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    FFF Shorts & Brouhaha Deadlines Hit Friday!

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Reverse Shot 28: The American All-Stars

    English-speaking American cinema’s been getting us down. It was an unusually dismal summer at the movies, and while it’s true that nearly every year now, the sweaty months are rough going for film lovers, there was something about this year’s crop of bloated sequels, incomprehensible action “spectacles,” and kiddie flicks (a category which now seems to encompass 5- to 35-year- olds) that left us feeling more than a little unsatisfied. And then a funny thing happened: Alamar opened, providing the movie summer’s first true breath of fresh air. (Yes, despite movie culture’s consensus, The Social Network wasn’t the film that single-handedly saved cinema as we know it.)

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  • The Playlist
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    James Cameron Talks 'Cleopatra,' Extended 'Avatar' & Possible 'T2' 3D Conversion

    Says Directing Angelina Jolie Would Be "Hot"Hot on the heels of rumors that James Cameron may be turning his attention to a “Cleopatra” film starring none other than Angelina Jolie as the infamous temptress, comes an insightful interview from the NY Times in which the director talks about those rumors, the forthcoming extended "Avatar" and what he thinks about a possible 3D conversion of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Now, Voyager: Sandra Kogut's "Mutum"

    Though she made her feature filmmaking debut with Mutum (which closed Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight program in 2007 and toured as part of 2009’s Global Lens initiative), Sandra Kogut has been an active documentarian for the past two decades. With ambitious projects like Parabolic People (1991), a multipart series of restlessly scrolling, densely composed video windows onto Dakar, Paris, Tokyo, New York, and Rio de Janeiro, or the gleeful adventures in collective storytelling that take place in Adiu monde, or Pierre and Claire’s Story (1998), she’s been at the forefront of Brazil’s contemporary documentary scene, which, since the mid-nineties, has exploded domestically and on the international festival circuit. Yet Kogut’s work, both fiction and documentary, or more often hovering at the intersection of the two, stands apart from films like José Padilha’s Bus 174 or Eduardo Coutinho’s Edifício Master, gritty exposés of favela life that typify much of what regularly screens at Rio’s It’s All True documentary festival. Though their concerns are specific to Brazil, Kogut’s films expand beyond the borders of her birthplace, questioning the limits of national cinema in an international age. Read the rest of Genevieve Yue's entry in Reverse Shot's American All-Stars symposium.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Weekly Oscar Prediction Update: 20/10/10

    Here's yet another weekly update of the Oscar prediction charts to supplement Wednesday's awards column on indieWIRE (which this week goes in a different direction than Oscar and looks at the Gotham Award nominations). There's not a whole lot of tinkering - though "Winter's Bone" does get a bit of a boost from all the Gotham love, "The Fighter" seems a bit more hopeful due to that new trailer (and a few whispers), and there's definitely some other thoughts that have shifted here and there. In a week or two I'll do a full on update with commentary for the major categories, but in the meantime these charts are all that time allows. So here's Oscar predictions with 8 of the major categories ranked in order of personal preference of probability + a weekly "special edition" (animated feature is this week's). This'll go on between now and nomination morning. Obviously, some weeks will have more to offer than others. But for what it's worth, here's what I think is gonna go down, with the predicted nominees in bold.. and note that #1 is not necessarily the predicted winner, just the most likely to get a nomination. The previous week's ranking is in brackets beside it.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Why Single Girls Want to Meet European Men

    I stand corrected regarding yesterday's suggestion that this was the viral video of the year. One day later, it's been upstaged by these classics. Thanks to Matt D to alerting me to one the most hilarious (and unintentionally?) gay things the internet's ever seen... and perfect viewing material to arrive home from Europe to. Seriously please watch this now:

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    More: Queer, Clips
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Paley Center and SnagFilms Stream Live Doc Debut

    In a groundbreaking digital media event, Wednesday the Paley Center for Media, Big Live and SnagFilms are mounting the synchronous American premiere of Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia. It marks the first time a film has premiered with a post-screening panel simultaneously to a theater audience and free online.  

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Flashback 11/4/08

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  • The Playlist
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    Armie Hammer Says He Was Told That Warners Are Looking For A "35-40" Year Old 'Superman'

    Time to re-do those "Superman" picks?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Fall, Del Toro's Second The Strain Installment, Earns Raves

    Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's book The Fall, the second installment of their planned trilogy which kicked off last year with The Strain, is nabbing stellar reviews. As you'd expect from Del Toro, the vampire trilogy is dark and distinctively not Twilight:

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