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  • Eric Kohn
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    Views from the Amazon: Some Notes from the Midpoint of the Amazonas Film Festival.

    When you tell people you're going to the Amazonas Film Festival, located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, their eyes go wide and their imaginations go wider: Imagine the possibilities of watching movies with monkeys, crocodiles and sloths! Actually, the truth is a little subtler than that. Amazonas, currently in the midst of its seventh year, takes place in Manaus, Brazil, a lively city with close to two million residents at the heart of the country's largest state. Screenings are held in the magnificent Amazon Theater, most famous to outsiders for inspiring Klaus Kinski's character in "Fitzcarraldo" to build an opera house of his own. The theater was virtually abandoned for close to a century after the city lost its main source of revenue, the rubber industry, although it has managed to thrive ever since the government turned it into a tax-free zone. (Filmmaker magazine's Jason Guerrasio, my fellow U.S. journo/partner in crime at the festival alongside Film Journal's Sarah Sluis, provides a nice summary of the theater's history.)

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  • The Playlist
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    BAMcinématek: Kurosawa’s Samurai, Part 2 (Nov. 6th—Nov. 21st)

    The latest program running at BAMcinematek offers up all eight of Akira Kurosawa’s lauded “Samurai Films.” We took on the first half of the retrospective last week; in Part 2, we look at the films that will be playing at BAM between today and Nov. 21st, the last leg of this very special program. Below you’ll find a quartet of some of the most influential films in Japanese history.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekly Wrap: Award Watch, Production News, Talking to Boyle and League

    OSCARS & AWARDS: While Black Swan promotional endeavors impress, the Godard anti-Semitism issue clouds his Honorary Oscar. And as The Hollywood Reporter's new glossy weekly hits the stands with its Actress Roundtable (considered in this week's Oscar Talk), Variety shuffles its editorial deck. Awards are being given to Biutiful star Javier Bardem, The Kids Are All Right's Annette Bening, Cinema Eye helps to anoint award-season documentary frontrunners and Peter Weir's The Way Back kicks off the Museum of Tolerance Film Festival. The King's Speech, with a Gala screening Friday night as part of AFI Fest 2010, leads the Gurus 'o Gold poll along with star Colin Firth and Bening.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    U.S. Distributors are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: China Lion

    China Lion (Aftershock) will release Chinese films in the U.S. Under the excusive deal with AMC, China Lion will supply up to 15 films a year to the cinema chain in the U.S and Toronto and Ottawa in Canada. According to Film Journal International, AMC will play the film on 23 screens in key markets with a large Chinese demographic, namely New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Houston, Boston, Seattle, Toronto and Ottawa. It is now playing in 3 AMC theaters in Greater Los Angeles: Monterrey Park, Rowland Heights and Arcadia.China Lion is expected to announce significant new acquisitions at this year’s AFM. CEO Barlow said, “We are delighted to partner with such a U.S. theatrical powerhouse as AMC. After a long absence, Chinese, Asian and European audiences will have access to the very best of Chinese theatrical releases, in most cases screening day-and-date with China.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Steve Carell Eyeing Role As Rocker's Son In 'Imagine'

    Update: Variety has confirmed Carell has signed on to the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Judi Dench To Make Out With Johnny Depp In 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'

    The Playlist's Second Weirdest Sexual Fantasy Fulfilled The fourth film in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, the Rob Marshall-helmed "On Stranger Tides," is about six months away from release, and has virtually, but not quite, wrapped. But that doesn't mean that it's above adding another high-profile cast member, albeit in a tiny role.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kyra Sedgwick Joins Sam Worthington In 'Man On A Ledge'

    Joins A Strong Cast That Also Stars Elizabeth Banks, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Edward BurnsKyra Sedgwick has joined the excellent cast of the already-in-progress thriller, "Man On A Ledge" starring Elizabeth Banks, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Edward "I think my films are dogshit" Burns and newcomer Genesis Rodriguez

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  • The Playlist
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    Jenna Fischer, Topher Grace, Malin Akerman Will Star In 'The Giant Mechanical Man'

    'Julia and Julia' Actor Chris Messina Will Also Star In "Offbeat Romantic Comedy""The Office" actress Jenna Fischer, Topher Grace ("Predators"), Malin Akerman ("The Heartbreak Kid") and Chris Messina will all star in what is being touted as an offbeat romantic comedy, "The Giant Mechanical Man."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    For Colored Girls - Review

    The actresses who star in the new film For Colored Girls have been saying on the press tour that the film is not just for colored girls. I find it crazy that women have to stand up and say that a film that stars some of our finest African American actresses is not just for one segment of the population based on the title and the fact that the film is populated by just African Americans.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mike White Offered ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

    Small update from earlier in the week: the Natalie Portman-produced “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is obviously a hot project and multiple directors have been circling it after David O. Russell bailed on it for "Drake's Fortune" (and the 300 other projects he's attached himself to), including Mike Newell (”Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time”), Neil Marshall ("Centurion”), David Slade ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"), and Jonathan Demme.

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