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  • The Lost Boys
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    The 20 Best Britney Spears Songs

    Tomorrow one Britney Spears will release her seventh studio album, 'Femme Fatale,' and I figured in anticipation I should gay up this blog and pay tribute to her bizarrely enjoyable 12-year career. Spears is one of the few pop artists that I genuinely and eagerly anticipate an album from, despite the fact that she represents exactly what irritates me about the manufacturing of pop music: She can't sing, she can't dance, she clearly has no creative control over her career, and her personality continues to fade to what I can only assume is a prescription drug-induced oblivion.

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  • Caryn James
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    Review: Jeremy Irons and Those Seductive, Scheming, Irresistible Borgias

    Amid all the lust, murder, backstabbing and love in Neil Jordan’s sumptuously shot, elegantly written miniseries The Borgias, the most memorable scene may be the one with the monkey. Rodrigo Borgia, played with sublime smoothness and depth by Jeremy Irons, has recently become Pope, and his son and consigliere, Cesare, arrives at a banquet for cardinals with a tiny monkey on his shoulder. The Borgias pass this off as an eccentricity, but that monkey is a food taster, and in the poisonous court of Pope Alexander VI not likely to have a long life.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Cinefest: A Little Slice Of Heaven

    Every year, when my wife and I return from the Cinefest in Syracuse, New York, we find ourselves struggling to explain to our non-film-buff friends why we had such a good time in such an unlikely location in the dead of winter. Anyone who’s ever attended knows why we make the trek.

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  • The Playlist
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    'X-Men: First Class' Producer Says X4 & X5 In Development, 'Deadpool' Has R-Rated Script

    The latest issue of Empire (via Obsessed With Film) has put "X-Men: First Class" stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender front and center. And while the feature story may center on one of the biggest comic films of the summer, the real juicy bits have to do with the Marvel franchises that are on the distant horizon.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Buy a Producer's Credit on Anamaria Marinca’s New Film

    A shameless post to be sure, but here's a third party sales pitch for you: A great friend of mine and fellow Pilgrimager Matthew Hammett Knott has asked me to help spread the word about his latest project, an awesome-sounding short starring "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days"'s Anamaria Marinca. Short filmmaking has a strong tradition in the UK with admirable government arts funding... until very recently. These days, that’s all gone in the wake of the recession and the death of the UK Film Council, so Matt’s doing it the only other way possible - crowd-funding, soliciting, glorified begging… call it what you want. I’ve read the script and without sounding too biased, I can say it's well deserving of your interest. So I have no shame in putting a shout out about the film’s indiegogo page, which has all the information you need... Matt will be also fundraising in New York in a few weeks, and would love to hear from anyone who has anything to offer the project, and not just money....

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Hit Steve James Doc The Interrupters Lands Distributor

    U.S. rights for Sundance documentary favorite, The Interrupters, have gone to the The Cinema Guild. The film, from director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and author, producer and collaborator Alex Kotlowitz (bestseller, There Are No Children Here and author of the 2008 NYT article that inspired the film, Blocking the Transmission of Violence), follows three "Violence Interruptors" in Chicago -- former gang members who intervene in violent situations as they unfold in order to protect their community. The film will have a theatrical release this summer, followed by a PBS Frontline broadcast and a digital release by PBS Distribution in 2012. The Interrupters premiered at Sundance and won the Doc Grand Jury Prize at the Miami International Film Festival and True/False's 2011 True Life Fund.

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  • Spout
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    Which Movies Should You Love, But Just Don't?

    Say you sit down to watch a movie you’ve been dying to see for ages. It’s by your favorite director, working with actors you almost always love, and even the story seems to fit right into your personal taste. Yet somehow it just doesn’t work for you, no matter how much you adore everyone involved, and despite that movie being considered a classic by many. What do you do?

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    'Mildred Pierce' begins on HBO

    'Mildred Pierce' begins on HBO

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: A Chat With Rebecca Zlotowski, director of Belle Epine by Kylie Boltin

    Belle Epine is a strikingly intimate portrait of a seventeen year-old girl, Prudence (played by Léa Seydoux) that captures her transition from cocooned youth towards a premature adulthood following the death of her mother. Unable to articulate her emotions, Prudence retreats into a new world marked by speed and danger. It is the debut film for French director, Rebecca Zlotowski. She spoke with Kylie Boltin in New York where her film was included in the New Directors/New Films Festival.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Interview with Me!

    You've all seen my face, now you can hear my voice. To hear an interview with me talking about my life in film and basic world sales and U.S. distribution, live on the air, tune in now. I just listened to it and it's kind of an interesting look back to the beginning of the independent film business as we know it today and an attempt to give a picture of how it is today, so vastly changed and still quickly changing again. Thanks to Digital Buzz and Larry Jordan you can hear it here.

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