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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SXSW Unveils Panel First Wave

    SXSW Unveils Panel First Wave

    Among the first wave of twenty South by Southwest panels---there will be over 80 panels and workshops–taking place in Austin, Texas between March 11-19, 2011 are:

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    More: Festivals, SXSW
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Boardwalk Empire Episode 3 Recap: Things Get Pissy

    Boardwalk Empire Episode 3 Recap: Things Get Pissy

    Things get nasty in Boardwalk Empire Episode Three, writes Tim Appelo in this spoiler-filled recap/review:Boardwalk Empire haters, quit yer bitchin.’ Like the train Jimmy hops in the last scene, the story builds up steam and gets rolling in Ep. 3, “Broadway Limited” (penned by Margaret Nagle with the period verve that earned her HBO FDR show Warm Springs 16 Emmy noms and 5 wins). It helps that the episode’s scariest, most lawless place isn’t some back alley or speakeasy -- it’s the doc’s office. First, the gangster too fat to die from bullets in the premiere Scorsese episode’s massacre scene gets smothered in hospital by a pillow wielded by Eli (Shea Whigham), the sheriff brother of top mobster Nucky (Steve Buscemi). Nobody wants the fat man to finger Jimmy (Michael Pitt) for the shootout.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: True Grit Long Version

    Paramount tacked the long True Grit trailer in front of The Social Network this weekend. Now I know more than I want to know, typically. Instead of wondering if Josh Brolin and Matt Damon are both bad guys, we see that Damon plays a Texas Ranger helping Bridges' U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn on a two-man job to track 14-year-old Mattie Ross's target: Tom Chaney (Brolin), the man who killed her father. And we get more glimpses of banter among the group tracking Brolin.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Current Press Releases from Abroad

    Lots of interesting news is coming from offshore and so I am starting my own "wire service". When I get the news, I'll post a line and the link for those who are interested in following the links. This one I particularly like because I like the film so much and it came to U.S. via COLCOA where Overbrook made a remake deal with Danny Boon, the same director, for a the English language remake to be released 2013. Welcome to the Sticks, the French comedy about a postal civil servant in France being relocated to the North of France, to "the sticks" has been remade by the Italians as Benvenuti al sud (Welcome the The South) by Cattleya in which Universal has a 20% share. Remaking titles from Universal’s library is easier than trying to remake something from scratch. It opened in Italy October 1 and is opening in France this month as well.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Noam Chomsky Conference In Iceland

    As you can tell, I haven't exactly been posting like crazy since my arrival here in Reykjavik, mostly because it's just been too amazing here to hinder by holing up with a laptop. I'll have a bunch of musings to post tomorrow as I make my Icelandic exit, but for now here's video from an inspiring conference late last week at the festival with Noam Chomsky that is most definitely worth 50 minutes of your spare time:

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Carlos

    Olivier Assayas’s Carlos opens with a disclaimer noting the necessary fictionalization of certain elements of the following story even though the overall project aimed for historical fidelity. Disclaimers are banal, cinematic elements usually not remarked upon, but as with everything we see in a film, someone had to choose to include it and select what specific words and phrasing to employ. When this kind of text begins the new work by Assayas, a filmmaker always assiduously attuned to every piece of the cinematic machine, we should pay attention. Clearly the filmmaker wants us to immediately recognize the dangers inherent in using a movie to navigate the life of any historical figure, much less one with as rich and varied a saga as that of Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, the aspiring Venezuelan revolutionary who would go on to become the landless international terrorist and mercenary Carlos “The Jackal.” We should recognize these dangers, and in this state of heightened awareness, view Carlos appropriately—as a mix of images standing in for facts and other images the results of carefully conceived fictions. Read Jeff Reichert's review of Carlos.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Ken Feinberg

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Donald Duck vs. Glenn Beck.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    For Colored Girls Campaign is Old-Fashioned

    For Colored Girls Campaign is Old-Fashioned

    Lionsgate has been talking about an Oscar campaign for Tyler Perry's screen adaptation of For Colored Girls (from Ntozake Shange's poetic 1975 hit Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf).

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    Producers to Watch: Anne Marie Gillen ♀

    by guest blogger Peter Belsito

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