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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Searching for Brains: George Romero's "Survival of the Dead"

    So much allegorical baggage has been heaped upon George A. Romero’s army of walking corpses over the last four decades, it’s little wonder their decaying legs haven’t collapsed under the weight. The hollow dream of domestic consumerism; the ambivalences of scientific experimentation; the challenges of multiculturalism; the dehumanizing effects of the class-stratified state—Romero’s franchise has left few zeitgeist stones unturned. It is worth noting upfront that this is a real achievement. Though the films have taken some precipitous dips in quality over the years— fans more die-hard than I can argue about when the sell-by date came and went—Romero has consistently used his zombie-ravaged world as a stage upon which to tackle hot-button issues with an honest, if not always subtle, sense of inquiry. The undead themselves have proven fertile ground for exploring human identity and value, often circling back to that inevitable moment when a character is forced to bash in the skull of some dead-eyed monster who, in physical appearance and perhaps in mental capacity, remains a family member or friend. One of Romero’s more intriguing moves in the later Dead films was the way he began to frame the zombies not just as loose packs of flesh-eaters but as quasi-victims of the topsy-turvy world their presence created. Day of the Dead (1985) found them the subject of domesticating mental testing, while Land of the Dead (2005) featured dystopian pleasure dens where humans threw the undead into barb-wire pits and bet on which could consume their human prey first. We may fear these id-driven creatures, but as Romero insists, don’t be fooled: he has seen the enemy, and it is inevitably ourselves. Read all of Matt Connolly's review of Survival of the Dead.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    R.I.P. Gary Coleman

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Hobbit and Next James Bond Await MGM Picks to Run Studio

    With MGM creditors calling the shots and debating the future of the studio with MGM management, the cold reality is that no one is going to buy MGM at the valuation the studio needs as it copes with its $3.7 billion debt load. Thus the next phase of MGM's reorganization will likely involve bringing in some entity to exchange some debt for equity and run the studio. Top of the list of possible partners are Spyglass, Summit and the guy who thought up this solution, Amir Malin of Qualia Capital, a private media and entertainment equity fund. He made an offer to infuse MGM with some $500 million to run a lean operation in hopes that the economy and Wall Street would eventually improve.

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    Silverdocs Announces Full 2010 Slate

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    McAvoy Joins X-Men, Polley's Take This Waltz, Newsweek's New Look

    - Director Matthew Vaughn has cast Wanted star James McAvoy to play the role of the young Charles Xavier (created by Patrick Stewart) in Fox's next X-Men installment, the origin story X-Men: First Class. We like The Playlist's casting suggestion of Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) to play Xavier's evil opposition, Magneto (originally Ian McKellen).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

    I have nothing against a juvenile action-adventure yarn with a touch of fantasy thrown in, and while I can’t pretend to get inside the head of a 12-year-old boy, I enjoy summoning my inner child whenever such a film has great spirit and rousing action scenes. This one, I’m sorry to say, feels mechanical in its storytelling, and presents us with heroes and villains that are “types” rather than genuine, fleshed-out characters one can care about.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    F'ing LOST Week

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Michael Douglas at Lincoln Center.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Fired for Being Too Skinny

    The Megan Fox saga continues. The Wrap is reporting that the reason why Megan Fox was let go from Transformers 3 was because she showed up looking "pale," "underweight" and "unhealthy" and the director, Michael Bay didn't like how she looked.

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    World Wide Webbing: Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Micmacs"

    The last time we heard from Jean-Pierre Jeunet—the only person realistically competing with Luc Besson for title of France’s Most Popular Director—was 2004, when A Very Long Engagement followed his Amélie with an unflatteringly dour Audrey Tautou and an awkward blend of glossy WWI combat horror and search-for-a-lost-beloved romance. Engagement was no box office or critical bomb, but with it Jeunet’s limitations were made clear—for all his visual extravagance, “serious” and “epic” are two modes he just can’t pull off. And so he’s returned to his roots with the magical realist band-of-underdogs yarn Micmacs, reveling in a nearly (more on this qualification later) hermetically sealed fantasy world and constructing a narrative based exclusively on Rube Goldberg–esque set pieces performed by lovable and/or grotesque eccentrics. Read Michael Joshua Rowin's review of Micmacs.

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