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    Ricky Gervais In Flames (Not The Kind He Promised): Golden Globes Television Review

    And just like that, the Golden Globes went back to being one more bloated, boring awards show. You could tell from the start when Ricky Gervais came out and began with a Kim Kardashian joke – really? so obvious? – and not even a funny one, counting off the ways she’s different from Kate Middleton. She’s louder, trashier, drunker ... sigh. He took swipes at NBC’s fourth place status among networks, which is so tired and so true it doesn’t qualify as edgy even though he was on NBC. And he did all this wearing a maroon tieless tux from somebody’s long-ago prom. OK, maybe that was ironic. Ugly but ironic.

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  • The Playlist
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    69th Annual Golden Globe Winners: 'The Artist' & 'The Descendants' Lead The Way

    Okay, a few comments until our deeper analysis tomorrow. First thing, "The Descendants" -- while taking two awards -- dosen't jump to immediate frontrunner status. "The Help," with its civil rights theme, was never a movie that was going to connect in a big way with the HFPA so it can't be counted out yet. That said, "The Descendants" is undoubtedly going to be player at the Oscars, with Clooney looking more and more like Best Actor material. But if anything, the Globes tonight proved Harvey Weinstein is always a force to be reckoned with. His films took home six awards -- including 3 for "The Artist" -- more than any other studio. And he knows exactly how this game is played, so watch The Weinstein Company work hard over the next few weeks.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Golden Globes Backstage Live Blog: 'The Descendants' and Clooney Win, 'Punisher' Weinstein Wins Six, Including Streep, Wiliams,'The Artist,' Dujardin UPDATED

    The Golden Globes went very much the way we all expected. The Weinsteins came out ahead thanks to the musical comedy category. They had six wins total, including "The Artist," best actor Jean Dujardin, and score, as well as actress Michelle Williams for "My Week with Marilyn" and drama "The Iron Lady"'s Meryl Streep and best original song for Madonna's "W.E." "We thought it was a small movie for festivals that critics could enjoy," says "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius backstage. "We did not expect this."

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Brad's 'Joyful Noise' Review

    In my previous post about Joyful Noise, the new music-driven comedy from writer-director Todd Graff (Camp, Bandslam) starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton which opened in North American theatres this weekend, I presumed it would be formulaic and predictable. Not surprisingly, I (along with numerous film journalists and critics across North America) was correct. But what I didn’t know at the time is that it is also deliciously over-the-top and infectious, with music (arranged and produced by Mervyn Warren) that is so catchy and soulful that I couldn’t help but tap my feet and, during at least one musical number, (perhaps somewhat embarrassingly) clap my hands.

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  • The Playlist
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    What's Ricky Gervais Saying Now? The Playlist's 2012 Golden Globe Awards Liveblog

    Yes, indeed we are in the thick of awards season, kicking things off with one of our favorite awards shows, the wild and woolly Golden Globes. What's not to love about the Globes? Everyone's drunk, wandering from table to table, in a festive and jovial mood, Ricky Gervais is offending everyone, the Hollywood Foreign Press always nominates someone insane, and everyone's fresh and excited and no longer beaten down by E! reporters. For film nerds, this is our playoffs, which I have gleaned from Facebook newsfeed is a football thing that is happening now. Is that what is happening now? Confused. Here's hoping someone Tebows at the Globes tonight. I wish it would be Ryan Gosling, but I have a feeling George Clooney is the more likely character.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Relive The Many Amazing Golden Globe Speeches of Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep has won 7 Golden Globes from a whopping 26 nominations, with a potential 8th from her 27th coming tonight. And if she wins, get ready: Because Meryl is the perhaps the best awards speech giver there ever was. Humble, funny, sweet, sincere, poignant, powerful... They have it all. Here's 4 of them:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Palm Springs Fest Winners: 'Starbuck,' 'The Girls in the Band,' 'Wish Me Away'

    The Palm Springs International Film Festival announced this year's award winners today, chosen from a pool of 188 films from 73 countries.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Box Office Report: Awards Performance Update

    As distributors continue the tradition of playing off the Golden Globes to publicize a range of films, the specialized and awards business still shows the positive trends that were seen during the holidays. A couple of significant expansions (“Pina” and “The Iron Lady”) lead the mostly positive news. Opening:

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    The Theater Experience is Here to Stay

    As the independent theater exhibitors prepare to attend the Art House Convergence on Monday January 16 - 19 in Midway Utah, the veteran exhibitor John Vanco of IFC Center Cinema speaks with Peter Belsito.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: Audiences Smuggle 'Contraband' Into The Number One Spot Over 'Beauty & The Beast 3D'

    After a year which sported the lowest attendance numbers in sixteen years, studios are looking for all the bright sides they can find. Thus far, 2012 has provided them, with big number one debuts for a cheap horror acquisition and, now, a solidly mid-budgeted star vehicle. "Contraband" nailed the top spot this weekend, of the four day holiday weekend, that was slightly down from last year. However, this is a solid win for Universal, who spent $40 million on the Mark Wahlberg project, gambling that the film would open uncharacteristically big for an R-rated January offering.

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