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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cinema Eye Nominees Include Lauded Docs Senna, The Interrupters, The Arbor, Dragonslayer

    The 2012 Cinema Eye Honors nominations, announced Wednesday in London, were dominated by Tristan Patterson's skateboard doc Dragonslayer, Danfung Dennis’ Afghan embed adventure Hell and Back Again, Patricio Guzman's Nostalgia for the Light, dramatic car racing doc Senna, Clio Bernard's audacious The Arbor, the third installment of the Indonesian family trilogy Position Among the Stars, and Steve James' The Interrupters.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Whale Rider' Director Niki Caro To Helm Track & Field Drama 'McFarland'

    After the poorly received Charlize Theron-starrer “North Country” and the even more poorly received/barely-distributed 2009 film “The Vintner’s Luck,” it looked like Niki Caro had used up all of the goodwill earned from her Oscar-nominated breakthrough film, “Whale Rider.” That’s saying something, too, as people loved “Whale Rider.” Miraculously, Caro has avoided director jail, and not only recently managed to line up a Maria Callas biopic, but now Disney wants her to helm the track and field drama “McFarland.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Puss In Boots' A Fun Adventure & Worthwhile Spinoff From The Lagging 'Shrek' Franchise

    Where “Shrek” eventually scared audiences away with its ever-expanding ensemble and pop culture references culled from current events, “Puss in Boots” streamlines its cast of characters and aims for something more straightforward, in the process not only recapturing the oddball magic of the first two “Shrek” films but the more classical charms of DreamWorks pictures like “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” After juggling too many characters with too few new ideas in “Shrek The Third,” director Chris Miller takes advantage of the opportunity to explore his own world in the Puss-centric spinoff, creating an adventure that’s both cinematic and intimate, never sacrificing sincere emotion for the short-lived glory of a good punch line or set piece.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 1 Of New Web Series "Tokens the Series" (Gamers With *Issues*)

    Continuing on with the web series beat... as I said previously, I've got an inbox full of these, and will be unloading them here, after sifting through the deluge for those that I think stand out above the others.

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  • The Playlist
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    LFF '11: Drake Doremus Says He Shot 'Like Crazy' For $250,000 On A $1,500 Still Camera

    And More We Learned From The Director Of The Sundance Award-Winning Romance The Sundance Grand Jury Prize is traditionally something of a kiss of death for an indie, in terms of gaining a wider audience. Irrespective of the quality of the film, the likes of "Girls Town," "Sunday," "Three Seasons," "Slam," "Forty Shades of Blue," "Quinceanera" and "Padre Nuestro" never really set the world alight, did they? But things have changed in recent years, with the last two winners, "Precious" and "Winter's Bone," both picking up Best Picture Academy Award nominations, and this year's victorious movie has just as good a good chance at crossing over to a more mainstream audience

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  • The Playlist
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    Steven Spielberg Blames George Lucas For How Dumb 'Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull' Was

    But Takes Full Credit For Nuking The FridgeWhile the film has its delusional defenders, most rational people can agree that "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" was pretty bad. A stain on an otherwise solid trilogy -- yes, even the uneven 'Temple of Doom' -- taking the pulpy good times of the previous three films into outrageous sci-fi territory, the result was a movie that even managed to make Cate Blanchett look ridiculous. And while Shia LaBeouf got pilloried for trashing the movie -- Harrison Ford recently called him "a fucking idiot" for his comments -- it looks like Steven Spielberg is finally ready to own up that the movie was a dud (sort of). And he puts the blame squarely on the shoulders of producer/visionary/bajillionaire George Lucas.

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  • The Playlist
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    Another Gorgeous Poster For Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

    Picture Wins Best Film At The London Film FestivalSitting alongside "Shame," Lynne Ramsay's triumphant return to filmmaking "We Need To Talk About Kevin" ranks as one of the most difficult Oscar contenders this year. But don't let that stop you from seeing the film. Led by (yet another) powerful turn by Tilda Swinton, the film is a searing look at maternal love that's put to the ultimate test.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Can Brands & Indie Films Collaborate Without Sacrificing Integrity Or Goals?

    Several weeks back, I joined Steve Wax of Campfire at the MIXX conference for a discussion about the potential of collaboration between Indies & Brands on feature films. Often conflicting agendas mess every thing up, but does it have to?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    CASTING WATCH: Who Should Play Grace Kelly in Upcoming Grace of Monaco?

    CASTING WATCH: Who Should Play Grace Kelly in Upcoming Grace of Monaco?

    Grace of Monaco, a spec script by Arash Amel, has been acquired by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam (through his new Stone Angel production and financing banner). Given the competitive level of interest in the script, the film about Grace Kelly, who was both Hollywood and actual royalty--will likely be gearing up sooner than later. The script looks at a six-month period of Kelly's life during 1962 when, as THR puts it, "the city-state got into a heated dispute with France, which grew tired of the petite principality being a tax haven. Kelly, still relatively new in her role as princess, maneuvered behind the scenes to save Monaco from a coup. Insiders have compared the script to King's Speech in scope and tone."

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  • The Playlist
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    Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger & Kate Beckinsale Contend For 2nd Female Lead In Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion'

    It seems that Tom Cruise can't stop making movies right now. He's got "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and "Rock of Ages" in the bag, he's currently shooting "One Shot," and after that the suddenly busy actor will roll right into the "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion." The movie found one of its two female leads in Jessica Chastain late last month and now a trio of actresses is vying for the other part.

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