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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Review Round-Up: 'The Dictator' with Sacha Baron Cohen

    Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy "The Dictator" is getting strong initial reviews in England, where it opens first. Hence the floodgates opened on stateside reviews, which are 85% on Rotten Tomatoes so far--that's a whole lot better than "Bruno"'s 67% Tomatometer score....

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    Cannes! Coming Up!

    Well everyone, we're all scrambling now to get ready for Cannes!  We leave Sunday to get one good night's sleep there before beginning 10 days of high adrenaline networking. That especially unique feeling of painful feet will soon be ours again.  It's also painful to think ther...

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    Roadside Attractions Sci-Fi Thriller 'Branded' Debuts in Cannes Market

    While most of the media attending Cannes will be flocking to the morning press screenings at the Palais, some of the more intrepid will venture into the screenings in the market, which are more catch-as-catch-can--walking out is de rigeur.

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  • Shadow and Act
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  • The Playlist
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    'Paddington Bear' Movie Moves Forward From 'Harry Potter' Producer & 'Mighty Boosh' Director

    CGI/live-action hybrids of iconic childrens’ characters don’t have a great track-record in terms of quality. We could list the many terrible films that have followed this pattern, but it’s probably much easier to sum up their quality in a single quote. When asked in “Zombieland” about whether or not...

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    Movie Lovers We Love: Jason Spingarn-Koff Brings Docs to the New York Times

    Documentary filmmaker Jason Spingarn-Koff ("Life 2.0") has a pretty sweet deal. He gets to work with documentary filmmakers to help them make short videos for one the world's most respected media outlets, The New York Times.

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    Review: 'God Bless America' Looks Incendiary, But Is Actually A Self-Congratulatory One-Note Screed

    Former shrill-voiced comedian turned acidic writer/director/satirist Bobcat Goldthwait may just be one of the most simultaneously electric and frustrating indie filmmakers working today. When it comes to deliciously wicked and acerbic premises, there might not be a better conceptualist. A devilishly...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell - Directors of Small, Beautifully Moving Parts

    Women and Hollywood: How was it directing a movie together? How did you divide the work?

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Super: A Brief History of Superhero Films

    With the unparalleled box office success of The Avengers, superheroes are back in the spotlight. Most comic book aficionados are delighted with the recognition. But believe it or not, there are those such as myself who are dismayed at how superhero films, though more popular than ever, seem to be lo...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Depp Shadows: Tim Burton's Cinema

    “Basically Johnny Depp is playing Tim Burton in all his movies.” – Scott Rudin (Producer of "Sleepy Hollow") This ubiquitous quote by Rudin is often the throwaway summation found in most writings on, and dissections of, the cinematic works of Tim Burton with Johnny Depp. Which is a shame, really....

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