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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Stockholm International Film Festival, Dispatch Three

    by Damon Smith

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    Jonny Greenwood's Score For 'Norwegian Wood' Gets A Japanese Release

    Also Features Three Songs By CanFans of Radiohead and guitarist Jonny Greenwood take note. Your next purchase to fill out your completist catalog is likely going to be coming from overseas as Greenwood's score for Anh Hung Tran's "Norwegian Wood" has received a Japanese release.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Tim Burton Turns to Twitter.

    Tim Burton is not crazy about the Internet. He suggested as much to me when I interviewed him last year shortly after a trailer for "Alice in Wonderland" prematurely leaked online. He misses the days when an audience could discover most of a movie's surprises only once it hit the big screen. But Burton has also been aware of the new storytelling possibilities enabled by the web, as his Flash-animated "Stainboy" series demonstrated when he first launched it ten years ago. And now he's turning to Twitter for his latest installment, a high-concept approach to narrative that finds participants energetically drawing on their own perceptions of what makes a story "Burtonesque." I certainly can't wait to see what he does with the results. The full release is posted after the jump.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    BRIGHTENING THE PICTURE

    Even though we’re in our fifth season on the air, and beamed into more than 50 million homes, ReelzChannel is still building its audience. Not long ago the powers-that-be decided to commission new sets, not only to make them more attractive,

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Faster,' 'Love And Other Drugs,' 'The King's Speech'

    A lot of dessert options this week if you can make it out to the theater after shoving down all that turkey and fixings. The most satisfying option is probably Disney's "Tangled," which considering it has a pretty white princess as the center of the story, should do great business this weekend, but most likely not enough to knock the boy wizard from the top spot in his second week. Christina Aguilera and Cher team up in the musical fable "Burlesque," which should attract a broad age range of women and gay men. "Faster" marks the return of The Rock from the kiddie-flick ghetto, but "Unstoppable" has better reviews and should provide decent competition a few weeks into its release. Your best bet for date night is the Jake Gyllenhaal/Anne Hathaway dramedy "Love and Other Drugs," which could find itself ignored at the crowded holiday box office. In limited release, the Oscar-bait "The King's Speech" features great performances and a crowd-pleasing story that should play well into the holidays, but best avoid "The Nutcracker in 3D" if you'd like your season to remain cheery and bright.

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    French Actor Gilles Lellouche Joins 'Sherlock Holmes 2'

    Yes, "Sherlock Holmes 2" is still shooting and apparently, still casting too. Speaking recently on the Canal+ program "Le Grand Journal" (via Cinema Teaser) French actor Gilles Lellouche revealed he had been cast in the Guy Ritchie film which is gearing up to shoot in Paris and Strasbourg.

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    New Look At Michelle Williams As Marilyn Monroe In 'My Week With Marilyn'

    Actress Talks Taking On Iconic Role For whatever reason (perhaps a sudden influx of late-night cable repeats of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"...), Marilyn Monroe is somewhat in vogue. For instance, Andrew Dominik is working on an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' Monroe-centric novel "Blonde," with Naomi Watts. That's a few years off yet, as the director's first heading for crime thriller "Cogan's Trade," but another take on the legendary star has just wrapped in the UK -- "My Week With Marilyn."

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Submissions for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film - With Contacts (Revised)

    Now are the screenings for Academy members of submissions for Academy Award Nomination consideration in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. 65 countries have submitted their selections. The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Over the years, the Best Foreign Language Film Award and its predecessors have been given almost exclusively to European films: out of the 62 awards handed out by the Academy since 1947 to foreign language films, fifty-one have gone to European films,[A] five to Asian films,[B] three to African films and three to films from the Americas.The Female Factor: Of the 65 films submitted, 9 are directed by women — that’s 14% ♀. And yet women buy 55% of the movie tickets. Oddly, the women directors have greater numbers in macho societies or in the most developed countries, or am I making too broad an analysis here:

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Tidbits for a Turkey Day

    Some clips from me to you in celebration of whatever you want.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: King's Speech

    I sometimes recoil when people start spreading Oscar buzz about a movie I haven’t seen—or even had a chance to see—yet, but I’m willing to forgive this year’s campaign for The King’s Speech because it’s such a terrific movie. There are times when I look around me and get the feeling that civilization, as I know it, is coming to an end. Then a film like this arrives on the scene and restores my faith, not only in movies but in humankind itself.

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