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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Cowboys Are Still Riding High

    I know a little something about fanzines, having published one for many years. Young people may not even know the term, which predates the Internet, with its sites and blogs, by many decades. Back then, before there was even widespread access to photocopy machines, I inherited Film Fan Monthly from its founder, Daryl Davy, in May of 1966 and combined it with my much more modest publication, Profile, which was then printed on a mimeograph machine. With a schoolmate, at first, and then my dad, I continued producing FFM every month—which included licking stamps, stuffing envelopes, and hauling bins to the post office—for the next nine years. (If you’re curious, you can explore and even purchase vintage issues HERE.)

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  • The Playlist
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    'A Serbian Film' To Get NC-17 Theatrical Release, Edited & Unrated VOD Release

    There hasn't been a film more controversial in recent memory than Srdjan Spasojevic's "A Serbian Film." If you thought you could handle torture porn, this one takes it to a whole new level with rape, necrophilia, and pedophilia all depicted quite graphically in the film that supposedly acts as a metaphor for Serbian politics. Coming under fire in nearly every country that has played it -- the British film board cut four minutes before allowing it to be released, while Sitges Festival director Angel Sala faced a lawsuit for programming the movie -- the film will now be getting a U.S. theatrical and VOD release.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    A Curation of Nicolas Cage Debacles, Difficulties & Dinosaur Skulls

    A Curation of Nicolas Cage Debacles, Difficulties & Dinosaur Skulls

    The trouble with a movie star who runs afoul of the law in the age of chasing celebrity hot topics to build traffic, is that when you mess up, the media piles on you, big time. Nic Cage's run-in with the New Orleans cops this weekend is a case in point. We round up some of the more responsible coverage:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Student Academy Awards 2011 Add Foreign Student Category; 575 Films Compete

    Five hundred and seventy-five films will compete for the 2011 Student Academy Awards, in its 38th year. The winning films, selected from the pool of films from 136 US colleges and universities as well as 32 countries, will be presented and screened on June 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Since 1972, the Academy has encouraged student filmmakers with this competition, which gives medals as well as cash grants to winners in each of its five categories: Animation, Narrative, Documentary, Alternative, and new this year - the Foreign Student Film category.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dayo Okeniyi & Amandla Stenberg Join 'Hunger Games' As Thresh & Rue

    This one is for the "Hunger Games" die hards because this writer hasn't read the books, nor does he intend to, so everyone else will have to sound off if this is good casting or not.

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  • The Playlist
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    Nick Cassavetes Won't Be Directing 'Gotti: Three Generations'

    Looks like Nick Cassavetes won't be getting down and dirty with the Gotti family after all.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Seriously, Listen To TV On The Radio's "Second Song" (It Might Just Be My Song of the Year)

    One of my most anticipated albums of 2011, TV On The Radio's "Nine Types of Light," finally came out last week and I've spent the last week slowly processing it... It's definitely not their best, lacking a certain energy as a cohesive effort (I fear nothing will top 2006's "Return to Cookie Mountain," which is one of my favourite albums of the past 10 years). But there is one standout track that I have fallen in love with in that once-a-year sort of way where you can just listen to it over and over and over without tiring of a moment of it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Matt Reeves To Go Down Another 'Passage' With Vampires

    It looks like Matt Reeves isn't done with vampires yet, and one week after it was announced he would be tackling an adaptation of Ray Nelson‘s short story “8 O’Clock In The Morning” he's added another potential project to his plate also based on a book.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Pulitzer Prizes Go To Jennifer Egan, Bruce Norris, Eric Foner, Ron Chernow, Kay Ryan

    The Pulitzer Prizes for 2011 were announced today (below). They will be awarded at a luncheon on May 23 at Columbia’s Low Library. More than 2,500 entries are submitted each year to the Pulitzer Prize competition for prizes in 21 categories, awarded by 102 jurors who make three recommendations in each category.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Winona Ryder Gets Another Role! And James Franco's Joining Her

    Winona Ryder's comeback potential that semi-started with the "Black Swan"/"The Dilemma" double whammy (hey, the latter might have bombed but she got really good reviews) is attempting to continue via "The Stare," which Deadline has announced will star Ryder alongside no other than Mr. James Franco (in what has to be like the 10th film he's signed on for this year, despite also studying toward multiple degrees, directing various projects, popping in on "General Hospital" now and again).

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