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    Spike Lee Directs Michael Jackson Homage

    I finally caught up with Kenny Ortega's Michael Jackson rehearsal film, This is It. I see why people like it so much--Jackson still had more chops than most people dream of. But the movie's strength--its bare-bones straight-on simplicity--is a weakness for Oscar voters. I don't see them loving the ...

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    Previews 2010: Inception, Iron Man 2, Toy Story 3

    Surprise! The most-viewed trailers of 2009 were also among the year's biggest b.o. grossers. Among some of the anticipated movies of 2010 are two Leonardo DiCaprio movies--Chris Nolan's Inception and Martin Scorsese's pushed-back Shutter Island--as well as Pixar's latest, Toy Story 3. More trailers ...

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    Best of the Decade #5

    The English translation of Syndromes and a Century’s Thai title, Sang sattawat, which means “light of the century,” sounds atypically grandiose for humble filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. It’s a reference perhaps to the illuminating presence of cinema, which corresponds roughly to the beginning and end of the 20th century, or maybe the medium’s digital successors that cast their own kind of light onto an uncertain 21st. If anyone should carry this torch, there’s none better than Weerasethakul, who, at 39, has already crafted a body of films that easily rank among the most important of recent years, if not decades, and whose own hybriditie...

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    AFI Moments of Significance for 2009

    I've served on several past American Film Institute film juries. We meet one day in December and not only pick the year's ten best American films but also engage in a spirited discussion about the most significant industry trends-- in TV, film and the web-- of that year. The 13-member TV and film ju...

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    A Titanic Reunion

    Gloria Stuart, still glowing at age 99, poses with her good friend and Titanic costar Suzy Amis It’s hard to believe twelve years have come and gone since Titanic sailed into movie theaters. At the time of its release, most moviegoers were unfamiliar with Gloria Stuart, who played “Old Rose” in the story’s modern-day scenes, but movie film buffs knew it was the same actress who’d been a leading lady in such 1930s pictures as The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House, John Ford’s Airmail and The Prisoner of Shark Island, and two Shirley Temple vehicles, Poor Little Rich Girl and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Gloria earned an Oscar nomination for...

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    Academy Mails 5777 Oscar Ballots, Due January 23

    On Monday December 28, the Academy mailed out Oscar nomination ballots to 5,777 voting members. They ask that completed ballots be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2010. According to the Academy, PricewaterhouseCoopers makes sure "that all aspects of the ballotin...

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    If Critics Ruled the Oscars (They Don't): Avatar Heads for Nine Noms

    Time's Richard Corliss has figured out a clever way to write about year-end critics awards and tee up a clickable gallery of Oscar hopefuls, short and sweet. Trouble is, he gives way too much credit to the critics. They do help to clue the Academy voters into what films they should watch on their s...

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    Kennedy and the Naked Babes: A Playboy Shoot!

    TMZ said it tested this creased 1950s snapshot showing a man who looks a lot like John F. Kennedy hanging on a yacht with naked babes, and found no evidence of tampering.

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    Discussing a Decade: Critics Comment On The 2000s

    Last week, indieWIRE published its annual critics poll, with a special question geared toward the best of the decade. Ninety-nine participants decided that David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" lead some 200 films that received votes in the category, with Wong Kar-wai's "In The Mood For Love," Edward Ya...

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    REVIEW | Back to Tennessee: Jodie Markell's "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond"

    First-time filmmaker Jodie Markell's "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," is based on a never-produced Tennessee Williams screenplay completed during his late 1950s heyday. Yet, surprisingly, the film's pedigree and source material isn't the sole reason to recommend this decades-late cinematic renderin...

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