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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Bombs Away: Lucy Walker's "Countdown to Zero"

    This August 6 will mark the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima by the American Air Force in an effort to end the Second World War in one fell swoop. The bomb not only eviscerated Hiroshima—where as many as 200,000 people eventually died—but disturbingly symbolized man’s entrance into the atomic age, where he now possessed the ability to “become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Evan Goldberg Announces 'Sausage Party' Starring Seth Rogen & Jonah Hill

    Playlist correspondent Drew Morton had a chance to sit down with "The Green Hornet" co-scribe and Seth Rogen writing partner Evan Goldberg in San Diego during Comic-Con 2010. The writer of films like "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" was not only friendly and personable, but extremely forthcoming about all his upcoming projects, some of them with and without Rogen.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Comic-Con Day One: Tron and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Travel is hell, from the American Airlines flight out of Logan that was canceled--after three hours on the tarmac spent entertaining a cranky one-year-old--to the seventh circle of hell in San Diego known as Hotel Circle. I'm actually not staying there, but I always seem to wind up there in the middle of the night. I miraculously made it into Hall H in time for the Tron panel, and stayed there all day, ducking out to sit on the floor and try to recharge my laptop and BlackBerry, which were drained from my long travel stint. Thus I was rarely tweeting and lost one blog post when my computer expired, and failed to realize my Haunted Mansion story was in preview mode until this morning. Arrgh. A flock of journos fought over the one wall outlet near Hall H. The Wrap's Sharon Waxman stood on the side, plugged into the Hall H sound booth power strip. If you're willing to take the chance of not getting back into the Hall, there's a pleasant Wired Cafe. EW's Nicole Sperling files to her blog straight from her BlackBerry. Covering Comic-Con isn't for sissies. Thanks to Luke Thompson, filing for Deadline, for giving me a cereal bar yesterday.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    LIFE DURING WARTIME (and before vacation)

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    More: Personal
  • Spout
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    Spout About: "Salt"

    The question "who is Salt?" may not be as full of mystery as any still being asked with "Inception," but it's time to start a new week with a discussion of a new major film release. And I couldn't drag myself to that future film studies staple "Ramona and Beezus," so the latest Angelina Jolie vehicle it is. Anyway, that "Inception" post is still there for anyone else ready to tackle it. As for "Salt," what can we possibly say about it, even with the allowance for SPOILERS?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Betty Draper: Model Parent

    For anyone needing to brush up on their parenting skills, Mad Men's Betty Draper (January Jones) sets a hell of an example. New York collects some choice bits:

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    More: Video, TV, Mad Men
  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Quietly We Bray: Damon Smith on "Au hasard Balthazar"

    When I call to mind images from the films of Robert Bresson, it is not an actor’s face or a definitive sequence that emerges from what feels like ancient memory, but rather a series of disconnected close-ups drawn at random from the filmmaker’s body of work. Hands, mostly, those vessels for depicting soulful inquiry (a heretic; a country priest) or iniquity (a pickpocket, a killer, a wicked chorister) that proliferate in his sublime vision of humanity exalted yet estranged from itself, reckoning with dual impulses, negotiating varied proportions of choice and chance. But there are other images, too: instances of sound—auditory close-ups, as it were—that have had an even greater purchase on my recollections of the Bressonian universe, all indelible and unique, but married to no particular camera shot or sequence. It is my ear that remembers Bresson best: the whinny of horses in Lancelot du Lac, the creaking of doors in L’Argent, the snapping of branches and clip-clop of clogs in Mouchette. This is all by design. Read Damon Smith's contribution to the Reverse Shot Sounds Off symposium.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Salt

    Salt moves like a bullet, and almost never stops to take a breath; as a result, neither do we. I can’t think of a recent film that’s maintained such a breakneck pace or made me so unaware of time flying by. This is beneficial, because the story doesn’t always make sense…but when a film is this energetic and entertaining, it would be a shame to spoil the fun by demanding too much of it.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Life During Wartime

    I vividly recall the year Todd Solondz’s Happiness debuted at the Telluride Film Festival. His deadpan treatment of such sensitive subjects as pederasty and masturbation polarized the assembled moviegoers; some walked out in disgust, others stayed and were full of praise. Only a filmmaker as iconoclastic as Solondz would create a sequel twelve years later—and recast all the leading characters. Many of his films in that intervening period have been disappointing and downright strange, but Life During Wartime is exceptional…just as good as Happiness, and possibly even better.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Comic-Con: Whedon Confirms Avengers, Inception Passes $ 100 Million, Warner Bros. Does Dan Dare

    Joss Whedon has confirmed that he is directing The Avengers. The beloved sci-fi writer-director revealed this nugget of info--which everyone already knew--at a Comic-Con EW interview with colleague J. J. Abrams. The two men joked about their nerd tendencies before Whedon said, "That is not an official thing because I think Marvel couldn't afford a press release. So can I just make that an official thing? I'm directing The Avengers." He also claimed, "It's just a gig."

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