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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Tony, Tony, Tony

    A Some Like It Hot reunion: Curtis, Lemmon, and Wilder.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Piling on Snow White, 360's Four-Poster Casting, BBC Lines Up Mendes, Campion, Hare

    - Universal is finalizing a deal to land the latest public-domain brand-name fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman, written by Evan Daugherty and to be directed by commercials-turned-feature director Rupert Sanders.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Kimmel vs. Zucker

    Jimmy Kimmel goes after departing NBC/Universal CEO Jeff Zucker:

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Muslim Fundamentalists Attack Jakarta Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

    FPI disrupts gay film festival from The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 09/29/2010 10:04 AMMembers of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) staged rallies at foreign cultural centers on Tuesday, demanding the termination of the 9th Q! Film Festival, which showcased LGBT artwork. The group demanded the cultural centers close down the festival within 24 hours.Word here in Berlin is that the threatening of Goethe Institute, Erasmus Huis Dutch Cultural Center, Centre Culturel Francais Jakarta and the Japan Foundation for their support of this event highly politicizes this on an international scale. The festival went ahead at several foreign cultural centers, including the CCF French cultural center, the Erasmus Huis Dutch cultural center and the Goethe Institute. In its official statement published on its website, the Q-Munity Foundation for Equality in Indonesia, which organizes the film festival along with various organizations and cultural centers, said it intended to continue with the event as scheduled. Read the latest article here about "students" continuing the protest from September 30 with a couple of immediate readers' comments which I love so much that I quote them here as well:

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Double Dare

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tony Curtis: A Life in Pictures

    To go at 85 is to have lived a long and--in the case of Bronx-born Bernard Schwartz--productive life. High points in Tony Curtis's career include Some Like it Hot (channeling Cary Grant, kissing Marilyn Monroe, and making a very pretty woman, clip below), defining the groveling press agent in The Sweet Smell of Success, turning on Laurence Olivier in Spartacus, and challenging Sidney Poitier in 1958's The Defiant Ones, earning his only Oscar nomination.

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  • eugonline
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    Onward, Jeff Hill!

    Back in June at the Provincetown International Film Festival, Jeff Hill (left) asked Brian (right) and I to join him for lunch. He had something important to share. Over burgers Jeff broke the news that he'd decided to close up shop and head to Palm Springs. The new economy of making and marketing movies had taken a toll and it was time for a change. We were floored (and snapped this photo to mark the moment).

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  • The Lost Boys
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    R.I.P. Tony Curtis

    Oddly enough, "Some Like It Hot" just screened here in Reykjavik for the festival's annual (and amazing) screening inside a pool (that's right), so it's eerie to then all of a sudden here news of Tony Curtis' death. Especially since it comes in a bizarre three that also includes Sally Menke and Arthur Penn (all within 2 days of each other). It's not been a good week for film history. But here's a clip from Tony in "Some Like It Hot" in an attempt to cheer that up:

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  • Spout
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    Tony Curtis in 'The Celluloid Closet' and Talking About Cary Grant

    Tony Curtis was a great actor. But he's one of those guys I remember as well for his off screen personality as for his on screen performances. And given that I said goodbye to Sally Menke this week by spotlighting an appearance in a documentary, I'm going to do the same for the man better known for playing iconic roles in "Some Like it Hot," "Spartacus," "Sweet Smell of Success" and, of course, "The Great Race." He's also one of the most memorable figures in "The Celluloid Closet," a 1995 documentary about the history of homosexuality in Hollwyood and its cinema. Talking about the first two films I mentioned, he comes off fairly tolerant of their gay undertones, which is why I find it interesting that he was part of the whole anti-"Brokeback Mountain" contingent of the Academy a few years back. But I don't want to go into that business.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    TIFF 2010: My Joy

    We first see a churning sludge of wet cement in close-up. Then, after we’re nearly lulled into its grinding trance, a body is tossed into the vat with a shocking thwack, face-down, and is then covered with concrete. Though it will never be made clear whose body this is, carelessly thrown like a rag doll, the force with which it hits the mix reverberates throughout the rest of My Joy. Bodies, living and dead and somewhere in between, heave and collapse with horrific intensity throughout the film, the first feature by Sergei Loznitsa, a Belarus native who has been making acclaimed sociopolitical documentaries, reportedly underseen even in Eastern Europe, since 1996. Though My Joy occasionally flirts with nonfiction conventions (surveying faces with clinical attention, allowing its camera to take in landscapes with pointed exactitude), this is a deeply allegorical work that makes sport of narrative and character in ways that perhaps only someone not enslaved to fiction traditions would dare. At once amusing in its details and frightening in its scope, My Joy is an anguished howl of social disorder. That corpse in the prologue could be anyone caught in its gears.

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