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    Relaunched "Spider Man"'s Indie Cred

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Movie Palaces Come Alive Again

    There is no thrill to compare with seeing a classic movie in a great movie theater. For twenty-four years, the Los Angeles Conservancy has hosted a month-long series called Last Remaining Seats, showing vintage films in the city’s great movie palaces, most of which are located on Broadway downtown. This year’s wide-ranging bill of fare included Strangers on a Train, American Graffiti, The Graduate, the 1943 Mexican classic Flor Silvestre, and the silent version of Peter Pan. (The evening I’m really sorry I missed featured How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with its stars Robert Morse and Michele Lee in person, interviewed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, who features Morse on his show.) I don’t know of another major city with more surviving theaters from the glory days than ours. Alas, this part of Broadway—which used to be a Mecca for Southland shopping and entertainment—is now just a business district during the day and something of a ghost town at night. Post-World War Two suburban sprawl and the destruction of Los Angeles’ much-loved Red Car light-rail system saw to that.

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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    1970: The Cannes Film Festival (part two)

    Hotel Florian

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    McGurk and Rosett Are Out at Overture

    Another indie bites the dust. At a time of serious contraction in the indie market, Overture Films has been on the block since January.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sony Casts Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has chosen its new Spider-Man. It's Brit Andrew Garfield, perhaps the most mature of the crop of boyish actors the studio was reportedly considering. He'll be 27 in August. And he's a strong actor.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Happy Birthday Canada

    From London, with love.... Where I celebrated with a good thousand Canadians, ending the night by singing 'Oh Canada' on stage with 10 or 12 Canadian musicians. Best Canada Day ever.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Special Report: Elbert Ventura on "Heat"

    Downtown Los Angeles, high noon. Three men in suits walk out of a bank into broad daylight, brisk and all business, indistinguishable from the cubicle drones clogging the sidewalk. They make a beeline toward a waiting car, the end of their workday in sight. They have just committed a robbery. But as the last of the group reaches the curb, he spots armed police officers across the street, waiting to pounce. Without hesitation, he raises his assault rifle and opens fire: a relentless volley that shreds the banal day. The report is thunderous, echoing down the canyons of the city, and the reply from the policemen’s guns is no less ferocious. The epic battle of Los Angeles in Michael Mann’s Heat has begun.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Parlay Media Expands Film Sales Division

    Kevin Iwashina and Ross Dinerstein's Parlay Media is moving aggressively into the film sales gap left open by the departure from the indie sales field of William Morris's Cassian Elwes and a shift at Cinetic Media toward distribution and foreign sales. To that end, they've hired former T & C International exec Christine D'Souza as director of content acquisitions and sales for their film sales and finance advisory division, IP Advisors.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Casting News: Streep's Thatcher, Penn's Paskowitz, Ruffalo's Normal Heart

    - Meryl Streep is in talks to star as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's Thatcher (the two worked together on Mamma Mia!), and Jim Broadbent may play her husband, reports THR. The story, written by Damien Jones (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and Brian Fillis, follows the British prime minister during the 17 days leading up to the 1982 Falklands War, which wound up saving her career (and doubled her approval ratings). While this is certainly not the first biographical character for Streep (Julia Child being the latest), the role of Thatcher may carry enough weight to land her a third Oscar. Even if it doesn't, she'll still likely outperform any other working actress out of habit. HitFix says Streep's 14 consecutive Oscar losses are "an embarrassment for both Hollywood and the Academy" - perhaps - but statues aside, does anyone truly question whether or not she's the greatest?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Eclipse Makes Budget Back First Day, Seeks July Fourth Weekend Record

    Anthony D'Allessandro looks at Eclipse's Fourth of July weekend ahead:

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