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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Christmas in Compton" and Black Holiday Classics

    Yes it's July, and maybe an odd time to discuss films that focus on the winter holidays. Or it could be the perfect time, since production schedules often dictate that films hitting screens in December are shot in summer or spring.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sony Picture Classics Acquires Kasdan's Darling Companion, Starring Keaton, Kline

    Sony Picture Classics has preemptively acquired the domestic rights to Darling Companion from Minneapolis-based Werc Werk Works (Howl, Life During Wartime).

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Men in White Aprons: An Interview with Gereon Wetzel, director of "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress"

    Men in White Aprons:An Interview with Gereon Wetzel, director of El Bulli: Cooking in Progressby Ohad Landesman

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Deutchman Takes Over as Chair of Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program

    Ira Deutchman, ever since his early days as an indie film distributor, always gave good quote. He went on to do many things, including co-founding Emerging Pictures, but for 24 years he was a popular professor of professional practice at Columbia University's School of the Arts. That's one of the reasons he was so smart about things--he always had an overview. Now Dean Carol Becker is appointing Deutchman as the new chair of Columbia’s Film Program. Deutchman will succeed Jamal Joseph, who has stepped down as chair after five years.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Hosts New 20th Anniversary Print of Thelma and Louise and Q & A

    The Academy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Thelma & Louise by screening a new print of the iconic Ridley Scott movie that turned the traditional buddy movie on its head. Screenwriter Callie Khouri won an Oscar for this story of two Southern women (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who escape their domestic traps and begin a whirl-wind crime spree. Released in 1991, the film was an immediate critical, commercial, and cultural success (the trailer is posted below). Scott was nominated for a best director Oscar for, among other things, an ensemble of great performances, including breakout Brad Pitt.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rosario Dawson Joins Danny Boyle's 'Trance'; Vincent Cassel Confirmed

    With James McAvoy already on board Danny Boyle's next film, the thriller "Trance," the two names alone would basically attract any willing and able actor in Hollywood for a part. Indeed, Michael Fassbender was initially attached before dropping out due to scheduling issues, and Colin Firth's name was wishlisted for the co-starring role. And just a couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that Vincent Cassel was in the running for the juicy role. Well, he's nabbed it and one more actress in coming along as well.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Duplass Brothers' 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' With Jason Segel & Ed Helms Lands March 2, 2012

    Well, finally some good news on the horizon for the long completed, long awaited Duplass Brothers film "Jeff Who Lives At Home" starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms and produced by Jason Reitman. Firstly, the film will arrive at TIFF in September and now, Paramount Vantage, who acquired the film a while ago, have at long last set a date: March 2, 2012.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fox Aims for Social Network-Style Success for ESPN Expose

    Twentieth Century Fox is securing the rights to the story of ESPN’s founding, along the lines of the transformation of non-fiction The Accidental Billionaires into The Social Network, reports Deadline. They should be so lucky!

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  • The Playlist
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    J.J. Abrams Finally Decides To Direct 'Star Trek 2,' 'G.I. Joe 2' Get Its July 29, 2012 Date

    The long wait for this inevitable piece of news is over. After playing coy forever, and now riding high off the success of "Super 8," Deadline reveals that J.J. Abrams has finally committed to directing the long awaited "Star Trek 2." But as expected, his delay and quest for the right story and script have caused plans at Paramount to move around a bit.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Winchester '73

    In 1950, the sizeable success of a modestly budgeted Western drama had an enormous impact on the future of the American film industry, one still felt today. The movie also marked the beginning of an extremely fruitful relationship between its star and its director and, for good measure, was—-and remains—-among the first and best of the genre’s darkening trend, a kind of noir western with complex and ambiguous reverberations. Since its subject, in essence, is the uniquely American obsession with firearms—-in this case, a highly prized rifle-—the picture obviously, tragically, retains a contemporary significance, an ominous quality perhaps not nearly as resonant, nor as grimly intended, on its initial release. But if one of the key uses of art is to illuminate, this work continues to serve its purpose. I’m talking about James Stewart’s first post-war Western, directed by the estimable Anthony Mann, and named after the weapon which is coveted by everybody throughout the story, WINCHESTER ’73 (available on DVD).

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