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    Salon The Town Review Attacks Affleck for Celebrity Malaise

    While the rest of the world is restoring Ben Affleck to star status after his well-reviewed and well-attended The Town opening, Salon's Andrew O'Hehir is playing Armond White. He detects "troubling signs of celebrity malaise" in The Town, compared to Affleck's directorial debut Gone Baby Gone: "you...

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    So Long, TIFF

    I'm in the midst of post-TIFF malaise, where my body gets confused as to why it all of a sudden gets to sleep more than 3 hours a night, eat vegetables and hydrate itself with water and tea instead of white wine and vodka. I can't say I'm sad it's over... I always breathe this sigh of relief when the Toronto Film Festival is over in that I've survived it professionally, socially, mentally and physically. But I also can't say I didn't have a great time. The majority of the 17 films I managed to get see where good if not great ("Trigger," "Rabbit Hole," "The King's Speech," "Beginners" and "Meek's Cutoff" being my top five), the new festival g...

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    Let Me Go

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    Culture Vultures Unite: Separate from New York

    While by all accounts New York Magazine's culture blog Vulture has been hugely successful at building traffic, nonetheless it's still not profitable. Under Adam Moss, New York has plowed millions into it. My jaw dropped when I first laid eyes on it three years ago; I have watched it grow and expand ...

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    Contraband Stars Beckinsale, Wasikowska vs. Phoenix, Panettiere as Amanda Knox

    - Working Title is remaking 2008 thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam (Iceland's 2009 Oscar submission) for American audiences. Kate Beckinsale will reportedly star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the retitled Contraband. He plays an alcohol smuggler-turned-security guard being lured back into below-ground busine...

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    Update Your App!

    The Hurt Locker is one of 365 new entries in the 2011 Movie Guide and its app!

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    TIFF 2010 | Rounding Up the Coverage

    The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close with the announcement of Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" as the festival's audience award . In the twelve days and nights leading up to that conclusion, indieWIRE and its team of writers - Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks, Anne Thompso...

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    Trailer Watch: Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce

    One of the great, satisfying page-turners is James M. Cain's 1941 Mildred Pierce, which was turned into an excellent 1945 movie starring Joan Crawford. (Several of Cain's hardboiled novels worked as films, including The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity). Well, the Killer team of Chris...

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    TIFF: Focus Acquires Beginners, Starring McGregor and Plummer

    After the Toronto press screening of Mike Mills' Beginners last week, Eugene Hernandez and I were debating which distrib should pick it up. And we agreed that Focus Features--which had not acquired anything out of this year's fest--was the best candidate. Sony Pictures Classics and Fox Searchlight w...

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    Does "The Town" Contribute Positively or Negatively to Boston's Image?

    If there hadn't already been the "Beanstreets" films thirty years ago, branded as such for taking after Scorsese's work, I'd think Boston was currently having its equivalent of NYC's "horror city" era of the 1970s and '80s (and what L.A. subsequently had in the '80s and '90s). What used to be in my mind a city primarily used for college films, specifically Harvard (though it's in Cambridge, which as an outsider I always include as a necessary if not official section of Boston), now seems to only hit the big screen for crime thrillers. Some are even made by Scorsese, though "The Departed" is kind of like a child of both Boston and NYC, where ...

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