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    New Dirty Girl Edit Hits U.S. October 7, Stars Dark Knight Rises' Juno Temple

    New Dirty Girl Edit Hits U.S. October 7, Stars Dark Knight Rises' Juno Temple

    Harvey "Scissorhands" Weinstein has returned to the editing room on several films in Weinstein Co.'s promising fall line-up, from Madonna's W.E., The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn to Toronto pick-up Dirty Girl, a high school bad girl comedy written and directed by whippersnapper Abe Sylvia. TWC released a sassy pink-and-yellow U.S. poster last week; its rocking over-saturated pastel tint, dazzling accessories, chipped nail polish and hair color firmly set the film in 1987 territory, as Brit ingenue Juno Temple’s blazing eyes peer over the reflection of an unending Oklahoma road.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post Alex & Andrew Smith: "Crowdfunding = Barnraising: We All Have To Do Some Heavy Lifting"

    It's kind of hard to find the appropriate analogy for what we do, particularly these days. Often I am tempted to think it is running full speed against a brick wall without any protective headgear on, hoping that a door may open the moment before impact. But those are on my down days. Usually I can see us all working together, building bridges, fusing connections, doing the labor that will lift the culture in many ways. It shouldn't be so hard to describe that, but I still struggle.Which is one of the reasons I was so pleased to reconnect with Alex and Andrew Smith, twin brothers, whose go to it attitude and willingness to reach high with their ambition has never been lagging. They look for the truth of it, and don't shy from the honesty of the hard work. Which is why the analogy they unearthed for crowdfunding for their guest blog today is so fitting.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Snap! Crackle! Pop! Rice Crispies Commercial

    I woke up this morning humming the jingle for a 50s commercial whose lyrics I still remember. How powerful is that? And I still eat the Kelloggs cereal. Here's the animated musical Rice Crispies commercial:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Spike Lee Can’t Get Funding, Ashton Kutcher vs. Village Voice in Social Media Brawl

    Spike Lee can’t get financing for his films, even with Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster joining a follow-up to Lee’s most successful feature, Inside Man. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lee griped about everything from Do the Right Thing’s Academy snub in 1989 and making a film with LeBron James to his hesitancy about acting and Obama’s reelection. Lee's difficulties acquiring backers are countless, but he's particularly peeved that due to his 2008 financial disaster, the World War II period piece Miracle at St. Anna, even though Inside Man was his most successful film, "we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. The film’s not getting made. We tried many times. It’s not going to happen.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Rewind: Chatty Shia, Mysterious 'Prometheus' And The Week In Movies, June 26th-July 2nd

    This week was active at The Playlist. Speculation about "Prometheus" led to a load of weird, gossipy rumors powering the film news industry leading up to the opening for "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon." Meanwhile, The Playlist produced a number of can't-miss pieces of original content.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Jon Mortsugu: "Out With The Punk, Long Live The New Wave"

    When I got started making movies in he late 80's, I didn't know if our films would ever be seen or find a home. I took great comfort in the fact that others were doing it too though. When I learned first of Gregg Araki and then Jon Mortsugu -- and hence a west coast indie revolution -- I knew what we were doing was bigger than us. Everyone's approach and content was different, but damn it was bold. No one was spending much and we were starting to get it seen. The LA films we edgier and, well, louder. Mortsugu's titles alone project his attitude well: SCUM ROCK, FAME WHORE, MOD FUCK EXPLOSION, & HIPPY PORN. Today he guest blogs on how the digital revolution has lead him to lower the punk rock flag.

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  • Caryn James
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    About Caryn James

    Caryn James is a film and television critic, a culture critic and a novelist. She has been a film critic, chief television critic, and book reviewer for The New York Times, where she continues to contribute to the Book Review. She has also written for a wide range of publications in print and on-line, including The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    About Women and Hollywood

    Melissa Silverstein is a writer, blogger and marketing consultant with an expertise in the area of social media regarding women and Hollywood. She is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture.

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  • Spout
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    About Spout

    Spout is neither a news nor a review site. Both news and reviews are prone to appear here, but this movie blog is primarily a place for discussion of trends, buzz, themes and other topics of interest to the film fan who isn't always looking for assisted marketing, conventional criticism or Hollywood reportage. We let the variety of other websites and blogs cover that beat. Here, we like to spout opinion, comment on the current zeitgeist and overanalyze pop culture and mainstream movies. Whether in the form of lists, survey questions or straight editorials, we hope to make thinking deeply about film a fun and stimulating activity for all. If we can spark some conversation in the process, we hope that you'll join us.

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