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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Harry Potter Conjures $125 Million, The Next Three Days Flops

    Weekend Box Office: Harry Potter Conjures $125 Million, The Next Three Days Flops

    As expected, the penultimate, seventh Harry Potter installment, The Deathly Hallows--Part 1, conjured a powerful $125.12 million, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN TALKIES: 1930

    The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg)The Dawn Patrol (Howard Hawks)Monte Carlo (Ernst Lubitsch)Morocco (Josef von Sternberg)Not So Dumb (King Vidor)Liliom (Frank Borzage)Part Time Wife (Leo McCarey)Murder! (Alfred Hitchcock)The Royal Family of Broadway (George Cukor)Laughter (Harry D’Arrast)All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone)Juno and the Paycock (Alfred Hitchcock)Abraham Lincoln (D.W. Griffith)Rain or Shine (Frank Capra)The Big Trail (Raoul Walsh)Up the River (John Ford)Madam Satan (Cecil B. DeMille)Let’s Go Native (Leo McCarey)The Virtuous Sin (George Cukor)Men Without Women (John Ford)

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Free Saturday and Sunday on MUBI: Revolucion

    EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE FREE PREMIEREIn partnership with Celluloid Dreams, playing for free this weekend only is the online premiere of the Cannes-selected Revolución. Made in honor of the Mexican Revolution, it explores the 2010 centenary by uniting ten of the hottest Mexican directors, including Carlos Reygadas and actor Gael García Bernal, in one visionary project.WATCH REVOLUCIÓN FOR FREENOW PLAYING ON MUBI

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  • The Playlist
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    Claire Denis And Isabelle Huppert Talk Inspiration And Structure Of 'White Material'

    If there ever were a body of work that not only begged but necessitated repeated viewings, it would be the oeuvre of Claire Denis. With an output that is often thematically dense and structurally fragmented, Denis is one of the few directors going today whose films will guarantee a best-of slot in any given year. Her latest releases, "35 Shots of Rum" and "White Material," have been some of her strongest works yet with the latter nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and opening this week through IFC Films. 'Material' marks the first collaboration between her and the brilliant thespian Isabelle Huppert, and we had the chance to speak to the actor and director about the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: First Trailer For Duncan Jones' Sci-Fi Action-Thriller 'Source Code'

    An unexpected surprise this Friday evening with the first trailer for Duncan Jones' sci-fi action-thriller "Source Code" finally being unveiled.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Further Digitization of Theaters: Eurimages in Eastern Europe, Switzerland and Poland on Board

    Digitzation of theaters continues in Europe. Scandinavia is fully digitized. Now comes Switzerland, Eurimages will pay for digitization of Eurimages theaters in Balkans, Polish chains convert.Eurimages digitization program application deadline of January 14, 2011 is approaching for a support program launched last summer by the Eurimages Board of Management, for the purchase and installation of digital equipment within the network of theatres supported by Eurimages in Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Albania. Under this program, a lump sum grant of €20,000 per screen will be awarded by Eurimages to exhibitors who operate theatres assisted by the Eurimages theatre support program. This support can be used to cover the purchase and installation of digital projectors, servers and other related options. Exhibitors receiving support must seek any additional funding from their national or local authorities or through investments from their own equity or private sources to complete the overall financing. Following a tender procedure by the Council of Europe, the Belgian company XDC International has been selected to be the exclusive provider for the implementation of this program. Helios and Multikino in full digital expansionPolish movie theatre network Centrum Filmowe Helios, which at the end of August unveiled its plan to open seven new multiplexes, is clearly thriving for it has just announced its intention to build ten more complexes. These multiplexes will be based in shopping centres in major cities (Warsaw, Lodz), as well as in towns of no more than 70,000 inhabitants like Lomza, Mielec and Kedzierzyn-Kozle where 17 new multiplexes will open before the end of 2014, i.e. 96 screens and almost 21,000 seats".Helios also plans to increase its number of digital projectors (particularly those equipped for 3D screenings) in its currently operating theatres (24 multiplexes and two traditional cinemas). The aim is to install 133 new projectors over the next three years. Helios’s competitor, the Multikino network (21 multiplexes in Poland and two abroad: in Riga, Latvia and in Vilnius, Lithuania), has also announced a technological revolution: all its theatres are to be equipped with digital projectors before 2013. "For the moment, we have 295 projectors of this kind and the number is rapidly increasing," said Multikino CEO Piotr Zygo. "Of the ten major hits of last year, six were 3D films. It’s not necessary for all titles to arrive in theatres with this technology, which is a plus especially for animated films and blockbusters. But this is the direction cinema is going in. And with our theatres equipped with digital projectors, we’re no longer thinking about just films: soon we will also be offering sport, concerts and competitions between cities in the form of digital games."by Dorota Hartwich CineuropaThings are gathering pace with the burning issue of equipping Swiss movie theatres with digital projectors. At the request of Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, the Film Section of the Federal Office for Culture (OFC) announced that in a few weeks it will deliver to the Internal Affairs Department a plan aiming to support the diversity of films on offer on national territory. This support should enable exhibitors who meet the programming criteria set out by Film Section experts to raise up to 50% of investment necessary for the purchase of digital projectors and servers for their theatre(s).(The article continues below)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ten Worst Beatles Songs

    Now that the Beatles library is available on iTunes (don't we already have all their CDs loaded up?) U.K. music critic Neil McCormick has ranked the worst ever Beatles songs.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tom Christie Ends 15 Year Stint at LA Weekly

    It's hard to imagine the LA Weekly without Arts Editor Tom Christie. When I first met him in the mid-80s his hair was still black and he was working for California Magazine editor Harold Hayes (Esquire) at what eventually morphed into Los Angeles Magazine.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Friday Flashback

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  • The Playlist
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    Alexandre Desplat's Scores For 'Deathly Hallows' & 'The King's Speech' Hits Stores

    Next week, Americans will be getting on planes, trains and automobiles to make the trek back home for Thanksgiving. It's probably the ugliest travel time of the year, so perhaps a couple of new soundtrack albums will help ease your nerves in the event your flight is delayed.

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