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    Exchange Value: Andrew Tracy on "L'Enfant"

    Great artists are also, necessarily, predictable artists. Novelty is very rarely the stuff that canons are made of; “greatness,” whatever it may be, is most often accorded an artist on the basis of a cohesive body of work (even if it is still in formation) and an identifiable assortment of thematic and stylistic traits. This doesn’t mean that familiar artists can’t still surprise us, but that surprise is predicated upon—and past that initial disruption of expectations, swallowed back into—that same familiarity. On a certain level, what we search for in those art works and artists that matter to us is a sense of integration, that indefinable but still confident feeling that all their many elements—words, sights, sounds—are directed towards a fixed, tangible goal.

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    See It: "Audrey the Trainwreck"

    The New York premiere and week-long run of Frank V. Ross' "Audrey the Trainwreck" has the benefit of coinciding and being a part of the opening of Brooklyn's new reRun Gastropub Theatre, a smallish cinema located within the Dumbo neighborhood's already well-established reBar. But much of the media coverage of the reRun launch is concentrated on the location, specifically how it features a bar inside the auditorium space and offers bacon-flavored popcorn among its fancy snacks. So I'd like to take this opportunity to note that the inaugural film (booked by reRun programmer Aaron Hillis, a writer and film distributor who's no stranger to us at indieWIRE) is also quite a treat.

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    100 Years of Comic-Con: 1910

    Imagine if the San Diego Comic-Con International was not founded as late as 1970 (then named the Golden State Comic-Con) but instead way back in 1910. We'd be celebrating a centennial of American geekdom right now. Of course, the attendees probably wouldn't have been called geeks then, as much as it could have been appropriate given that one of the known historical uses of the word is from a 1908 strip of the comic "A. Mutt" (which would later become "Mutt & Jeff"), according to Wordorigins.org. It is fitting that the original location for SDCC in 1970, the U.S. Grant Hotel, was built in 1910. It didn't open until October, but as long as we're totally dreaming here let's just pretend that they'd allowed a few hundred comic strip fans to hole up inside the basement months before the construction was finished.

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    Guillermo Del Toro Left "The Hobbit" for This? Film Blog Water Cooler 7/22/10

    The first day of Comic-Con 2010 is not yet over, but already we've heard the most shocking fanboy news of the whole event: Guillermo del Toro will remake/reboot "The Haunted Mansion." In 3D, of course. You may slightly recall the 2003 attempt at adapting the Disneyland attraction, which somehow was expected to capitalize on the success of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. Well, I guess this isn't as WTF as if Disney had hired Werner Herzog for a "Country Bears" redo, though the Tweets and bloggery out of San Diego today are treating this, justifiably, as a truly bizarre turn of events. After all, until a couple months ago Del Toro was set to helm the two installments of "The Hobbit." For this to be his consolation prize is hard to take, no matter how big a fan of the ride he is and no matter how much darker he says his version will be.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Comic-Con: Guillermo Del Toro Takes on Disney's Haunted Mansion

    While we all may still be trying to forget the Eddie Murphy movie version of Disneyland's The Haunted Mansion--Guillermo del Toro admits that he will not take his call--Disney has signed on Del Toro to develop a live-action 3-D version of the classic E-ride, which the director insists he has visited faithfully every year, to "relax." He first took the ride when he was three.

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    Sundance Winner "Tibet in Song" to Self-Distribute in NYC

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    Trailer Watch: De Niro and Norton Star in Stone

    Writer-director John Curran (The Painted Veil, writer of The Killer Inside Me) has directed the new thriller Stone, which is is set for an October 2010 release. Edward Norton, who starred in The Painted Veil, co-stars with Robert De Niro. This is yet another Overture film which may or may not get the support it needs. Originally set for wide release, the film will go out October 8 in limited situations.

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    Halle Berry Does Comedy, Bill Murray Speaks

    - Though she has several projects in the pipeline, Halle Berry has been absent from the big screen for a few years. Her last movie was 2007's largely unnoticed, yet well-reviewed Things We Lost In The Fire, from Danish director Susanne Bier (Brodre). Berry played a grieving widow drawn to her late husband's drug addict friend, played sympathetically by Benicio del Toro.

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    Reverse Shot Podcast: Part 3—Whistles and Farts

    In the third edition of the Reverse Shot Podcast, hear Genevieve Yue discuss Christopher Plummer's darn whistle from The Sound of Music and Jeff Reichert delve into the radical audio sea- and sound-scapes of Jacques Tati's M. Hulot's Holiday. Expect more interviews with Reverse Shot writers talking about their selections from the Reverse Shot Sounds Off symposium coming soon. Listen here.

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