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The News: Troma on the Move

By S.T. VanAirsdale

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

--Lou Lumenick has been on a roll this week, culminating in fairly epochal news from Hell's Kitchen: Troma Films founder Lloyd Kaufman is selling the studio's Ninth Avenue digs and relocating to cheaper quarters in Long Island City. The sale should help Kaufman finance Troma's next film, for which the producer is evidently accepting unsolicited script submissions. The nostalgia and class bad-mouthing you know and love are all here (" 'When we moved in, the neighborhood was so sleazy that women couldn't work at night,' Kaufman recalls. 'Now Ninth Avenue has come up so much that they're going to turn the building into fancy condos.' "), but face it: You wouldn't want it any other way. Except maybe screening locally for a change, but I digress.

--Elsewhere on the horror tip, Jim Mickle's LES rodent zombie opus Mulberry Street -- about six months removed from a Tribeca premiere The Reeler covered here and here -- will reach 350 screens Nov. 9 as part of Lionsgate's nationwide After Dark Horror Fest. IndieWIRE reports that Mickle has another project in the works with his Mulberry co-conspirators at Belladonna Productions: Joe R. Lansdale's horror novel Cold in July.

--Finally, the Associated Press reports in the story pictured above that Sweden has cited filmmaker Wes Anderson for visionary filmmaking. Thankfully, that is only a misdemeanor in Scandinavia. At least until you stop paying your taxes.

Posted at October 25, 2007 8:15 AM

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