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  • Shadow and Act
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    Aki Kaurismäki's Immigration Dramedy "Le Havre" Gets US Theatrical Release Date

    It's on my to-see list when it screens at the New York Film Festival later this month (review will follow). Many more of you will get an opportunity to see it as well, as I was just informed that Janus Films will release Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, a film we've been following since its Cannes 2011 debut, theatrically in he US beginning on October 21st, in New York and Los Angeles. A national release will follow.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    indieWIRE Intern Derek Wraps Up His TIFF 2011

    TIFF is over and frankly I'm too exhausted to offer any sort of post-mortem on this blog. Having a massive festival in your hometown honestly sucks every iota of life out of you by the time it's over and all I can do now is try and relax for 2 or 3 days before the remainder of the fall festival blitz starts kicking into high gear. That said, you can check out loads of stuff over at indieWIRE here and here and here.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Spoilery New Clip From 'Albert Nobbs' Gives A Peek At Janet McTeer's Great Performance

    Before "Albert Nobbs" even played Telluride or TIFF, the word on the street was that Glenn Close was an early Oscar favorite thanks to her turn in the film, an adaptation of a stage play for which she won an Obie award back in 1982. The actress had been shepherding the project along for years, and finally had it realized with a cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson and in a very brief role Jonathan Rhys Meyers. And while our man in Telluride was enamored with the film, this writer caught up with it in Toronto and was far less enthused. And while Close is fine in the titular lead role, if restrained in what is an almost overly muted performance, for our money, the real star of the film is Janet McTeer.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Do You Eat Chitlins? "Electric Purgatory" And The Boundaries Of African-American Racial Identity

    The brilliant documentary film, ELECTRIC PURGATORY: The Fate of the Black Rocker, by filmmaker Raymond Gayle illuminates and challenges the boundaries of African-American racial identity as a substantive testimonial that reveals how the music industry and even some African-Americans themselves subscribe to a limited perspective on our own human potential and artistic ability.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Netflix Splits Its DVD and Streaming Business, Hastings Says 'I Messed Up'

    Reed Hastings has posted a letter at his Netflix blog (below, the comments are fascinating) admitting that "I messed up," and explaining why he initially separated Netflix's DVD and streaming businesses. Basically, one is the past, which threatens to drag down his company's stock price, and the other is the future, and should continue to thrive and grow. You can tell where Hastings thinks Netflix's future lies because that's the business that's getting the Netflix name. The company that is going to dwindle and die gets called Qwikster. The red envelope will be the same and will add video offerings, but the logo will change. (Here's Techcrunch.)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch - Dee Rees Talks Her Journey From Spike Lee Intern To "Pariah" Feature Film

    A good interview from Scott Feinberg...

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  • The Playlist
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    Post-Fall Film Festival Season: Five Movies We're Still Eagerly Awaiting

    And Five We're Worried About/DreadingWith the Toronto International Film Festival now over, the dust is beginning to settle on 2011 and we're moving into the final stage of the fall movie season. Many, if not most, of autumn's Oscar season big hitters have now been revealed, leaving principally commercial fare, and a few prestige-y films that are rushing towards completion. As ever, the benefits of opening your Christmas presents early is a mixed bag; it means that we're able to firmly recommend some big fall films, movies like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Shame" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin." It means we can also tell you to be wary of the likes of "W.E." and "Butter."

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  • The Playlist
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    Jimmy Page's Soundtrack For 'Death Wish II' Getting A Limited Vinyl Reissue

    Full disclosure: this writer had no idea that Jimmy Page ever did the music for "Death Wish II." And as a once teenage diehard fan of Led Zeppelin, we're a bit disappointed that bit of trivia never stuck in our brain. But yes, the legendary axe man, for whatever reason, did decide to write and sing some tunes for the movie, and while they only featured very briefly (which may be why you don't remember them) Page recorded full versions, creating his first soundtrack and soundtrack album. Well, in case you never got around to it the first time, you'll have another shot to give it a listen. But you may need to bust out your grandma's victrola.

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  • Caryn James
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    Review: Worst. Emmys. Ever? (UPDATED with Video)

    By my count there were about five entertaining minutes out of three hours on last night’s Emmy show. I admit, I’m math challenged so I may be off by a minute or two, but I promise, no more than that.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Anika Noni Rose Makes Guest Appearance On "Law & Order SVU" Season Debut Wednesday

    Talented stage and screen actress Anika Noni Rose will make a guest appearance on the season premiere of Law & Order SVU this Wednesday (Sept 21st) at 10pm/est on NBC.

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