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    10 Greatest Traffic Jams in Movies

    What's the longest you've sat in traffic? Whatever it is, consider that a blessing and be thankful you're not in the world's largest traffic jam, currently in its tenth day outside Beijing, China, in the Inner Mongolia region and Hebei province. Stretching at least 60 miles, it's expected to last weeks. Far longer than the comparative bit of congestion you expect to encounter next weekend when you go away for Labor Day. In fact, the cause of the pile-up is road construction that won't be finished until mid-September. It's not stand-still, but autos are reportedly only gaining half a mile a day. Meanwhile vendors are capitalizing on the jam by selling extremely overpriced noodles and water, yet drivers are said to be putting up with the whole ordeal rather than finding other routes because they'd rather save on gas.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Rise of Non-Profit Micro-Cinemas

    Kinsey Lowe misses the easy-access movie theaters of his cinephile youth. Now that many are gone, he's in search of their replacements, if any.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    White Wedding Director Turner Talks Real South African Cinema

    The South Africa in rookie director Jann Turner's White Wedding (select cinemas September 3) is not that of 2009's sci-fi District 9 (a USA/New Zealand/Canada/ South Africa co-production with a $30 million budget), Leonardo DiCaprio's Blood Diamond (a $100 million Hollywood release), or even that of the exquisite low-budget Tsotsi (a UK/South Africa production) which won the 2006 Oscar for best foreign film. (South Africa submitted White Wedding for the foreign film Oscar in 2009.)

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Who are the Walking Dead?

    Who are the Walking Dead?

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Bad Karma Alert! Tilda's Mort vs. Condon, Deadline vs. THR

    Bad karma yields bad karma?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Worthington Heads Home, Hurt Locker Reality Show, Brolin Talks

    - Sam Worthington is heading home to Perth, Australia to shoot surfing drama Drift, in which he plays a photographic journalist who helped to turn surfing into a worldwide industry. After several big-budget Hollywood films, the actor is excited to be involved in this $11-million project, he says, to "put something back into my home town...There's something pure and true about surfing, and there is something pure and true about this script." (There was also something pure about his performance to in 2004's Somersault opposite Abbie Cornish). This may be the perfect project for him to rediscover the satisfaction of low-budget acting away from the blue-screen razzle-dazzle of Avatar, Clash of the Titans and Terminator: Salvation.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    review: Von Sternberg Dazzles On DVD

    I am extremely happy because one of my all-time favorite films—The Last Command—has finally come to DVD, as part of a glorious boxed set from Criterion called 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Scott Pilgrim vs. Universal and the Matrix

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's bottom line comes down to the same problem that has faced a long line of Universal projects. It was an indie movie that cost too much to be successful inside the studio paradigm and should have been produced and released on a smaller less ambitious scale at the studio's specialty division Focus Features, which could have nurtured it and sent it into the world on a more limited basis and built on the film's strong word-of-mouth from its narrow base. To them a $12 million gross would have been fine. To Universal, it's less than the film's marketing budget. (A funny mash-up of Scott Pilgrim vs. The Matrix is below.)

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