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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    ONLY on VOD

    ONLY on VOD

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  • Spout
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    "Machete" Primer: "Grindhouse: Death Proof"

    In anticipation of the new film "Machete," which opens this Friday, I'm making a point to familiarize myself with some must-see forerunners. They're not all necessarily linked in an official manner to Robert Rodriguez's latest, which is based on a (then) fake trailer included in the double-feature release of "Grindhouse," but I consider them relative predecessors. First up is Quentin Tarantino's half of "Grindhouse," "Death Proof." I guess it makes sense to see this after the Rodriguez half, "Planet Terror," but I was more excited by this, if only because it received more praise. I also, like many, prefer Tarantino's films to Rodriguez's. Stay tuned, though, to find out if I'm yet another person who favors "Death Proof" after I watch and write about the other.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    LaBeouf is Forbes' Best Deal; Americans Still Like Gibson; Lohan Talks to Vanity Fair

    - Shia LaBeouf, for a second year running, tops Forbes' list of Best Actors for the Buck. As an investment, LaBeouf is very attractive: "he offers a great return…For every $1 studios spend on the 24-year-old actor his films return an average $81 of profit." LaBeouf's paychecks will continue to grow; this won't hurt his agent's requests for a raise. Forbes' top 36 earners each had to have three movies open in over 500 theaters in the past five years, and meet a myriad of other criteria including their Celebrity 100 status. LaBeouf is king and Anne Hathaway is queen at #2, earning studios $64 for each dollar they pay her. Harry Potter boy Daniel Radcliffe is #3 ($61 for them, $1 for him), Robert Downey Jr. took fourth ($33), and can-do-no-wrong Cate Blanchett took fifth ($27). And before we all dig Aniston's box-office grave, lets give her credit for landing the #6 spot on this list (and for sharing it with Meryl Streep); $21 to their studios for each dollar they earn. Johnny Depp ($18), Nic Cage ($17) and Sarah Jessica Parker ($17) round out the top ten. Basically the list rewards mid-level stars who aren't at the top of the pay heap, which suggests that the more you get paid, the less you return..

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

    Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

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  • iW NOW
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    AMEX Announces Finalists for Film Pitch Competition

    AMEX Announces Finalists for Film Pitch Competition

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    HBO Celebrates 25 Wins at Emmy After-Party

    HBO scored a whopping 25 Emmy wins Sunday, and studded the red carpet and after-parties with many of their stars. Amy Dawes and videographer Billy Vasquez were there:

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    More: Awards, Video, TV, Emmys, HBO
  • Week of Wonders
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    Foreign film fun: Akin's SOUL KITCHEN

    Foreign film fun: Akin's SOUL KITCHEN

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Critic vs. Critic: The Changing Landscape of Movie Coverage

    Critic vs. Critic: The Changing Landscape of Movie Coverage

    Moviefone's Jack Mathews and I are squabbling again, this time in a new column we're calling Critic vs. Critic, in which we debate the latest trends and topics in movies. This week, Mathews and I take on the changing face of movie coverage, now dominated by the Internet.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Producers to Watch: Jonathan Dana

    By guest blogger Peter Belsito:Jonathan Dana is an independent producer and former distribution executive currently at CODE Entertainment. He is known for the quality and number of his productions and his longevity in the L.A. and international film business at the highest levels.Also a good guy and friend. More than just a friend, he introduced us to the founders of Withoutabox, David Straus and Joe Neulight, in 2000. Jonathan was one of the original investors in WAB and supervised the launch of WAB with Joe and David. Six years later reminded us to give them a call. That call resulted in our joining forces which resulted in IMDb, an Amazon company, acquiring our joint company.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rome Day Two: Piazza Farnese, Coliseum, Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain

    Rome Day Two: Piazza Farnese, Coliseum, Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain

    Monday night, again I crossed the ancient Tiber, lights twinkling, via the Ponte Sisto to Rome's equivalent of the Left Bank, Trastevere, where the Italians seem to be. The trattoria recommended by my apartment agent was closed, as he had feared (the city is just starting to wake up from its August vacation), so I settled into a Ristoranti Sabatini on the Piazza Trastevere and ordered osso bucco. Church bells rang as a lithe woman fire thrower was wiping the gas off her mouth before lighting and swirling two burning ropes over her head to much applause. An oddly compelling old gypsy crone standing against a wall next to a boom box moving her arms back and forth grabbed almost as much attention from passersby.

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