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“Inception,” and how to market a film while maintaining a sense of mystery.

Article: “Inception,” and how to market a film while maintaining a sense of mystery.

Not since Peter Jackson was fresh off “Lord of the Rings” has a filmmaker had as much leverage to do whatever he likes as Christopher Nolan has gotten for “Inception.” The one oasis of hope in an otherwise predictable-looking summer, “Inception” naturally raises a niggling doubt. What if Nolan takes all that money and freedom…

Film’s shifting definition in the transmedia age.

Article: Film’s shifting definition in the transmedia age.

As I was watching Jeff Deutchman’s documentary “11/4/08″ a few weeks back at SXSW, it occurred to me that his “consensual piece of cinema” — shot by professionals and amateurs on Obama’s inauguration day and ending with a title card asking for more footage to be collected online via the film’s website and eventually added…

You should see “The Box.”

Article: You should see “The Box.”

In an interview right here on IFC.com last week, Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko,” “Southland Tales”) claimed his new movie “The Box” — which came out last Friday — was intended to be more linear and commercial, paving the way for future studio work. The fact that Kelly actually believes this is tribute to the fact…

Pushing Richard Kelly’s Buttons

Article: Pushing Richard Kelly’s Buttons

When “Donnie Darko,” writer-director Richard Kelly’s ominous sci-fi tale of teen angst, premiered at Sundance in 2001, its oddball ambitiousness was generally dismissed. When it was eventually picked up for distribution, it had a weak theatrical run, but grew into a massive cult hit on DVD, paving the way for a double-disc director’s cut and…

Richard Kelly, website auteur.

Article: Richard Kelly, website auteur.

Richard Kelly might be one for two in terms of the movies he’s had in theaters so far, with “Donnie Darko” arguably the only real cult classic of the decade and “Southland Tales”… not. But one thing he has been consistent with are the dense, enigmatic websites that support his films. “The Box,” his third…

Why can’t Justin Timberlake get a hit?

Article: Why can’t Justin Timberlake get a hit?

Ben Stiller isn’t the only big name with a movie getting dumped this month. Next week, Anchor Bay Entertainment will unceremoniously release “The Open Road,” a dramedy starring Justin Timberlake as a minor league ballplayer trying to reconnect with his far more famous pop (Jeff Bridges) in order to fulfill his mother’s dying wish. Since…

The Sneak Song-and-Dance: Musical Scenes in Non-Musicals

Article: The Sneak Song-and-Dance: Musical Scenes in Non-Musicals

As anyone who sat through this year’s Oscars knows, according to Hugh Jackman, Beyoncé, and, well, that chick from “Mamma Mia!”, musicals are back. It’s a somewhat desperate refrain we’ve been hearing for almost a decade now, one that began with the success of “Moulin Rouge” in 2000. Since then, we’ve had “Chicago,” “Dancer in…

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