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  • Eric Kohn
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    "Get Low" Gets Lower.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Underworld's Wiseman in Talks to Direct Total Recall

    Sony is back in the Len Wiseman business. And a major studio is greenlighting yet another remake of an Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle; they have to hope this one will do better than the recent Predators.

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  • iW NOW
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    LA Weekly: DocuWeeks and Oscar Docs Qualifying Race

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Roberts Talks Eat Pray Love, Tucci Directs Streep, Galifianakis Comedies, Von Trier's Melancholia

    - In this week's Eat Pray Love EW cover story, Julia Roberts reveals that she declined the option to have a spit bucket, preferring to actually eat all of the food during the Eat portion of the film set in Italy. The 7 to 10 pounds Roberts gained was exactly what her character needed to do before moving on to the praying and loving; an authentic rediscovery of her taste for life and abandonment of joyless eating (and living). As for Roberts' working relationship with director Ryan Murphy--a healthy one, since they're working together again --Roberts says "one of the things I love the most about Ryan is that he has a real legitimate answer for everything. There’s nothing that he hasn’t considered weeks before I’ve thought of the question."

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Deathly: Aaron Schneider's "Get Low"

    Get Low is based on a true account of a 79-year-old Tennessee bachelor who, in the 1930s, publicly staged his own funeral. According to Sony Pictures Classics’ press package, the “classic American yarn” about Felix Bushaloo Breazeale’s funeral is “an American folktale passed down by storytellers for decades, spreading across distance and time to take on a larger-than-life legend.” I’m not familiar with this tale (or with the existence of any great oral tradition in the modern South), but a Google search affirms that Breazeale was profiled in several newspapers in 1938 and invited as a guest on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on NBC radio the following year. A similar affair was attempted with disastrous results down in Miami in 1992, when one Sophia Petrillo decided to host a living-wake party and put her scatterbrained roommate in charge of the invitations (guess which of the Golden Girls forgot to tell everybody Sophia wasn’t really dead!).

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  • JUMP CUTS by James Israel
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    New Thor vs old Thor - whew

    "Thor" SDCCUploaded by ThePlaylist.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Venice Line-up Heavy on Americans: Coppola, Schnabel, brothers Affleck

    Venice Line-up Heavy on Americans: Coppola, Schnabel, brothers Affleck

    Venice has announced the rest of its line-up. Besides Darren Aronofsky's opener Black Swan (in competition) and the closer from Julie Taymor, The Tempest (out of competition), the fest is world premiering a number of North American titles. As expected the competition entries include Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, Julian Schnabel's Miral, and Richard Lewis's Barney's Version, a rare debut for a Canadian film in Venice.

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  • Spout
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    "Inception" Guides and Parodies

    I'm still waiting for a proper trailer mashup of "Inception" and "Shutter Island," one that truly integrates them and wasn't made before either film came out. It's likely one will show up eventually. A number of other parodies and trailer mashups have been pouring in since the film became a pop sensation. There is an okay redo of the "Toy Story 3" trailer with the audio from the "Inception" trailer. Yet it's fairly uninteresting as anything other than a random mix of the summer's two best releases. Then there's the mashup between "Inception" and "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" (via FilmDrunk), which I like because it features dialogue from the latter and because it slightly makes a nod to the more appropriate connection to "The Matrix" by working with an otherwise unrelated Keanu Reeves movie. Still, is the point that time travel does exist...in dreams?

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