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  • Enzian Theater
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    BEACHWATCH Takes October FilmSlam

    BEACHWATCH Takes October FilmSlam

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Michael Moore Writes A Boot to the Head Election Memo

    Michael Moore is worried--as are many Democrats--about the midterm elections Tuesday, which could return control of the House (if not the Senate) to Republicans (many of them right of center) and bring on true governmental paralysis. He'll be on Rachel Maddow Friday night on MSNBC, at 9:00pm ET/PT. Here's his latest missive:A Boot to the Head ...from Michael MooreFriends,

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Rodriguez Reveals His Pre-Expendables Idea For 'Grindhouse,' 'Three The Hard Way'

    The Never-Happened Fake-Trailer Was Supposed To Star Stallone, Schwarzenegger & WillisAlright, we're on IndieWire now (hold on, don't groan, there is a point to this) and before the move this interesting could-have-been tidbit got lost in the moving shuffle. You'll recall earlier this month Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez took part in a Facebook livechat and it was there he revealed that "Sin City 2" would be the follow-up film after "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World," not "Deadpool" (and obviously that was his way of saying. "I'm passing" as Swedish filmmaker Adam Berg appears to be the frontrunner for the directing gig).

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  • The Playlist
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    'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Will Drive A Stake Into Theaters On June 22, 2012

    Steven Soderbergh's Spalding Gray Doc, 'Morning Glory,' 'Drive Angry 3D' & More Get New DatesAfter Fox laid out a bloody red carpet earlier in the month to land "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" the studio has quickly pegged a release date for the film, slotting it for June 22, 2012.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Nicholson, DeVito, Glee Stars in Rocky Horror Picture Show

    - A star-packed rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, held Thursday night at LA's Wiltern Theatre, marked the famed film's 35th Anniversary with a combo of film and live musical performances.

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  • The Playlist
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    Johnny Depp Offered Lead In 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

    Tom Hardy Will Be Too Busy Being Awesome In 'The Dark Knight Rises'It speaks to how far Tom Hardy has come that his name was in the early mix for the lead in Universal's "The Snow White And The Huntsman," but the timing always seemed a little too close for comfort. The actor will be shooting "This Means War" until December and then will begin work on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" in the spring. Alas, we'll have to wait a while yet for Hardy to land his own franchise vehicle. However, undaunted, Universal has put an offer to the biggest A-list star there is.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    So Long, Eugene

    I've already gone as sentimental as I should when his departure was announced last month, but today is the first day of indieWIRE without Eugene Hernandez and it just didn't seem appropriate to let that go by without a little note here. It really truly just ain't going to be same without you.

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  • The Playlist
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    Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach To Produce New Film By Peter Bogdanovich 'Squirrel To The Nuts'

    Bogdanovich Has Also Finished Screenplay For 'Turn Of The Century'So yes, we're on IndieWire now, which technically means that director and Hollywood encyclopedia Peter Bogdanovich is our colleague (in case you didn't know, he's got a blog), but though we have yet to run into him by the water cooler and ask him if he saw "The Office" last night, it might be because he's been busy working on a couple of new films.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Happy 39th Birthday, Winona Ryder

    For the fourth time in this blog's history, I have the honor of congratulating my dear Winona Ryder on making it through another year of her conflicted fourth decade. The accidental beard of my boyhood, Ms. Ryder is 39 years old today. And once again, I plea with some casting director out there to take notice of the fabulosity that was her small role in "Black Swan" and give her a role thats beyond some shitty Ron Howard romantic comedy where she plays Kevin James' cheating girlfriend.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Horror, The Horror: Seven Rules for Success at the Box Office

    With Halloween upon us, TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro looks at what's working--and what isn't--among horror genre titles. He finds seven often counter-intuitive rules to follow for horror success.The Paranormal Activity franchise stands as a pillar of success for horror films over the last year, reviving the genre after a recent spate of bombs (i.e. Devil, Case 39, My Soul to Take, Let Me In). What makes a horror title live or die at the B.O.? Here's a primer for horror success: 1. Realism rules: “When you touch death or visceral things like the other world, it makes people feel more alive," says Scream exec producer Harvey Weinstein. "That’s the allure of something like horror.”  Paranormal Activity producer Oren Peli is agreeing all the way to the bank: “What made Paranormal a success is that it feels small and intimate and it was important to stay true to this with the sequel,” he says. “While there are different types of horror films out there, i.e. gore, slasher, the slow psychological build of Paranormal scares people in a different way than being slashed apart.”  

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