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Lars Von Trier Returning To TV

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“The Danish director Lars von Trier is planning to make his first televisions series in two decades, a producer for the project recently announced. The English-language series will be titled The House That Jack Built.”

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Arab Film Fests Get Bigger, And Highlight Local Talent

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“The fall festival slot, which includes the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cairo and the Marrakech film festivals, offers significant opportunities for Arab filmmakers to stump for financing and make crucial connections within the industry, as well as a portal in which to take their work beyond the region.”

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MPAA’s Movie Ratings Are Capricious And Odd (The Latest Example)

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“MPAA ratings administrators have always resisted strict rules and regulations when determining what instances and degrees of rough language, nudity and violence can lead to a PG, or PG-13, or R, or the supremely rare NC-17. Narrowing this to the language question, these variances nonetheless are chaotic at best.”

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California To Raise Film And TV Production Tax Credits To $330 Million

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“In a last-minute compromise reached Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said he would approve legislation that would more than triple the annual tax credits available for movies and TV shows produced in California. The bill is aimed at reversing the loss of location shoots to other states that offer rich incentives to studios and producers.”

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Ellen Burstyn, Aged 80, To Direct Her First Feature Film

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The Oscar- and Emmy-winner “will star in and direct Bathing Flo, … a New York-set story that centers on a man in need of a place to live, who’s given the chance to house-sit in exchange for free rent. He discovers the house is occupied by the man’s elderly mother Flo, who is part of the deal.”

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Did David Chase Just Tell Us That Tony Soprano Isn’t Dead?

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That’s certainly what Martha P. Nochimson and her editors at Vox think. And so an essay of nearly 5,000 words – many of them, from both Nochimson and Chase himself, erudite and insightful – get boiled down (not least by Vox itself) into a seemingly unambiguous answer to what is actually quite an ambiguous question. (What does it really mean to say, “Tony Soprano lives!”?)

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David Chase Responds: By No Means Did I Say That Tony Soprano Is Alive

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A publicist for the Sopranos showrunner said in a statement: “To simply quote David as saying, ‘Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true.” The statement goes on to remind us what Chase has said about the subject many times, and Vox culture editor Todd VanDerWerff offers a defense of the article.

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“It’s The Wrong Thing To Ask About ‘The Sopranos’”: Matt Zoller Seitz On The Did-Or-Didn’t-Tony-Die Question

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“I won’t take anyone’s interpretation away from anybody – not because I feel that certain interpretations are more provable than others, but because if you’re trying to ‘prove’ a particular theory about the ending of a consciously ambiguous and at times tactically frustrating work of popular art, you’re watching it wrong.”

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A Director’s Medium: It’s Not Just The Writers Who Make This A Golden Age Of TV

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“The prevailing sentiment is that TV is a writer’s medium, and film is a director’s medium. … But that doesn’t mean TV can’t be a director’s medium, too – many ‘golden age’ shows have also had fantastic directing. In fact, many respected movie directors are taking notice and flocking to the small screen.”

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How Hollywood Manipulates You To See What It Wants You To Imagine

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“We’re constantly calculating where we think the audience’s eye is going to be, and how to attract it to that area and prioritize within a shot what you can fake,” Favreau said. “The best visual effects tool is the brains of the audience,” he said. “They will stitch things together so they make sense.”

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John Hughes, Icon, And The Real-Life Town He Reinvented On Screen

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“The only thing that kept me from giving up and turning myself over to Child Protective Services was thinking that if Kevin McAllister could spend one Christmas alone at the age of 8, then I could certainly finish out high school uneventfully on a friend’s futon. After that, I just wanted to get out.”

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Why India Loves To Ban Films

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“Social scientist Shiv Visvanathan says frequent calls to ban films are part of a broader malaise in a country where ‘a lot of people have made their careers in sensitivities. There are fringe groups in India which mobilise people around issues of obscenity, dirty movies, dirty pictures.’ Political parties like the Congress are particularly touchy, he says, about films that ‘challenge their folklore’.”

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