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    Venice: Joaquin Phoenix is Not Here

    Rookie director Casey Affleck is playing out his hand on the bizarre Joaquin Phoenix documentary I'm Still Here, which debuted in Venice Monday to rousing applause, and is still inspiring huge debate. What the hell is Phoenix doing? Committing career suicide? Creating an indelibly accurate portrait ...

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    Lost Tokens of a Coming Out Process Found While Cleaning an Empty Nest

    In the midst of cleaning out my recently-departed-to-university sister's hellhole of a once bedroom, my mother found this note. My sister must have been 9 or 10 when she wrote it, and I don't actually remember ever receiving it (maybe I never did?). But either way, it's probably the most adorable token of a coming-out process ever scanned by someone's mother and posted to their facebook wall. Too adorable, in fact, to not share on here. So here's some gay ol' sentiment for everyone's happy Labo(u)r Day... Tomorrow prepare for a considerable TIFF-ization of this blog as I begin to get thrown into the arms of my hometown shit show, where too...

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    Weekend Box Office: Euro-thriller The American Trounces Mexi-Western Machete

    George Clooney's Euro-thriller The American may not be a mainstream studio entertainment, but it's a sign of his stardom that the movie still opened at Number One over the Labor Day weekend, trouncing holdover Takers, which was ahead of Robert Rodriguez's Machete through Sunday. Upbeat word-of-mouth pulled the Mexican western ahead by Monday. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Focus Features’ George Clooney somber thriller The American took out its Labor Day weekend competition, grabbing the top four-day box office spot with $16.4 million at 2,823 theaters.  The opening comes as a boon for Clooney, who tends to topline platformed Oscar-potential R-...

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    Box Office: "Train Home" Leads Labor Day Debuts; "Tillman," "Get Low" Hang On Nicely

    At a single New York City theater, Lixin Fan's critically acclaimed doc "Last Train Home" led all specialty debuts this Labor Day weekend. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, the film, which follows a Chinese couple who move away from their rural village to earn money in a big...

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    Claudia Cardinale, Queen of Telluride

    One of the most amusing bits of celluloid I've seen all year was an enthusiastic confession by Quentin Tarantino, in a documentary about Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob, that his earliest erotic stirrings were prompted, at the age of six or so, by the sight of Claudia Cardinale in a love scene in---"Circus World!" Despite the presence of both Cardinale and Rita Hayworth in that affably silly 1964 John Wayne Cinerama extravaganza, I'm quite sure neither producer Samuel Bronston nor director Henry Hathaway intended "Circus World" as an erotic picture. But if it worked for Quentin, it only proves how extra-powerful were Cardinale'...

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    Oscar Talk: Venice and Telluride Film Festival

    Anne Thompson is in Venice and Kris Tapley is in Telluride, but that doesn't stop the two from getting into this year's award hopefuls. Topics discussed include Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, Tyler Perry's prospects, and Venetian rainstorms. Stay tuned for next week's Oscar Talk.

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    Telluride: 127 Hours So Intense, Medics Attend to Overcome Moviegoers at Two Screenings

    TOH Telluride correspondent Meredith Brody reports seeing on Saturday night "somebody being taken out on a gurney from the Galaxy" showing of 127 Hours and later that night at a second screening of the Danny Boyle film, "ambulances with multicolored flashing lights pulling into the Palm."

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    Telluride Review: The King's Speech Heads for Oscars

    Critic Tim Appelo reports from Telluride that The King's Speech is a serious Oscar contender. Buck Henry likened the Telluride Film Festival to Valhalla, the place where cinema’s great warriors go for eternal glory – say, tonight’s tribute honoree Claudia Cardinale. But Valhalla is Old Norse for “Ha...

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    Review: "Somewhere"

    On the evidence provided in "Somewhere," the room to book at the Chateau Marmont is 59, which comes with blond pole-dancing twins. Then again, maybe you have to be a rich, good-looking movie star to merit such treatment, and the focus on undeserved privilege is one of the few points of real interest in Sofia Coppola's first feature since "Marie Antoinette." This junior league Antonioniesque study of dislocation and aimlessness is attractive but parched in the manner of its dominant Los Angeles setting, and it's a toss-up as to whether the film is about vacuity or is simply vacuous itself. Never giving but always willing to receive, Johnny M...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Another Fall Of Festivals (A 2010 Preview of Sorts)

    Another Fall Of Festivals (A 2010 Preview of Sorts)

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