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    Paladin Has "Blood"

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    Hard Paycheck: John Woo's "Red Cliff"

    Financed by the state-owned China Film Group Corporation to the tune of $80 million, John Woo's Red Cliff is the latest “most expensive Chinese film ever made,” following quickly upon such prior contenders as Curse of the Golden Flower and Hero. Woo's film is of course a massive-scale martial arts epic like its spendy predecessors, both of which were directed by Zhang Yimou. And Woo's take on the Asian blockbuster is very much like Zhang's: the cast is packed with innumerable Chinese superstars (Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhao Wei, Chang Chen, etc.) who play heroes that do everything from catching spears in mid-air to ripping arrows out o...

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    The 200 Songs of the 2000s: 1-25 (!)

    So after three weeks of counting down, here lies the final 25 songs on my top 200 of the 2000s countdown.

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    Happy Meals: Shorts Made for the Price of Lunch

    Taika Waititi and Don Hertzfeldt have made Oscar-nominated films, so why are they now making shorts with budgets less than $100? Because Mike Plante bought them lunch and challenged them to make a film for the exact cost of the meal. Plante, best known as CineVegas's director of programming, has c...

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    Oscar Watch: Where Are The Hurt Locker Screeners?

    At the start of the awards season, I had The Hurt Locker at the top of my top ten picks list. But right now quite a few other movies are getting more noise. That doesn't matter in the end. Finally, the Academy voters will dig back to all the films they saw this year, especially when they don't have ...

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    "Agora" Heading To U.S.

    Alejandro Amenábar's "Agora," which first screened back at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, has been acquired for U.S. release by Newmarket Films in its first acquisition since the company was acquired this month by EMG. The film was written by Amenábar and Mateo Gil, and stars Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isa...

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    Box Office 2.0: Assessing 2009's Dox Office From "Capitalism" to "The Cove"

    While the box office monster that is "Precious" and the first weekend of studio backed limited release "Fantastic Mr. Fox" sat high atop this week's box office chart, and got primary focus in the last weekend estimates report, there were nevertheless interesting numbers happening just below them. A...

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    'Los Angeles Plays' New York

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