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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Will MGM Go Asian?

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Indian conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar is in exploratory talks to buy MGM for more than $2 billion, according to one source:

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    maltin on movies: Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

    Mesrine: Part II - Public Enemy 1 | Leonard Maltin | Maltin on Movies | Movie Trailer

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    ifp from my living room

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    Boardwalk Empire: Best TV Pilot of 2010 and Third-Best Scorsese Movie of This Century

    Boardwalk Empire: Best TV Pilot of 2010 and Third-Best Scorsese Movie of This Century

    I have ordered my TiVo Season Pass to Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter's Boardwalk Empire, which starts on HBO tonight. TOH critic Tim Appelo has already seen it. "(Steve) Buscemi and (Michael) Pitt have roles to kill for, their best career catapults yet," Appelo writes in his rave review:In the Scorsese-directed kickoff episode of Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sundays 9 pm), the nude flapper floozy Lucy (Paz de la Huerta) flops her boobs at the camera, bouncing atop Atlantic City gangster Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi), and bellowing nasally, “GIDDYAP, COWBOY!” “Stop with the ‘cowboy’ shit!” snaps Nucky.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Toronto Film Festival Winners

    My predictions weren't exactly spot on as "The King's Speech" continues its momentum as an awards force to be reckoned with.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The King's Speech Wins TIFF Audience Award

    The King's Speech Wins TIFF Audience Award

    News that will make Harvey Weinstein's day is that not only did Tom Hooper's The King's Speech leapfrog to Oscar-casters' front-runner lists after its warm media reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it won the coveted People's Choice award as well. That's a remarkable feat.

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    TIFF: Genre Films Sell in Toronto Buying Spree

    As TIFF wound down, the weekend sale of Will Ferrell's $6 million dark comedy Everything Must Go to Lionsgate/Roadside marked a more frenetic Toronto sales market than last year, when many sales took months to close. Horror film Insidious also sold, to Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group, probably for 2011 Screen Gems release. "It's a genre distributor's wet dream," says IM Global's Stuart Ford, who wasn't worried about landing North American distribs for these and two more titles at Toronto this year--all were modestly-budgeted and pre-sold in foreign territories. "The market is still challenging, but healthier than it was a year ago. There's more supply and demand. While you're not seeing many movies sell on the spot, the stronger material is likely to find the right distribution home."

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    In Defense of Wikipedia's "Catfish" Plot Spoilers

    Another "twist movie" out in theaters, another obnoxious debate about movie spoilers. Funnily enough, despite there being a new M. Night Shyamalan story opening this weekend, that is not the impetus for the New York Times article about Wikipedia's controversial allowance of full plot details. including "spoiled" endings without warning. In fact, "Devil," which Shyamalan conceived but did not direct, has only a basic premise listed on its Wikipedia page. No mention of which character is revealed to be Satan. Rather, film-wise, it's the documentary "Catfish" that is central to the piece, which also addresses entries for the Agatha Christie play "The Mousetrap" and TV's "Lost." Andrew Jarecki, who produced "Catfish" is quoted as being against the site's spoiler-permitting policies:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Post-Toronto, 127 Hours, King's Speech, Social Network, I'm Still Here

    Oscar Talk: Post-Toronto, 127 Hours, King's Speech, Social Network, I'm Still Here

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I talked in the same city for this week's Oscar Talk. He's seen Catfish and The Social Network; I saw a bunch of new movies in Venice and Toronto including I'm Still Here, Rabbit Hole, Beginners, and I Saw the Devil.

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    Weekend Box Office: Affleck's The Town Breaks Warners September B.O. Record

    With The Town, Ben Affleck proves that he can open a movie--if he directs it. Not only did the Warner/Legendary movie score with critics at Venice and Toronto fests (earning a remarkable 93% on the Tomatometer) but it beat out the weekend boxoffice competition with a $23.8 million estimate. That's a big leap from advance tracking predicting a $15-million opener.

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