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QuickShots | “Lebowski,” Twilight Brouhaha, AMPAS, IFP Chicago, Queer Cinema

QuickShots | "Lebowski," Twilight Brouhaha, AMPAS, IFP Chicago, Queer Cinema

The Story of the Lebowski Fans’ explores the Dude phenomenon

Eddie Chung, a former philosophy student who is accustomed to pondering life’s deepest mysteries, is still stumped by something that shapes lives by the thousands: Why has “The Big Lebowski” become the most popular and all-consuming cult film since “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”? Scott Timberg reports in the LA Times.

Rachelle Lefevre: Wronged or uncooperative?

The recasting of “Victoria” in the third installment of the “Twilight” franchise either demonstrates that Summit Entertainment is unreasonable or Rachelle Lefevere has “a lack of cooperative spirit.” Depending whom you ask, of course. Dana Harris takes a look at the ongoing he said, she said that’s been thrown around lately.

Edward Zwick Wins Academy Board of Governors Election Run-Off

Edward Zwick has prevailed in the run-off for the open Directors Branch seat on the 2009-2010 Board of Governors, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.

IFP/Chicago Kick-Off Party Launches 3rd Annual Independent Film Gala

100 guests came out in support of IFP/Chicago at a party hosted by LeeAnn Trotter, entertainment reporter at Chicago’s NBC 5. The party at Billy Dec’s Rockit Ranch Bar & Grill on Wednesday, July 22nd was presented to “increase awareness of the upcoming IFP/Chicago’s Independent Film Gala for September 25th, 2009 at the Wit Hotel.” For more information about IFC Chicago, visit their site.

RS Prop. 24: Defining a New Queer Cinema

In the past four or five years, there’s been something of an explosion of queerness on film–for better or worse–from the undercover “bromances” of Judd Apatow to the drag-pastiche of Todd Haynes to the overt politicization of Milk, to the ever-expanding circuit of gay exploitation knockoffs, including, as always, spoofs of mainstream popular culture and coming-of-age/coming-out narratives. And we mustn’t forget Brokeback’s multiple wins at the Academy Awards. A gay film isn’t necessarily ghettoized any more, but gay cinema is not exactly out of its niche market, either. Reverse Shot examines gay cinema and its relationship with the mainstream.

Babelgum brings Funny or Die to mobile

Independent mobile and web content platform Babelgum and Funny or Die unveiled an exclusive, wireless licensing agreement to bring Funny or Die videos to mobile platforms. The agreement will bring new and library Funny or Die content to mobile users everywhere over the next two years. Plans include offering mobile users a stand-alone Funny or Die-branded iPhone application, as well as including Funny or Die content in all current and future Babelgum applications.

Hamptons Hosts “It Might Get Loud” for Summer Docs series

“It Might Get Loud” director Davis Guggenheim alsong with a slew of notables will be in East Hampton for a screening of the Sundance ’09 film, hosted by the Hamptons International Film Festival. For more information on the screening and others in the Summer series, visit the festival’s website.

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