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    Best British Films Poll

    The London Observer has published its best British films poll 1984-2009, from "more than 60 experts - directors, screenwriters, actors, critics - and a few smart outsiders." They asked me and include my list, too, on the jump. I picked 30 films from the list for our own poll. Write in any others you...

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    Los Angeles Blows Hot

    It was bloody hot in L.A. Saturday. Film Threat's Chris Gore was among those who had to evacuate their homes as fires advanced. He tweeted:

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    Box Office: "Issue" Finds Huge Friday Numbers; "Woodstock" Mild

    R.J. Cutler's Anna Wintour doc "The September Issue" is headed for some impressive opening weekend numbers, according to Friday estimates. The Roadside Attractions release took in a massive $77,232 from six New York City screens last night, averaging $12,873. It even managed $2,600 from a midnight ...

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    Weekend Read: Poland vs. Wells, Almodovar Talks Cruz, Time's Top 50 Sites, MTV Fall Preview

    Hollywood Round-Up: MTV does the click per page routine with its fall movie preview, annoyingly.

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    Michael Sheen: New Man of a Thousand Faces

    Michael Sheen is as driven as the soccer coach he plays in The Damned United, his sixth collaboration with writer Peter Morgan. In demand for a range of roles, the Welsh-born stage actor has conquered London and Broadway, smart movies and genre franchises.

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    Weekly Oscar-Talk Podcast Debut

    I am happy to announce the debut of a weekly Friday kudo-podcast with In Contention's Kris Tapley. Here's the first Oscar Talk. We discuss the awards hopefuls so far and likely contenders coming out of upcoming fests; Meryl Streep’s remarkable emergence as a 60-year-old movie star; how the ten best ...

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    Trailer Mash: Downfall Keeps on Giving

    The scene where Hitler berates his officers in Downfall is the gift that keeps on giving. Here's the latest in a series of alternate subtitles to accompany Bruno Ganz's climactic tirade. The latest object of Hitler's wrath: the bad reaction to James Cameron's Avatar trailer:

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    Trailer Watch: Men Who Stare at Goats

    Grant Heslov's comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats looks pretty funny, I must say. I love George Clooney in full-on dimwit mode (see: O Brother, Where Art Thou?). The film is based on non-fiction writer Jon Ronson's book of the same name about a special paranormal military unit.

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