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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rotten Tomatoes Founder Launches Movies with Butter

    Four years after leaving Rotten Tomatoes, founder Senh Duong is launching yet another movie site called MoviesWithButter.com. (He also founded newspaper rack site Wopular.) The website allows movie enthusiasts to track the latest developments of upcoming movies by title, director, actor or development stage.

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  • Spout
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    "Cowboys & Aliens" & Obnoxious White Guilt

    When the Native Americans first saw European ships, these vessels may as well have been spaceships. And so goes the long-realized metaphors about aliens and the white man. One day the UFOs are going to come and enslave us all, just as we did to the Africans. It doesn't take Stephen Hawking to realize that. Or they're going to herd us like sheep and cattle and slaughter us for food. Okay, that's an analogy employing general carnivorous human beings*. But the process is still the same, of turning our guilt about conquering other races and other animals into science fiction fantasies where we get a taste of our own medicine. Only in a movie like "Cowboys & Aliens," the idea isn't that we're getting payback for our past wrongdoings. It's not even that we're now walking in the others' shoes. Instead we're getting to play the victim, and the hero, and the survivor.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Calling Planet Earth: Miranda July's "The Future"

    When discussing Miranda July’s second feature film, The Future, many writers have fixated on the relationship between the artist’s New Age-y pixie persona and her art, weighing in on how twee and precious (words almost guaranteed to be paired with the filmmaker’s name) her latest effort is. Relevant, perhaps, but not entirely fair to her work, which has matured significantly over time. The Future has combined what July is most frequently praised for—unflagging sincerity and an uncanny ear for the idiosyncrasies of human vulnerability, yearning, and existential struggle—as well as what she is most infamously criticized for: that same unrelenting sincerity, which has a tendency to suffocate the material. The result is a film that is both deeply affecting and kind of annoying. However, July seems to have learned to harness the exasperating, overly stylized elements of her filmmaking, such that in this case they’ve become integral to the film’s success in capturing the realities of love and loss. Read Farihah Zaman's review of The Future.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: The Future Still Has Lots Of Jerks In New Trailer For 'In Time' With Justin Timberlake

    It seems in the not-so-distant future, assholes still rule. Anyway, after dropping a wealth of footage at Comic-Con, it seems Fox wants to give away as much of this movie as possible before it hits theaters (reminiscent of their campaign for "X-Men: First Class"), so now barely one week later, we now have a trailer for the increasingly silly looking "In Time."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New In Theaters - Skip "Cowboys And Aliens;" See "Attack The Block" Instead

    The title says all you need to know; 2 movies with "alien attack" themes amongst the films opening this weekend. 1 is ridiculously expensive but sucks; the other cost a fraction of what the first one cost, and is a better film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer for "Boys of Summer": Now on VOD

    Tribeca and ESPN Films documentary Boys of Summer, directed by Keith Aumont, stars Vernon Isabella and the Curaçao All-Star Team. The documentary film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 NY International Latino Film Festival last summer.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Institute Pushes Deeper Into Digital Distribution Alternatives--Analysis

    Sundance Institute Pushes Deeper Into Digital Distribution Alternatives--Analysis

    Two things pop from this week's announcement from Robert Redford's Sundance Institute about their "Artists Services Initiative." First, who it's for--Sundance Institute filmmakers only--and second, how it contrasts with Robert De Niro's for-profit New York-based Tribeca Films, which picks up films to release, some of them from its own festival.

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  • The Playlist
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    John Travolta & Chuck Norris Among The Latest Old Dudes Rumored For 'The Expendables 2'

    Jet Li Apparently Has Better Things To DoWith a director now in place in the shape of Simon West, the man behind “Con Air” and a bunch of movies that offered greatly diminished returns, and with a release date now set for just over a year from now, "The Expendables 2" will presumably start casting up hard soon, but the rumors continue to fly.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Kounelias Joins Academy as Chief Marketing Officer

    Academy CEO Dawn Hudson has hired veteran marketing executive Christina Kounelias to the new post of chief marketing officer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Kounelias will assume her new role on August 1 and will report directly to Hudson, who is moving swiftly to bring in her own people, and will not rely strictly on the folks already there, many of them for some years. In this new position, Kounelias will oversee all planning, strategy and marketing execution of Academy initiatives including its signature Oscar telecast, the Governors Awards and year-round educational outreach and screening programs. The marketing, communications and online staff will report to her.Kounelias has been a member of the Academy for nine years.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (w/ Matthew Cherry) Episode 12: "Last Week Of Filming"

    Time sure flies... seems like it was just yesterday when we began this series, and we're already up to #11, which means we've been doing this for at least 11 weeks.

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