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    The Essentials: The 5 Best Tony Scott Films

    Something we've come to appreciate since the terrible news of the passing of director Tony Scott came in this morning, is that there's an argument to be made that almost any one of his films saw him at the top of his game. From debut feature "The Hunger," one of the first movies of the MTV generation, and the era-defining "Top Gun," all the way to the bold formal experimentation of his last four films (some of which, especially the highly divisive "Domino," were derided by many, but have their fervent auteurist supporters as well), his films were always technically impeccable, thrilling and instantly recognizable as a Tony Scott picture. He was the action director as auteur.

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    Preview 'Full Circle' (Pizza Delivery Boy Seeks Revenge On After Best Friend Is Killed)

    The feature film directorial debut from rapper and music video director Slick (aka Solvan Naim) titled Full Circle.

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    Watch: 'Con Air' Director Simon West Reunites With Nic Cage For 'Taken' In A Taxi Cab Thriller 'Stolen'

    Like any successful distribution label should, Millennium Entertainment has accrued an instantly recognizable strain of action film with which their brand is linked, so when their logo pops up the trailer for their latest release “Stolen” -- and Jason Statham, Cuba Gooding Jr., or Clive Owen is nowhere in sight -- naturally there's only Nicolas Cage left to deliver the goods.

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    Further Breaking Down the Sight and Sound Numbers by Gender

    One reader Miran Terzic did some serious work breaking down gender votes in the Sight and Sound Top 50 film poll. If the 197 (I had 196) voted three women would make the top 50, not just one. The ones that would make it would be: Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles directed by Chantal Akerman; Meshes of the Afternoon directed by Maya Deren/Alexander Hammid and Beau Travail directed by Claire Denis. Neither Meshes of the Afternoon nor Beau Travail made it onto the full top 50 list.

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    Critics and Filmmakers Remember Tony Scott

    The director of "Top Gun," "Man on Fire," and many more films committed suicide on Sunday.

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    1st Look At Isaach De Bankolé In 'Where The Road Runs Out' (1st Feature Shot In Equatorial Guinea)

    Update and first look at a project we first alerted you in June, dubbed, the first feature film to shoot in Equatorial Guinea, the coastal country located in central Africa.

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    Baz Luhrmann Rumored To Be Raising More Money To Shoot 'Gatsby' After WB Turn Him Down

    As already glimpsed in his Kanye-trotting premiere trailer for “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann has confirmed his over-exuberant style will remain consistent for his fifth film. Unfortunately, as the Australian filmmaker's filmography has repeatedly shown, a pretty studio penny is also required to depict all that opulence on-screen, and now with Luhrmann facing a six-month delay, he's looking further than Warner Bros. to add some extra Jazz-age panache to the project.

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Holds A Mock Debate, Hits New Lows

    On TV at least, it feels like one of the major problems with Aaron Sorkin's writing, both on "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip" and "The Newsroom," is that it seems like he'd still rather be writing "The West Wing." It's understandable. For one, he was unceremoniously fired from that show at the end of the fourth season, and presumably feels there's an itch still to be scratched. For another, it was pretty much the best network TV drama of the last 15 years. We'd certainly rather be watching "The West Wing." But while it's not as inorganic as it was on 'Studio 60,' there's a sense that Sorkin is returning to the same kind of issue-based plotlines he tackled before, but in a setting that makes it feels somewhat forced.

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    Hushpuppy & Wink Will Chat w/ Oprah On August 26

    In an all-new episode of Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday show on OWN, Oprah will sit down with Beast Of The Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin, and the film's breakout stars, Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cross-Post: Heroines of Cinema: Muriel Heslop

    Cross-Post: Heroines of Cinema: Muriel Heslop

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