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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Doug Loves Movies

    Doug Benson is a very funny guy. You may have seen him on TV or at a local comedy club; he tours all the time. Or you may be familiar with his stoner documentary Super-High Me. But I’ve gotten to know Doug because he hosts a podcast called Doug Loves Movies (formerly known as I Love Movies) that’s recorded in front of a live audience at L.A.’s comedy hotspot, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. The heart of every show is a competition he calls—no kidding—The Leonard Maltin Game.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Future of Digital Distribution: A Mini Documentary

    The Future of Digital Distribution, a mini-documentary from Game Industry TV, now available here (and below), goes deep into how the online availability of music, film, TV and video games are revolutionizing the way society digests its plethora of media. With commentary from reporters, analysts, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Disney Interacting Studios GM Graham Hopper (and others), the topics range from the growth of online purchasing, direct distribution channels changing the relationship between content creators and their consumers, and how social networking will continue to influence the entertainment world.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    No Budget Film School's New One Day Course August 29th

    On August 29th, a new No Budget Film School class will be held in two parts: "Mastering Film Grammar," (how to express your story) and "From Script to Screen" (how a script becomes a film) . Both the morning and afternoon session will be taught by screenwriter/director Tom Provost (Under Suspicion) with the intention of teaching how to make the best possible film on any size budget.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Boyle's 127 Hours Stars Franco as Ralston

    Trailer Watch: Boyle's 127 Hours Stars Franco as Ralston

    Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is going to Telluride, Toronto and London, where the media will check out what is a daring subject for a movie. Hiker Aron Ralston survived being trapped on a Utah canyoneering trip for five days in 2003 by a boulder on a solo hike miles from any possible rescue by doing what he had to do: sawing off his arm with a dull knife. He had not told anyone where he was going.

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  • iW NOW
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    Hannah McGill Leaves Edinburgh Fest

    Iain Smith, Chair of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, announced today that Hannah McGill has decided to move on from her role as Artistic Director of the fest. "I love EIFF and have been privileged to be a part of it," McGill said. "I'm very proud of what the team achieved during my time as Artistic Director, and I take away a great many happy memories. I wish the Festival the very best for its next phase - and I look forward to being in the audience."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Toronto Announces 102 Additional Titles

    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced 102 new titles (total lineup is now 246) for its Contemporary World Cinema, Masters, Visions, Vanguard and Discovery programs. Among the newbies are German Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer's Three (pictured), Norwegian director Bent Hamer with the world premiere of Home For Christmas, and American Kelly Reichardt with her latest, Meek's Cutoff, screening as part of the Contemporary World Cinema Programme.

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  • Enzian Theater
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    FFF 2011 Now Open for Submissions!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Werner Herzog Answers Twitter Questions

    First Look Studios set up a Werner Herzog video press conference and asked him, in order, questions posed to him on Twitter, then posted the individual answers on YouTube.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Publications

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  • Spout
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    10 Greatest Traffic Jams in Movies

    What's the longest you've sat in traffic? Whatever it is, consider that a blessing and be thankful you're not in the world's largest traffic jam, currently in its tenth day outside Beijing, China, in the Inner Mongolia region and Hebei province. Stretching at least 60 miles, it's expected to last weeks. Far longer than the comparative bit of congestion you expect to encounter next weekend when you go away for Labor Day. In fact, the cause of the pile-up is road construction that won't be finished until mid-September. It's not stand-still, but autos are reportedly only gaining half a mile a day. Meanwhile vendors are capitalizing on the jam by selling extremely overpriced noodles and water, yet drivers are said to be putting up with the whole ordeal rather than finding other routes because they'd rather save on gas.

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