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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Movie City News Gets a Face Lift

    David Poland has given MovieCityNews a badly-needed facelift. I keep MCN as my homepage because I rely on the constantly refreshing curated links-- picked and posted because MCN thinks they will interest me. It's the most useful thing on the site. But there is plenty of original content on MCN, from Poland and others, which until now came and went and got buried. Now there's more rhyme and reason to searching for things and keeping up with the newest posts.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cusack as Poe, Cameron Decries "Bottom of the Barrel" 3-D, SNL Newbies

    - John Cusack will be channeling Edgar Allen Poe in director James McTeigue's iteration of The Raven, not rivals Jeremy Renner or Ewan McGregor. Based on a fictional script from Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston, The Raven follows Poe's final five days, when a serial killer uses Poe's stories as inspiration for his killing spree. Last year, McTeigue said the movie would be a cross between the incantatory 1845 poem ("The Raven") and Se7en.

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    John Woo Wants to Make IMAX Debut with Flying Tigers Epic

    John Woo Wants to Make IMAX Debut with Flying Tigers Epic

    At lunch in Rome yesterday, Variety's Justin Chang and I were decrying how much John Woo's masterful two-part historic epic Red Cliff, which was a huge hit in Asia, was largely overlooked by stateside press and audiences. (My favorite film last year, I included it in my top ten of the decade as well.)

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  • Spout
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    Debating the "Last Exorcism" Ending (Spoilers)

    I'll admit right away that I haven't seen "The Last Exorcism," this past weekend's most lucrative yet not necessarily most popular movie. As a commenter astutely pointed out recently, I'm not "built for the horror genre" but I periodically view some horror films "out of some morbid fascination." This is true, I guess, though I've also been too busy to make time for the film despite a minor interest built up from colleague's recommendations. Anyway I thought it was enough that I'd watched the latest from horror filmmaker Neil Marshall -- "Centurion," which isn't scary so much as bloody -- and honestly if there's any kind of horror movie I like least it's the religious/exorcism variety.

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    Metzger Gets Honor at Oldenburg International Film Festival

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Emmys Seemed Like a Good Starting Off Point For My Blogging Return

    Until I watched them and got my annual reminder to never watch the Emmys again. Horrendously boring speeches, a painfully unfunny host, and the worst producing of any awards show this side of the People's Choice Awards. The winners were better than usual (Modern Family, Aaron Paul, Jane Lynch, Eric Stonestreet, Edie Falco), but there were still those bizarrely undeserving ones that the Emmys are classic for (Kyra Sedgewick!?) The most depressing part of all? Claire Danes' win for "Temple Grandin." Not that it was undeserved. It's just that 16 years ago I can vividly and embarrassingly remember crying (yes, crying) when Danes lost her Emmy for "My So-Called Life" to Kathy Baker (c'mon.. I was 11). When she won tonight? It simply reminded me she exists.

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  • iW NOW
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    Rossellini To Head 2011 Berlin Jury

    Actress and director Isabella Rossellini has been announced as the President of the Jury for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.

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  • eugonline
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    the best: "last train home"

    I've watched a lot of documentaries over the past decade during what has been an exceptional period for non fiction movies. Among the absolute best is "Last Train Home," which I caught at its IDFA premiere back in November in Amsterdam.

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    "if god is willing..."

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