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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lionsgate, Roadside Pursue Dual Awards Track on Buried, Next Three Days, Biutiful

    Lionsgate, Roadside Pursue Dual Awards Track on Buried, Next Three Days, Biutiful

    Lionsgate is an indie with a taste for mainstream genre fare, but when a Crash or Precious comes along, the distrib knows what to do. This year, though, Lionsgate is adopting a different model that more resembles the studio approach: chase consumers first with such movies as Buried and The Next Three Days, Oscar voters later. And let your specialty subsidiary do the heavy-lifting in the art-film arena: Roadside Attractions is closing in on a deal to release Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful starring the incandescent Javier Bardem. Ironically, ex-Lionsgate exec Tom Ortenberg is in talks to steer the campaign (he's also masterminding the Apparition release of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life).

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    Could "Better Off Dead" and "One Crazy Summer" Have Been Made Today?

    Karina Longworth interviews Savage Steve Holland at LA Weekly, timed to this weekend's double feature of his cult classics "Better Off Dead" and "One Crazy Summer" at the Cinefamily theater. The filmmaker turned kid-show producer claims those movies couldn't be made today, but I have to disagree. I think if any movie proves him wrong, in fact, it's this weekend's hot release, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." Before I explain, here's Holland's statement from the interview:

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    MoMA to Screen Hammer Series This Fall

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Illusionist: Trailer and Early Reviews

    The Illusionist: Trailer and Early Reviews

    2-D lives! The Illusionist, the latest animated feature from the French animator behind The Triplets of Belleville, Sylvain Chomet, didn't make it to Cannes after it scored big in Berlin in February. Sony Pictures Classics scooped up the film, which is based on an unproduced screenplay by the late great writer-director-star Jacques Tati about a "dying breed of entertainer." Chomet drew a tall, gangly, elegant character much like Tati's 50s persona in such films as Les Vacances de Mr. Hulot.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: Eat Pray Love

    I don’t think one should have to read a novel in order to enjoy its screen adaptation, but if you have read a particular book, chances are you’re going to get more out of the film than someone who hasn’t. You’ll remember the experience you had as a reader and fill in some of the details the movie has skipped. Several female friends who’ve seen Eat Pray Love told me how much they loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s book and the movie (adapted by director Ryan Murphy in collaboration with Jennifer Salt). I can’t help but feel they had an advantage over me.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Eat Pray Love

    Elizabeth Gilbert was miserable. She crashed out of her marriage, careened into another relationship way too quickly and was just overwhelmed and seriously fucked up. She needed a change -- not just a haircut or new clothes -- a fundamental change to everything she knew.

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    Before There Was "Enter the Void" There Was "The Champ"?

    Normally I would wait for closer proximity to the film's release date to do a "Before There Was" posting, but this was just too weird to wait on. During a Q&A following the New York premiere of "Enter the Void" at Lincoln Center Wednesday night, filmmaker Gaspar Noé was asked by an audience member how he got such a great performance out of child actress Emily Alyn Lind (who you may have seen as the younger version of Dakota Fanning's character in "The Secret Life of Bees"), especially during one frighteningly traumatic scene. First of all, Noé admitted he did not direct anybody in the movie and that the girl's mother, actress Barbara Ann Woods (the mom from TV's "One Tree Hill"), deserves credit for getting the performance out of her. Second, he revealed that he did at least provide Woods and Lind with a copy of a certain other child star's acting debut. Here's exactly what he told the crowd last night (blame him for the spoiler):

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    Does Age Matter for Movie Reviewers? Film Blog Water Cooler 8/12/10

    Is the 11-year-old critic obnoxious or unwelcome? That's a big debate this week following the circulation of a clip from CBS' "The Early Show" in which Emmy-winning preteen reviewer "Lights Camera Jackson" (aka Jackson Murphy) gives his opinion on "Inception," "Ramona and Beezus" and "Salt." Many people are having issue with the kid's opinion of the Christopher Nolan pic just because it's against their own. Others seem to find it inappropriate for a little boy to be a critic. I think he's no more annoying than most TV news-based movie reviewers, though it's a little creepy how mature and lively he is. This is beyond precociousness. I honestly believe an old man has inhabited his body, a la "18 Again" or "Dream a Little Dream."

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