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    Weekend Box Office: Expendables Pulls Men, Eat Pray Love Gets Women

    Both Sylvester Stallone and Julia Roberts marked their best openings in years with a boost from a raft of action stars in The Expendables and femme fans of the Elizabeth Gilbert bestseller Eat Pray Love, respectively. Comic-book youth film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World stumbled out of the starting gat...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    R.I.P. Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010)

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    Kickstarter and Two Pet Projects

    I've been following Happy: The Movie by the Academy Award Nominees for Genghis Blues and A Long Night's Journey into Day. As of last month they had 377 backers and had reached their fundraising goal of $33,000 (actually raised $36,238)! Check out Roco Belic's newest film here

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    Montreal World Film Festival: Around the World in 12 Days

    Montreal World Film Festival, August 26 to September 6 is still under the reins of its founder Serge Losique along with his longtime colleague Daniele Cauchard as his invaluable second-in-command. Its huge lineup (430 films) come from 80 countries. There are 10 categories of screenings. It's got ...

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    Sometimes Justice Is Done: ‘Toy Story 3’ Is The Highest-Grossing Animated Film Of All Time

    Those readers who regularly accuse us of being a bunch of grumpy bastards, take note: this article will have all the cynicism of a sleepy kitten snuggling up to a puppy in a cushiony basket warmed by the glowing embers of a well-guarded hearthfire. The reason for the daffodils and daisies in our hea...

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    Trailer Watch: James Brooks' How Do You Know

    This How Do You Know trailer looks promising. Closely observed relationship comedy is what writer-director James L. Brooks does best. He sweats years over these originals to make them come out looking effortless and funny, and only rarely does he miss (Spanglish). And each of the stars--Reese Wither...

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    Spout About: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (Spoilers)

    This is a prompt for a discussion of the film "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" If you haven't seen it, you could be spoiled, though it's really not the kind of movie where knowing plot details is a bad thing. And no text is going to adequately explain or describe the freshness of the visuals, so you're...

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    Boyle's 127 Hours To Close London Film Fest

    Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is set to close October's London Film Festival (after playing Toronto, and most likely, Telluride, which debuted Slumdog Millionaire). London also played Brit Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. 127 Hours portrays the true struggle of Aron Ralston, the American hiker who w...

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    Producers Lab Toronto Set by EFP and TIFF for Co-Productions

    The European Film Promotion (EFP) in collaboration with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is inaugurating a co-production opportunity international film projects which will include 12 European and 12 Canadian producers. It will take ...

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    Should Universal Bet $200 Million on Branded Battleship?

    Partly I blame the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise--based on Disney's e-ticket theme ride--for the current Hollywood mania for branding entertainment. If a title doesn't mean anything to anyone, the studios don't want to have to market something from scratch. They're allergic to...

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