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    Winterbottom's "The Killer Inside Me"

    Observers of Michael Winterbottom’s hyperactive career have always struggled with the question of authorship, wondering whether the tireless British director, an almost frustratingly nimble change-up artist seemingly comfortable in every genre, has a verifiable artistic signature, or if it even matters. His sleek new Southwestern retro-noir The Killer Inside Me, an arrestingly acted, often sensationally disorienting, mostly bang-on adaptation of Jim Thompson’s chilly 1952 pulp novel about a small-town lawman with incomprehensibly psychopathic impulses, raises more of these pesky auteurist questions than it answers. Working from a script by John Curran, Winterbottom hews closely to the book’s first-person narrative, drawing us into the Manichaean mind of a deranged young West Texas sheriff with unapologetically dogmatic faith in the power of Thompson’s words, dialogue, and personal vision. Abandoning the freewheeling ingenuity of his previous period adaptations (Jude, The Claim, Tristram Shandy), as well as the frenetic pacing of docu-realistic dramas like In This World or A Mighty Heart, Winterbottom’s latest effort, though enthralling on the whole, sometimes feels too literal for its own good. Read Damon Smith's review of The Killer Inside Me.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Eight Things I Learned About Producing Web Entertainment

    Here are eight things that Cameron Carlson learned at The American Cinematheque's Monday panel on web series and emerging trends in online content development. Instead of giving up on Hollywood after pursuing conventional career routes, the intrepid panelists took their chances on the web. Videos after the jump.

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  • iW NOW
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    One World Media Announces Winners

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    Moscow Business Square: Eurimages and the Council of Europe

    Roberto Olla, Executive Director, spoke of Eurimages. It will be announced in July whether Russia will be accepted into this organization of 34 nations which is part of the larger Council of Europe. Eurimages' June newsletter IRIS features an article “On the Mass Media" reporting on an important legal development in the Russian Federation relating to the film industry.

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    Moscow Business Square: The BRIC Nations

    FILM PRODUCTION FINANCING FOR THE BRIC COUNTRIES

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscilloscope to Release Cazale Doc I Knew It Was You on DVD

    In acting circles, the late John Cazale was a respected character actor even before he played Fredo in The Godfather and its first sequel and Stan in The Deer Hunter.

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  • New Deal Sally
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Brewer's Footloose Remake Finds Cast

    Writer-director Craig Brewer has landed his leads for his remake of Footloose, which is set for April 2011 Paramount release. Newcomer Kenny Wormald will play Ren (the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original), Julianne Hough (Dancing With The Stars) will play Ariel (the Lori Singer role), Dennis Quaid is Reverend Moore (John Lithgow) and Miles Teller is Willard (Chris Penn). Back to help with the remake are producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago), who will produce with Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers.

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  • iW NOW
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