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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    The Scream: Adam Nayman on "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"

    When I was nine or ten years old, I was allowed to rent two movies a week from the public library around the corner from our house; one fateful weekend, I selected Philip Kaufman's 1978 remake of Don Siegel's 1956 chiller Invasion of the Body Snatchers, based largely on the cover art, which showed four figures running against an abstract beige backdrop, trailing twisted black shadows. Looked creepy, I thought, and my hopes were stoked even further by the promise, written in bold text on the back of the box, that the film contained "perhaps the scariest last shot of all time!"

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Announces Oscar Show Producers Cohen and Mischer

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak is jumping the gun this year by announcing the show's producers in June. The producers of last November's first inaugural Governor's Awards, film producer Bruce Cohen and TV producer Don Mischer, will do the honors on the 83rd Academy Awards telecast, which airs on ABC Sunday, February 27, live from the Kodak Theatre. Mischer will also direct the telecast.

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    More: Awards, Oscars
  • Indiewire
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    film review: Knight And Day

    It irks me that this film has been the subject of so much snarky speculation. I’m sorry if teenagers don’t care about Cameron Diaz and some people think Tom Cruise’s career as a superstar is over. I’m sorrier still that 20th Century Fox seems to be running scared over a movie they produced, at great expense. (Why else would you hire two attractive, world-famous stars and not show their faces on your posters and in your print ads?)

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  • Enzian Theater
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    A MARVEL-ous June FilmSlam Win

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    More: General
  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Winterbottom's "The Killer Inside Me"

    Observers of Michael Winterbottom’s hyperactive career have always struggled with the question of authorship, wondering whether the tireless British director, an almost frustratingly nimble change-up artist seemingly comfortable in every genre, has a verifiable artistic signature, or if it even matters. His sleek new Southwestern retro-noir The Killer Inside Me, an arrestingly acted, often sensationally disorienting, mostly bang-on adaptation of Jim Thompson’s chilly 1952 pulp novel about a small-town lawman with incomprehensibly psychopathic impulses, raises more of these pesky auteurist questions than it answers. Working from a script by John Curran, Winterbottom hews closely to the book’s first-person narrative, drawing us into the Manichaean mind of a deranged young West Texas sheriff with unapologetically dogmatic faith in the power of Thompson’s words, dialogue, and personal vision. Abandoning the freewheeling ingenuity of his previous period adaptations (Jude, The Claim, Tristram Shandy), as well as the frenetic pacing of docu-realistic dramas like In This World or A Mighty Heart, Winterbottom’s latest effort, though enthralling on the whole, sometimes feels too literal for its own good. Read Damon Smith's review of The Killer Inside Me.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Eight Things I Learned About Producing Web Entertainment

    Here are eight things that Cameron Carlson learned at The American Cinematheque's Monday panel on web series and emerging trends in online content development. Instead of giving up on Hollywood after pursuing conventional career routes, the intrepid panelists took their chances on the web. Videos after the jump.

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  • iW NOW
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    One World Media Announces Winners

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Moscow Business Square: Eurimages and the Council of Europe

    Roberto Olla, Executive Director, spoke of Eurimages. It will be announced in July whether Russia will be accepted into this organization of 34 nations which is part of the larger Council of Europe. Eurimages' June newsletter IRIS features an article “On the Mass Media" reporting on an important legal development in the Russian Federation relating to the film industry.

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    Moscow Business Square: The BRIC Nations

    FILM PRODUCTION FINANCING FOR THE BRIC COUNTRIES

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