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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    IBM Centennial Shorts: 100 x 100 vs. Errol Morris's They Were There

    To celebrate their centennial anniversary, IBM has produced two videos (below). Compare and contrast 100x100, which tells IBM's history through the eyes of 100 different people, from a 100-year-old to a newborn baby, with Errol Morris’s 30-minute doc They Were There, scored by his frequent collaborator, Philip Glass.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Hilarious Trailer Has The Girls From 'Bridesmaids' Doing Some Dirty Deeds

    While outrageous comedies have generally been the domain for boys, the crew from "Bridesmaids" looks to upset that balance. The first trailer for the film has arrived and gives us some hearty laughs from its talented roster.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    So Long, Sundance

    After a hellish journey back from Park City, I've finally returned home to replenish myself after 13 days and nights of movies and mayhem. I'll probably be bloggery free for a few, but here's links to all my Sundance coverage in the meantime:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Music Live's Multi-Media Orchestra Performances in NYC and Moscow

    The calling card of movies --the trailer--inspired Trailer Music Live, a multi-media concert experience featuring movie footage accompanied by live orchestral performances from over 100 musicians and singers, which is not used in the films themselves and does not appear on movie soundtracks. Here, they get reborn.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    When Are Films Political? Tunisia Today

    Producer Tarak Ben Ammar will produce a feature about the now iconic Tunisian figure Mohamed Bouaziz whose actions, when he set himself on fire to protest about unemployment and the lack of freedoms in Tunisia, set off a historic chain of events that led to the Jasmin Revolution in Tunisia and the overthrow of Tunisian President Zein El-Abedin Ben Ali. Bouazizi's act of self-sacrifice has led to shockwaves across the Arab world and seen him proclaimed as a hero and martyr across the region. The current protesters in Egypt and other parts of North Africa and the Middle East have all cited Bouazizi as an inspiration in their own demands for liberty in their countries.

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  • The Playlist
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    Guillermo Del Toro May Not Have His 'Mountains Of Madness' Green Light Yet

    The Director Also Talks About What Would Have Been His Version Of 'The Hobbit' & More In Massive New Yorker TomeIf you haven't heard by now there's a massive dissertation-sized profile piece on filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro in the latest issue of the New Yorker. A fascinating read, the story, penned by Daniel Zalewski, touches on all facets of the 46-year-old filmmaker's life, from his obsession with monsters and macabre expertise in human and animal anatomy that started as a child growing up in Mexico; to his struggles with weight, his painful experiences on leaving "The Hobbit" and his Sisyphean task of bringing "At The Mountains Of Madness" to the big screen. The profile is about 20 pages long printed out and it's a full meal to digest to say the least. Touching upon "Frankenstein," to “Saturn and the End of Days,” the article doesn't even mention half the myriad projects Del Toro is working on, but one does get the sense from that filmmaker almost has too many irons in the fire and wants to make six movies at once. You're likely too busy surfing the web on your lunch break to read it all, but this is why you've got us to parse the most interesting need-to-know greatest hits of the profile.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Fighter: Russell, Adams, Leo, McGee and Boston Sisters Talk, Swear for SAG Q & A

    The Fighter's David O. Russell was joined by fellow Oscar-nominees Amy Adams and Melissa Leo as well as Jack McGee and five of the film's infamous sisters for a SAG Q & A on January 26 at LA's Harmony Gold Theater. (Leo and Christian Bale wound up winning the two supporting categories at the SAG Awards Saturday.) Check it out:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Video: Alex Gibney Talks Ken Kesey and Neal Cassady on Magic Trip

    With Magic Trip, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and his longtime editor Alison Ellwood have cut together a rich piece of 60s history using archive video and audio of the iconic literary figures on the famous cross-country Magic Bus trip recounted by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Gibney talks (our video interview is below) about how Ken Kesey created the original footage that he uses in Magic Trip. "It's archival cinema verite," Gibney says. "I wanted more of an immersion experience... it's like the origin story of the 60s."

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  • The Playlist
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    James Cameron Says He's Still Going To Direct 'Battle Angel' & 'Avatar' Sequels Will Be 3D-ier

    In 2005, at the same time James Cameron announced "Avatar," he also proclaimed his intentions to make "Battle Angel" — a futuristic love story thriller about a 26th-century cyborg" that he also envisioned as a trilogy in 3D, based on Yukito Kishiro's 12 popular Japanese graphic novels (titled "Battle Angel Alita") about a nymphette who morphs into an action heroine.

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  • The Playlist
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    Charlotte Rampling & Gabriel Byrne Starring In Noir Thriller 'I, Anna'

    Filming started last week on "I, Anna" a film noir suspense pic that has us intrigued with its lineup of talent.

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