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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Eastwood, Freeman Attend LACMA Promo for 35 Films 35 Years DVD Set

    "CGI effects are great in pictures like Avatar and District 9, but I still love telling a story," said Clint Eastwood at Wednesday night's LACMA event to promote the release of the largest box set ever, Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years, from 1968's Where Eagles Dare and 1971's Dirty Harry and its sequels to his biggest hit Every Which Way But Loose and Pale Rider, Bird, Tight Rope, Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima and Invictus.

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    Mary Bronstein Talks 'Yeast' (on TV soon)

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Piety Party: Jessica Hasuner's "Lourdes"

    Jessica Hausner’s Lourdes, a starkly designed inquiry into the nature of miracles, exists in a lineage of films that includes Alain Cavalier’s Thérèse, Jacques Rivette’s The Nun, Robert Bresson’s The Trial of Joan of Arc, and professed inspiration, Carl Dreyer’s Ordet. In each, purity of form (often lazily labeled “minimalism” or even more erroneously “transcendentalism”) dovetails with the main character or filmmaker’s intensity of belief. Aesthetically, Lourdes, with its often unadorned and static compositions, fits in with this group nicely. Yet Hausner, for all the honesty of her investigation, and the asceticism of her visuals, approaches the idea of miracles with a detached, quizzical eye.

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  • iW NOW
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    "Toy Story 3" and Bruckheimer's "Persia" Headed to ShoWest

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    What the Flick?! Online Video Talk Show Goes Live February 19

    What the Flick?! Online Video Talk Show Goes Live February 19

    I was as unhappy as anyone with the last iteration of At the Movies--the disastrous match-up of celeb-hugger Ben Lyons and Hollywood scion Ben Mankiewicz. But the latter, at least, had some potential as a professional cinephile, if not a serious film critic (I am blissfully happy with the current hosts, evenly-matched alpha males Michael Phillips and Tony Scott).

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Toronto Fest Is Officially Moving Downtown

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    Ah-Ooooooooo-Ga

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Esquire Profiles Roger Ebert

    Esquire Profiles Roger Ebert

    Post-cancer surgery, jawless Chicago film critic Roger Ebert has found his voice: on-line. He's movingly profiled by Chris Jones in Esquire. The irony is that even though Ebert's not on Disney/ABC's At the Movies anymore, he is still the most powerful critic in America. Yes, his reviews are published in old-media newspaper The Chicago Sun-Times and syndicated around the country, but Ebert also tirelessly blogs and tweets. He's the new model film critic, and all others should take notice.

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    Figure Skating, The Olympics' Sexiest Sport

    The Winter Olympics have always been a crack-like love for me, and at the heart of that crack is, yes, figure skating (sorry, hockey, you get the silver). Thanks in large part to my dear mother, I became obsessed during the 1988 Calgary games, and have watched every single Olympic figure skating competition since. Yes: Those were the gayest two sentences I've ever blogged. But, wait, it gets gayer. So last night after my third hour of watching the men's singles competition (which - if you are among the few that care - was above-average fabulous), I for some reason decided that its appropriate to gather together for you the dreamiest figure skaters of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics... (for those of you more into the more conventional athletic types, check out this tastefully done portfolio of shirtless Canadian Olympians). Enjoy, and don't judge me:

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