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  • Spout
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    "The Graduate" Spawns Another Pseudo-Sequel

    Mike Nichols' film of "The Graduate," based on the novel by Charles Richard Webb, has influenced and inspired countless works in the 43 years since its release. The two scenes most often imitated are of course the seduction and the ending, which still has fans debating what happens next with Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) and Elaine Robinson (Katherine Ross) after the film fades to black. Most of us would rather there not be a sequel that tells us if the couple sticks together following their insane dash from the church where Elaine was supposed to be married, or if their silent bus ride is a sign they've made a huge mistake and their relationship will not last. The ambiguity is part of what makes "The Graduate" great.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Spotify May or May Not Be Delayed in the U.S.

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  • iW NOW
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    Babelgum Launches Animatron Film Festival in Hamptons

    Babelgum, a digital broadcast network, will launch the first ever tri-platform (online, mobile and offline) competition for animation and anime, entitled the Babelgum Animatron Film Festival. The competition will run in conjunction with the Hamptons International Film Festival, and culminate in a special public screening program, The Hamptons Animation Showcase this October.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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  • Week of Wonders
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    Ken Russell: 1970s Hedonist

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Inception Beats Dinner for Schmucks, Charlie St. Cloud

    In its third go-round, Inception, buoyed by repeat business, continued to stave off all challengers, including the comedy Dinner for Schmucks, which scored a robust $23.3 million, and the Zac Efron weepy Charlie St. Cloud and animated sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, which were both DOA. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Biography

    After spending most of his teens studying acting with the legendary Stella Adler, and working as an actor in live TV and various theaters around the country, including the New York and the American Shakespeare Festivals, Peter Bogdanovich at age 20 began directing plays Off-Broadway and in N.Y. summer theater. He also wrote for the Museum of Modern Art a series of three monographs on Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, and Alfred Hitchcock, the first such retrospective studies of these directors in America. He also began writing a classic series of feature articles and profiles for Esquire, doing the ground-breaking Humphrey Bogart tribute, as well as definitive pieces on James Stewart, Jerry Lewis, and John Ford, among others.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    To my readers

    I am in the midst of designing my online course Marketing and Distributing Independent Films across All Platforms for UCLA Extension and am writing up details on the festival films and hope you will stay tuned. I promise news this week!!

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    More: Education
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Chelsea Clinton Wedding Photos

    Mediaite has posted photos of the Chelsea Clinton/Marc Mezvinsky wedding Saturday attended by 500 guests in Rhinebeck, New York. The London Daily Mail does a good ramp-up with shots from outside the rehearsal dinner. Here's the NYT. UPDATE: Here's The Daily Beast.

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    More: News
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt Crashes Through Taxi Rear Window

    While filming Premium Rush in New York, Joseph Gordon-Levitt crashed on his bike into the rear windshield of a yellow cab and showed off his gash for director David Koepp's video camera. And then posted it on his website: "but it was my fault, I was going too fast," he admitted. He posts that he got 31 stitches. He's playing a bike messenger in the flick.

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