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    Watch: Trailer For 'Chronicle' Suggests There's Still Intriguing Life In Low-Budget, YouTubey Sci-Fi

    These days, anytime a trailer crackles with the lo-fi sound of a faux-found footage doc, a cinematic angel loses its wings. However, this first look at "Chronicle," a low-budget sci-fi film that 20th Century Fox is putting out next year, is admittedly fairly engrossing.

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  • Hope for Film
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    It's Free! But You Can Still Pay For It If You Wish...

    What's the goal? Building an audience, or making a profit? Some projects are undertaken for other reasons than getting rich. Sometimes we just want to educate people. And sometimes that noble effort, leads people to give even more.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    NY Film Critics Circle Will Vote November 28, Beating Out Board of Review

    NY Film Critics Circle Will Vote November 28, Beating Out Board of Review

    The New York Film Critics Circle will move up their annual vote for the 2011 Film Critics Circle Awards to November 28, ahead of the December 1 National Board of Review meeting, which historically has been the first year-end group to vote. The NYFCC will meet at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center. 

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    Stephen Gaghan Lines Up 'The Snakehead' & Untitled Drug Trafficking Movie To Direct

    It has been a while since we've heard anything from "Traffic" writer and "Syriana" writer/director Stephen Gaghan. Ever since his sophomore film, Gaghan was attached to a few projects that never quite got moving. He was set to adapt Malcolm Gladwell's nonfiction bestseller "Blink" for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way shingle but that seems to have stalled out; he wrote a "Speed"-like thriller called "Dead Spy Running" that McG was eyeing to direct and he also had an untitled action pic set up over at Lionsgate. Late this summer, he signed up to adapt a popular series of books by a Swedish criminologist, psychological profiler and author G.W. Perrson and he's also completed work on a pilot for NBC. But he's still angling to get back behind the camera and he's making sure he's got options, setting up two brand new projects.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    River Phoenix May Return to Screen Via Re-edited Version of George Sluizer's Unfinished Dark Blood

    It's been eighteen years since his death, but that's not stopping River Phoenix's last film, Dark Blood, from being released next year. Director George Sluizer has re-edited footage from the film shoot, which was not completed (Phoenix died at age 23 of a drug-induced heard attack, 11 days before it was meant to wrap), and thinks a final cut can be achieved if Joaquin Phoenix provides voiceover for River's character, Boy, a young hermit who lives on a nuclear test site awaiting the end of the world. "The voices of both brothers are very much alike," Sluizer tells THR, but the director has yet to ask Phoenix if he is willing to do it. The film co-stars Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis as a married couple who find Boy when their car breaks down. After beginning a relationship with the married woman, Boy questions his belief that the world is ending. It may be eighteen years old, but the story sounds very à propos.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    BronzeLens Film Festival Returns to Atlanta for its 2nd Year

    Producer Roger Bobb and actress Nicole Ari Parker serve as honorary Co-chairs for this year's BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rio Int'l Film Fest Winners; Rio Seeks More Premieres Like Twilight, More Fast Fives and Woody Allen

    The Rio International Film Festival and its host city are pushing to get their close up, reports Matt Mueller:Rio de Janeiro’s annual film festival wrapped today, but the city wants to keep the spotlight shining, forking out $500K for “picture-postcard” advertising in Twilight: Breaking Dawn and courting Woody Allen to shoot his next film there.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    U.S. Remake Of BAFTA-Winning "Misfits" Likely To Happen . . . Regrettably

    According to The Daily Blam, a U.S. remake of the popular British dramedy Misfits is in the works. Gossip Girl producer Josh Schwartz reportedly will begin early pre-production for a pitch to American networks.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now: Racialicious/Racebending Panel from San Diego Comic-Con

    Racebending recently posted video from their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, "Diversity and Fandom 102: How You Can Make A Difference," hosted along with Racialicious.

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    Warner Bros. Swings Around The Pole For Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

    Joe Manganiello Reveals Character Costumes For Some Of The Strippers In The MovieSteven Soderbergh and Warner Bros. have had a long and mostly fruitful relationship for much of the director's career. Of course, right now they are doing very well with "Contagion," which as taken in over $75 million so far, and that's with international territories only starting to open now. And over the years WB has housed variety of Soderbergh's films both big and small, including the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy, "The Good German" and "The Informant!" and they are also behind the developing "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." And with lensing well underway on the indie-financed, low-budget male stripper pic "Magic Mike," it looks like the suits over at the studio are willing to roll the dice on the movie that was initially perceived as a hard sell for major shingles.

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