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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    The only thing that makes the “Twilight” films tolerable for non-fans of the Stephenie Meyer franchise is the constant presence of Kristen Stewart, an actor who never seems to be doing much but is almost unfailingly bewitching doing it. But from the opening minutes of “Eclipse,” the third of what will eventually be five films adapted from the four novels, I felt something was a little off about Stewart this time. At first I couldn't put my finger on it, but it had something to do with over-immaculate grooming. Her eyebrows had gotten smaller, trimmed to widen the gap between them, contributing a feel of beauty salon phoniness. Was this responsible, in turn, for the heavy-liddedness of her right eye not having quite the breathtaking sultry effect it usually does? Maybe, to a certain extent. But there was still something else. Finally, it was obvious: It was her hair. Too straight, matted down, tended to, fussed into lifelessness. Was she wearing too many extensions? Even a wig?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ortenberg Consults for Apparition, Which Slashes Staff by Half

    Ever since Bob Berney abruptly left fledgling distribution company Apparition pre-Cannes, CEO Bill Pohlad has been trying to figure out how to go forward. He gave Berney's Sundance acquisition Welcome to the Rileys back to Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group, which pacted with Goldwyn to release. Wednesday Pohlad confirmed that he is shutting down the New York office and cutting staff by more than half, from 27 to 15. Individual severance meetings are ongoing today. The company is proceeding on "an immediate needs basis," said spokesperson Mara Buxbaum, who didn't rule out future hires.  As previously reported, Pohlad has also brought in ex-Lionsgate president Tom Ortenberg to consult on how Apparition should proceed as a distrib; the indie vet will take immediate charge of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. Outstanding movies still in theaters include The Runaways and The Square. The Tree of Life is the only mission for Apparition going forward. (River Road's upcoming thriller Fair Game will be released by Summit.)

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  • The Playlist
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    2010: The Best Films Of The Year... So Far

    Ok, so we're a bit late, but June is here and almost over (obviously) which means the mid-way point of the year has arrived.

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  • iW NOW
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    MIchael Ondaatje Selected As Telluride Film Festival's Geust Director

    Celebrated writer and film enthusiast Michael Ondaatje has been selected as the 2010 Telluride Film Festival Guest Director. Ondaatje, best known for his Booker Prize winning novel "The English Patient," will select and present a series of films at the festival this fall. The slate is kept secret until Opening Day, September 3, and Festival Director Gary Meyers promises that "Michael's choices will present audiences with an enthralling program of surprises and discoveries."

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: Eclipse

    I haven’t read Stephenie Meyer’s books, but I liked the first Twilight movie, so even though I’m not a card-carrying Twi-hard I have no axe to grind where this series is concerned. That said, I thought this new installment was incredibly boring. Woe to any newcomer who’s unfamiliar with the characters and situations, because Eclipse offers virtually no exposition. I suppose the filmmakers feel that only the faithful will bother to see it, but that’s no excuse for the complete lack of dramatic context.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: HitFix Raises $1.6 Million, Conde Nast and NYT Changes, Cantor Exits Futures Exchange

    When New York Times Magazine editor Gerry Marzorati leaves his post at the end of the summer, he will re-post as assistant managing editor responsible for amping up new projects jumping off the New York Times Co. NYT editor Bill Keller's memo to the staff stated the need for:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Scenes From Toronto's G20 Summit

    While I was off documenting dance routines and football games in the UK, my brother Alex was in Toronto risking arrest and abuse to take some incredible shots of the insanity that occurred during the G20 Summit. They're above and beyond my skills, and I felt more than worth sharing:

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