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    Film Independent Names 12 Screenwriters Lab Fellows

    Film Independent released the names of the 12 fellows who made the cut for the 2010 Screenwriters Lab, now in its 11th year. In Los Angeles, from August 12 to September 16th, the fellows will hone their craft and lift their scripts to the next level – and closer to production - with the guidance of instructor Meg LeFauve (screenwriter/producer) and guest mentors and speakers Nicole Holofcener ("Please Give") and José Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries"). This year’s participants, who attend the Lab for free, include: Tina Mabry, Morgan R. Stiff, Leena Pendharkar, Nicolas Citton, Dominika Waclawiak, Topaz Adizes, Chris Mason Johnson, Kate Stayman-London, Ana Lily Amirpour, Trevin Matcek, Robert Jury and Susan Austin.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Almost Married: License

    Almost Married: License

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Untold Disney Stories—And More

    book review: THE LION AND THE GIRAFFE by Jack Couffer (BearManor Media) The author of this colorful memoir may not be a household name, but he’s been involved in everything from Walt Disney’s The Living Desert to Out of Africa, from Disney animal movies like The Incredible Journey to Never Cry Wolf…and he has great stories to tell.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    HBO's Overlooked Treme: Are Emmy Voters Racist?

    HBO's Overlooked Treme: Are Emmy Voters Racist?

    I finally finished watching David Simon and Eric Overmyer's brilliantly executed Treme, and reread the terrific NYT Magazine feature on how they put the series together, and why HBO was willing to indulge them. Overmyer looks back at season one and ahead at season two.

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    More: Awards, TV, Emmys, Treme
  • The Lost Boys
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    Premature But Non-Permanent Return To Bloggery Because of the "Black Swan" Trailer

    I'm still going to try and keep away for the next two weeks as my to do list depends on it, but I came home tonight to find the "Black Swan" trailer online and my blogging impulse was too strong to ignore. This is probably the trailer I was waiting for more than anything re: this fall season (though I still greatly anticipate "True Grit," "The Fighter," "Rabbit Hole," and, yes, "The Beaver"), and it does not disappoint. It thankfully makes the film look more "Requiem For A Dream" than "The Wrestler." And even like the 2010 ballet world remake of "All About Eve" except on acid with lesbian sex I'd been hoping for. And I'd suspect Searchlight has given us only a cautious peak at some intense shit that's going down in this film. But from what we see, Natalie Portman - a hit et miss actress in my books - looks like she's really bringing something here, and so does Babs Hershey. As for my beloved Winona... if you even notice, the below screen shot is essentially all we get. Here's to her scenes just being too crazy and brilliant and dark to be suitable for the trailer.

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  • eugonline
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    reading: can indie docs secure profits from digital distribution? yes and no

    reading: can indie docs secure profits from digital distribution? yes and no

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    More: The Biz
  • Spout
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    Reasons You Didn't See "Scott Pilgrim." Film Blog Water Cooler 8/17/10

    I despise box office reports, analysis and anything else having to do with the immediate gauging of a new film's success, probably because a lot of times it takes me a few weeks and sometimes a few months to get around to seeing a movie I'm interested in (it took me 66 days to finally fit in "I Am Love," for example). And I hate to say it, but the incessant references to a four-day-old title as "a bomb" or "disappointment" occasionally affects my desire to see it. "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" may not have made a lot of money its first weekend compared to other new movies. But word of mouth should be good to this one, if we hold back the premature dismissals and let it ride. Like most people, I didn't expect to enjoy it half as much as I did. If you're similarly doubting you'd enjoy it, you're probably underestimating it, too. Just tell me why you didn't see it and I'll tell you why you should ignore that reason and give it a shot. As for those of you who did see it and loved it, rather than focus so much energy on wondering why it didn't do as well as you'd hoped and complaining about its low return so far, concentrate on ways to convince moviegoers, theater owners and Hollywood why it is still worth their time and effort. Or, we just let everyone wait and see it on DVD/Blu-ray and enjoy it then (and no, unfortunately, nobody's really going to care that they didn't see it in theaters), either way is fine by me.

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  • Spout
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    5 Biggest Toronto Shout-Outs in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"

    Despite being one of North America's most recognizable and highly touted cities - and the place I proudly call home - Toronto has never received the recognition it justly deserves in the movies. Sure, a truckload of Hollywood features shoot there, but Toronto is routinely used as a stand-in for some American urban metropolis, usually New York or Boston. Matthew Vaughn's raucous "Kick-Ass" and Louis Letterier's "The Incredible Hulk" are among the legions of recently released blockbusters that haven't made the barest of efforts to conceal Toronto's many landmarks (I'm looking at you Sam the Record Man). Until now that is. Leave it to Edgar Wright (he of "Shaun of the Dead") to make a film that plays like a list of Toronto's greatest hits. Though it's too early to gauge, Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" may very well prove to be to Torontonians what "Annie Hall" is to New Yorkers. Based on Canuck Bryan Lee O'Malley's series of Toronto set graphic comics, the film revels in all that is grand and grungy about Canada's largest city. It also helps that Wright rounded out his cast with some big name Toronto-bred Canadians - Michael Cera and Alison Pill.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sexy Vampires: From Rolling Stone's True Blood Cover to Burton's Dark Shadows

    Got to give Rolling Stone points for one of the most memorable covers in some time. (Here's the True Blood story that goes with it.) Clearly, sex, nudity and vampires sell.

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    More: Media, TV, HBO
  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Line up for excitement

    Line up for excitement

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