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    The Flight of the Conchords TV Show Is Over

    The Flight of the Conchords TV Show Is Over

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    The e-book battle over digital rights

    The e-book battle over digital rights

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    Pre-Code Hollywood Collection

    Cheers to Universal for releasing six rarely-seen Paramount titles of the 1930s that haven’t been on home video before, in exquisite transfers from the original negatives. In years past I’ve seen most of these in museum or archive showings, often in 16mm, and they’ve never looked so good.

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    Academy Sets Visual Effects Shortlist

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 82nd Academy Awards. Expected frontrunners like "Avatar," "Star Trek" and "2012" made the cut, while Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" was the ...

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    Disney’s Nautilus Replicated

    Disney’s Nautilus Replicated

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    The Princess and the Frog

    The filmmakers who helped usher in the renaissance of Disney animation twenty years ago with The Little Mermaid have done it again with The Princess and the Frog. Here is a tuneful, entertaining, great-looking, hip, funny animated feature destined to the capture the hearts of young fans and Disney a...

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    The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra: Sweepin' The Clouds Away

    The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra: Sweepin' The Clouds Away

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    Bad Taste: Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones"

    I never read Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones, possibly because I didn’t spend enough time in airport bookstores in 2002. So I can’t say whether or not Peter Jackson’s film version fails out of excessive reverence to its source material, or because it’s not faithful enough. But I can say with total confidence that it is a failure, and a conspicuous one at that. Arriving near the end of an Oscar season already flush with egregious offenders, from the glibly pandering (Up in the Air) to the earnestly dull (Invictus), Jackson’s film stands out in its strident commitment to bad ideas. Click here to read the rest of Adam Nayman's The Lovely B...

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    Oscar Watch: Fifteen Films Up for VFX Oscar

    James Cameron's Avatar will win the best VFX Oscar. But that doesn't mean that 14 other semi-finalists won't try to get nominated for three slots. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 films (on the jump).

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    Up in the Air: Opening Sequence

    One of my favorite opening sequences from a movie is Jason Reitman's for Up in the Air, which sets the tone perfectly for the movie. It's a swinging cover of "This Land is Your Land" and was designed by Shadowplay. It was devilishly hard to shoot. I asked Reitman about this; his full answer is on th...

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