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Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Indie Film: A Strange, Droll, Witty Bunch

Filmmaker Magazine announces 2011 “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Among those acknowledged are the pair Andrew S. Allen and Jason Sondhi, who were curators of Short of the Week; their curious short film The Thomas Beale Cipher (posted below and pictured to the right) amalgamates an array of animation techniques for a living scrap-book feel.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 20, 2011 12:38 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer Hits on Eve of Comic-Con; Not So Amazing

The Amazing Spider-Man trailer has leaked all over the web just in time for Sony's presentation at Comic-Con and a full year before its July 3, 2012 release. Rather than show us something new, the official version below shows us what's already been done before, but this time with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and 3-D. (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb weaves a seemingly familiar story with new faces. Check out Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man trailer, also below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 20, 2011 12:33 PM
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Marvel Plays Captain America Too Straight, Early Reviews UPDATED

Marvel Plays Captain America Too Straight, Early Reviews UPDATED
So far so good for Marvel Entertainment, which has churned out more blockbusters than stumbles. This year, both Thor and X-Men: First Class delivered, and Sony's 2012 reboot of Spider-Man will be previewed at Comic-Con, along with a full screening of Captain America: First Avenger, which always presented a challenge. How do you dust off a patriotic World War II Nazi-fighting hero--battling larger-than-life the Red Skull--and make ten-year-old boys believe in him again? Marvel bravely took on the task, starting out the movie with the discovery of a buried fighter plane in the Arctic, and reaching back in time to resurrect the origin story of Steve Rogers, a 90-pound weakling-turned-super-strong-war-hero.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 20, 2011 8:05 AM
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Social Media Watch: Facebook Employees Sign Up for Google+, Most Active Users at Twitter or Facebook

While Google+ hopes to replace Facebook as a social media site that allows you to compartmentalize your image, high-ups at Facebook have been signing up in droves for Google's new platform. See the complete list of Facebook employees using Google Plus at All Facebook, including founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, vice president Christopher Cox and vice president of human resources, Lori Goler. So far, Google+ has accumulated 10 million users in just two weeks, good progress but nowhere close to Facebook's 750 million. Perhaps Facebook's principals are conducting some competitive research at Google+ or maybe this is a friendly gesture to say that all social media can coexist together?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 20, 2011 8:00 AM
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Media Watch: Murdoch Escapes From Parliament, Catapulted Pie

In nearly three hours of intense interrogation by the British Parliament, Rupert Murdoch still refused to provide sufficient answers or admit to any responsibility.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 20, 2011 3:47 AM
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Producers Guild Sticks with Ten Picture Nominees

Marking a break with the Motion Picture Academy, the Producers Guild of America is sticking with ten nominees for its 2012 Darryl F. Zanuck award for outstanding feature film producer of the year. The 23rd PGA nominations will be announced on January 3 and the Awards show will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton, and will be chaired by Paula Wagner and produced by Michael Manheim. The PGA also added some TV categories covering reality television, sports, news, children’s programming and web series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 11:40 AM
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Deadline Hollywood Game Launches on Facebook

In Nikki Finke's intro to her own press release (below), she declares that she dreamed up Paramount Digital/Liquid Entertainment's Deadline Hollywood Game, which purports to reflect the real, nasty Hollywood, while reminding that she doesn't cover video games. LA Observed tracks responses to this breaking Deadline news. And here's @johnaugust: "Such a great day to announce Nikki Finke's new Facebook game, since everyone's already talking about journalistic integrity."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 9:21 AM
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Errol Morris Talks Mysteries of Tabloid's Joyce McKinney: Victim or Dominatrix, Virgin or Whore?

Errol Morris Talks Mysteries of Tabloid's Joyce McKinney: Victim or Dominatrix, Virgin or Whore?
Errol Morris knows that the luck of the Gods is with him. Suddenly, Brit tabloids are all over the media, and his new doc Tabloid is far more au courant than it might otherwise have been. Tabloid is a rare delight that does not have all the answers. Morris keeps us guessing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 7:54 AM
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Decode the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Poster

Appropriately enough for a spy thriller about deciphering codes, this Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy poster asks you to find clues embedded in its design. That's The Dark Knight's Gary Oldman playing MI6 agent George Smiley, a role made famous by Alec Guinness in John Irvin's 1979 mini-series based on John le Carre's Cold War thriller. (It's a great read.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 4:35 AM
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Vote in Austin Film Festival's Where I'm From Short Film Contest

It's no secret that Many American states, especially the largest ones, exhibit a certain schizophrenia when it comes to the diverse millions that live within their borders. Take Texas, at once a bastion of renegade conservatism and home to liberal, artsy college town Austin.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 19, 2011 2:30 AM
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