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    m-appeal Launches Raspberry&Cream; Picks Up "L.A. Zombie"

    m-appeal Launches Raspberry&Cream; Picks Up "L.A. Zombie"

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    No Disappointment With 'Alice Creed'

    No Disappointment With 'Alice Creed'

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Congrats Diablo Cody: New Baby, Red Band Trailer, Reitman Reunion

    Attention-starved screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, The U.S. of Tara) has plenty of good news. She delivered baby Marcello Daniel Maurio on July 27. And her new traveling talk-show Red Band Trailer, recorded in her Airstream, is playing on YouTube. Her first three shows are below.

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  • Spout
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    "Dinner for Schmucks" vs. "The Dinner Game." Is the Remake Better?

    After reading Leonard Maltin's review of "Dinner for Schmucks," in which he wonders if viewers unfamiliar with the work of Francis Veber and French farce in general will like the new comedy more, I feel the need to come forward as someone who IS familiar with both and who slightly prefers this version to the original. Unlike Maltin, though, I saw Veber's "The Dinner Party" (or "Dinner with Dolts," if you like another translation of the French title, which I'll use for identification purposes) after seeing the redo. So maybe I was inversely disadvantaged. But as I noted in last week's list, I'm fairly accustomed to Veber's work, though admittedly I'm more familiar with the typically terrible American remakes of his films, including those he's helmed himself, and what little other Hollywood gigs he's undertaken.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Limited Vision: Samuel Maoz's "Lebanon"

    Lebanon is the latest in the long line of films reliant on confined spaces and/or confined perspective gimmicks (The Lady in the Lake, Lifeboat, etc.). While on its very thin surface Samuel Maoz's feature debut takes Israel’s ill-considered 1982 invasion of Lebanon as its subject, the film is more Rear Window than Platoon, and gives new meaning to the phrase “theater of war”: Maoz evokes combat largely through first-person point of view, emphasizing battle as something to be processed through perception. Since it takes place almost entirely inside a tank, what we see of the mostly urban battlefields of Lebanon (with Tel Aviv substituting for the title country) is relayed through a cross-haired turret sight that alternates between wide shot and telescoped close-up, a cinematic POV assumed by Shmulik (Yoav Donat), the tank’s jittery, hesitant gunman.

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  • Spout
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    Remake of "Deep Blue Sea" Isn't What You Think. Film Blog Water Cooler 8/2/10

    Here's one for the people who only read headlines: reports today of a remake of "The Deep Blue Sea," a 1955 Anatole Litvak drama starring Vivien Leigh, triggered a number of confused cries from fans of "Deep Blue Sea," the 1999 Renny Harlin sci-fi thriller about smart sharks who kill a team of scientists. It all began with a Daily Mail article announcing that Rachel Weisz is in "advanced talks" for the lead role in a new film adapted from the original Terence Rattigan play, upon which Litvak's film was also based (Rattigan also wrote the screenplay himself). Terence Davies ("The House of Mirth") will write and direct this version, which will shoot either later this year or early next. The goal is to have it released in 2011 for Rattigan's centenary.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Three Points - I wonder...

    Three Points - I wonder...

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Filmography

    Filmography

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Steve Carell Builds a Movie Career as Deadpan Leading Man

    Here's a taste of my latest Career Watch examination of the impressive Steve Carell, who can seemingly do no wrong.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    secret's out: In Conversation with Kevin Kline

    The Extra Man | Kevin Kline | Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out | Movie TrailersI’d never had a chance to talk to Kevin Kline before; what a treat!

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