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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video: Hulu Pacts with Criterion--And Netflix Couldn't Care Less

    Reaction is mixed to news that Hulu and Criterion Collection have announced an exclusive new content partnership that will bring more than 800 titles to the Hulu Plus subscription service, including works from such auteurs as Ingmar Bergman, Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, François Truffaut and Orson Welles.

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  • The Playlist
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    Guillermo Del Toro-Penned 3D 'Pinocchio' Starts Production This Year; Nick Cave To Consult On Music

    At last year's San Diego Comic-Con, among the many projects announced by Guillermo del Toro was a stop-motion animated "Pinocchio" with Gris Grimley animating and -- awesomely -- Nick Cave doing the music. Considering the director generally has about a zillion films -- writing, producing or directing -- on his plate, we figured it would be a while before we heard anything further. Guess we were wrong.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Red Band Trailer For The Stylish Horror Pic 'I Saw The Devil'

    The latest from "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" director Kim Ji-Woon, "I Saw the Devil," has been doing the festival rounds for the past little while picking up strong notices at each stop. We saw the film at Sundance, calling it “ugly, gratuitous, sad, brutal, complex, and terrific,” and now a fresh, bloody red band trailer has arrived so if you haven't been swayed yet for the film, this should do the trick.

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  • Caryn James
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    TV Review, "Being Human" : The Ghost, The Werewolf and the Vampire

    It sounds like a bad joke: a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire walk into a bar. As fans of Being Human – both the original British cult hit, shown here on BBC America, and this season’s American version on SyFy - know, these three are actually roommates, banding together to face the peculiar challenges of their quick-change existences.

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  • eugonline
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    Oscar Marathon: In a Fancy Dress, Lucy Walker Approaches Mile 26

    Decked out in one of the many Diane von Furstenberg dresses she'll wear over the next 10 days or so, doc director Lucy Walker (left) was striking in orange last night in SoHo. The night before heading to the West Coast for a trip that will culminate at the Academy Awards next Sunday, the British filmmaker (who now spends a lot of time Stateside) was toasted for her Oscar nominated movie, "Waste Land."

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  • The Playlist
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    Brian Geraghty, Logan Huffman & Madeleine Martin Join Indie Drama 'Refuge'

    While "The Hurt Locker" seemed to be a career boost for everyone involved, it's been disappointing that Brian Geraghty has been overlooked (how come his name hasn't been popping up for tentpole shortlist casting?). Just as solid as his co-stars Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie, Geraghty hasn't quite had the same post-'Locker' push as his castmates. No matter, we're keeping an eye on the actor and what he does next, and now he's lined up an indie drama to star in.

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  • Spout
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    "Tangled" Sex, "Submarine" Scissored, "The Exorcist" Animated and More Discussion Fodder

    - It's sad that I've seen the Justin Bieber movie but not "True Grit," yet. Maybe if it was really about grits, as the above parody -- part of the Photoshop meme blog Snack to the Future -- seems to be. Also, now I'm really craving cheddar grits. [via /Film] By the way, that "True Grits" poster was apparently posted before Tyler Perry's"Madea's Big Happy Family" version of the same gag.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    On the Shoulders of Giants

    When a documentary makes you interested in a subject you know nothing about, to the point of generating enthusiasm, I’d call that a successful film. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Deborah Morales have a lot to be proud of with their maiden effort in the documentary field, On the Shoulders of Giants, which is now available exclusively on Video On Demand through Comcast, Cox Cable, and Time Warner through the end of March.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Portland Tales: Aaron Katz's "Cold Weather"

    The movement that doesn’t want to be known as “mumblecore” has been maligned for its focus on privileged, white twentysomethings (though to this charge, I’d argue that most American films focus on privileged, white something-or-others). Nevertheless, I’ve been quite taken by many of these modest proposals in the past (The Puffy Chair, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Mutual Appreciation, Humpday), encountering numerous moments of genuine recognition amidst its descriptions of awkwardness, aloofness, aloneness; which is to say, as something of a disclaimer, I don’t have a bone to pick with mumblecore, and I’ve found the level of vitriol directed at it by some critics outsized. Dance Party, USA and Quiet City established Aaron Katz as a member of the movement, and the latter film in particular distinguished itself from the pack by striving for an aesthetic appeal in a genre noted for being devoid of such concerns. Yet though Katz has a more developed eye, his ear and feel for naturalistic conversational rhythms—the bread and butter of mumblecore—are less so. Dance Party, USA was impressively assured for a first-time feature filmmaker, but Quiet City, though more visually eloquent, seemed to be inarticulate itself rather than an illustration of inarticulateness, a failing likely due in part to casting.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    No Shocker - Hollywood is Sexist and Ageist

    I spend a lot of time talking about the plight of women directors, but make no mistake it is just as bad for women writers. The latest statistics show that only 10% of the top 250 grossing films released in 2010 were written by women. That in no way counts the movies written about women, these are just the movies written by women.

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