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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    The 2010 FIFA World Cup | Predictions: Round Of 16

    The 2010 FIFA World Cup | Predictions: Round Of 16

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    Twilight Saga: Eclipse Downtown Premiere Draws 3000 Fans, 5000 Guests

    From Monday morning, the Twilight fans camped out in a tent city set up in L.A.'s huge Nokia plaza. I walked past them when I went to a Monday night LAFF screening. Their pay-off was the Eclipse premiere Thursday night, the most fan-friendly event that I have ever seen.

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    Boy Story Three

    We all know it's a boy's world. And since Hollywood has unofficially become a Pixar world, don't expect that to change on the big screen any time soon, either. Of course complaining about Pixar films has become something like looking a gift horse in the mouth, especially lately, when their Quality Product seems especially wondrous in light of the astonishing amounts of movie garbage ever-wiser audiences are rejecting week after week. But just because there's so much to recommend the largely superlative, at times daringly dark (if even strategically so) Toy Story 3, there's no denying it follows closely in the footsteps of Ratatouille, Wall-E,...

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    Her Voice: Chris Wisniewski on "The Bridges of Madison County"

    Robert James Waller’s treacly bestseller The Bridges of Madison County opens with a prologue. Dated “Summer 1991,” and presumably written from Waller’s perspective, it puts a gloss of authenticity on a story that’s officially a work of fiction: inserting himself into his narrative, Waller tells of two middle-aged siblings who have brought a “remarkable tale” to his attention in the hopes that he might share it with the world. While settling their late mother’s estate, the brother and sister discovered a letter she wrote to them, along with journals and photographs that document a four-day affair between their mother, an Italian-born housewife...

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    Report On This Year's LAFF

    Occupied last weekend in New York, I haven't been able to attend the new downtown version of the Los Angeles Film Festival nearly as much as I would have liked. But my limited experiences there have been good, as has been the word on much of the lineup.

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    Review: "Farewell"

    Aircraft are among the most photogenic objects you can put onscreen—they're beautiful, they move in a realm humanity always dreamed of entering and convey power, force and excitement—and few flying machines were as stunning to behold as the Graf Zeppelin. This German airship is the star of Dutch documentarian Ditteke Mensink's “Farewell,” an account of the first airborne circumnavigation of the globe by a commercial craft, in August of 1929. Anyone with a soft spot for these giant silver cigars will positively swoon for 90 minutes at the sight of the LZ-127 making its way from New York to Germany, over Russia to Tokyo and then to an unschedul...

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    Beloved Pictures Buys Rights to Children's Trilogy "100 Cupboards"

    Beloved Pictures Buys Rights to Children's Trilogy "100 Cupboards"

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    Balcony Releasing Acquires U.S. Rights to "Legend of Pale Male"

    Balcony Releasing Acquires U.S. Rights to "Legend of Pale Male"

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    Inception Early Review: Rolling Stone Goes First

    Peter Travers gives a 3 1/2 star review of Christopher Nolan's Inception in Rolling Stone. The review is not online yet. But The New York Post's Lou Lumenick found a hard copy on a New York newstand, and posted the bullet graph:

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    Lincoln Center to Screen Works of British Enfant Terrible Ken Russell

    Lincoln Center to Screen Works of British Enfant Terrible Ken Russell

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