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    Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

    In the past couple of weeks, a lot has gone down at indieWIRE. First, Eugene Hernandez announced he would be stepping down from his role at indieWIRE for a deserved new gig at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Then, Todd McCarthy got hired as the chief film critic at The Hollywood Reporter, leaving his "Deep Focus" blog here at iW as a result. And now, it " TARGET="_blank">has been announced that Anne Thompson would be taking a new role as iW's Editor at Large. And while there are still many more developments to follow in the coming weeks, I figured this might be a good time to stop and take it in for a second.

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    The Best Tracks Off Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross's "Social Network" Soundtrack

    I haven't exactly been a advocate of "The Social Network" on this blog (see here), but I must say its soundtrack from Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross has found quite the presence on my iPod (and was my soundtrack for Iceland last week). Perhaps only the scores for "Requiem For A Dream," "There Will Be Blood" and "The Dark Knight" have ever proven that personally popular (at least as far as purely instrumental works). Like those three, it's likely stuffy Academy members will overlook or disqualify it in the best original score category, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy. Check out my three favourite tracks below and definitely consider forking over $5 on this site to own the whole thing outright.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Will Voyage of the Dawn Treader Be the Best Narnia?

    I am not a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia movies. Walden Media's $180 million The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was a huge global hit ($748 million) while the $225 million Prince Caspian, based on the weakest book in the series, was a relative disappointment that did well enough overseas ($419.5 million worldwide) to warrant a sequel. From age nine, I reread the C.S. Lewis Narnia books avidly, none more often than The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which is the best page-turning adventure tale of the lot, complete with seafaring travels, dragon, flamboyant talking mouse Reepicheep, the spirituality of the godly lion Aslan and of course a voyage to the end of the world. So there's faint hope that this one might turn out better than the past two. Faint.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Movie Monsters and Screenwriting Perspectives at Academy

    Heading toward Halloween, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the evolution of creature technology on October 21 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. "Monsters in the Movies" will include an on-stage discussion with industry technical experts plus film clips tracing technological progress from 1933's King Kong to 1993's Jurassic Park and beyond. A display of monster movie artifacts will welcome guests in the lobby. Click here for tickets and info.

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    Reliance backs Mumbai with Film Bazaar and All-Woman Jury ♀

    Reliance Big Picture, the company behind Dreamworks and IM Global is backing its home festival, the 12th Mumbai Film Festival (October 21-28) along with a film bazaar with 25 top international buyers and sellers. Screen's Udit Jhunjhunwala reports that 200 films from 58 countries will screen and an all-woman jury ♀ will be led by Jane Campion.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Production News: The Secret in Their Eyes Remake, Downey/McQueen's Yucatan, Gravity, The Hobbit

    - When a foreign film earns both critical and audience support (think Let the Right One In and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) --not to mention a Best Foreign Language film Oscar --the remake question comes up. Juan Jose Campanella's Argentine The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto De Sus Ojos) may flicker again as an English language remake at Warner Bros. The studio is in final talks for remake rights and have lined up Billy Ray (director of Shattered Glass and Breach, writer of Flightplan) to write and direct, and producer-writer-director-editor Campanella to produce. The thriller traces an ex-federal justice agent's relationship to an old murder case that haunts him and his romantic feelings for his former boss, with many flashbacks to 1974. Where and when the remake will be set is pending, but the fundamental reasons to remake this film will hopefully stay true: a gripping story with characters we care about.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Down Terrace

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    McCarthy Moves to THR; TOH Stays Put

    Todd McCarthy is going to Janice Min's new iteration of The Hollywood Reporter as their new lead film reviewer. I am happy for him. He's a great critic, but making the adjustment from 30 years of working with a Variety support system to the independence of a blog was tough for him. I look forward to reading his THR reviews. Kirk Honeycutt, who has served as THR critic for decades, is being redefined as the trade's international critic.

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