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    "Inception" Guides and Parodies

    I'm still waiting for a proper trailer mashup of "Inception" and "Shutter Island," one that truly integrates them and wasn't made before either film came out. It's likely one will show up eventually. A number of other parodies and trailer mashups have been pouring in since the film became a pop sensation. There is an okay redo of the "Toy Story 3" trailer with the audio from the "Inception" trailer. Yet it's fairly uninteresting as anything other than a random mix of the summer's two best releases. Then there's the mashup between "Inception" and "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" (via FilmDrunk), which I like because it features dialogue from the latter and because it slightly makes a nod to the more appropriate connection to "The Matrix" by working with an otherwise unrelated Keanu Reeves movie. Still, is the point that time travel does exist...in dreams?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Comic-Con: Let Me In is Vampire Coming-of-Age Story with Red Band Trailer

    Comic-Con: Let Me In is Vampire Coming-of-Age Story with Red Band Trailer

    One of the more impressive show-reels at Comic-Con was for the vampire thriller Let Me In (the remake of Let the Right One In) directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves. Overture Films will open the film October 1, and thanks to new owner Relativity Media, marketing chief Peter Adee assures me, the film will get a proper release. With proper handling it could become a mainstream hit, judging from the reaction in Hall H. The new Red Band trailer is posted below.

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    "Titanic II" is No Longer Just a Bad Joke. Film Blog Water Cooler 7/28/10

    Thanks to the Internet, we've seen plenty of fake posters and trailers for non-existent sequels to James Cameron's "Titanic" (happy belated 100th birthday to Gloria Stuart, by the way). Now thanks to the existence of The Asylum, the production company that brought us "Transmorphers," "The Da Vinci Treasure" and "Snakes on a Train," we have the chance to see an actual film called "Titanic II." Of course, it's not officially linked to the 1997 blockbuster as a sequel or otherwise. The title actually refers to the name of a new ocean liner that's been built to honor the original ship and will make its maiden voyage on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's tragic one and only trip.

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    5 Surprisingly Good Remakes of French Comedies

    What do Martin Short, Ted Danson, Nick Nolte and Robin Williams have in common? Each has starred in at least two remakes -- that's two apiece -- of French comedies (Williams has done three). And none of these are as good as the original. Of course it's not unusual for a remake to be worse than the first film, but there's a special consideration to be made regarding Hollywood's translations of French comedy in particular. They tend to be bad even for remakes. They tend to be bad even for films that are bad for remakes. Here are some examples: "Father's Day," "Pure Luck," "Taxi," "My Father the Hero," "Jungle 2 Jungle." Even when a filmmaker handles his own remake, as Roger Vadim ("And God Created Woman"), Jean-Marie Poire ("Just Visiting") and Francis Veber ("Three Fugitives") have done, the result is typically awful.

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    A Guide To Finding an Affordable Place to Stay During The Toronto Film Festival

    There seems to a bit of anxiety among the folks planning their trips up to Toronto now that the fest has mostly migrated south. Being eight years an on-and-off again Torontonian, I figured I should share some of the advice I've given a few folks already on here. There's plenty of routes to go - high end middle-range, budget... or renting out apartments from locals (a tricky thing to arrange, but e-mail me at peter@indiewire.com if you're looking as I know a few Torontonians that are up for vacating for 10 days in September). But you have about 6 weeks to figure it out. So below I offer a list of suggestions.

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    Mark Woollen Q&A

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    Gilliam to Direct Arcade Fire Concert Webcast

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Old Spice Launches New Star, Fincher's Final Four, Mulligan Considers Horror, Carell Raised by Wolfs

    Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice guy who revived a deodorant brand, is launching a career as a movie star (or at least A YouTube phenomenon). With roles in the Aniston/Bateman flick Horrible Bosses (a cop), Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (both releasing next year), and a guest spot on NBC's Chuck, this man's life is about to change even more. Mustafa spoke with THR about the luck of booking the Old Spice commercial, his dream to be on SNL (he was "in love with Mr. Bill"), his current vegan-cleansing diet, and whether he is truly a ladies man: "No, I'm not one of those guys. If a woman is into me, it usually takes me a while to figure that out. She has to hit me over the head with it." But he certainly knows what women want...

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