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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    MLK Weekend Box Office: 'Contraband' Steals Thunder from 3-D 'Beauty and the Beast' UPDATED

    With three new films opening in wide release, Universal’s “Contraband” easily captured the top spot at the boxoffice. During the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend the Working Title film tracked an estimated $28.8 million at theaters, which exceeded pre-release expectations, which had “Contraband” and “Beauty” in a race for the top spot. The opening marked a company best for Working Title. Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale star in the R-rated action thriller, about a criminal who has given up his errant ways and gets pulled back into the business one more time.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Dear Buffy,

    Your daughter's kindergarden art project does not a Golden Globes dress make.

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  • Spout
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    "Prometheus" is the New "Inception" - Parody Trailer-wise

    Last week we saw a mash-up video combining the trailer of Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi tentpole "Prometheus," specifically its music and structure, with scenes from the Pixar classic "Wall-E." We can now officially consider the "Prometheus" parody trailer a meme, as I've now seen two other videos that repurpose old movies for videos using the style of the promos for the new "Alien" prequel. In fact, "Alien" has already been redone with a "Prometheus" parody of its own, one that adds a bit of premature criticism at the end with a spoof of the original film's tagline. The third parody I've come across is for "Spaceballs," which is rather simple. We wonder if only films set in space can qualify?

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  • The Playlist
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    Patton Oswalt Talks With Garry Shandling About Preparing For 'Young Adult' & Being Cool With A Naked Charlize Theron

    Tis the season for awards campaigns, which means that, all around Hollywood over the next month or so, studios and publicity firms will be hosting special screenings and mixer parties featuring delectable hors d’oeuvres and, even better, open bar.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Golden Globes 2012: Watch Best Moments, Winners, Jokes

    Recap some of the best moments from Sunday night's Golden Globe awards below, from George Clooney's Michael Fassbender joke to Michelle Williams talking to the press and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on the red carpet. Ricky Gervais (reviewed here by Caryn James) was his usual charming self, picking up right where he left off at the 2011 show. "So, where was I,.."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video: Brad Pitt Laughing Himself into Tears in Moneyball Outtake

    You can often tell while watching a movie if the cast had any fun shooting it. The joy most (if not all) of us feel watching "Moneyball" must have something to do with this:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Editors Guild Film Nominees Skip 'The Help,' 'Tree of Life'

    Forget any hope of "The Help" winning best picture on Oscar night. The American Cinema Editors (ACE) nominations in nine categories in film, television and documentaries for the ACE Eddie Awards do not include the film. (Nominees are listed below. )

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Cold Cuts

    I’m not sure where you are right now, dear reader, but here in Montreal it’s pretty bloody cold. I consider myself a winter creature, but the wind-chill is resolved to carve off my face with an ice pick. However, to combat the frigid temperatures while walking around the city, I find that listening to icy music lends equilibrium to the season, and makes the -30 somewhat more bearable. Think of it as fighting snow with snow.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Now and Then: In Directing Debut, Farmiga Reaches 'Higher Ground'

    "Higher Ground," the actress Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, plays like a fugue. It circles back and folds in on itself, its repeated images — a children's book, worshippers in song, immersion in water — propelled not by forward momentum but by changes of key.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Innkeepers' Director Ti West Hopes To Start Sci-Fi Project In February; Anthology Film 'V/H/S' Goes To Sundance

    Aside from the deliberate pacing of his films and their haunting payoffs, Ti West is probably best known for doing exactly what he wants to do, when he wants to do it: after unsuccessfully attempting to remove his name from “Cabin Fever 2” when Lionsgate took the film away from him, he took on another sequel, “A Haunting in Georgia,” before deciding he didn’t want to undertake another project he couldn’t control from conception to completion. And looking at his films so far, he’s flaunted his individuality in the face of the rest of the industry’s genre dreck, avoiding trends or more easily-marketable ideas in favor of singular, original stories. All of which is why it comes as no small surprise that the next story fans will see from him is a segment from a found-footage anthology.

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