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    Telluride Wrap: Best of Fest

    One great thing about The Telluride Film Festival: it's all over in four days. So as America gets back to work and school, Tim Appelo wraps up the best of the fest:

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    A Quick Update On Oscar Buzz In The Midst of Fall Fest Mania

    Check out this story up on indieWIRE where I give some quick input on the post-Telluride, post-most of Venice but pre-Toronto Oscar buzz situation, with "The King's Speech" looking like the MVP of fall fest mania so far. I didn't go so far as giving full-on predictions (we'll wait for Toronto to end...

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    Fassbender/McQueen Reunite, Studio Critique, Love And Other Drugs, Mulligan Talks Never Let Me Go

    - The Guardian calls Hollywood's summer box office victory - approximately a 2.4% lead on 2009 - a hollow one; "the abiding memory of summer 2010 will be of a decline in standards" (the standards of storytelling, not technical effects). The arguments behind this hollow victory include the decline in actual people in theatre seats (lowest since 1997) and the rise in revenue (thanks, 3-D), the root of which conflicts with studios' growing challenge to stay relevant amongst growing sources of alternative entertainment (if they're only making movies for profit, they're undermining the argument for preserving the relevance of film). The Guardian a...

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    Now You See It: "MacGruber" - Necessary Spoof or Deserved Flop?

    There is a sort of outcry I keep noticing regarding certain movies that aren't doing well at the box office. Movies that are very popular with the blog critics out there, like "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Kick-Ass." Those kinds of movies that are enthusiastically supported at Comic-Con only to be dismissed by the mainstream come theatrical release time. This year the phrase has also been used in relation to the disappointment of "MacGruber," which was well-received by the Austin crowd at its SXSW premiere only to be ignored at the multiplex two months later (it made even less than both the much-hated "Jonah Hex" and the science document...

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    Barney's Version in Sony's Hands

    Before its launch in Venice and Toronto Fest, Sony Pictures Classics has scooped up Barney's Version. Based on Mordecai Richler's acclaimed comic novel and directed by Richard J. Lewis, the film's stellar cast is led by Paul Giamatti, Minnie Driver, Dustin Hoffman and Rosamund Pike. The story spans ...

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    Telluride Diary: Best of the Fest

    Offering just two dozen new feature films over five days, the Telluride Film Festival is a carefully curated event. Which is another way of saying that its programmers have idiosyncratic taste. Fest heads Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger clearly have favorite filmmakers who seem to return ...

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    High On Movies At Telluride

    This year’s poster image was created by Oscar-winning Pixar artist Ralph Eggleston, whose many credits include production design for Finding Nemo and WALL•E.

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    Portman Offered Gravity, Defining Adult Films, Toronto's Most Anticipated

    - In the ongoing saga of who will replace Angelina Jolie in the lead role in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity--she twice rejected the starring role--Natalie Portman has been offered the role, thanks to rave reviews on her Black Swan performance. With or without Black Swan's vote of confidence, Portman is a strong (but young) choice. The age range of the character in Gravity is apparently flexible. Should Portman accept the role, this will be a chance for her to stand out (although Robert Downey Jr. carries some of the load), a la Tom Hanks in Cast Away or James Franco in 127 Hours. Risky Business lists Portman's growing collection of possible project...

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    Telluride Review: Weir's Triumphant The Way Back Is Slowed Down by History

    Telluride correspondent Tim Appelo is not taking any guff on Peter Weir's The Way Back. He likes it.At the Floradora on Telluride’s main street, Peter Weir was like the dauntless pilgrims of his great escape movie The Way Back, who incredibly fled Stalin’s Siberian gulag and trekked through Mongolia...

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    Oscar Watch: Gurus 'O Gold Top Contenders, Godard No-Show

    Movie City News webmaster David Poland has lined up the usual suspects for this year's round of Gurus 'O Gold of Oscar-watching. The top seven ranking is shared by most of this group of 11 voters: 1. Inception2. The Kids Are All Right3. The King's Speech4. Toy Story 35. The Social Network6. True Gri...

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