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Exquisite Corpse: 8 MM Film Experiment

It's surreal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2010 1:26 AM
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Somewhere Flies Over the Rainbow to Venice

Somewhere Flies Over the Rainbow to Venice
This weekend you will not be getting any Emmy coverage from me, as I'm off to Italy, first for a Roman holiday, then to Venice via speed train to cover the festival. There I expect to see Somewhere--as well as talk to director Sofia Coppola. Focus has released a new clip, below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2010 8:23 AM
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SnagLearning Expands Classroom Boundaries

SnagFilms announces SnagLearning, a platform of 125 documentary films that will serve as engaging education tools for students in nearly every middle and high school classroom. CEO Rick Allen calls it a "natural extension" of SnagFilms, which launched two years ago; "teachers have championed our slate of films, which students can stream for free as a means of supplementing their learning. As classrooms stretch their boundaries, SnagLearning will be there – at home or in school – to serve our ever growing community of teachers, students and parents.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 26, 2010 7:44 AM
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Checking In: Building Studio Loyalty

So your Facebook stalker - er, friend - knows what you had for dinner and which YouTube video you liked, but now they know where you're going. And what you're watching. And when.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 26, 2010 6:43 AM
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CAA Orchestrates Roadside Pickups I Love You, Phillip Morris and Biutiful

Falling on the heels of Roadside Attractions' acquisition of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful, Roadside is again partnering with P & A supplier Liddell Entertainment on orphaned project I Love You, Phillip Morris, in which Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor play ill-starred lovers. States Roadside co-president Howard Cohen: “Jim and Ewan once again prove themselves to be among the rare group of A-list actors who take the risks."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2010 6:15 AM
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Disney Dumped The Switch, But Aniston Needs Strong Co-Stars

What went wrong with The Switch, and is Jennifer Aniston's anemic marquee value to blame? Anthony D'Alessandro comes up with some surprising answers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 26, 2010 5:57 AM
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New Jolie News, Too-High Ticket Prices, Help Find Jean-Luc Godard

- Credit Angelina Jolie with keeping it interesting. This week alone, news broke that she is writing and directing her first feature, a Bosnian love story, and now she will be starring in an adaptation of Brit miniseries Unforgiven, about a woman's struggle to re-enter society after serving a 15-year prison sentence for murdering two policemen who tried to evict her and her family from their farmhouse. One revenge-hungry policeman's son is out for revenge. The script will be written by The Usual Suspect's Christopher McQuarrie (who also co-wrote Jolie's upcoming The Tourist). Assuming the script is to Jolie's liking, this could be an excellent chance for her to combine her A Mighty Heart and Girl Interrupted depth (which won her the supporting actress Oscar) with her powerful mess-with-me-and-you'll-be-sorry untouchability.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 26, 2010 4:31 AM
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Vampires Are Sexy; Casting Vamps

There is no end in sight for box office blood-sucking. The question is not should we make another vampire movie? it's who do we want to see as a vampire? Vampires are sexy, we get it. So we'll keep watching. Sub-genres have arrived, i.e. the spoof Vampires Suck, the teenage romance (Twilight, obviously), the TV shows (True Blood, Vampires Diaries), the thrillers (Let The Right One In, etc) and soon enough there will be vampire family melodramas, 'cos they have problems too, you know! Skyway Drive-In in Warren, Ohio, has an interesting marketing scheme in place.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 26, 2010 3:37 AM
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Scott Pilgrim: Last Airbender

First it was Scott Pilgrim vs. The Matrix. Now it's Scott Pilgrim vs. The Last Airbender:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2010 1:29 AM
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New Orleans Films Louis and The Big Uneasy Screen on Katrina Anniversary

New Orleans Films Louis and The Big Uneasy Screen on Katrina Anniversary
It's unheard of for a movie to play one night in five cities before it's finished and before it has a distributor. But nothing about Louis--which inspired widely divergent reactions at a recent Beverly Hills screening--is what you'd call normal. Also marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, radio host/writer/actor Harry Shearer's searing expose The Big Uneasy hits theaters August 30 for one night only.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2010 11:22 AM
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