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Screening Gotham: Mike Atkinson Gets Bloggish

Some of today's movie news of note from around New York:

--Yesterday was consumed by ReelerTV production and various other responsibilities, which meant I was unable to send a congratulatory shout to Michael Atkinson. The former Village Voice critic/current commentator-at-large yesterday sent word of his new home base on the Web, Zero For Conduct. He hasn't fired snarky exploding-point bullets at anyone yet, but soon, we hope!

--Has anybody heard about this show on Fox with some wanna-be filmmakers making films that are judged by has-beens and never-wases? And someone wins a budget at the end of it all? Yeah, me neither, but thanks to diligent cultural surveyor and noted masochist Brendon Bouzard, you, too, can experience the exquisite trauma that is On the Lot. I guess it's getting good at this point, which is to say, it's a better bad. Or something.

--Following our more direct interview prior to Martha Colburn's trip to Sundance '07 (where she had two selections programmed -- eat your heart out, Deb Kampmeier!), Blank Screen returned to the scene of the crime this week in an expansive, engaging, hyperactive chat with the multi-media troublemaker.

--Random non-NY-centric item of the day: If you're anything like anybody, you love a good recluse myth. For that reason, I'm sending you on to Noel Murray's nifty AV Club Inventory of 12 Famous Living Recluses. The only one I'd sub out is my favorite living author/screenwriter, Michael Herr, whose exile upstate is a more authentic, unswerving reclusion than anything cultivated by current listee Bobby Fischer. Dispatches should be required reading in American high schools. Then there's his Walter Winchell, but what are you gonna do.

Posted at July 11, 2007 8:50 AM

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