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    Michel Gondry Calls Critical 'Green Hornet' Fans "Fascists"

    Just as the unfairly maligned "The Green Hornet" is gaining traction after haters dogged the film sight unseen and some perpetuated rumors that Sony was unhappy with the film, a recent remark by director Michel Gondry threatens to alienate fans.

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    Is the Time Person of the Year Choice Another Accolade for "The Social Network"?

    This reminds me of the time that "An Inconvenient Truth" won the Nobel Peace Prize. There is no direct connection between Mark Zuckerberg being named Time magazine's Person of the Year (and no he's not the youngest -- that's still Charles Lindbergh) and the continued success of "The Social Network." But it does seem related given that the movie version of Zuckerberg's life is also prominently in the headlines lately with all the critic awards and top ten lists and what not. And shows like "60 Minutes" keep doing interviews with the real Zuckerberg seemingly only to again ask him about his reaction to the portrayal.

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    Nope: George Clooney Isn't Going To Take The DeLorean (Biopic) For A Test Spin

    Much like the dueling "Snow White" projects, yet with considerably less heat is three in-the-works dueling biopics of the auto industry’s fallen angel, John DeLorean -- the car magnate and creator of the DeLorean vehicle perhaps best remembered for its appearance in "Back to the Future" as the time travel car.

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    More New And Notable Film Books

    A few weeks ago I did a survey of recently-published film books. Here is a second installment, drawn mostly from quick skims and first impressions. I don’t pretend these are full-fledged reviews based on reading these volumes in their entirety. They all look interesting and I hope they fulfill that promise. I happen to be of the opinion that there is no better, more personal gift than a good book. There is also no better way to treat yourself, especially if you have any “down time” coming up over the holidays.

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    Watch: 'The Tree Of Life' Trailer Finally Arrives Online, Will Blow Your Mind Malick Style

    Fuck "Thor," "Cowboys & Aliens," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and whatever other geek movie trailer countdown that happened this month. This is the trailer we've been dying to see ever since it started unspooling in front of "Black Swan," and for us, if the movie news year ended right here that would be fine with us.

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    Wiz Kid Thomas Horn Lands Child Genius Role In 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

    Take that, Ken Jennings. 12-year-old Thomas Horn, who wowed America (OK, the American that watches "Jeopardy!"), in October by taking home $31,800 on the game show has now parlayed that turn into a feature film career, landing the plum lead role in Stephen Daldry's adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

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    Roger Ebert Launches New "At the Movies" on PBS January 21--Without Elvis Mitchell

    Roger Ebert Launches New "At the Movies" on PBS January 21--Without Elvis Mitchell

    Elvis Mitchell strikes again. The elusive film critic/interviewer has a long history of committing to jobs (and magazine deadlines, and dinner dates) without necessarily coming through. And he was supposed to cohost the new PBS Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies weekly TV series with AP critic Christy Lemire. But the dreadlocked ex-NYTimes critic and host of KCRW-FM's The Treatment has been dropped, though not for lack of chemistry, tweets Ebert, setting the record straight: "Elvis and Christy had great chemistry, as anyone could see who bothered to watch the pilot we posted." (Pilot and Ebert's own blog announcement are on the jump.)

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    IFC Confirms March 11, 2011 Release For 'Certified Copy' & Future Criterion Release

    Some good news for arthouse fans this morning. IFC Films has confirmed that Abbas Kiarostami's "Certified Copy" which made the festival rounds this year, will not only hit theaters on March 11, 2011 but will also be prepped for a future home video release by The Criterion Collection, marking yet another entry in the ongoing relationship between the two.

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    Oscar Watch: Thailand's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    This film received mucho publicity during Cannes but has very lttle visibility here in the U.S. in spite of its having been picked up for U.S. by Strand and its being Thailand's official submission for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Oscar. I don't think it will be nominated as feels so off-kilter, albeit totally original. I don't think the Academy will have the patience for it. However, this Cannes winning competition film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul is the penultimate example of how a film from a perhaps underfunded country can get enough financing to be made and delivered. The director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul , has already had two films in Cannes (Tropical Malady and Blissfully Yours) which certainly helps, but is not crucial to this saga. The Illumination Films producers Simon Fields and Keith Griffiths also have long histories in the international film and festival world. Simon left his long term tenure as head of London's govenment funded distribution company and archive to go to his long held tenure as artistic director of the Rotterdam Film Festival. Keith has been producing art films of the best kind since the late 70s. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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