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Two years ago, AMC made a deal to develop a series based on Francis Ford Coppola's classic 1974 film The Conversation . That show still hasn't materialized, but with Rubicon , AMC has now brought us a drama with a similar premise.
AMC crosses Rubicon
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 30, 2010
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Film: Universal Bites Jaws Into Vineyard

Gov. Sargent posed for the photos on a pier in Edgartown, preparing to let fly a bottle of vintage California champagne against the hill of the Orca, a pleasure craft transformed into a Nova Scotian Trawler to be used in Universal's production of Jaws.
"All is grist to their mill."  
By PETER BIRGE  |  June 19, 2009

William Friedkin at the Harvard Film Archive

However we may still praise, and therefore bury, the American New Wave, we do still run the genuine risk of slipping down the wormhole slicked by present-moment techno obsessions and amnesiac entertainment-media narcissism.
William Friedkin, the New Hollywood’s most daring pulp-realist provocateur.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  February 10, 2009

EXCERPT: The Conversation


Peter Keough discusses how The Conversation  is a B List movie.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 30, 2008
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American original

During the great American renaissance period in movies, Hollywood was in the hands of the counterculture.
Arthur Penn at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 29, 2008
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Perversion, introversion

Slavoj Zizek, the fuzzy-bearded Slovenian philosopher, seems a fun guy.
Slavoj Zizek at Harvard, Bergman on Fårö
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 03, 2007


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Poseidon

Wolfgang Petersen gets his feet wet again ( Das Boot , The Perfect Storm ) with this remake of the 1972 disaster flick The Poseidon Adventure .
Fun with a streamlined cast
By TOM MEEK  |  February 20, 2007
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Better than good

A couple of weeks back, in a small bar in Brooklyn, I witnessed an unlikely and wonderful collaboration. George Pelecanos reads an excerpt from The Night Gardener
George Pelecanos’s sweet Night
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 22, 2006
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Lex marks the spot

What makes Lex Luthor tick? ThePhoenix.com interviews Superman’s newest enemy. Reinventing the steel: A behind-the-scenes report from Superman Returns. By Mike Cotton
Kevin Spacey sets his sight on Superman Returns
By MIKE COTTON  |  June 14, 2006
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Reinventing the steel

Lex Luthor, dressed like a pimp, is chasing Superman around in a golf cart — and they aren’t even on the set yet. Lex marks the spot: Kevin Spacey sets his sight on Superman Returns. By Mike Cotton
A behind-the-scenes report from Superman Returns
By MIKE COTTON  |  June 14, 2006
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Outdoor living

The Outback might be rough and wild, but it’s the architecture that takes a real beating in The Proposition .
Nick Cave’s loaded Proposition
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2006


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Apocalypse now and then

With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006
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Indie dependents

Try as they might to be independent, filmmakers are still bound by family ties, the same as everyone else.
Family ties at the Independent Film Festival of Boston
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 19, 2006