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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Limited Vision: Samuel Maoz's "Lebanon"

    Lebanon is the latest in the long line of films reliant on confined spaces and/or confined perspective gimmicks (The Lady in the Lake, Lifeboat, etc.). While on its very thin surface Samuel Maoz's feature debut takes Israel’s ill-considered 1982 invasion of Lebanon as its subject, the film is more Rear Window than Platoon, and gives new meaning to the phrase “theater of war”: Maoz evokes combat largely through first-person point of view, emphasizing battle as something to be processed through perception. Since it takes place almost entirely inside a tank, what we see of the mostly urban battlefields of Lebanon (with Tel Aviv substituting for the title country) is relayed through a cross-haired turret sight that alternates between wide shot and telescoped close-up, a cinematic POV assumed by Shmulik (Yoav Donat), the tank’s jittery, hesitant gunman.

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  • Spout
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    Remake of "Deep Blue Sea" Isn't What You Think. Film Blog Water Cooler 8/2/10

    Here's one for the people who only read headlines: reports today of a remake of "The Deep Blue Sea," a 1955 Anatole Litvak drama starring Vivien Leigh, triggered a number of confused cries from fans of "Deep Blue Sea," the 1999 Renny Harlin sci-fi thriller about smart sharks who kill a team of scientists. It all began with a Daily Mail article announcing that Rachel Weisz is in "advanced talks" for the lead role in a new film adapted from the original Terence Rattigan play, upon which Litvak's film was also based (Rattigan also wrote the screenplay himself). Terence Davies ("The House of Mirth") will write and direct this version, which will shoot either later this year or early next. The goal is to have it released in 2011 for Rattigan's centenary.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Three Points - I wonder...

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Filmography

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Steve Carell Builds a Movie Career as Deadpan Leading Man

    Here's a taste of my latest Career Watch examination of the impressive Steve Carell, who can seemingly do no wrong.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    secret's out: In Conversation with Kevin Kline

    The Extra Man | Kevin Kline | Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out | Movie TrailersI’d never had a chance to talk to Kevin Kline before; what a treat!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Pegg and Frost Talk Universal Road Comedy Paul and Tintin

    Working Title co-chief Eric Fellner looked anxious before Universal's Comic-Con panel for Paul, an alien road-trip comedy reteaming Simon Pegg and his Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz co-star Nick Frost, as co-writers and co-stars. Seth Rogen voices the friendly alien that the two sci-fi geeks encounter after they leave Comic-Con for a road tour through Area 51. Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman and Jon Hader lend support. Director Greg Mottolla (Superbad) grabbed some exterior shots at the Con last year, but largely restaged the mammoth San Diego event with extras in Albuquerque. (According to Frost, when they asked if they could shoot inside the real Con, the fire marshall said, "no fucking way.")

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  • iW NOW
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    Beastie Boy Calls Bullshit on MPAA Rating

    Beastie Boy Adam Yauch today called "bullshit" an MPAA's decision to rate the Holocaust documentary "A Film Unfinished" with an 'R' for "disturbing images of holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity." Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories is releasing the film in North America. The distribution company plans to appeal the MPAA decision for the film, which had its U.S. premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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  • iW NOW
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    Lorber Picks Up Beatles Fav "Harry Nilsson" Doc

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  • Spout
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    More Parodies and Possible Clarifications of the "Inception" Ending

    As you might tell from the title, this has to do with the end of "Inception" and so therefore includes SPOILERS. You're hereby warned.

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