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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Vincent Cassel in Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

    Jean-François Richet’s Mesrine: Killer Instinct opened strong on 28 screens this past weekend, which is a good sign for Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (part 2, which opens September 3). The films, both hits in France, have been waiting for a release since their 2008 Toronto premieres; now they and their riveting star Vincent Cassel (in his César winning performance as French gangster Jacques Mesrine) are able to impress a wider audience. Check out the exclusive clip below from Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 and our interview with Cassel here, in which he talks about his upcoming films; Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and David Cronenberg's Dangerous Method:

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  • Spout
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    Video: Donald Duck Voices R. Lee Ermey in "Full Metal Disney"

    What if cartoon celebrities voiced live-action characters instead of the other way around? We now get an idea, as someone has taken the famous scene from "Full Metal Jacket," in which the new troops meet drill instructor Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) and replaced the actors' voices with those of Disney characters. Goofy is 'Joker,' Pluto is 'Cowboy,' Mickey Mouse is 'Pyle' and, most impressive, Donald Duck is Hartman. Whoever is doing the first three voices, they aren't too convincing. The Pluto gag is pretty funny, but especially the Goofy could have been more exact. Without the context, I would not have recognized it. The Donald, however, is spot-on, and so appropriate given how often the character goes into curse-filled tantrums. Will you ever view this scene the same again? Watch the clip after the jump and hope it's not ruined for you forever.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Celebrating A Cinematic Heritage

    I don’t know of another town in the United States that celebrates its link to movie history quite like Niles, California. Last year I wrote about my long-delayed introductory visit to the Niles Essanay Silent Film History Museum (to read it and see my photos, click HERE). This year I made a return visit with my wife and some friends and enjoyed the experience all over again, thanks to the good folks who run the nickelodeon-turned-museum.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    ONLY on VOD

    ONLY on VOD

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  • Spout
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    "Machete" Primer: "Grindhouse: Death Proof"

    In anticipation of the new film "Machete," which opens this Friday, I'm making a point to familiarize myself with some must-see forerunners. They're not all necessarily linked in an official manner to Robert Rodriguez's latest, which is based on a (then) fake trailer included in the double-feature release of "Grindhouse," but I consider them relative predecessors. First up is Quentin Tarantino's half of "Grindhouse," "Death Proof." I guess it makes sense to see this after the Rodriguez half, "Planet Terror," but I was more excited by this, if only because it received more praise. I also, like many, prefer Tarantino's films to Rodriguez's. Stay tuned, though, to find out if I'm yet another person who favors "Death Proof" after I watch and write about the other.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    LaBeouf is Forbes' Best Deal; Americans Still Like Gibson; Lohan Talks to Vanity Fair

    - Shia LaBeouf, for a second year running, tops Forbes' list of Best Actors for the Buck. As an investment, LaBeouf is very attractive: "he offers a great return…For every $1 studios spend on the 24-year-old actor his films return an average $81 of profit." LaBeouf's paychecks will continue to grow; this won't hurt his agent's requests for a raise. Forbes' top 36 earners each had to have three movies open in over 500 theaters in the past five years, and meet a myriad of other criteria including their Celebrity 100 status. LaBeouf is king and Anne Hathaway is queen at #2, earning studios $64 for each dollar they pay her. Harry Potter boy Daniel Radcliffe is #3 ($61 for them, $1 for him), Robert Downey Jr. took fourth ($33), and can-do-no-wrong Cate Blanchett took fifth ($27). And before we all dig Aniston's box-office grave, lets give her credit for landing the #6 spot on this list (and for sharing it with Meryl Streep); $21 to their studios for each dollar they earn. Johnny Depp ($18), Nic Cage ($17) and Sarah Jessica Parker ($17) round out the top ten. Basically the list rewards mid-level stars who aren't at the top of the pay heap, which suggests that the more you get paid, the less you return..

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

    Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

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  • iW NOW
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    AMEX Announces Finalists for Film Pitch Competition

    AMEX Announces Finalists for Film Pitch Competition

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    HBO Celebrates 25 Wins at Emmy After-Party

    HBO scored a whopping 25 Emmy wins Sunday, and studded the red carpet and after-parties with many of their stars. Amy Dawes and videographer Billy Vasquez were there:

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    More: Awards, Video, TV, Emmys, HBO
  • Week of Wonders
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    Foreign film fun: Akin's SOUL KITCHEN

    Foreign film fun: Akin's SOUL KITCHEN

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