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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    In Contention Partners with Hitfix

    Kris Tapley's six-year-old In Contention Oscar blog is moving from indie status to a new home at rising consumer site Hitfix. It's a good fit for both partners. In Contention gets some resources and support and professional year-round ad sales, while Hitfix's Gregory Ellwood, who will continue to post at the site's Awards Campaign blog, adds a respected Oscar blog with loyal followers, who will presumably check out the site's other offerings and swell traffic. The site, which is aimed at the 18 to 34 demographic, reaches more than 2 million unique users monthly.

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  • Hope for Film
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    I Don't Do Panels. I Do Do Panels. I Am Doing A Lot Of Panels! What Am I Doing?

    I don't like panels. They can never be conversations. They are usually five people pushing separate agendas that have no relation to what the audience is looking to learn.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch - A Day In The Life Of Misty Copeland (Doc Short)

    Nice short (22-minute) profiling Misty Copeland - one of 3 African American female soloists for the American Ballet Theatre in 2 decades; As of 2008, she's been the only African American woman in the dance company for her entire American Ballet Theatre career; there hasn't been a male African American in the company since 2005. I figure it's only a matter of time before she's in the movies... maybe Black Swan 2. She's black after all :) (thanks Emmett):

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch “Water Pest”, A Short Film From Writer/Director Corey A. Burkes

    I happened upon a review of this fun short film on FilmThreat.com, and was instantly intrigued by its simplicity and overall effectiveness. For what it’s worth, Water Pest shows promise, and offers a look at what could be-- with the right amount of development-- a colorful spin on the norm.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch "Say Grace Before Drowning" By Nikyatu Jusu (Short Shouts)

    Good to see more filmmakers making their shorts available for viewing online - especially filmmakers we like... keep'em coming guys. Here's Nikyatu Jusu's Say Grace Before Drowning.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Matt Damon and Cameron Crowe Get Animal Crackers In Trailer For 'We Bought A Zoo'

    It's been six long years since we last saw a Cameron Crowe (fictional) film on screen, but seeing that that film was the, frankly, disastrous "Elizabethtown," he's perhaps been missed less than he might have been otherwise. Still, the writer-director has enough great work behind him that we're always going to be interested in what he's putting out, and this Christmas sees the arrival of comeback film "We Bought A Zoo," which sees him team up with Matt Damon for the first time.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Caribbean Film Corner starts Tonight in London (9/14-9/17)

    Starting tonight in London, Wednesday September 14th and continuing until Saturday September 17th at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill , London (Powis sq London | W11 2AY) is the latest Caribbean Film Corner whose purpose is to showcase up and coming Caribbean film makers whilst paying tribute to the Caribbean people who have made their mark on the Stage and Screen around the world.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Victoria Mahoney's "Yelling To The Sky" Starring Zoë Kravitz Acquired For Spring 2012 Release

    Well... this is welcomed news. Congrats to Victoria Mahoney and company! From The Hollywood Reporter:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Greg

    I officially hit my TIFF wall this morning (though dressing in drag and staying out until 5am for the STIFF party clearly had something to do with), and decided to spend an extra hour in bed catching up on the last episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"'s wildly uneven latest season. And holy shit, is Greg - the flamboyant little boy in the finale - amazing. The episode's handling of the child's likely homosexuality is questionable (his mother's behaviour is very homophobic, particularly in scenes not posted below... though oddly enough Larry handles Greg pretty awesomely), but if you just step outside the politics and enjoy the kids performance: Wow. For your consideration, the best guest actor of the 2011-12 Emmy contention period:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TIFF Deal Round-Up: Neil Young and Panahi Films, Killer Joe, Awakening, God Bless America, Incident

    While the Toronto Film Festival has not been a hotbed of dealmaking activity, many buyers are negotiating behind the scenes for smaller acquisitions that won't send rockets into the stratosphere. Here's a round-up of recent TIFF deals (UPDATED):

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