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    Photoshop Disasters Hit Posters For 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy' & 'And They're Off...'

    It's summer, and by the looks of these latest posters, it seems the real graphic designers are on vacation and the interns are stepping in the while they're gone and they might have some explaining to do. The term "Photoshop disaster" is thrown around pretty liberally and sometimes without merit, but in these cases, it's the nicest possible way to put it.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    I'm Gonna Explode: Evan Glodell's "Bellflower"

    Writer-director-editor-star Evan Glodell’s debut film Bellflower starts in media res. We’re treated, within its first thirty seconds, to a fragmented blend of flipped cars, backwards footage, and slow motion. Then, before what we’ve seen folds back into itself, comes to an end, and the film proper starts, there’s an epigraph: “Lord Humungus cannot be defied.”—Lord Humungus. The significance of this quotation makes itself plain soon enough: Bellflower positions The Road Warrior’s antagonist as the ultimate embodiment of masculinity, an ideal to which best friends Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson), two Wisconsin natives living in California, desperately aspire even as they know in their heart of hearts that they’ll never match it. This attempt—and subsequent realization of its futility—lasts for the duration of the film. A sort of apocalyptic Bill and Ted, Woodrow and Aiden pass the time blowing things up, building a flamethrower, and modifying cars with add-ons like a whisky dispenser. Exclamations of “dude,” “sweet,” and “awesome” abound in their repartee, often as they work toward making the real world more closely resemble that of their favorite film. But they’re far from “tough guys.” Woodrow and Aiden live in their own bubble, but upon realizing the ever expanding disparity between the world they’ve dreamed up and the one in which they actually live, they know it’s soon to burst. Read the rest of Michael Nordine's review.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Texas Killing Fields Debuts at Venice, Lands Stateside Release Date

    Finally! Anchor Bay has picked a release date for Venice competition title Texas Killing Fields, starring Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain and Chloe Grace Moretz, on October 7 (Italian trailer below).

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    First Look At 'American Psycho' Director Mary Harron's 'The Moth Diaries'

    It has been six years since we've heard from Mary Harron, at least on the big screen. The director who made waves with the one-two knockout of "I Shot Andy Warhol" and "American Psycho" stumbled with the workmanlike and disappointing "The Notorious Bettie Page" and spent the next few years largely working in television. Well, she's back and headed to Venice with the hopes that her latest effort "The Moth Diaries" will put her on the map. Certainly, with the story centering around vampires, she's locked onto a genre that is currently en vogue.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Can We Create The Future Of Indie Marketing & Distribution -- Or Is It Already Dead?

    We speak of the need to utilize PMDs (aka Producers of Marketing & Distribution) on Indie/TFF movies these days, but how do these people get trained (not to mention, paid for)? Where do they learn their skill sets? Two or three years into this DIY Indie Movement of sorts, can you name more than three or four people (at best) who do this? Isn't this the missing piece? How come we all aren't doing more to train these folks?

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    Ava Sambora Cameos In Judd Apatow's Next Film; Paul Rudd Not Sure Which Characters Will Make The Cut

    In the internet age, it's pretty difficult to anything under lock and key for too long, but Judd Apatow has thus far done a pretty damn good job at keeping the details of his "Knocked Up" spinoff under wraps. What we do know is that it's not a direct sequel exactly, but rather, it picks up with Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) five years after the events of the first film, thought that's about it. Well, shooting is underway and another name has joined the film. Variety reveals that the 13-year old Ava Sambora -- yes, the daughter of rocker Richie Sambora -- will cameo in the film as the best friend of Maude Apatow, who reprises her role as the eldest daughter of the couple.

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  • The Playlist
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    David Yates Takes 'The Stand' With 'Harry Potter' Writer Steve Kloves Penning The Screenplay

    What happens when you're behind some of the most beloved and successful 'Harry Potter' films in the massively successful franchise? When it's over, you get your pick of the litter. With "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" now the highest grossing film of 2011 -- $1.1 billion in ticket sales worldwide and counting -- Warner Bros. is anxious to stay in the David Yates business. A couple of weeks ago it was reported that Yates was having a sit down with the studio and would be presented with four projects to consider: "Cicero," a mooted trilogy that would potentially star Tom Hardy as Al Capone; another potential trilogy in an adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" which has the WB teaming with CBS Films produce; "Fables," an adaptation of the Vertigo graphic novel centered around revamped fairy tale characters; and a big screen version of “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper. Well, it looks like Yates has no problem returning to a sprawling franchise, only this time with a slightly older audience in mind.

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  • Spout
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    Which Documentary Should Get a Sequel?

    As I noted in my latest Doc Talk column at Movies.com, we will have seen at least seven documentary sequels bow in 2011 (see the titles profiled in my column). That's still well short of the record number of fiction follow-ups we're experiencing this year, but it still seems nonfiction cinema has contracted a case of sequelitis. On the horizon are sequels to major titles like "GasLand," "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" (in dramatized form), "Cosmos" and "Becoming Chaz," as well as the latest entry in Michael Apted's "Up" series.

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    New Looks At Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins & Ben Foster In Fernando Meirelles’ '360'

    It has been a few years since we last heard from "City Of God" director Fernando Meirelles. After his excellent 2005 thriller "The Constant Gardner," the director brought an adaptation of Jose Saramago's "Blindness" to the big screen that failed to quite capture the terror of the novel, but his latest should find him back on firm footing. Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster, Jarnel Debouze, Karl Markovic, Maria Flor and Juliano Cazarr have come together for the erotic/dramatic thriller "360" and with the film set to premiere is few short weeks, a batch of new photos have arrived.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Gbenga Akinnagbe to Star in Psychological Horror Thriller "The Somnambulist"

    Gbenga Akinnagbe, best known for his roles in TV's The Wire, The Good Wife and Nurse Jackie and from supporting roles in Lottery Ticket and The Taking of Pelham 123, will star in the indie horror thriller The Somnambulist.

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