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  • Spout
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    What Harvey Comics Character Should Get a Movie After the "Casper" Reboot?

    As far as audience awareness is concerned, "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" does make sense as the first priority for Classic Media, which is hoping to adapt many of the Harvey Comics properties they own for the big screen. Never mind that phantom kids weren't that popular in 2010 (at least not in dramas like "Charlie St. Cloud" and "Hereafter"). I think a movie solely starring "Wendy the Good Little Witch" could also be popular, especially since the magic world is losing a lot of representation with the "Harry Potter" franchise ending this year. She should at least feature into the proposed 3-D "Casper" reboot, after allegedly being shafted by a rights-related rewrite on the 1995 movie, in which Christina Ricci's character became a mere hint of Wendy -- named Kat instead. Later Hilary Duff, in her film debut, portrayed the little witch in Fox's direct-to-video release "Casper Meets Wendy."

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  • The Playlist
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    Berlin Film Festival Panorama Sidebar Includes New Films By Lee Tamahori, Jose Padilha & More

    That's right, it's a New Year, the holiday movie lull is over, and the festival circuit is set to begin. The Sundance Film Festival is just a few weeks away and next month, the Berlin Film Festival will mark the the start of the international festival season and nearly half of the fifty-strong lineup of the festival's Panaroma sidebar has been announced, and it boasts some intriguing titles.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Navajo Nation and a New Sort of Giving - DVD Distribution

    Making a difference in society calls for more tools than you can find in a documentary film. It calls for vision and creative activism involving marketing, educating and partnering with real people from different walks of life. That's how to build a groundswell.I am not going to start a series here on DVD distribution benefitting the worthy causes of the subjects of films, but coming on the heels of The Creative Coalition's endeavors, this distributor to the non-theatrical community came my way, and in the interest of a good cause, I am posting it here on the heels of Poliwood and TCC. Both these postings are good case studies for others and both do go with an ongoing series of blogs I began in Cannes called When Are Films Political. The need to mobilize political forces is apparent as our new Tea Party Congress takes its seats. We did it in the 60s; we did it with Obama; we can do it again. Pick your cause, or mine these for creative possibilities for your social issue film. Kickstarter and Indie A Go Go are not the only ways to raise money.Groundswell Educational Films and our Navajo partners move mountains. Keep on reading. And clicking. In this special Navajo edition you will see hyper links to new videos about an unprecedented clean-up of Cold War uranium contamination on the reservation. Groundswell works for many good causes but today you can contribute to an urgent environmental justice campaign. Since 2000 when our film, The Return of Navajo Boy, stunned Sundance Film Festival audiences, we have raised sponsorships for Navajo speakers to travel with the film. We advocate for a clean up of radioactive waste from abandoned uranium mines. More than 1,000 abandoned uranium mines continue to impact homes, livestock, land and water across the 25,000 square mile reservation. The Navajo Nation is home to approximately 175,000 people. It holds the largest uranium deposits in the United States and suffers from the highest cancer rates in the Southwest region. In 2005 the tribe banned uranium mining forever. We are pleased to report that congress has authorized funds for a comprehensive plan to clean up abandoned mines, including the one known as Skyline Mine which impacts the family featured in our film. However, Skyline is only one site out of hundreds. Please help us call attention to all the other sites. We have succeeded in attracting national attention to this issue.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    OFCS Awards Top Prize to Unlikely Contender.

    Just kidding! The Online Film Critics Society, of which I am a member, has voted "The Social Network" as best film of the year.

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  • The Playlist
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    J.B. Smoove Joins Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

    Comedian and fast-rising television and film actor J.B. Smoove has joined the ensemble cast of Cameron Crowe's forthcoming dramedy "We Bought A Zoo."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Official Video For Jonsi's "Sticks And Stones" From 'How To Train Your Dragon'

    If there is any real competition to "Toy Story 3" in the Best Animated Feature race at this year's Oscars it will be from DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon." While it was certainly a box office success, the film also won over audiences and critics with the kind of praise that is usually only reserved for films from the Pixar braintrust. One of nicest touches in the film was the hiring of Sigur Rós frontman Jonsi to pen a tune for the film, marking a nice deviation from the standard practice of hiring a pop-star-of-the-movement, though upon further inspection, the move wasn't totally out of left field. Dean DeBlois, co-director of "How to Train Your Dragon," also directed the Sigur Rós tour documentary "Heima" (must watch if you're a fan).

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  • The Playlist
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    Contest Giveaway: 'The Bridge On The River Kwai' Blu-Ray

    Update: Contest closed. Call it a late Christmas present, but we have a single copy of "The Bridge on the River Kwai" on Blu-ray courtesy of Columbia Classics for one lucky reader.

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  • The Playlist
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    Get A Grip: Why Your Favorite 'Firefly' Cast Member Is Never Going To Lead A Tentpole

    There's not a lot of news knocking around in the week between Christmas and New Year, and so fairly ludicrous rumors that wouldn't necessarily get the time of day in busier periods get more traction than they would otherwise. Two stories were doing the rounds last week, stories that have a very significant connection.

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  • Indiewire
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    Quentin Tarantino's Favorite Movie Of 2010 Is 'Toy Story 3'

    Yes, we're now in 2011, but best-of-2010 lists are still trickling out and none other than Quentin Tarantino has dropped his selections for his favorite films of the past year. And there are some interesting surprises.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Casper, The Friendly Ghost' To Spook Movie Theaters Once Again?

    Could Steve Guttenberg be on the verge of a comeback to the big screen? Only in dreams, however, Amblin and Universal apparently both have their eyes set on a new "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" feature film, the rights of which are now owned by Classic Media who hope to reboot the franchise.

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