    Forbes blogger Dorothy Pomerantz thinks the 3-D craze for families is over.

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  • iW NOW
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