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  • Hope for Film
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    WHAT INDIE FILMMAKERS CAN LEARN FROM THE REVOLUTIONS IN THE MIDDLE-EAST

    Art and revolution both allow us to recognize that tomorrow does not have to replicate today. They offer us hope for change. Both art and revolution begin with the same word: "no". And each is always a model for what may next be offered.

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  • Spout
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    On DVD: "The Next Three Days" is a Better Movie About Free Will Than "The Adjustment Bureau"

    Chance happens all the time. After asking my Twitter followers which theatrically under-performing, new-to-DVD film to rent this week, I was all set to give "Morning Glory" a go. But I couldn't get a copy of it quick enough, so I tried "The Next Three Days" instead. And I'm glad, because I did in fact enjoy it -- all 134 minutes of it. I guess it helps that I was simultaneously plotting out my next ten days (scheduling Miami Film Fest and SXSW plans), which is fine since many who finally see the movie will probably similarly be multitasking. Or otherwise only slightly focusing on it. Don't worry. This film is slow and long enough, and visually bland enough, to do so without guilt.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Summit Closes $750 Million Funding; Develops New York Times Article "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour"

     No, James Cameron has not picked up the rights to the December 25 New York Times article Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour, although he might turn up as a character in the final movie that Summit Entertainment and Participant Media are developing about the BP Oil disaster (with backing from Imagenation Abu Dhabi). And Summit confirms that it has finally closed a new $750 million deal, for a $550-million term loan plus a $200-million revolving line of credit, led by banks JP Morgan and UBS AG.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    I Saw The Devil

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  • The Playlist
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    'Dogtooth' Director Says His New Film 'Alps' Will Be Darker & More Extreme; Readying Pic For Cannes

    How does one describe the insane fucked-up-ness and dark, dark, hilarity of the surprising Best Foreign Film nominee "Dogtooth" to the uninitiated? The film is basically about a couple of parents who terrorize their children into strict obedience and fuck with heads as to the meaning and relevance of a variety of words. It's fairly messed up, completely riveting and one of the most shocking films of last year. But also one of the most well regarded, picking up strong notices as it rounded the festival circuit last year. And for his effort, Yorgos Lanthimos is continuing down the provocative path he's cut for himself.

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  • The Playlist
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    Lili Taylor & 'Winter's Bone' Indie Spirit Winner Dale Dickey Round Out 'Another Night' With De Niro

    Cameras are now rolling on Paul Weitz's untitled adaptation of Nick Flynn's "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," and two more actresses have joined the excellent cast for the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Is 'Voltron' Finally On Its Way To The Big Screen?

    "Voltron" -- that other robots movie based on a '80s pop culture phenomenon that is not "Transformers" -- has been in development forever. Why? Well, Toei Animation Co. Ltd., who are the owners of the original series of Japanese cartoons that were mashed up to create the show known by North Americans as "Voltron," have been there to make sure they get paid whenever the program got near any further television and movie deals. But it looks like years and years later, everything might be in place to make this happen.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rango's Verbinski and ILM VFX Master John Knoll Talk Fresh Take on Animation

    Rango's Verbinski and ILM VFX Master John Knoll Talk Fresh Take on Animation

    Defying every convention of the animated genre, Gore Verbinski's PG-rated $135-million Rango opened well, at $38 million. Why? As Verbinski (who jumped ship on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after three installments) has been saying to anyone who will listen, audiences want originality. They want to be surprised. And animation offers the last refuge for the creative, free from many of the imitative constraints imposed by Hollywood. While Paramount agreed to fund the project off a rough story reel of the entire film--which Verbinski describes as "an animated Sergio Leone movie"-- clearly the filmmaker was left to his own devices on this one.

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  • Spout
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    "Ceremony" Surprises with Quirky Intimacy

    There are a lot of coming-of-age movies. Tons. And this means that there is always a chance any new film added to this particular genre is just going to be a mediocre rehash of the same old themes. Often filmmakers try getting around that by filling their story with gimmicks and wacky grabs from other genres, as a way to put a new “spin” on the old coming-of-age concept. This doesn't tend to end well.

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