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    5 Surprisingly Good Remakes of French Comedies

    What do Martin Short, Ted Danson, Nick Nolte and Robin Williams have in common? Each has starred in at least two remakes -- that's two apiece -- of French comedies (Williams has done three). And none of these are as good as the original. Of course it's not unusual for a remake to be worse than the first film, but there's a special consideration to be made regarding Hollywood's translations of French comedy in particular. They tend to be bad even for remakes. They tend to be bad even for films that are bad for remakes. Here are some examples: "Father's Day," "Pure Luck," "Taxi," "My Father the Hero," "Jungle 2 Jungle." Even when a filmmaker handles his own remake, as Roger Vadim ("And God Created Woman"), Jean-Marie Poire ("Just Visiting") and Francis Veber ("Three Fugitives") have done, the result is typically awful.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    A Guide To Finding an Affordable Place to Stay During The Toronto Film Festival

    There seems to a bit of anxiety among the folks planning their trips up to Toronto now that the fest has mostly migrated south. Being eight years an on-and-off again Torontonian, I figured I should share some of the advice I've given a few folks already on here. There's plenty of routes to go - high end middle-range, budget... or renting out apartments from locals (a tricky thing to arrange, but e-mail me at peter@indiewire.com if you're looking as I know a few Torontonians that are up for vacating for 10 days in September). But you have about 6 weeks to figure it out. So below I offer a list of suggestions.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Cool Videos! (because I'm too busy in the edit room)

    Cool Videos! (because I'm too busy in the edit room)

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Mark Woollen Q&A

    Mark Woollen Q&A

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  • iW NOW
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    Gilliam to Direct Arcade Fire Concert Webcast

    Gilliam to Direct Arcade Fire Concert Webcast

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Old Spice Launches New Star, Fincher's Final Four, Mulligan Considers Horror, Carell Raised by Wolfs

    Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice guy who revived a deodorant brand, is launching a career as a movie star (or at least A YouTube phenomenon). With roles in the Aniston/Bateman flick Horrible Bosses (a cop), Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (both releasing next year), and a guest spot on NBC's Chuck, this man's life is about to change even more. Mustafa spoke with THR about the luck of booking the Old Spice commercial, his dream to be on SNL (he was "in love with Mr. Bill"), his current vegan-cleansing diet, and whether he is truly a ladies man: "No, I'm not one of those guys. If a woman is into me, it usually takes me a while to figure that out. She has to hit me over the head with it." But he certainly knows what women want...

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  • Enzian Theater
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    More Gems Await in KidFest

    More Gems Await in KidFest

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  • iW NOW
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    Provincetown Taps Magee for Post

    Provincetown Taps Magee for Post

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  • iW NOW
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    FilmBuff to Digitally Distribute Edward Burn's Latest

    Edward Burn's latest, "Nice Guy Johnny," which played at this year's Tribeca, will be released on October 26 through FilmBuff, an affiliate of Cinetic Rights Management. In an interesting move, Burns who will continue to tour the film to festivals nationally throughout 2010, selected a multiplatform distribution over a traditional theatrical release. FilmBuff will therefore release the film simultaneously on iTunes, Amazon.com, VOD and DVD.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Get Low Scores High Reviews

    Get Low Scores High Reviews

    Psst! Don't tell any contrarian film critics. But Get Low so far is scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. (UPDATE: IndieWIRE's CriticWIRE is tougher: B-.)

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