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  • iW NOW
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    "Ballou" Marching Band Up For Pepsi Grant

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tilda Does Stan and Ollie

    Tilda Does Stan and Ollie

    In case you missed the promised soft shoe at the Edinburgh Film Festival, here's Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins leading a merry flash mob in a Laurel and Hardy dance:

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Matador at 21 in Vegas

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  • iW NOW
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    Relaunched "Spider Man"'s Indie Cred

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Movie Palaces Come Alive Again

    There is no thrill to compare with seeing a classic movie in a great movie theater. For twenty-four years, the Los Angeles Conservancy has hosted a month-long series called Last Remaining Seats, showing vintage films in the city’s great movie palaces, most of which are located on Broadway downtown. This year’s wide-ranging bill of fare included Strangers on a Train, American Graffiti, The Graduate, the 1943 Mexican classic Flor Silvestre, and the silent version of Peter Pan. (The evening I’m really sorry I missed featured How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with its stars Robert Morse and Michele Lee in person, interviewed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, who features Morse on his show.) I don’t know of another major city with more surviving theaters from the glory days than ours. Alas, this part of Broadway—which used to be a Mecca for Southland shopping and entertainment—is now just a business district during the day and something of a ghost town at night. Post-World War Two suburban sprawl and the destruction of Los Angeles’ much-loved Red Car light-rail system saw to that.

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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    1970: The Cannes Film Festival (part two)

    Hotel Florian

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    McGurk and Rosett Are Out at Overture

    Another indie bites the dust. At a time of serious contraction in the indie market, Overture Films has been on the block since January.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sony Casts Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has chosen its new Spider-Man. It's Brit Andrew Garfield, perhaps the most mature of the crop of boyish actors the studio was reportedly considering. He'll be 27 in August. And he's a strong actor.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Happy Birthday Canada

    From London, with love.... Where I celebrated with a good thousand Canadians, ending the night by singing 'Oh Canada' on stage with 10 or 12 Canadian musicians. Best Canada Day ever.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Special Report: Elbert Ventura on "Heat"

    Downtown Los Angeles, high noon. Three men in suits walk out of a bank into broad daylight, brisk and all business, indistinguishable from the cubicle drones clogging the sidewalk. They make a beeline toward a waiting car, the end of their workday in sight. They have just committed a robbery. But as the last of the group reaches the curb, he spots armed police officers across the street, waiting to pounce. Without hesitation, he raises his assault rifle and opens fire: a relentless volley that shreds the banal day. The report is thunderous, echoing down the canyons of the city, and the reply from the policemen’s guns is no less ferocious. The epic battle of Los Angeles in Michael Mann’s Heat has begun.

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