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  • The Lost Boys
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    Brad's 'Joyful Noise' Review

    In my previous post about Joyful Noise, the new music-driven comedy from writer-director Todd Graff (Camp, Bandslam) starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton which opened in North American theatres this weekend, I presumed it would be formulaic and predictable. Not surprisingly, I (along with numerous film journalists and critics across North America) was correct. But what I didn’t know at the time is that it is also deliciously over-the-top and infectious, with music (arranged and produced by Mervyn Warren) that is so catchy and soulful that I couldn’t help but tap my feet and, during at least one musical number, (perhaps somewhat embarrassingly) clap my hands.

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  • The Playlist
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    What's Ricky Gervais Saying Now? The Playlist's 2012 Golden Globe Awards Liveblog

    Yes, indeed we are in the thick of awards season, kicking things off with one of our favorite awards shows, the wild and woolly Golden Globes. What's not to love about the Globes? Everyone's drunk, wandering from table to table, in a festive and jovial mood, Ricky Gervais is offending everyone, the Hollywood Foreign Press always nominates someone insane, and everyone's fresh and excited and no longer beaten down by E! reporters. For film nerds, this is our playoffs, which I have gleaned from Facebook newsfeed is a football thing that is happening now. Is that what is happening now? Confused. Here's hoping someone Tebows at the Globes tonight. I wish it would be Ryan Gosling, but I have a feeling George Clooney is the more likely character.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Relive The Many Amazing Golden Globe Speeches of Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep has won 7 Golden Globes from a whopping 26 nominations, with a potential 8th from her 27th coming tonight. And if she wins, get ready: Because Meryl is the perhaps the best awards speech giver there ever was. Humble, funny, sweet, sincere, poignant, powerful... They have it all. Here's 4 of them:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Palm Springs Fest Winners: 'Starbuck,' 'The Girls in the Band,' 'Wish Me Away'

    The Palm Springs International Film Festival announced this year's award winners today, chosen from a pool of 188 films from 73 countries.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Box Office Report: Awards Performance Update

    As distributors continue the tradition of playing off the Golden Globes to publicize a range of films, the specialized and awards business still shows the positive trends that were seen during the holidays. A couple of significant expansions (“Pina” and “The Iron Lady”) lead the mostly positive news. Opening:

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    The Theater Experience is Here to Stay

    As the independent theater exhibitors prepare to attend the Art House Convergence on Monday January 16 - 19 in Midway Utah, the veteran exhibitor John Vanco of IFC Center Cinema speaks with Peter Belsito.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: Audiences Smuggle 'Contraband' Into The Number One Spot Over 'Beauty & The Beast 3D'

    After a year which sported the lowest attendance numbers in sixteen years, studios are looking for all the bright sides they can find. Thus far, 2012 has provided them, with big number one debuts for a cheap horror acquisition and, now, a solidly mid-budgeted star vehicle. "Contraband" nailed the top spot this weekend, of the four day holiday weekend, that was slightly down from last year. However, this is a solid win for Universal, who spent $40 million on the Mark Wahlberg project, gambling that the film would open uncharacteristically big for an R-rated January offering.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Legacy Media Institute Filmmakers Workshop in London Set To Begin

    We have a lot of readers in the U.K. so this will be no doubt be of interest to them.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weekend B.O. (Jan. 13-15)

    As expected, the terrible word of mouth sunk last week's No. 1 film, The Devil Inside, dropping over 76% from last weekend. Yet it still did well enough to make this weekend's top ten list, which was topped by Contraband, the Marky Mark Wahlberg thriller.

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Jason Sudeikis As Ricky Gervais At The Golden Globes

    No,That’s not Ricky Gervais above, it’s Jason Sudeikis on SNL as the guy who will host The Golden Globes . . . as well as every other awards show, including local flower shows, dog shows and the BET awards, some much more successfully than others.

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