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    Watch: Two Clips & TV Spot For 'Tron: Legacy'

    Features Breathy Acting, Bad Fake Driving & Lots Of LightcyclesFeaturing what is promising to be a badass score by Daft Punk and some jaw-dropping visuals, early sneaks at "Tron: Legacy" have stoked fan -- and our -- anticipation for the project to a fever pitch, but two new clips have hit the web from the film and if anything, they've forced us to take a slight step back and temper our feelings for just a moment.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    IFC Films to Re-Release Landmark Documentary Shoah

    IFC Films is re-releasing Claude Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half hour landmark French documentary, Shoah to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. On December 10 the film will screen at New York City's Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and at the IFC Center on Christmas Eve; it will break nationally in the new year.

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    Set Photo: Ben Affleck Filming On Terrence Malick's Untitled Romance Drama

    Ok, "Tree Of Life" is in the can and set for a May 27, 2011 release date (it'll likely premiere at the Cannes Film Festival a few days before the picture goes into regular theatrical release) so onto Terrence Malick's next film, an untitled feature that, shockingly, is already shooting in Oklahoma and not waiting five years to gestate.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ten Takeaways from Filmmaker Forum Piracy Panel: Indies Should Be Afraid

    On Sunday I moderated the final panel at Film Independent’s 6th annual Filmmaker Forum (presented by indieWIRE Oct. 29-31) on a subject that is starting to concern independent filmmakers almost as much as studio execs: movie piracy. It's becoming increasingly mainstream. We all know people who do it. Take a look at the music industry, which has been ravaged by piracy-related losses. The question I asked the panel: "Are we going to figure out alternative models and are independent filmmakers going to lead the way?”

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    There are always things to look forward to...

    There are always things to look forward to...

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Moguls and Movie Stars

    TCM’s 7-hour documentary, Moguls and Movie Stars, which began running today, is a sincere, engrossing and generally very well executed history of Hollywood, focused largely on the business side---the moguls and the studios---rather than the movie stars and directors. It is rich in facts and details about the beginnings of the movies, going from the primitive early work of the Lumiere brothers and Edison, and running with equal interest all the way through the rise and fall of the studio system. Christopher Plummer narrates with warm authority, and the whole endeavor is certainly worth the effort to see all seven hours. Of course, another seven hours---or twice that--- could valuably be spent documenting the artistic history of Hollywood, and perhaps TCM has such plans up its sleeve. One way or the other, what they do over at Turner Classic Movies is essential to the health of moving picture history, virtually the lone TV voice in the wilderness of film culture in our country, which has contributed so enormously, so memorably to this precious medium. (Complete disclosure: I am one of the vast number of people interviewed for this epic documentary.)

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  • The Playlist
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    New York Jets Linebacker Bart Scott To Get 'Blind Side' Styled Biopic

    Ok, full disclosure (though probably not a major shock): we here at the Playlist are not really sports dudes/dudettes. Okay, some of us pay attention to the English Premier League but this writer in particular only found out this morning that the San Francisco Giants won the World Series and really couldn't tell you anything that's going on in the National Football League. At any rate, we're in the minority, and we know it. Every now and then Hollywood makes us pay attention to the sports world, and following the massive box office of last year's inspirational football film "The Blind Side" it's no surprise that they are looking to duplicate that success.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Client 9

    Client 9

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    U.S. Distributors are Popping Up Like Mushrooms - Olive Films

    Farhad Arshad's long established Olive Films, a well respected home video company, has ramped up theatrically because John Tilley, the veteran distributor whose Cinevista brought Almodovar to the U.S. in the 80s, in April of 2010 took a risk and left Strand where he was head of home video for a decade. John has extensive and diverse experience as a domestic distributor, marketer, and licensor of domestic and international independent feature films and documentaries. As Executive Vice President for Acquisitions and Theatrical Distribution for Olive Films, he is taking the well established video distributor into the theatrical arena, opening in the fall with The Match Factory’s Milk of Sorrow, an Official Selection for the Foreign Language Oscar last year. John Tilley

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    Jamie Chung Joins 'The Hangover 2'; Will Play Ed Helms' Fiancée

    Okay, so Todd Phillips' "Due Date," opening this Friday, wasn't quite the gut-busting comedy we were hoping for, but that doesn't matter because in about seven months, the director will get another stab at the apple when he drops "The Hangover 2."

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