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  • Hope for Film
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    The Really Good Things In Indie Film Biz 2011

    I didn't produce a movie this past year, but I did premiere three. I managed to blog on a regular basis, and offer up my "column" as a soapbox for many others, hoping it would inspire more action and change from the community at large (the results still remain to be seen). I also did a lot of public speaking and consulting all over the world in 2011, telling myself that all of this was part of my personal attempt to move things forward towards a vibrant, diverse, and ambitious culture open to all who are willing to take responsibility for it. I taught at NYU for the same reasons, but remain unclear as to the results of any of these endeavors. Maybe it was more of a survival tactic or some sort of self-justification. After all, what I really want to do is... make films. It's what I think I am particularly good at, particularly when the broadest definition of both "making" and "films" is applied (i.e. the discovery, contextualizing, and deployment) -- yet as much as I try to keep a broad perspective, I am still a bit confounded as to why it is so damn hard to get good work made or even appreciated.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    I Love You, Man

    Happy New Year to all the readers of The Lost Boys—and Happy Birthday to the original Lost Boy (and one of my best friends), the inimitable Peter Knegt!

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: Strong Rebound Numbers For Entire Marketplace, With 'Mission: Impossible' On Top Again

    Yes, it was a down year at the box office in 2011, but sometimes it’s all about scheduling. While the family’s all together for Christmas, they might not exactly spend a holiday at the multiplex, particularly with many theaters closing early. The weekend after, when everyone’s glad to see their friends again, however, is just enough motivation to plunk down that $10-$12-$20 on an overpriced box office ticket and a mammoth, bladder-clogging, sugary fountain drink that can’t be good for you.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weekend Box Office Dec.30- Jan.1 ("Pariah" Opens Strong In Limited Release)

    Of most importance to us is how Pariah did this weekend in its limited opening engagements, and we'll get to that in a second.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    NEW YEAR’S PINUPS

    It’s been several years since I dipped into my collection of movie stills and celebrated the holidays with some of the often-silly publicity photos that movie studios turned out by the carload—from the silent era onward. I’ll continue doing this throughout 2012 and I hope you enjoy these time-capsule photos. Let’s begin with Ken Murray, who was promoting his CBS-TV show along with Joan Shea, Lillian Farmer, Kathy Hild in this picture which is exactly sixty years old!

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  • The Playlist
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    The Playlist's Complete 2011 Year-End Coverage

    Well, here we are: New Year's Eve. The end of 365 days of movie madness. Whatever your plans for NYE are – running errands for Michelle Pfeiffer, getting stuck in a lift with Ashton Kutcher, hours of sustained therapy to recover from seeing the film "New Year's Eve" – we hope you have a good one.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sundance 2012 - Meet The Artists: Sam Pollard Talks His Documentary "Slavery By Another Name"

    Long-time Spike Lee editor (as well as director and producer in his own right) Sam Pollard's feature documentary for PBS, titled Slavery By Another Name, will make its debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, in the documentary competition section, and it's on my short list of films to see while I'm there, starting in about 3 weeks.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New "Blade" Anime Series (Voiced By Harold Perrineau) Gets Official Promo Teaser

    That new Marvel Blade anime series we told you about several months back will premiere on the G4 channel (for those with cable TV) on Friday, January 13th at 11 pm ET/PT, and will be followed by another 11 successive half-hour episodes every week thereafter.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: What Can Topple The Artist? New Ballots Change Race; Top Five Actresses; Lagging Christmas Contenders

    In this week's Oscar Talk, after a holiday hiatus Kris Tapley and I come back to assess the Oscar race just as Academy voters get their ballots in the mail. This time, there will be five slots for an undetermined number of Best Picture candidates.

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