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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    FilmDistrict Will Launch with Toronto Hit Insidious on April 1; Early Reviews

    New distributor FilmDistrict is launching its 2011 slate April 1 with horror-flick Insidious (trailer below), a seven-figure Toronto Fest Midnight Madness pick-up from Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group that many expected to be a Sony genre label Screen Gems release. Sure, Sony is making nice to new distribution partner--and ex-Sony exec--Peter Schlessel. UPDATE: But, it turns out, SWAG doesn't acquire films for Clint Culpepper's Screen Gems; District 9 and 88 Minutes went through Sony's Tri-Star. SWAG knew in Toronto that FilmDistrict was eager to release Insidious.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Remembering “Hollywood And The Stars”

    It’s that time when we look back and remember the people who’ve pass on during 2010. (If you haven’t seen Turner Classic Movies’ always-incredible memorial segment, you should: www.tcm.com) One of those who left our midst was producer David L. Wolper. When I read his obituary in August, I knew it would focus on his early success with television documentaries like The Making of the President, his epic miniseries Roots, his well-loved feature Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and his spectacular opening ceremonies for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

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  • Caryn James
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    Restored Version of The Leopard for New Year's: How Did It Survive the 1963 Trailer?

    What better way to begin a new year than watching The Leopard, Luchino Visconti's ever-enthralling saga about a proud aristocratic family trying not to crumble when Garibaldi's army lands on its doorstep, marching toward a unified Italy and the 20th century? The epic is at once a magnificent escape into the past and a warning about the dangers of clinging to it. In New York, Film Forum begins a two-week run of the latest restoration, which premiered this year at Cannes, on New Year's Eve. (Next best if you're not in New York: The Criterion Collection Blu-Ray.)

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  • Week of Wonders
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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Tomar-Re In 'Green Lantern'

    Next year will be superhero movie heaven for fans of the genre with "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Green Lantern" all swooping into theaters next spring or summer. But with three big budget franchise films all gunning for the same audience within a few months of each other, we figure at least one of them will underperform, and if we were betting men, we'd put our money on "Green Lantern." The first trailer for the film was shockingly dull with some questionable CGI and overall tone that we couldn't quite get with. And, for this writer who is not totally familiar with the Green Lantern, it seems that the entire universe is a bit absurd even for a comic. Enter Tomar-Re.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Broken Blossoms

    Between the ages of 18 and 31, I saw thirty-four films directed by David Wark Griffith, generally acknowledged as the first great American filmmaker, if not the first truly epochal director in the world. As a child I had seen perhaps one or two of his movies when my father took me by the hand to the Museum of Modern Art. But in those years during which I went from enthusiast to student to apprentice to professional, I realized that, as is often said, it was in fact true that between 1908 (thirteen years after the first brief projected films) and 1925—-D.W. Griffith had pretty much done it all: established the entire popular vocabulary of cinema, and elaborated on it brilliantly and with global impact. Then along came Ernst Lubitsch from Europe—-as in: first there was Bach and then there was Mozart. Within six years, Griffith’s career was over. But twelve years before that, for his fourteenth feature—-after literally hundreds of two- or three-reel masterpieces—-he directed, produced, co-wrote and scored one of his most haunting and singular works, among the few cinematic poems ever made, his 1919 tragic romance, BROKEN BLOSSOMS (available on DVD).

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Reverse Shot Video x2: Bruno Dumont and "Sweetgrass"

    Looking back over 2010, we're tremendously excited about our first full year of video production. What began as a modest attempt to open up the online video interview and bust it out of a strict junket setting has evolved into two full-fledged series including interviews with cinematic greats like Olivier Assayas, Claire Denis, Paul Verhoeven, Richard Linklater, Pedro González-Rubio, the director of Alamar, Reverse Shot's Best Film of 2010 and many, many more. You can see the complete collection here.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    We, the Living: Mike Leigh's "Another Year"

    In Mike Leigh’s Another Year, four seasons come and go, characters arrive and depart, produce ripens and rots, everything and nothing changes. There's such weariness in that title. Living is shadowed by dying, bounty is turned over by hunger, loneliness is assuaged by company. People can’t go on, yet they still do. They fret through Sunday night to board the train on Monday morning.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Chalet Girl' Is Cinematic Equivalent Of Skiing Into A Tree

    We've been fans of rising star Felicity Jones ever since seeing her on stage in Polly Stenham's "That Face" a few years back, and she's only gone from strength to strength since -- she made our list of 2010 Breakthrough Performances for being the sole high point of Ricky Gervais' "Cemetery Junction." 2011 looks like it could be her year, with sought-after roles in "Trap for Cinderella," "This Beautiful Fantastic," "Hysteria" and the highly promising Sundance entry "Like Crazy," as well as being on the shortlist for the lead in the tentpole "Snow White and the Huntsman."

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  • The Playlist
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    New Images From Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch'; Will The Film Be Released In 3D After All?

    We're right on the verge of hitting 2011 (look out for our mammoth preview pieces next week), and one of the highest profile pictures in the early part of the year is Zack Snyder's passion project "Sucker Punch." Warner Bros. are hoping that by giving one of their key directors (who is, after all, next set to tackle the crown jewel of "Superman") a huge budget to indulge his own interests, they'll be able to match the success they had with the same approach on Christopher Nolan's "Inception."

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