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  • The Lost Boys
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    Congratulations, indieWIRE

    In my Berlin daze, I forgot to blog a happy birthday message to my dearest employer and friend, indieWIRE, who turned 14 last week. But since today is an even bigger day for ol' iW, I figured I do so belatedly before additionally congratulating them on some big news: Peter Bogdanovich will soon launch his own site as part of the indieWIRE Network of blogs and websites (called, yes, "Blogdanovich"), AND Chris Campbell has just joined us as the lead writer for the new Spout.com, a site that iW acquired earlier this year. A warm welcome to both. Additionally, indieWIRE has formally unveiled a number of new and enhanced ways to read our content anytime: Our new mobile site can be found at http://www.mobile.indiewire.com. So it's all very exciting, and I'm proud to be continuing my own now 4-year relationship with iW and look forward to whatever exciting evolution is in store in the coming years.

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    More: Notes
  • Eric Kohn
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    Notes on the Midnight Ramble.

    Anyone familiar with Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary "The Last Waltz," which showcases The Band's seminal Thanksgiving Day finale performance, has heard about the Midnight Ramble. In a brief scene (embedded above), drummer Levon Helm explains the appeal of traveling medicine shows that would play late into the night, and as "the jokes would get a little juicier and the prettiest dancer would really get down," many of the more adventurous rhythms and underground mentalities of early rock and roll were born. Helm's version of the Midnight Ramble takes place several times a year at his cozy home recording studio in Woodstock, where I was lucky enough to attend a performance over the weekend. The hefty price of admission is worth it. (Check out the site for upcoming dates, both in Woodstock and around the country.)

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Goodbye To Berlin

    I haven't exactly been super blogger the past two weeks, and with good reason... I've been in lazing around in Berlin and enjoying the world's most pleasurable city for all it has to offer. Sadly, after two days of no sleep in a poorly planned Berlin->London->Glasgow->Toronto airport tour of pure hell, I've returned for the remainder of the summer, which will be a hectic make-up for the complete lack of productivity or responsibility that was Berlin. It was totally worth it, though, and here's a few photos that suggest why:

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    More: Euro Tours
  • Spout
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    Movies That Don't Exist Yet: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Biopic 'Furious Love'

    I'm not particularly interested in spreading rumors here at Spout, but occasionally I'd like to address a film project, at its inception or some other point in its development, that is worth thinking about. Even if it never exists, the possibility of an adaptation by Mike Nichols of Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger's book "Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century," sounds pretty fascinating to anyone interested in old Hollywood.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Entourage Recap Episode 3: "Dramedy"

    Entourage Recap Episode 3: "Dramedy"

    Entourage really gets rolling in Episode 3, writes Tim Appelo:

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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    Review: Salt

    They've figured out a pretty clever way to make Russian commies the bad guys in a contemporary thriller in “Salt,” with the long arm of red ruthlessness reaching from the grave to hammer Washington, D.C. where it hurts. Although the relentlessly paced spy vs spy story glosses over how a lone woman, no matter how lethal a weapon, can repeatedly take out a dozen or more armed men, the set pieces are exciting and Angelina Jolie is shown off at her action-figure best.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Inception Launches Strong, Sorcerer's Apprentice Flops

    Proving yet again that originality does not breed contempt at the box office, Christopher Nolan's Inception scored a strong opening weekend with $60 million, while Disney uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer suffered his second b.o. dud this summer with Sorcerer's Apprentice. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers:

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Boxee Box to Arrive in November

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    'Devil' Trailer Gets Laughs

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Salt Early Reviews: Jolie Meets Bond

    Salt Early Reviews: Jolie Meets Bond

    Here's the first review of Salt from THR:

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