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    remembering penn

    remembering penn

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Best TV Pilots vs. DOA Pilots

    Salon picks the ten greatest TV pilots (limited to American dramas), in honor of the "underappreciated form," which they believe to be "more difficult in many ways than a regular episode of a series" but that feel "less like homework than a little movie."

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    Anyone Else Ambivalent About the "Star Wars" 3-D Conversion?

    We knew this day was coming. Not just because it was inevitable, but because long ago George Lucas and company directly assured/warned us it would. But it's nuts that the announcement would have to occur only hours after I celebrated the coming re-release of "Back to the Future" as being the very opposite of a Lucas-type cash grab. And here's why: I honestly can not wait to watch the "Star Wars" hexology in 3-D. Yes, even the prequels. So am I a hypocrite? Most definitely. In the five years I've blogged professionally I've consistently knocked the prequels. And I still don't think I'll care much for them with the extra dimension. Yet I feel compelled. I feel a gravitational field pulling me in, and I'm not going to attempt to struggle. I'm just too damn curious.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Top Thirty Indie Films

    Check out this list of the 30 most significant indie films in the last 30 years (full list, which includes three edited by the late great Sally Menke, is below).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Hail To Republic!

    In its heyday, Republic Pictures wasn’t taken seriously by the mainstream studios. It was a B-movie factory, and nothing more. (Erich von Stroheim referred to it as “Repulsive Pictures.”) In recent decades, enthusiasts have come to appreciate just how good Republic was at making those B movies, especially westerns and Saturday matinee serials. Their stunts and camerawork were exceptionally good, and many aficionados believe that their visual effects (created by the brothers Lydecker, Howard and Theodore) were even better than the work being done at that time by the “big boys” at MGM and Fox. Republic didn’t make movies to win awards or critical plaudits, but it certainly pleased its target audience—small-town moviegoers and kids.

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    NYFF: Tuesday, After Christmas

    None of Romanian filmmaker Radu Muntean’s films have yet seen commercial release in the U.S., but he’s one of his country’s most accomplished realists. His second feature, The Paper Will Be Blue, was a here-and-now recent-history drama in the Paul Greengrass mold, though less oppressively hectic, a topsy-turvy handheld portrait of collective confusion during the December 22, 1989, fall of president Nicolae Ceausescu. Life under Ceausescu—himself the subject of a caustic state-pageantry archival-footage “autobiography” playing outside the 2010 New York Film Festival’s main slate—has been a dominant topic of films from the so-called Romanian New Wave, whether tackled head-on (4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days) or as memory (12:08 East of Bucharest). Many recent films from Romania display a mordant sense of humor, but they are almost uniformly bleak, even the ones set in the present day (Stuff and Dough; Police, Adjective; and The Death of Mr. Lazarescu), showing a country still in institutional and infrastructural disrepair, and therefore implicitly pointing an incriminating finger backward at the dictator.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Prohibition

    Prohibition

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  • The Lost Boys
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    indieWIRE Gets a Makeover

    Check it out.

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  • The Playlist
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    George Lucas Doesn't Have Enough Money: Milking Star Wars Dry With 3D Re-Releases Starting In 2012

    George Lucas is worth, roughly, $3 billion. Between the takings of the original trilogy, and its 1997 re-release, the three prequels, the TV-spin offs, the video games, the novels, the comic books, the toys, the lunchboxes and the pillowcases, it's fair to say he has a steady income coming in. So luckily, Lucas is able to sit back on focus on that groundbreaking indie cinema he's been talking up for thirty years, his real passion projects, right?

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    The Voice Of Hollywood Is Stilled

    Art loaned me this sweet photo of him with protean radio actress Lurene Tuttle taken in the late 1930s outside of CBS in Hollywood.

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