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    Woody Allen Box Office Watch: "Midnight In Paris" Hits #6

    After expanding to over 1,000 screens in its 5th weekend (a record for an Allen film), "Midnight in Paris" is now the 6th highest grossing Woody Allen movie:

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  • The Playlist
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    Pixar Plots Mystery Original Blockbuster For November 27, 2013

    Let the guessing game begin.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    News Wrap: Comcast Flushes Exec Perks at 30 Rock, Advertisers Love Facebook

    New NBC Universal owner Comcast is flushing the executive perks at NBC's New York headquarters, 30 Rock. Comcast's diminishing of the previous corporate culture includes the elimination of private toilets. Top NBC suits will be moved down one floor from their current home on the 52nd, but their new offices will be smaller, more transparent, further from NBCU co-owner GE, and have communal lavatories.

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  • Spout
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    "Super 8," "Let Me In" and "Attack the Block" - Revisiting '80s Monsters for Today's Contexts?

    "Super 8" opens on a safety scoreboard sign ("Days Since Last Accident: _____") at a steel plant, the number being changed to reflect a recent casualty. As we're reminded immediately, via the television, two months later the Three Mile Island accident occurred. And then a couple more months brings us to the film's primary narrative as an Air Force-owned train derails and unleashes a monster into that small Ohio town where the steelworker was killed. Bad things come in threes, of course, though the people of Lillian, OH, would not have experienced any of the problems of the Three Mile Island meltdown, which happened at least 200 miles away in central Pennsylvania. Instead this trio of accidents are layers rather than a grouping. The train derailment, with its subsequent military occupation and evacuation of Lillian, is a parallel for the nuclear plant disaster, while the steel mill figures in as both a lesser (in scope) and greater (in terms of immediate and personal life loss) correspondent. The message of the film: it's not others we have to fear; it's our own domestic misfortunes that will do us in first. Oh, and the literally stated: "bad things happen (shrug)."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch First 5 Minutes Of "Brooklyn Boheme" - Feature By Nelson George & Diane Paragas

    Here are the first 5 minutes of a feature-length documentary film co-directed by Nelson George and Diane Paragas, titled, Brooklyn Boheme.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    LAFF: Eigeman Wins Film Independent's Sloan Award

    As the Los Angeles Film Festival continues to unspool in downtown Los Angeles, Midnight Sun’s writer/director Chris Eigeman and producer Eric Morris have been awarded Film Independent's Sloan Award. This $15,000 production grant is given to films that feature new scripts about science and technology. Midnight Sun is set in 1943 and focuses on a group of young scientists in a New Mexico desert as they create the first atomic bomb .

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  • Caryn James
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    “The Killing” Season Finale: They Did What?!

    My first reaction to the last minutes of The Killing season finale, in which we did not find out who killed Rosie Larsen, was a simple, childish “No fair!” What kind of detective show does that?

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Teaser Trailer For Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘The Skin I Live In’

    While it didn't quite light up the critics when it premiered last month at the Cannes Film Festival, Pedro Almodóvar’s "The Skin I Live In" is still one that left people talking long after the lights came back up on the Croisette. Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes and based on Thierry Jonquet‘s novel “Mygale,” the film is a revenge tale that tells the story of a plastic surgeon (Banderas) on the hunt for the men who raped his daughter and in a blend of horror, thriller and melodrama which is a nice change of pace for Almodóvar.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Look At Angolan Actor Hoji Fortuna In Hal Hartley's "Meanwhile"

    I've never been a big fan of the films of hermetic indie filmmaker Hal Hartley, even though he was once considered one of a handful of young trailblazing auteurs, back in the late 80s/early 90s, along with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes and others, who were producing esoteric, smart, cheaply-made arty films that appealed to a small, tightly-knit, proud subculture of young (mostly white) film lovers; films that defined his auteurist style, like The Unbelievable Truth and Trust, which featured some of the earliest performances by actors like Eddie Falco, and Henry Fool years later.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: A Look Back at Pixar's "Red's Dream" and "Tin Toy"

    There are an awful lot of reasons to love Pixar, and most of them are pointed out pretty regularly. They make wonderful, original movies that send you into peals of laughter, bring you to tears, and put a huge smile on your face. Et cetera. Yet in spite of all the praise, I think there’s one thing for which Pixar doesn’t get quite enough credit. They love making short films, and have kept it up despite their extraordinary success with features. Very few directors, let alone entire studios, have that sort of passion. With “Cars 2” opening this weekend, it seems like a good time to take a look back at some of Pixar’s earliest work.

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