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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Retrospectives Coming Soon to the Reverse Shot Cinematheque, 2010

    Last year's programming was such a success that we had to prep a 2010 edition. Sorry for the wait, superfans.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group Closes Welcome to the Rileys Deal with Apparition

    Finally, the ink has dried on the pact with Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group and distributor Apparition (as reported here) to release Sundance Kristen Stewart-starrer Welcome to the Rileys. They're planning a fall release. Directed by Ridley Scott sprig Jake, the movie was executive produced by Steve Zaillian and boasts a strong script by Ken Hixon.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    #SXSW : Gondry Goes Animated with Daniel Clowes' Megalomania

    Michael Gondry is a marvel--and I would have loved a longer chat than this flip-cam quickie, which skates across his SXSW doc The Thorn in the Heart, about his school teacher aunt Suzette, who the family used to visit deep in the country in the summer. He wanted partly to capture a vanishing world.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Ghost Town

    Since we cannot belong to all places and cultures at once, films that open a window onto the outside world will always be invested with a certain degree of documentary value. But in the case of China, the idea of cinema as a candid reflection of real life extends beyond this habitual, often unconscious response. The finest filmmaking to come out of the mainland this decade bears a commitment to updating us on the soul of the nation, and this duty has placed it in a tight bond with that old theorists’ whipping boy: realism. Much of the authority we find in recent Chinese cinema comes from its aesthetic of immersion, that documentary impulse which has been a guiding force in even the country’s apparently fictional films. Through a shared vocabulary of patient observation and extreme duration, today’s vanguard of Chinese directors have been voraciously hoarding away as much reality as they can—as if hyperaware that their landscape has never been more subject to rapid disappearance, and that there has never been greater international demand for stories of those living through this dramatic historical moment. Click here to read the rest of Andrew Chan's review of Ghost Town.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SXSW: CMG Buys Foreign Rights to Brotherhood

    Foreign sales company Cinema Management Group has acquired all rights outside America for Will Canon’s college thriller Brotherhood, which premiered at SXSW Saturday night. The film began ten years ago as Canon's NYU short film Roslyn. He co-wrote Brotherhood, about a frat initiation ritual gone wrong, with Doug Simon. Chris Pollack, Jason Croft, Steven Hein and Tim O’Hair produced with executive producers Jamie Patricof, Kevin Iwashina, Darryn Welch and Chris Ouwinga.

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  • eugonline
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    udpated: ten to watch at sxsw

    Here are the ten movies I'm looking forward to at SXSW, with descriptions provided by the fest. The full lineup is at indieWIRE and my full list of ten is after the jump.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    #SXSW: First Hit is Cold Weather

    At the SXSW opening night party, Jason Reitman showed me the trailer (below) for Aaron Katz's third feature Cold Weather on his iPhone. Reitman was psyched to see it, and I was intrigued, but it was up against Michel Gondry's Cannes doc Thorn in My Heart, which I needed to see in order to interview him Sunday.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Alice in Wonderland Trounces Weak Remember Me and Green Zone

    Anthony D'Alessandro reports on the weekend box office, which brought major disappointments in Green Zone and Remember Me, which opened in second and fourth place (full b.o. chart below):

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Los Angeles->Austin

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Coastal LA In Photos

    Today I had the pleasure of spending my last day in Los Angeles completely offline, and did so by walking along the ocean from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach. And I have to say it doesn't get much better than that walk mixed with iPod+coffee+cigarettes+camera, the latter of which resulted in the following photographs, most notable for the portion spent in Venice, where I got to meet these characters:

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