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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    A24 Acquires U.S. Rights to Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan'

    New York City-based production company A24 has acquired the rights to Roman Coppola's "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," starring Charlie Sheen. A24 will release the film in the U.S. in February 2013, with FilmBuff handling domestic digital distribution.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Why Clint Eastwood's 'Empty Chair' Skit Was Not Funny

    The inevitable apology happens before weighing in on race, this time: "I love Clint Eastwood." "I love his movies." "He's a good guy." You won't hear me say that. I dug 'Mystic River'. His Westerns are etched into my memory (to the point where I would like to make a Western, one day). I defer to my Jazz heads on 'Bird' and many weren't pleased. 'Straight No Chaser' was interesting mainly because Thelonious Monk is interesting, most geniuses are.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch New Clip From Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights' (w/ 1st Black Heathcliff)

    It's been about a year since it made its world premiere at the Venice FIlm Festival in 2011; since then, it's been released almost all over Europe and parts of Asia, and will finally see a USA release this fall, courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which picked up North American distribution rights to Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Wuthering Heights, with plans to release the film theatrically in New York on October 5, with a national roll-out to follow.

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  • Press Play
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    VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Olivier Assayas's SOMETHING IN THE AIR

    A revolution might not be a dinner party, but its aftermath presents similar problems: someone has to clean up, someone else arrives tragically late, and someone who wasn’t there at all may still want to hold their own the next day.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    "Obama's America" Loses Box Office Momentum; But Watch Out for Rightwing Nonfiction Wave

    The rightwing agit-prop doc "2016: Obama's America," a movie so full of conjecture and hole-y logic it makes a Michael Moore movie look like the phone book, has finally reached its box-office peak over the Labor Day Weekend, declining 14% in ticket sales from the previous week's stellar box office. So far, the movie's domestic gross is still a widely impressive $20.2 million -- an astounding number for a movie that has been universally panned by critics (a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes). But, of course, neither the movie's quality, nor its accuracy, nor its racism, matters to ticket buyers. They just want to show their disaffection for the current President.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Clip Debuts From 'Great Expectations' With Ralph Fiennes & Jeremy Irvine

    Tackling an adaptation of a 150-year-old Charles Dickens novel, especially one that has already been brought to the screen at least a dozen times in various forms, is a daunting task indeed. What do you change? What do you freshen up? Well, if you're Mike Newell, who directed a new adaptation, the answer to those last two questions (at least based on this new clip) is "very little." The brief clip of the BBC co-production, shows Jeremy Irvine as Pip and Ralph Fiennes as the mysterious Magwitch, in what appears to be their first meeting since encountering each other many years before and it is, more or less, exactly what you'd expect.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    7th Annual Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival Unveils Lineup - 120 Films From 30 Countries

    Over the next couple of weeks, we will be going through the film festival's lineup to highlight individual films, so watch out for those posts. Some of them should be familiar, since we've written about them before; but, from a quick glance, I can say that there are several that we haven't covered.

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  • The Playlist
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    Producer Jon Landau Says 'Avatar 4' Won't Be Part Of Back-To-Back Sequel Shoot

    What, exactly, is going on with James Cameron's "Avatar" sequels remains something of a mystery. Since the movie broke box office records in late 2009 (and reintroduced 3D in new and vital ways that few filmmakers have carried forward), it was largely assumed that there would be follow-up films and later it was confirmed that Fox would produce and release not one but two sequels, to be shot-back-to-back, tentatively scheduled for December 2014 and December 2015. But this summer Cameron made mention to the New York Times that "I'm making 'Avatar 2,' 'Avatar 3,' maybe 'Avatar 4.'" Well, not so fast. "Avatar" producer Jon Landau has gone on record as saying that Cameron's plan for a fourth movie might have been a little premature.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    A Veiled Woman News Presenter Appears On Egyptian State TV For The First Time

    News worth knowing, courtesy of the BBC...

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  • The Playlist
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    Udo Kier Will Be In Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac,' Hopefully With All Of His Clothes On

    While much of the talk about Lars von Trier's upcoming sex epic (sexic?) "Nymphomaniac" has concerned the real life sex scenes the prickly auteur is insisting the film contain. (To blur or not to blur, that is the question!), the two-part movie is also amassing an impressive cast who are set to potentially bone each other, among them Shia LaBeouf, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielson and von Trier's current muse Charlotte Gainsbourg. You can now add frequent von Trier collaborator Udo Kier to the cast of characters. We sincerely hope he will keep his clothes on, though.

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