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    Interview: Spencer Susser Talks The Birth of 'Hesher,' Accidentally Getting Into Sundance

    Also Reveals 'Star Wars'-Assisted Birth Of Australia's Blue Tongue Films Collective While watching the bizarrely confrontational "Hesher," opening this Friday in limited release and starring an electric Joseph Gordon-Levitt (alongside Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson), you might think to yourself -- who the hell made this thing?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    New Distributor Open Road Films Gets Action-Thriller Killer Elite, Starring De Niro, Statham, Owen

    News from Cannes: newly formed distribution house Open Road Films has landed its first feature: Killer Elite, directed by Gary McKendry and starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert DeNiro. Open Road will handle US distribution (in theaters this fall) on this Omnilab Media project (produced through their Australian extension, Ambience Entertainment).

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Daddy-Long-Legs

    Mary Pickford was the screen’s first legend in her own lifetime; throughout the 1910’s and ‘20s, the most popular and beloved star and woman on earth, “America’s Sweetheart” and, overseas, “The World’s Sweetheart.” Also, I believe, she was greatly responsible for getting women the vote in 1920 (in the U.S.; 1918 in Ireland; 1919 England): How could Mary Pickford (or Lillian Gish, for that matter, or Gloria Swanson) not have the right to vote? “Little Mary’s” favorite—-and best—-director was the star silent filmmaker-actor Marshall Neilan, who has haunted me for years. Howard Hawks, no less, first mentioned him to me in 1962 as a major influence on his work: “Marshall Neilan had this great sense of humor,” Hawks said, “and yet his pictures were not slapstick. He always had a good foundation for a story, but his method of treating it lightly crept in—-or of stopping in the middle of something very dramatic to get a laugh. That looked like a good idea to me.”

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    ‘DAILY’ FILM HISTORY ONLINE

    In the online era it might be difficult for young people to appreciate the role daily and weekly trade journals played in the movie industry way back when.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    RS 29—Beyond Words: "Old Joy" and "My Dinner with André"

    In one of his Great Movies essays, Roger Ebert says that My Dinner with André was the first title that came to mind when a friend asked him if he could name a film that was entirely devoid of clichés. It’s an apt enough observation, except for the fact that at this point, thirty years after helping to usher in the American indie boom by proving that two characters trading dialogue in close-up could be the stuff of both compelling drama and robust per-screen grosses, Louis Malle’s film has, by no fault of its own, become a cliché: the celluloid gabfests against which all others are measured. Not to mention the subject of thirty years’ worth of variably executed parodies, from Andy Kaufman’s sweet short feature My Breakfast with Blassie, in which the late comedian took the Wallace Shawn role opposite pro wrestling legend “Classy” Fred Blassie as a roughneck version of André Gregory) to the recent Community episode “Critical Film Studies,” a well-played piece of pop culture riffage that has itself become a sort of conversation piece (Matt Zoller Seitz’s excellent appraisal in Salon can be found here).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Mos Def Joins Cast Of Showtime's "Dexter" In Multi-Episode Storyline

    The last time Mos Def was on any screen, big or small, was in 2009, when he costarred in Next Day Air, and an episode of House M.D. most notably. Since then, he returned to the stage to work with Jeffrey Wright and Nicole Beharie, amongst others, in the John Guare play, here in New York City, titled, A Free Man Of Color, which I saw, and reviewed on the old S&A site.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Movies In The Making - "For The Cause" (Fundraising)

    We always want to profile worthy films and filmmakers that will be of interest to our S & A readers, and so, with that in mind, we would like to present to you the fundraising trailer for the feature film For The Cause which will be directed by New York based filmmaker Katherine Nero.

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  • Spout
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    Demand It: Which Filmmaker Needs to Make a 3D Movie? Godard? Gilliam? Lynch?

    There are plenty of filmmakers who will never give 3D a chance. Walter Murch isn't going to return to Oz with a 3D follow-up (if he ever even directs a second feature), for instance. And there are plenty of critics who will continue to dismiss the format even after making at least one exception (see Roger Ebert and Murch united here), because many viewers who accept the historical and artistic significance of Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" still can't buy into the effort as a whole. Even I, while thinking it a masterpiece, am irritated by some of the blurry motion in the exterior shots. I'm definitely fine with Herzog not making more 3D films if there is no similar need for spatial perception the way there is with the documentary record of the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc.

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  • The Playlist
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    Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Finds A New Home, Martin Scorsese No Longer Attached

    It’s been quite a road for the long-gestating “The Wolf of Wall Street” project, and adaptation of Jordan Belfort‘s tell-all autobiography of 1990s stockbroker decadence.

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  • eugonline
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    #Cannes: The 15 Must-See Films

    #Cannes: The 15 Must-See Films

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