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    The Weinstein Company Starting A VOD Operation

    The numbers are fuzzy when it comes to VOD receipts, but if it wasn't profitable for someone, people would stop trying to push it, right? VOD is a wonderful gift for film lovers, giving more obscure fare that might not otherwise escape the big cities a chance to reach people and convert new movie fans. And it looks like the format just found a big-time participant, as The Weinstein Company has entered the fray with their own VOD shingle.

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  • Spout
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    TIFF11: "The Descendants" Is about as Interesting and Compelling as a Light Hawaiian Breeze

    Apparently “The Descendants” is going to win Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards. I guess that means we should take it seriously. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t exactly seem as if Alexander Payne is giving his audiences the same courtesy. This film is so deeply uninteresting and impressively lazy that it almost calls into question the director’s very relationship with the audience. Does he really think we can be moved by such an autopilot plot and uninspired style? The entire experience is maddening.

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    "13" Finally Gets A Distributor (50 Cent, Mickey Rourke & Jason Statham Play Russian Roulette)

    I'd forgotten all about this flick previously which we covered a few times last year, and I believe the year before. Yup, it's been around, though no one's really seen it, which might tell you something about it. Well, co-star Mickey Rourke certainly wasn't shy with his feelings about it (see the bottom of this post for more on that).

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    Sanaa Lathan Talks Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" and Voodoo-Themed Thriller "Vipaka"

    In a recent interview with BET, Sanaa Lathan discussed Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, and the upcoming thriller Vipaka, co-starring Anthony Mackie, Forest Whitaker and Mike Epps.

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    Gerard Butler, Lena Headey Returning For '300: Battle Of Artemisia'?

    Even though many can't fathom this, the massive blockbuster success of "300" was not something anyone could have predicted. One of the reasons the film was something of a risk was its then-unknown cast: a lot rested on the shoulders of an unproven Gerard Butler, then known as the star of a series of terrible mid-level films, as opposed to being the current face of about a dozen truly awful big studio movies. Now that he's something of a familiar face, the producers of "300: Battle Of Artemisia" aren't letting a good thing go to waste.

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    New 'Breaking Dawn' Poster Promises/Threatens 'Forever Is Only The Beginning'

    It's time for another look at that disturbing pop culture, uh, thing, that is "Twilight." A new poster has surfaced for the first part of "Breaking Dawn," highlighting the intimacy between the ages-old, cradle-robbin' vampire and his human prey/wife. Presumably, this is a clip from the honeymoon, before he delivers bed-breaking, violent sex to produce a baby that later excites a horny werewolf. Yeah, this series is fucked in the head.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cotillard in Rust & Bone, Paltrow to Join Ruffalo, Laika Develops Decemberist's Book, Exhibitionists

    Marion Cotillard will star in Rust and Bone, director Jacques Audiard's follow-up to the 2009 Cannes favorite, A Prophet. With a budget of $22 million, this will be one of the biggest films to come from France this year.

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    Mads Mikkelsen, Bruno Ganz To Star In 'Michael Kohlhaas'

    While it's difficult to stay as on top of the latest developments in European cinema as we'd like to, there being a limited number of hours in the day, every now and then some piece of development news from the Old World catches our eye, often due to the people involved. And so it is with "Michael Kohlhaas" a newly-announced film from director Arnaud des Pallières, which CineEuropa has revealed is set to star two of our favorite international actors, Mads Mikkelsen and Bruno Ganz.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Goodbye Summer/Hello Toronto Film Festival

    The time has once again come for most equally feared and anticipated part of my annual work calendar: the Toronto International Film Festival. This will be my tenth festival. My very first came back in 2002 - when I bought a pass to all the Galas with money that my parents had intended to be used to pay for books during my first year of university. Nine years later, I've gone from spectator to TIFF staff member to press when a friend told me to apply for an internship at indieWIRE, which ended up obviously working out and now I'm embarking on my sixth year here with them. So, yes, my relationship to this festival has drastically changed. What was once a fun part of my first week back at university has turned into one of the socially and professionally eventful times of the year, and I'll admit it's always a horrendously stressful lead-up. The 300+ film lineup is impossible to negotiate and you know going in that you're going to end up not seeing half of what you want to. And I also have the added insanity that is having a film festival in your hometown. Private and professional social worlds collide and all of a sudden everyone you've ever met is in a 20 block radius. But in the end it always somehow comes together without catastrophe. So far.

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    'Journey To The Center Of The Earth' Director Reunites With Brendan Fraser For 3D William Tell Film

    Director Eric Brevig And Fraser To Inflict More Fun On The Whole Family We see the logic behind harnessing Brendan Fraser's goofball amiability for toothless family-oriented "adventure" films, but, man, we wish the guy could catch a break outside of this particular ghetto. However his more recent forays into thriller or drama territory ("Extraordinary Measures" anyone? Anyone? Really? No one?) have fared poorly, and while he's no guarantee of success even with a family film ("Furry Vengeance," "Dudley Do-right"), it seems to be the one genre where he can consistently get hired. And this isn't changing -- he's next attached to "Tell 3D," a re'Tell'ing (wire me a million dollars and it's yours, marketing people) of the classic story about the dude with the overture who shot an apple off his son's head and thereby started Switzerland.

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