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    Three Critics: Talking Sequels.

    Yesterday, Moviefone posted the second installment of Three Critics, a column in which I discuss various issues of the movie world, particularly those pertaining to new releases, with colleagues Anne Thompson and Leonard Maltin. I took the lead on this one and started a dialogue about sequels, a phe...

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    Review: 'How Do You Know' Is An Uneven But Ultimately Pleasant Experience

    With a recent influx of middling romantic comedies, it's easy to forget how different the genre used to be. Now very polished and only a success if it stars 40 different actors/actresses each with three minutes of screen time, movies including "Green Card" and "Crossing Delancey" showed a different side of things. Instead of drowning audiences in star power, they offered a down-to-earth and complex female individual with an unfortunate penchant for choosing the wrong guy. It was easy to figure out who to root for, but there was something more to it. It may have been the comfortable aura the movies had about them, or the fact that their protag...

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    Pundits Predict Golden Globes Winners: The King's Speech and The Kids Are All Right

    Both Gold Derby and the Gurus 'O Gold are predicting that The King's Speech and The Kids Are All Right will win their respective categories at the Golden Globes January 16. For what it's worth.

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    IndieWIRE Blog Network Launches James on ScreenS

    Please welcome a new addition to the indieWIRE Blog Network. Ex-New York Times critic Caryn James launches her first blog, James on screenS, which is plural because she will be reviewing not only new films but smart TV as well. She starts off with a review of Ricky Gervais's HBO comedy special; here's her precis of what she has planned:I’ll be covering film, television, the web, whatever is most interesting on any screen. After all, that’s how we watch. I’ll have new pieces every day, usually more than once. Of course I’ll review, everything from popcorn movies to foreign films, cable series to smart network sitcoms. But I’ll also be a guide ...

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    2010 Best Performances: Stand-Outs, Ensemble, Symbiotic

    Here are Sophia Savage's Ten Stand-Out Performances, Five Best Ensemble Performances, and Best Symbiotic Performance of 2010 (in aphabetical order).

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    Beck, Pharrell, Eddie Vedder, Dido, Jonsi, Metric & More Shortlisted For Best Original Song Oscars

    Could this be the hippest Best Original Song category in years? Meh, probably not. Basically, it works like this. If you had an original song in a movie this year, you're basically on the shortlist (hello Katrina Elam for "Pure Country 2"). Then, the Academy goes through a pretty ridiculous system t...

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    Forty-One Contenders for Best Original Song Oscar Nominations

    Forty-one songs (listed below) are eligible for Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. Voting members will view/listen to clips of each song on January 6, and members unable to attend will receive DVD copies of the same clips. The songs must contain original lyrics and music and must have been ma...

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    Ricky Gervais’ Edgy HBO Special

    I used to think that the title of funniest, edgiest (and the two are connected) comedian around was an impossible choice between Chris Rock and Eddie Izzard, but Ricky Gervais’ HBO stand-up show has him closing in on them. He has always been so cheerful and good-natured that he gets away with skewering the most outrageous targets. In the new special -- innocuously called Out of England 2, premiering Saturday -- he is as funny as ever but even darker.He sounds harmless enough. His voice veers into a falsetto as he imitates a disheartened goat sent as a gift to a starving African family: “A week ago I was gamboling around the Cotswolds!” But th...

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    Introducing “James on screenS” and Its Other, Rejected Name

    I wanted to call my blog “Dangerous Liaisons,” but that made no sense without an explanation: the best reason I’ve ever heard for becoming a professional critic comes from Graham Greene, who spent a few years reviewing movies in the 1930’s and later said, “The idea of reviewing films came to me at a...

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    Is the Time Person of the Year Choice Another Accolade for "The Social Network"?

    This reminds me of the time that "An Inconvenient Truth" won the Nobel Peace Prize. There is no direct connection between Mark Zuckerberg being named Time magazine's Person of the Year (and no he's not the youngest -- that's still Charles Lindbergh) and the continued success of "The Social Network."...

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