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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    . . . in Small Packages: Manoel de Oliveira's "Eccentricities of a Blonde Hair Girl"

    Manoel de Oliveira’s Eccentricities of a Blonde Hair Girl, huggable at 64 minutes, occupies the filmmaker’s by-now familiar nether-Lisbon, in which lives are lived simultaneously in 1609, 1909, and 2009. Oliveira’s a filmmaker at which the adjective urbane could be lobbed equally as praise or slight depending on your tolerance for his scarily coherent (especially of late) body of work. And there aren’t too many surprises to be found within the scant boundaries of Eccentricities, except of course those inherent in any Oliveira film: the depth of investigation (narrative and philosophical), range of references, steely control over aesthetics, and, yes, urbane sense of whimsy. Click here to read the rest of Jeff Reichert's review.

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    In Love and Bore: Ruba Nadda’s "Cairo Time"

    Canadian writer-director Ruba Nadda’s Cairo Time, like her last feature, Sabah: A Love Story, superficially explores Arab and Western relations on a microcosmic scale, as played out in a romance between a man and woman gazing at one another from across the cultural divide. In this case they’re Tareq (Alexander Siddig) and Juliette (Patricia Clarkson); the former picks up the latter from the airport upon her arrival in Egypt after her husband, Mark (Tom McCamus), is waylaid in Gaza due to his work with the U.N., derailing a long-planned vacation together. For the first third of the film at least, the narrative doesn’t seem as though it’ll follow the expected love story trajectory; rather than plow straight ahead with the forging of the relationship, it wanders in not uninteresting if ultimately facile and unfulfilling ways. Read Kristi Mitsuda's review of Cairo Time.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TCA: Lennon Hearts New York in Upcoming PBS Doc

    John Lennon’s passionate attachment to New York City during the last years of his life is among the themes of LENNONYC, a new PBS doc that will debut Nov. 22 as part of the public broadcaster’s American Masters series. Amy Dawes caught Yoko Ono's introduction at the television critics association press tour in Beverly Hills.

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    Women to Blog About: Stacey Parks – Giving Back to the Filmmakers

    Stacey is L.A. based. She’s a Miami native and received her B.A in Economics from the University Of Florida. She then earned her International MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu. ‘I always loved business. I am not a filmmaker rather, I am business trained so that’s my basic outlook in all my film work.’Stacey began in the ‘biz’ by working for 4 years at the William Morris Agency in indie film packaging. She went on to work as a Producer both in TV and film. Then, as an international sales agent for many years, she ‘sold independent films’ (i.e. secured distribution) for a wide range of the best international and US domestic companies.After spending time in the trenches of independent film production, financing, and distribution Stacey decided to write the book "The Insiders Guide To Independent Film Distribution" (Focal Press 2007), considered to be an essential handbook for independent filmmakers seeking production and distribution insight for their films. Simultaneously she launched www.FilmSpecific.com, a virtual training website dedicated to getting filmmakers’ project made, seen, and distributed worldwide. Since its launch, www.FilmSpecific.com has been named by Moviemaker Magazine "one of the 50 best websites for moviemakers", and "one of the top 25 websites that filmmakers need to know about". Recognized as an expert in the field, Ms. Parks has spoken and lectured extensively on the subject of independent film distribution across the United States and Europe, including at the AFM, Cannes Film Festival, the Berlinale and British Film Institute.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Politics Isn't Just About Winning

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rourke Talks Expendables on Tonight Show

    Mickey Rourke is doing great work in movies these days--he and Sam Rockwell saved Iron Man 2--but the 57-year-old actor is looking stranger than ever, as this bizarre makeup job on his appearance Thursday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno attests.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Lights in the Piazza.

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  • "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael ...
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    SUPEREGO

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Burlesque Stars Cher, Tucci, Aguilera

    Never underestimate Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper. More than most studio execs, he gets to put together an eclectic range of projects under Sony's low-budget Screen Gems label because he's got that magic gut instinct for what audiences want and how to sell it to them. Since 1999, Culpepper has figured out which pictures to make without stepping on the toes of big Columbia and little Sony Pictures Classics: horror, urban and teen flicks like the Underworld, Hostel and Resident Evil franchises and Dear John.

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