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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Slipping in and out of 'Rabbit Hole'

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Wahlberg Reveals Animated Bear In 'Ted' Will Be Motion-Captured

    We're kind of curious to hear what James Cameron thinks of this, but the upcoming Universal live action/animated hybrid comedy by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has a lot riding on it. Starting with its reported $65 million budget. The figure is extraordinarily high for an R-rated comedy (remember, Paramount put the kibosh on "Anchorman 2" because they thought the $60 million budget was too high) but the filmmakers are making sure they're gonna spend the shit out of it.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Actress Watch: Multi-Talented Vanessa Paradis, Halle Berry Talks Career Extremes

    Vanessa Paradis is multi-talented. She's been a pop singer since the age of 14, muse to Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, partner of and parent with Johnny Depp, and recent co-star with Romain Duris in this year's charming French rom-com Heartbreaker (L'Amacoeur) - a must-see for Dirty Dancing fans. Interview Magazine has her chatting with interviewer Patti Smith. They talk music, playing dress-up, Gene Kelly, Paradis' version of "Hallelujah" (video below) and why having children make it seem "that half your brain doesn't belong to you anymore."

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  • The Playlist
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    Hilary Swank Horror Flick 'The Resident' Pretty Much Going Straight To DVD

    It's been a hard fall for two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. Ever since she took her second statue for Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" way back in 2004, she's had a string of bad films, bad luck or both. Brian DePalma's "The Black Dahlia" had all the pieces of a great movie but was done in by the director pushing every facet of the production into hysterics. "Freedom Writers" was an ill-advised attempt to go into "Dangerous Minds" territory and while she scored a hit with the manipulative romantic dramedy "P.S. I Love You," the indie flick "Birds Of America" and horror fare "The Reaping" were non-starters. Even her big wide swings at Oscar attention -- last year's flightless "Amelia" and this year's less than captivating "Conviction" -- have been huge misses.

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  • Spout
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    Video: Harry Potter and the Many Awkward Moments

    Can we still talk about Harry Potter? He may not have the #1 movie in America anymore but the first part of "Deathly Hallows" is still going strong and I keep finding entertaining videos related to the series. Today's comes via PopSugarTV and is a sort of G-rated accompaniment to the previously showcased "X-rated" montage. Where that video suggested a lot of homo- and auto-erotic activity going on in the "Harry Potter" franchise, this collects all the true awkward moments. Most if not all still have to do with sex, in a way, yet it's focused on innocent aspects of adolescent crushes and the graceless handling of such by Harry and Ron in particular. Still, there is that creepy sequence with a naked, bathing Potter being harassed by the voyeuristic phantom Moaning Myrtle (pictured above).

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    JOHN FORD AT THE OBSERVER IN 1999

    In 1999, AMC was still honoring its original name and intention by running actual American Movie Classics on their channel---what TCM does now--- and that year they programmed an amazing 35-film retrospective of John Ford’s extraordinary opus. I was living in Manhattan then, doing a weekly column for Peter Kaplan’s The New York Observer (its heyday, in other words), and Peter and I agreed we should do a big spread about the AMC Ford tribute. I would write it and he would use many illustrations and give it a lot of prominence. It was also Kaplan’s idea to include in the illustrations several of my original movie card-file cards themselves. As I’ve written before, I kept a card file of every movie I saw---of whatever length---from January 1952 to December 1970; from when I was 12 and a half to when I was 31 and a half, and had just finished shooting “The Last Picture Show”. I stopped keeping the file because I guess I felt my apprenticeship had definitely come to end.

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  • The Playlist
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    Lucy Punch, Bob Odenkirk & Rich Sommer Join 'The Giant Mechanical Men'

    Join Cast That Also Includes Jenna Fischer, Topher Grace & Malin AkermanWith filming now underway on the indie romantic comedy "The Giant Mechanical Man," the final bits of casting are being put into place.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    International Sales Agents and Producers at Ventana Sur Wrap Up

    My thanks to Screen International who covered Ventana Sur and is allowing me to republish their series of articles on Ventana Sur.From Screen Daily December 7, 2010:One of the buzziest titles was Absent (Austente) by Marco Berger. France-based sales company Rendez-Vous picked up rights outside Latin American to the Primer Corte title, after having previously worked with Berger on his first feature Plan B. Carlotta subsequently acquired French rights. Before further licensing the Argentine drama, Rendez-Vous must plan its festival strategy. Produced by Argentina’s Oh My Gomez! the story is of a high school boy who has ulterior motives for spending time with his swim coach.Other hot titles in Primer Corte included Hernan Belon’s In the Open (El Campo) , about a wife who gets strange feelings when she visits a country house, from Argentina/ Italy/ France; Nacho Garassino’s prison break story Tunnel of Bones (" title="El Tunel De Los Huesos">El Tunel De Los Huesos), also from Argentina; and Mexico-Dutch production Paraísos Artificiales, dir. Yulene Olaizola ♀, about a young heroin addict who befriends a peasant man in Veracruz; as well as The Clown (O Palhaco) from Brazil.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    SILVER TONGUES to premiere at Slamdance!

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  • The Playlist
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    'Up In The Air' Scribe Sheldon Turner To Pen Gangster Pic 'Big Tuna' For Michael Mann

    Though Michael Mann is currently working on the upcoming HBO horse racing drama "Luck" with Dustin Hoffman, don't be fooled into thinking he's been seduced completely into the world of cable television. Just a couple of months ago, Mann confirmed he has added two more projects to his plate of potential followups to 2009's disappointing "Public Enemies." In addition to the biopic/romance tale of war photographer Robert Capa with Eva Green attached and a long gestating adaptation of Ernest Hemingway‘s “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” Mann has added the medieval tale “Agincourt” based on the novel by Bernard Cromwell, as well as the gangster pic "Big Tuna." Well, the latter pic has now received a considerable boost.

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