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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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  • Eric Kohn
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    Auteurs in Exhile.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Kasdan Talks Return to Directing with Darling Companion, Wiest, Duplass, Shepard Join Keaton, Kline

    Kasdan Talks Return to Directing with Darling Companion, Wiest, Duplass, Shepard Join Keaton, Kline

    No director better represents the sorry state of the current moviemaking scene than Lawrence Kasdan. For most of his career, the studios supplied him with steady work as a screenwriter (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, The Bodyguard) and writer-director (The Big Chill, Body Heat, The Accidental Tourist, Grand Canyon). The writing has continued--he's still a well-paid fixer-for-hire--but Kasdan has had a tough time getting arrested as a director. He is now one of many senior players who are no longer in demand at the studios, which chase young whiz kids with VFX skills who can deliver them what they want without demanding final cut. And it takes a while for once top-tier directors to admit that with the studio jobs gone, the only way to get a smart non-tentpole non-genre movie made now is to raise the money independently.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    On Eugene Hernandez

    So today the indie film world got a bit of a shock. Eugene Hernandez announced he would be stepping down from his role at indieWIRE for a deserved new gig at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. I sincerely and warmly send my congrats, but it's definitely bittersweet.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Fincher, Sorkin, Timberlake, Eisenberg and Garfield Talk "The Social Network"

    Here's six clips from today's very busy, very early screening and press conference of David Fincher's "The Social Network" at the Walter Reade Theatre. Fincher was joined by Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake for a nearly hour long talk about the film (which I was underwhelmed by, but more on that later). I got up at 6:30am so you could enjoy these, so be grateful:

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  • The Playlist
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    Necessary Or Unnecessary: Belated Sequels Delivered Way After The Fact

    This December’s “Tron Legacy” has a dubious distinction: it is a sequel that comes a staggering 28 years after the first film, which must be close to a record. And yet, despite the original proving something of a flop on its release, people seem to be clamoring over the sequel. Whether this borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered 80s (to borrow a phrase from James Murphy) converts into a box-office smash remains to be seen, but it's not like Disney is the only one in town trying the trick.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Two Social Network Clips, NYFF Press Conference, Live MySpace Webcast

    Check out these two clips from David Fincher's The Social Network, starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, which opens the NYFF Friday night. And here's a link to the NYFF press conference. Billionaire Zuckerberg, 26, appears on Oprah Friday to announce his $100-million donation to the Newark schools, one week before The Social Network opens. "People don't care what people say about you in a movie," he told ABC's Diane Sawyer, "they care what you build." Fascinating interview. Eisenberg got the eyes right.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review—Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

    I’m not a fan of sequels, by and large, but I suppose events of the past few years made it inevitable that someone would devise a followup to Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, which became a touchstone of its era. The new movie isn’t likely to have the same effect, as so many documentaries are covering the financial debacle, with more to come…but it certainly is entertaining.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Have you purchased your copy of LOW & BEHOLD yet?

    After an incredible festival run that began at the Sundance Film Festival Low and Behold is currently available on DVD via the film's store. This is a film I'm incredibly proud have been a producer on. The first feature shot on location in a devastated New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, the film uses a hybrid documentary/narrative approach to explore the mental and physical story of of the city and its people. Low and Behold is a beautiful film. Take the opportunity to experience it for yourself.

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  • ReelPolitik
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