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    Dueling Reviews: Maltin & McCarthy Take on "Twilight: Eclipse"

    Dueling Reviews: Maltin & McCarthy Take on "Twilight: Eclipse"

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    The Shyamalan Problem.

    The Shyamalan Problem.

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    1970: The Cannes Film Festival (part one)

    A few years ago at Cannes, a number of film critics were quietly informed by the press office that festival president Gilles Jacob would be pleased if they might come by the Salle des Ambassadeurs in the Palais the next afternoon for a brief ceremony. Told that it would be worth their while, they du...

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    Knight and Day

    Knight and Day

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    NYT: Hulu Offering Season Passes for $9.99

    NYT: Hulu Offering Season Passes for $9.99

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    Thomspon & Deadline: Apparition Restructuring

    As they prep for their release of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," Bill Pohlad's Apparition is restructuring and moving from New York to LA. The company also cut its workforce by 60%. Pohlad has brought former Lionsgate President Tom Ortenberg on as a consultant for the company. On the changes, Pohlad said in a statement, "Over the last few weeks, circumstances have forced us to rethink the direction and operations of the company, and regrettably this has resulted in layoffs impacting our staff and changes for our colleagues. Still, we very much believe in the mission set forth with Apparition, and welcome Tom Ortenberg’s expertise a...

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    IFC Picks Up Apatow's TV Gems for Syndication

    Judd Apatow's cult classic TV series "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared," which boosted the acting careers of Jay Baruchel, Jenna Fischer, Linda Cardelllini, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and more have both been picked up for syndication on IFC's cable network. "Freaks and Geeks" will begin airing Frid...

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    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    The only thing that makes the “Twilight” films tolerable for non-fans of the Stephenie Meyer franchise is the constant presence of Kristen Stewart, an actor who never seems to be doing much but is almost unfailingly bewitching doing it. But from the opening minutes of “Eclipse,” the third of what will eventually be five films adapted from the four novels, I felt something was a little off about Stewart this time. At first I couldn't put my finger on it, but it had something to do with over-immaculate grooming. Her eyebrows had gotten smaller, trimmed to widen the gap between them, contributing a feel of beauty salon phoniness. Was this respon...

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    Ortenberg Consults for Apparition, Which Slashes Staff by Half

    Ever since Bob Berney abruptly left fledgling distribution company Apparition pre-Cannes, CEO Bill Pohlad has been trying to figure out how to go forward. He gave Berney's Sundance acquisition Welcome to the Rileys back to Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group, which pacted with Goldwyn to release. Wednesday Pohlad confirmed that he is shutting down the New York office and cutting staff by more than half, from 27 to 15. Individual severance meetings are ongoing today. The company is proceeding on "an immediate needs basis," said spokesperson Mara Buxbaum, who didn't rule out future hires.  As previously reported, Pohlad has also brought in ex-Lio...

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    film review: Eclipse

    I haven’t read Stephenie Meyer’s books, but I liked the first Twilight movie, so even though I’m not a card-carrying Twi-hard I have no axe to grind where this series is concerned. That said, I thought this new installment was incredibly boring. Woe to any newcomer who’s unfamiliar with the characte...

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