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Sunday, uh… Friday Film News Roundup — July, uh, 29th, 2011

July 29, 2011
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Sunday Film News Roundup? On Friday?

“What is this fresh nonsense?”, you might be asking yourself.

Well, some friends and I are going to be taking part in a 48 hour film festival this weekend, and I assume I will be in no fit mental shape to post this repository on Sunday morning as usual. So you get it a few days early, without some of the Sunday paper stories that will just get rolled into next week’s Roundup (though you’ll probably have already read them by then).

Why not schedule it to post on Sunday instead? Well, then I wouldn’t have an intro, so there.

Anyway, let’s get to it, shall we?

-On the fence about seeing The Change Up? Olivia Wilde’s butt shot might change your mind. FYI there is one in Cowboys and Aliens too.

-Netflix shares are down over 10% after annoucing their price hikes, and the company expects a potential mass exodus.

-Funny or Die has their way with the problem that is Netflix (which is apparently exclusively a white hipster problem?)

-Will Walmart’s VUDU be the next big player in the movie streaming wars? Maybe, maybe.

-Great news for Whit Stillman fans, such as myself: his new film (finally!), Damsels in Distress, will be the closing film at Venice later this year.

-I haven’t had a chance to read the ESPN book yet, but I’d certainly pay money to see the movie just from the excerpts that found their way online.

-The new Jason Reitman directed, Diablo Cody scripted movie, Young Adult, has a release date in December (probably the 16th for Orlando).

-Moneyball, Take This Waltz and W.E. are a few of the anticipated films that will have their premiers at the Toronto International Film Festival. I kid, I kid. No one is anticipating W.E.

-Outdoing those Canadians, the Venice Film Festival will feature premiers of Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, Polanski’s Carnage and Clooney’s The Ides of March, as well as having films such as Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Abel Ferarra’s 4:44 The Last Day on Earth, Steve McQueen’s Shame and Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse in competition.

-Three festival news pieces is a charm: The San Sebastian Film Festival will feature new films from (the best director in the world right now) Hirokazu Koreeda, Sarah Polley and July Delpy.

-Are you ready for The Kevin Smith Show? Just a hunch, none of the guests will be film critics. I’d actually watch it if he had Amy Taubin on though.

-Here are some nice pictures of Alec Baldwid, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page and Jessie Eisenberg shooting Woody Allen’s The Bop Decameron in Rome.

-Vulture discusses FX’s Wilfred with a furry.

-Speaking of furries, Elmo visited NASA this week.

-I’m sure there were some furries in this crowd of rave kids who rioted outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater during the premier of rave documentary The Electric Daisy Carnival. Wait… people still go to raves? Or am I linking a story from 1997 by accident?

-The Entourage movie is going to happen, according to Marky Mark and Doug Ellin.

-The Korean War certainly does need to be remembered by Hollywood (or at least movies like The Bridges at Toko-ri, Pork Chop Hill and The Steel Helmet need to come back into the mainstream), but does it really have to be remembered by Rob Cohen at the pricetag of $100m?

-Newsweek has some of Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington’s last photographs before he was killed in Libya three months ago.

-George Clooney’s The Ides of March trailer.

-This week’s vintage article is one most film fans have heard of, but most have probably not read: Francois Truffaut’s A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema, the article which Truffaut labored for years and many drafts on and put him on the critical map, even if it did make him many enemies in the French cinema. (PDF)

-Finally, someone make this story of revenge gone wrong into a movie before they make it into a stupid TV episode.

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