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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: More Harry Potter

    A new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer shipped with the collector's edition of LEGO videogame, Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Revealed scenes include Daniel Radcliffe suffering from chest pain in downtown London, and aerial shots of the intrepid gang running across mountain ridges, reminiscent of LOTR. HP7 fever rages unabated. Trailer after the jump:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Critical Descent of M. Night Shyamalan

    Good luck keeping this up much longer...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lionsgate Fights Hostile Takeover, Apatow Loves Pee Wee, Mel Gibson in Trouble

    Lionsgate is avoiding a hostile takeover with a re-implementation of a poison pill tactic. That's the tactic of selling shares to current shareholders at a price substantially reduced from market value, usually aimed against one shareholder, in this case billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Basically Lionsgate is offering cheaper shares to everyone but him, in an attempt to make a possible takeover too expensive, explains the LAT. Icahn currently holds 37.9% of the company's stake. Lionsgate swallowed the pill once before against Icahn, but the move was invalidated by Canadian authorities. Icahn is also attempting to replace the board of directors.

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  • iW NOW
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    "Ballou" Marching Band Up For Pepsi Grant

    "Ballou" Marching Band Up For Pepsi Grant

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tilda Does Stan and Ollie

    Tilda Does Stan and Ollie

    In case you missed the promised soft shoe at the Edinburgh Film Festival, here's Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins leading a merry flash mob in a Laurel and Hardy dance:

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Matador at 21 in Vegas

    Matador at 21 in Vegas

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  • iW NOW
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    Relaunched "Spider Man"'s Indie Cred

    Relaunched "Spider Man"'s Indie Cred

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Movie Palaces Come Alive Again

    There is no thrill to compare with seeing a classic movie in a great movie theater. For twenty-four years, the Los Angeles Conservancy has hosted a month-long series called Last Remaining Seats, showing vintage films in the city’s great movie palaces, most of which are located on Broadway downtown. This year’s wide-ranging bill of fare included Strangers on a Train, American Graffiti, The Graduate, the 1943 Mexican classic Flor Silvestre, and the silent version of Peter Pan. (The evening I’m really sorry I missed featured How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with its stars Robert Morse and Michele Lee in person, interviewed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, who features Morse on his show.) I don’t know of another major city with more surviving theaters from the glory days than ours. Alas, this part of Broadway—which used to be a Mecca for Southland shopping and entertainment—is now just a business district during the day and something of a ghost town at night. Post-World War Two suburban sprawl and the destruction of Los Angeles’ much-loved Red Car light-rail system saw to that.

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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    1970: The Cannes Film Festival (part two)

    Hotel Florian

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    McGurk and Rosett Are Out at Overture

    Another indie bites the dust. At a time of serious contraction in the indie market, Overture Films has been on the block since January.

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