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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Trailers, Interviews, Early Oscar Buzz, Awards

    Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Trailers, Interviews, Early Oscar Buzz, Awards

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg

    London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg

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  • The Playlist
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    'Our Idiot Brother' Director Jesse Peretz Talks Paul Rudd, Sundance & His Experience Working With Harvey Weinstein

    When “Our Idiot Brother” was released this summer it kind of fell by the wayside. The tale of an easygoing hippie pot dealer (wonderfully embodied by Paul Rudd) who meddles in the lives of his urbanite sisters (played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer), was smooth, unfussy, and while rated R, didn’t traffic in the kind of bawdy outrageousness that the other summer comedies did. Its relatively small business was a shame, because the movie was perfectly charming; a light, breezy antidote to all the big budget relentlessness. With the movie hitting DVD and BluRay this week, we talked to Jesse Peretz, a founding member of influential indie rock band The Lemonheads who went on to direct commercials, music videos, and now feature films. We spoke about the development of the project, the long road from Sundance to the local cineplex, and what happens when the Weinsteins pick up your formerly little independent project.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    IDA Documentary Awards: Best Feature Doc Goes to Nostalgia for the Light UPDATED

    There are so many well-made, well-lauded documentaries this year, that the finalists for the International Documentary Association awards aren't even on the Oscar shortlist of fifteen. Thus Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's "Nostalgia for the Light" won Best Feature at the 2011 IDA Documentary Awards Friday night, beating out terrorist thriller "Better This World," end-of-life drama "How to Die in Oregon," "The Redemption of General Butt Naked," and "Tiniest Place."

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  • Press Play
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    SLIDE SHOW: Martin Scorsese’s greatest movies

    This has been quite a year for 60-something American filmmakers. Terrence Malick, who started directing in 1973, created the year’s most divisive conversation piece with “The Tree of Life.” Woody Allen, who started directing in 1966, had his biggest financial success with “Midnight in Paris.” Steven Spielberg, who directed his first feature-length movie 40 years ago, has two blockbusters coming out this month, “The Adventures of Tintin” and “War Horse.” And Martin Scorsese, who made his directorial debut in 1966, has had another success with “Hugo,” a film history-conscious 3-D art film for kids that finished second to “The Muppets” at the box office during its opening weekend and was just named film of the year by the National Board of Review. It’s as good a time as any for a Best of Scorsese list — as if I really need an excuse!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Yates and Heyman Talk Harry Potter Finale, New Projects; Gravity, Curious Incident, Testament

    After eight "Harry Potter" films, producer David Heyman (who discovered J.K. Rowling's unpublished manuscript in 1997) and director David Yates, the highest-grossing British director of all time after directing the last four, aren't throwing in the towel on the franchise just yet. They came into L.A. for Yates to accept the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA LA at Wednesday's Brittania Awards. Needless to say the Brits want to see some Oscar gold for this blockbuster series based on J.K. Rowling's bestsellers that has grossed $7.6 billion worldwide, a record for any franchise. Until now they have been largely overlooked by Oscar, earning nine nominations over seven movies, all in technical categories.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sleeping Beauty - written and directed by Julia Leigh

    Sleeping Beauty is a film that is very divisive.  After I saw it in Toronto I spoke with several different people, and some absolutely hated it and others thought it was brilliant.  Personally, I still really don't know what exactly to make of it.  I like that it is different.  I like that it is provocative.  I like that it challenges norms.  But I also had many issues with it and found it quite disturbing.     Emily Browning is Lucy a young, pretty, broke student.  She's doing anything she can to make money including photocopying and being a medical guinea pig.  She's pretty desperate when she goes to interview for a job that will take her to the dark world of the paid sex industry. Her first job is to pour wine at a black tie party wearing sexy lingerie that doesn't really cover anything.  She makes more money than she ever has and is able to move out of her share into her own beautiful apartment.  Lucy then graduates to becoming a "sleeping beauty" (which I am told really exists.)   She is given a drug to sleep and she lays in a bed and men can do anything they want to her except penetration.  She is touched, prodded, licked, burned, everything you can imagine.  And she doesn't remember any of it.   The film raises many interesting questions especially about the commodification of young women and the choices they have to make decent money.  This film is not for the faint hearted.  Be ready to be challenged. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch - A New Teaser Of Nelson George's "Migrations" With Chris Rock

    Author and director Nelson George has released a new teaser for his international flick Migrations starring Tigist Selam, Saul Williams, Osas Ighoduro, Epee Dingong and Ariane Plubel.  Chris Rock also has a cameo.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Sundance Thriller 'Wish You Were Here' Starring Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer

    The Australian collective Blue Tongue Films have slowly been making a name for themselves. The loose bunch which includes Kieran Darcy-Smith, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, Luke Doolan, David Michôd and Spencer Susser have collaborated on numerous projects, but are best known internationally for the the thriller "The Square." Well, Blue Tongue are going to Sundance with another genre pic, this time with "Wish You Were Here." And with Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer toplining the film that is also opening the festival, it's likely to attract some serious attention.

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  • The Playlist
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    ‘X-Men: First Class’ Writer Jane Goldman To Pen ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ For Tim Burton

    As the pen behind "Stardust," "Kick-Ass," "X-Men: First Class" and the upcoming period horror flick "The Woman In Black," screenwriter Jane Goldman has established herself as one of the finest pens in the genre category. She's proven herself to be just as good (if not better) than the dudes who tend to dominate in the genre, and if all goes well, her next effort will be brought to the big screen by none other than Tim Burton.

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