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    18th Brouhaha Ready to Rumble

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Life on the Stage: Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles"

    Like so many of Richard Linklater’s films, his latest, Me and Orson Welles, follows an ad hoc group working together towards an unlikely, and very impending, goal. In his winning School of Rock a bunch of children (and one mental child) aimed to play a great rock show. His pint-sized Bad News Bears struggled for dignity through sport and teamwork, crescendo achieved via the “big game.” In Me and Orson Welles, Linklater hops back to the 1930s to the debut of Orson Welles’s political staging of “Julius Caesar,” but despite this sophisticated material he still populates his movie with childish types (narcissistic theater actors, producers and designers), winding them up and letting them go. The filmmaker’s Before Sunrise / Sunset diptych may be considered his archetypal works, but in focusing on just two characters they’re atypical: few American filmmakers are as fully invested in teasing out the character of communities, and his films are always full of well-balanced personages. Click here to read the rest of Jeff Reichert's review of Me and Orson Welles.

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  • iW NOW
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    Gotham Awards To Be Streamed Live Online

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    Polanski Granted Bail

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: The Last Station Stars Mirren, Plummer, McAvoy

    Trailer Watch: The Last Station Stars Mirren, Plummer, McAvoy

    I discovered Michael Hoffman's excellent literary adaptation The Last Station at Telluride; here's my feature. Sony Pictures Classics picked it up and is mounting an Oscar campaign for James McAvoy for best actor, Helen Mirren for best actress and Christopher Plummer for supporting (that's because they're putting him up for best actor for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus). I figure Mirren has the best shot. The movie opens December 4.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Futures of Entertainment.

    I have had the pleasure of attending Futures of Entertainment, the MIT conference founded by Henry Jenkins's comparative media studies department, for the past two years. I found this year's program even more satisfying than the last one, which I wrote about in this hurried dispatch. There's something uniquely compelling about sitting in a room filled with academics and industry vets alike as they grapple with finding a common ground. As a movie guy, I was fascinated by the efforts of the team behind Purefold to create a transmedia storytelling experience out of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner universe, and my heart went out to the efforts of The Harry Potter Alliance. But I was also intrigued by the research of MIT student M. Flourish Klink, who's studying "anti-fans" of Twilight, and the trenchant old school perspective on audience metrix expressed by Turner Broadcasting's Jack Wakshlag, which led to a hilarious hashtag in the midst of his panel.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Polanski Update: Swiss Accept 4.5 Million Bail

    Filmmaker Roman Polanski, in 30-year-exile from the U.S., has been smoldering in a Swiss jail for two months. He may have his get-out-of-jail card, but it is not free. A Swiss court has finally accepted the 76-year-old director's offer to pay 4.5 million Swiss francs to stay under house arrest with 24-hour electric monitoring in his Swiss villa in Gstaad. But he's not out of jail yet. The Ministry of Justice has ten days to decide whether or not to appeal the ruling. Judge Cornelia Cova wrote of Polanski's perceived flight risk:

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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  • The Lost Boys
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    Updated Oscar Predictions

    I figured with "The Lovely Bones" and "Brothers" looking more and more out of the picture, a pre-Thanksgiving, pre-precursor Oscar prediction update was in order...

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  • "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael ...
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    Crappy Mower

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