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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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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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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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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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    Festival Premiers Go Online

    The up-coming launch of Festival Scope, a new Paris-based facility for industry professionals offering simultaneous on-line screening access to films as they receive their festival world premiere, was announced on the opening day of the Cannes Market. Festivals that have signed up already include Melbourne, Sarajevo, Taormina, Hamburg and Paris Cinema. Festival Scope is a new independent company founded by Alessandro Raja, formerly of Celluloid Dreams, in collaboration with Lucie Kalmar, formerly of Wild Bunch and Mathilde Henrot, formerly of MK2. It is financed by private equity, sustained by the Research and Innovation in Audiovisual and...

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    American Cinematographer Magazine Names Best Shot Film of the Decade

    American Cinematographer Magazine Names Best Shot Film of the Decade

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    Rotterdam Film Festival Invites African Directors to Shoot in China

    Rotterdam Film Festival Invites African Directors to Shoot in China

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    Zhang Yimou Selects His Protégé for Rolex

    Zhang Yimou Selects His Protégé for Rolex

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    European Parliament Unveils LUX Prize Competitors

    European Parliament Unveils LUX Prize Competitors

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cruise vs. Cruise, Kimmel Rides Zipline, Knight and Day B.O.

    Compare the real Tom Cruise doing stunts on Jimmy Kimmel -- and the fake Tom Cruise below. @TomCruise is all over Twitter with his blog posts. Not missing a trick. (Again, I think he should pull back on trying to get people's attention.)

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    Scary YouTube Postcards From Home

    Scary YouTube Postcards From Home

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