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misc Archive for July, 2011

Give to the Netflix Relief Fund …

This is literally the worst thing that has ever happened to white people … Tears are falling on MacBook Pros and Pier 1 Imports pillows across America …

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Posters, Posters, Posters

The Avengers each get their own poster, and Cowboys & Aliens have a few new looks for this week’s release. There’s Spider Man, a few Apes and some Happy Feet 2, plus a Tower Heist, Our Idiot Brother and The Ides of March.

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A Little Comic-Con So Far …

A Film Docket Special: Fans waited in line for days to see a panel on Breaking Dawn. New posters debut for The Avengers. Spielberg is surprised by Peter Jackson. Things go Haywire, and Guillermo Del Toro is happy, “Gigantic f—ing monsters. All day long.” It must be Comic-Con time again…

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The Hunger Games: Synopsis

In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 13 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated…

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The Hunger Games Gets A Motion Poster

Based on the young-adult series by Suzanne Collins. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual televised event where the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to fight to the death.

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Enter to Win: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

It is the epic and climactic battle between good and evil to save the wizarding world. Just in time for the end of it all – a great Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Grand Prize pack! Enter to win by August 6, 2011!

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“The core fear is what can happen to you, personally. Your body. That’s what horror films deal with, precisely. We are a very thin skin wrapped around a pumping heart and guts. At any given moment it can come down to that, be it diseases, or somebody’s assault, or war, or a car wreck. You could be reduced to the simple laws of physics and your body’s vulnerability. The edged weapon is the penultimate weapon to disclose that reality to you.”
~ Wes Craven, 1996, promoting Scream

MAMET
Well, that, to me, is always the trick of dramaturgy; theoretically, perfectly, what one wants to do is put the protagonist and the audience in exactly the same position. The main question in drama, the way I was taught, is always what does the protagonist want. That’s what drama is. It comes down to that. It’s not about theme, it’s not about ideas, it’s not about setting, but what the protagonist wants. What gives rise to the drama, what is the precipitating event, and how, at the end of the play, do we see that event culminated? Do we see the protagonist’s wishes fulfilled or absolutely frustrated? That’s the structure of drama. You break it down into three acts.

INTERVIEWER
Does this explain why your plays have so little exposition?

MAMET
Yes. People only speak to get something. If I say, Let me tell you a few things about myself, already your defenses go up; you go, Look, I wonder what he wants from me, because no one ever speaks except to obtain an objective. That’s the only reason anyone ever opens their mouth, onstage or offstage. They may use a language that seems revealing, but if so, it’s just coincidence, because what they’re trying to do is accomplish an objective… The question is where does the dramatist have to lead you? Answer: the place where he or she thinks the audience needs to be led. But what does the character think? Does the character need to convey that information? If the answer is no, then you’d better cut it out, because you aren’t putting the audience in the same position with the protagonist. You’re saying, in effect, Let’s stop the play. That’s what the narration is doing—stopping the play… It’s action, as Aristotle said. That’s all that it is—exactly what the person does. It’s not what they “think,” because we don’t know what they think. It’s not what they say. It’s what they do, what they’re physically trying to accomplish on the stage. Which is exactly the same way we understand a person’s character in life—not by what they say, but by what they do. Say someone came up to you and said, I’m glad to be your neighbor because I’m a very honest man. That’s my character. I’m honest, I like to do things, I’m forthright, I like to be clear about everything, I like to be concise. Well, you really don’t know anything about that guy’s character. Or the person is onstage, and the playwright has him or her make those same claims in several subtle or not-so-subtle ways, the audience will say, Oh yes, I understand their character now; now I understand that they are a character. But in fact you don’t understand anything. You just understand that they’re jabbering to try to convince you of something.
~ David Mamet

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