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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Postlethwaite Dies Too Soon at Age 64, Great Brit Character Actor

    Pete Postlethwaite is a classic example of a great character actor whose face (with prominent nose and cheekbones) many would recognize without necessarily knowing his name. The British actor is dead at 64, after a 18-year bout with cancer. (A round-up of obits is below.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Updated: James Franco In Talks To Write & Direct 'As I Lay Dying'; Circling 'Blood Meridian'

    Also Wraps Indie Film 'The Broken Tower'So we've been spending the morning in a post-New Year's Eve haze, slowly getting back up and running while we wait for the news cycle to once again kick in. And it has. In a huge way.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fest Preview: Berlin Adds 24 Panorama Picks

    Fest Preview: Berlin Adds 24 Panorama Picks

    In February, between Sundance (see IW's preview) and South by Southwest, comes the venerable Berlinale, which sets out a rich smorgasbord of titles for international critics and buyers. Monday the Berlin Fest revealed 24 of the eventual 50 films to be screened in the Panorama sidebar to the 61st main event. (Here's Variety and The Playlist.)

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Hello, 2011

    After 10 days off the clock for indieWIRE and absent from all things bloggery, I'll kick off another year of The Lost Boy (though, with another birthday passing, the title of this blog is a time bomb toward ridiculousness) with this TedX video of "storyteller-researcher" Brene Brown discussing the "power of vulnerability." The new year always puts me in a funk of self-questioning, and this video is a really amazing way to inspire yourself into 2011:

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  • Spout
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    What Could a Kids Movie from Quentin Tarantino Look Like?

    In response to Quentin Tarantino's list of his favorite films of 2010, which includes the animated features "Toy Story 3," "Tangled" and "How to Train Your Dragon," Cinematical's Monika Bartyzel wonders if it's time we see something more family friendly from the filmmaker soon. Here is a possible scene from her imagination:

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  • The Playlist
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    After Retiring The Streets, Mike Skinner Plans To Make A Movie

    If you don't know Mike Skinner aka The Streets, you should. The Brit rapper turned the musings about the everyday life of a geezer into chart-topping (at least in the UK) success, with four albums chronicling the minutea of going out, getting drunk, breaking up, hooking up, getting famous, ordering take away and much more. The beats have been slick, the rhymes quotable, but it's all set to end. At least under the name of The Streets. With his fifth album "Computers And Blues" set to drop next month, Mike Skinner has announced he's retiring The Streets name and that his plans for the future include making a feature film.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Criterion Collection Mega-Clue Hints At Polanski, Roeg, Cuaron & More

    Continuing a trend they started last year, The Criterion Collection has released a big-ass mega-clue for 2011, tantalizingly teasing us about what's in store from the studio in the months to come. Two interesting things to note about the giant clue, in regards to how things were presented last year. One: most of the releases that Criterion teased with the last New Year's post made their way to stores in the first half of the year (giant releases like Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line," Guillermo del Toro's "Cronos" or the BBS box set). In other words: expect these titles sooner rather than later. Secondly, there's an interesting distinction in terms of color choices. Last year, things that were going to be newly reissued in high-definition Blu-ray format were indicated by being scribbled in blue ink. This year, everything (besides the red circle on the calender) is black and white. This seems to indicate what we've suspected -- that all future Criterion collections additions will be issued in both Blu-ray and DVD. (This has been the case in the last few batches of releases.) Exciting stuff.

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  • Caryn James
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    Movie Review, The Other Woman: Natalie Portman’s Latest, Straight Off the Shelf

    Long before Black Swan, Natalie Portman was making some daring choices. Her bravado as the stripper in Closer and her delicately-directed short for New York, I Love You would be enough to signal an adventurous career. And in The Other Woman she creates sympathy for a truly idiosyncratic character. Emilia was a pregnant mistress turned wife, then grieving mother when her infant died. You can feel a big “But ...” coming here. Don Roos’ misbegotten screenplay and muddled direction are so hopeless all you can do is wonder “Who are these people?”

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Unclean! Unclean!: Reverse Shot's 11 Offenses of 2010

    Now’s the time of year when we piss people off. And trust us, though our annual 11 Offenses column (oh, how we could go higher than 11…) incites the angriest mail and message board postings we get, we do not do this for attention (completely). We genuinely hated sitting through these movies. When they receive nothing but accolades, it only makes our ire grow stronger. Though some claim these articles are oppositional, even opportunistic, we prefer to think of them as vital correctives. Our picks have stood the test of time thus far: looking back at past 11 Offenses columns, we must say we have no regrets (anyone who still thinks Slumdog Millionaire is a good movie simply cannot be your friend; Juno continues to annoy the living hell out of us; no, Southland Tales was not a misunderstood masterpiece, sorry fellow cinephiles; the memory of watching The Lovely Bones still gives us the skeezies; does anyone even remember Babel?). Which of this year’s releases are most likely to end up in the trash bins of cinematic history? Read on!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Best Scenes of 2010: Salon Names The Social Network, Let Me In, Shutter Island, Winter's Bone

    - Getting more specific than the average "Best of" list, Salon posts video of their picks of 2010's best scenes (Let Me In, The Social Network, and Shutter Island are below). Also on their list are Toy Story 3, Dogtooth, The Ghost Writer, Somewhere, Winter's Bone, Solitary Man, and Ne Change Rien.

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