-Amy Seimetz's Florida-filmed directorial debut, Sun Don't Shine, was picked up for an April 26th theatrical/VOD release. (Playlist) -The whole film critic thing was fun while it lasted anyway, right? To the Twitter machine! (The Guardian) -Arbitrage made some huge bank on VOD -- they even got certain eager critics to pay to see it before they played in certain Maitland one-screen theaters. (THR) -How has Obama's first term as President changed the face of movies? (NY Times) -On Django's ridiculous(ly awesome) blood splurts. (Vulture) -Gaby Hoffman, my long time celebrity crush, balancing a beer on her forehead at Sundance (which she did for two minutes -- pretty good). (@vulture) -How pissed is Disney over Escape from Tomorrow, a horror-fantasy feature shot clandestinely at Walt Disney World and Disney hotels which is supposed to be highly critical of the company. It plays at Sundance this week. (NY Times)
-Señor Spielbergo and Tom Hanks are going back to WWII for a third time with a new Pacific theater bomber mini-series. (/Film) -David Bordwell's report from a visit to the set of Hou Hsiao-hsien's new film, The Assassins. (Observations on Film Art) -Why does everyone hate Anne Hathaway? (The Daily Beast) Short Films: -The Oscar Shorts selection is returning to theaters for the 8th straight year beginning on Feb 1st. I will probably see the animated selection just to see Paperman again. (Thompson on Hollywood) -Tips, tricks and advice from some of the directors whose shorts are playing in one of the 65 slots open at Sundance this week. (Playlist) -Speaking of, 12 of this years films are already on You Tube. (/Film) Trailers, posters, etc: -Dreamworks put up a 20 minute featurette on Lincoln to begin the Oscar push. (Apple) -Three featurettes for Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster. (Twitch) -A new trailer for Shane Carruth's Upsream Color. (Apple) -Celine and Jessie are back in Before Midnight. (Playlist) -Aaron Johnson and Jim Carrey in full Kick Ass 2 get ups. (First Showing) -From a conversation with my friend Rahat: "Seriously, it makes my heart ache when these indie filmmakers go make a film and then come up with a poster as shitty as this." (IMDb) -Was Red so good that it needed a sequel? (Apple) -Matthew McConaughey In Mud. (Deadline)
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