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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Help Save A Priceless Collection!

    Would you like to see one of Charlie Chaplin’s motion picture cameras preserved? How about the cameras that filmed Gone With The Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, and Planet of the Apes? They are the property of lifelong collector Martin Hill, of Midland, North Carolina, and they are in jeopardy.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Last Place You Wanna Be Is Cooped Up With A Dozen Norwegian Guys In 'The Thing' Red Band Trailer

    Forget all those awards season prestige movies and international arthouse hits. With TIFF, Venice and Telluride over, it's now back to blockbuster schlock, so let's get on with the unnecessary "The Thing" remake shall we?

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  • The Playlist
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    Vin Diesel Unveils ‘Riddick’ Sequel Concept Art, Hopes For 2012 Release

    Vin Diesel suffers for his art. Back in the spring, the actor made a big show of announcing that he was going to deign to getting paid scale in order to get a new "Chronicles of Riddick" sequel off the ground, philosophically stating, "Money is always second to art, integrity and spirit" but wondering if he would be able "to momentarily venture to that dark place… called Riddick." Well, moral and ethical dilemmas aside, Diesel is moving forth and over the weekend he hit his Facebook page with a bit of an update.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rising Indie Music Box Buys U.S. Rights to Deep Blue Sea, Will Campaign for Weisz, Arentz Talks

    Rising Indie Music Box Buys U.S. Rights to Deep Blue Sea, Will Campaign for Weisz, Arentz Talks

    Rising indie Music Box snapped up U.S. rights out of Toronto to Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston as mismatched lovers in post World War II London. The foreign language distrib, says managing director Edward Arentz, was ready to make the move to its first English-language pick-up. "Theaters and audiences are still out there," says Arentz. The film will play San Sebastian and close the London Film Festival before its UK opening on November 25.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Aki Kaurismäki's Immigration Dramedy "Le Havre" Gets US Theatrical Release Date

    It's on my to-see list when it screens at the New York Film Festival later this month (review will follow). Many more of you will get an opportunity to see it as well, as I was just informed that Janus Films will release Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, a film we've been following since its Cannes 2011 debut, theatrically in he US beginning on October 21st, in New York and Los Angeles. A national release will follow.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    indieWIRE Intern Derek Wraps Up His TIFF 2011

    TIFF is over and frankly I'm too exhausted to offer any sort of post-mortem on this blog. Having a massive festival in your hometown honestly sucks every iota of life out of you by the time it's over and all I can do now is try and relax for 2 or 3 days before the remainder of the fall festival blitz starts kicking into high gear. That said, you can check out loads of stuff over at indieWIRE here and here and here.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Spoilery New Clip From 'Albert Nobbs' Gives A Peek At Janet McTeer's Great Performance

    Before "Albert Nobbs" even played Telluride or TIFF, the word on the street was that Glenn Close was an early Oscar favorite thanks to her turn in the film, an adaptation of a stage play for which she won an Obie award back in 1982. The actress had been shepherding the project along for years, and finally had it realized with a cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson and in a very brief role Jonathan Rhys Meyers. And while our man in Telluride was enamored with the film, this writer caught up with it in Toronto and was far less enthused. And while Close is fine in the titular lead role, if restrained in what is an almost overly muted performance, for our money, the real star of the film is Janet McTeer.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Do You Eat Chitlins? "Electric Purgatory" And The Boundaries Of African-American Racial Identity

    The brilliant documentary film, ELECTRIC PURGATORY: The Fate of the Black Rocker, by filmmaker Raymond Gayle illuminates and challenges the boundaries of African-American racial identity as a substantive testimonial that reveals how the music industry and even some African-Americans themselves subscribe to a limited perspective on our own human potential and artistic ability.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Netflix Splits Its DVD and Streaming Business, Hastings Says 'I Messed Up'

    Reed Hastings has posted a letter at his Netflix blog (below, the comments are fascinating) admitting that "I messed up," and explaining why he initially separated Netflix's DVD and streaming businesses. Basically, one is the past, which threatens to drag down his company's stock price, and the other is the future, and should continue to thrive and grow. You can tell where Hastings thinks Netflix's future lies because that's the business that's getting the Netflix name. The company that is going to dwindle and die gets called Qwikster. The red envelope will be the same and will add video offerings, but the logo will change. (Here's Techcrunch.)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch - Dee Rees Talks Her Journey From Spike Lee Intern To "Pariah" Feature Film

    A good interview from Scott Feinberg...

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