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Eric Kohn

How I Met My Doppelganger at "Twilight," And What He Taught Me.

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  • November 18, 2011 6:45 PM
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How I Met My Doppelganger at "Twilight," And What He Taught Me.

Meet Conan O'Brien's Brilliant Editor, Dan Dome.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • July 28, 2011 1:17 AM
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The best thing about this very funny spoof trailer for a nonexistent exploitation movie called "Butterworth," which aired on "Conan" this week, passes by in a matter of seconds:
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Rex Reed Handicaps "The Myth of the American Sleepover" on Metacritic.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • July 20, 2011 8:39 AM
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As if you needed another reminder that review aggregators are better for finding reviews rather than measuring them, check out this list of reviews for "The Myth of the American Sleepover," opening this Friday. I may have been more enthusiastic about the movie than Reed, but Metacritic processes his review as the only 0% rating, which knocks the movie's overall rating down a full ten percent. These days, for better or worse, that means something. If you're seeing movies based on numbers alone...stop.

This Saturday, Check Out the Last Panel on Distribution You Ever Need to Attend.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • July 15, 2011 12:00 PM
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I've had a great time putting together a series of events this month to celebrate indieWIRE's 15th anniversary. Although I've only been involved with the site a fraction of that time, I'm always amazed when I hear from longtime readers of the site. indieWIRE has been around to cover some of the biggest accomplishments in (largely American) cinema in recent years. That's what the indieWIRE at 15 series at 92YTribeca and the premiere of the Sundance hit "Bellflower" on Friday are meant to recognize. But there's another aspect of this world--the business side--that indieWIRE has also followed closely. We'll tap into that side of the story on Saturday.

Interactive Theater Blows My Mind: "Sleep No More."

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • May 4, 2011 12:00 PM
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Art, particularly when it takes the form of a story, typically encourages a passive experience; the sensational interactive theater production "Sleep No More" works against that tendency. Loosely adapted from "Macbeth," the traveling show is currently housed at a warehouse in Chelsea, where it has been held over through June due to the hugely positive reception. I finally got a chance to try it out last Friday.

"Melancholia" vs. "Another Earth": Which "Invading Planet" Movie Will You See?

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • April 8, 2011 5:13 AM
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The trailer for Lars Von Trier's dark family drama "Melancholia" hit the web today, catching fire immediately for its freaky apocalyptic imagery and intense performances by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Anne Thompson compared the heavy symbolic content to Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" trailer, which I broke down shot-by-shot a little while back. "Melancholia" isn't quite as visually dense, but it's certainly loaded with big ideas, although it have some company. "Another Earth," the low budget sci-fi effort directed by Mike Cahill and picked up by Fox Searchlight at Sundance this year, also involves the sudden arrival of a new planet adjacent to our own. "Another Earth" hits theaters July 20; "Melancholia" doesn't have a release date yet, although Magnolia Pictures will distribute it in the U.S.

"Jeopardy!" Unleashed: Watson in Focus.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • February 17, 2011 4:23 AM
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On “Jeopardy!” this week, an unlikely contestant has been raking in the dough. Watson, the IBM supercomputer pitted human champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, easily beat its competitors with its rapid-fire ability to seemingly process data faster than any organic brain in history. Or so it seemed, until “his” circuitry started to show. Like many viewers, I was less interested in Watson’s ability to clean up shop than in cyber-god’s occasional slip-ups. The most glaring incident arrived at the end of Tuesday night’s competition, when Watson missed the question on Final Jeopardy with a hilariously telling error.
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Meet the Mike Lacher, the Man Behind the Film School Thesis Generator.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • February 10, 2011 1:22 AM
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There's a difference between thinking long and hard about something and only thinking that you're thinking long and hard about something; therein lies the brilliance of the Film School Thesis Generator, a vastly amusing work of interactive satire that popped on the web a few weeks back. Matt Singer offers an eloquent rundown of its appeal.

A Premature Defense for Olbermann.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • February 9, 2011 3:15 AM
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Tim Goodman is wrong. I think.

Men With Movie Cameras.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • January 5, 2011 12:48 AM
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Idiot With A Tripod from Gothamist on Vimeo.
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