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    Oooh La La! Super Sexy Serge Gainsbourg Trailer

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Tarantino and Almodovar to Present at Oscars

    Oscar Watch: Tarantino and Almodovar to Present at Oscars

    Quentin Tarantino's intro to Roger Corman was by far the high point of the Governors Awards, so I was delighted when Oscarcast producer Bill Mechanic told me that filmmakers Tarantino and Pedro Almodovar would be presenting on Oscar night. Sounds like the right direction to me.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Augmented Reality

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    After Words: Oren Moverman's "The Messenger"

    With so many films about the Iraq war come and gone, the arrival of The Messenger, a becalmed, observant drama about Casualty Notification Officers (those whose work it is to stoically inform next of kin of their loss) seems oddly appropriate, especially as it’s released at that moment when the public’s attention is being wrenched towards Afghanistan and the ongoing situation in Iraq drifts ever further from consciousness. Oren Moverman’s directorial debut is structured around absences—those who’ve died, actions taken elsewhere. His protagonists are largely obsessed with aftermaths, even as they works towards becoming actors in their own lives. From our vantage point in 2009, the film feels a period piece, some kind of elegy for those hazy pre-surge summers of 2005 or 2006 when casualties were at their height and the war promised to loom large over upcoming elections. Largely stripped of politics, aside from a generalized “war damages” sensibility, The Messenger is not here to serve as nagging Iraq War reminder. In fact, it’s in many ways not quite the movie you’d expect.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The 200 Songs of the 2000s: 26-50

    Now in descending order for your anticipatory pleasure.. here's the next to last entry of this now three week long countdown of the 200 songs that defined my 2000s....

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Gibney Talks Casino Jack and Three More Docs for 2010

    When documentarian Alex Gibney (who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side) learned via his Jack Abramoff "Google Alert" that director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) had decided to name his fiction film starring Kevin Spacey as corrupt Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff Casino Jack, Gibney had his lawyer send a legal letter (dated November 10) asking Hickenlooper not to use the title, to which Gibney states he had prior claim, citing "violations of federal and state unfair competition laws":

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ten Things I Learned at the Governors Awards

    Ten Things I Learned at the Governors Awards

    1. The Governors Awards will not be televised. At the orange Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland Saturday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave out four honorary Oscars at a new annual event on the awards calendar. Academy executive director Bruce Davis, president Tom Sherak, Oscar show producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman, and Oscar-host-to-be Alec Baldwin all attended this relaxed, celebratory black-tie cocktail and dinner party. The ceremony awarding four honorary Oscars to actress Lauren Bacall, producers John Calley and Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis, punctuated by repeated standing ovations, lasted three hours and 18 minutes, to be exact.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    South Park Skewers The Cove and Avatar

    Bad news: the dolphin-killing expose The Cove did not land an International Documentary Association best feature nomination.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    @CPH: Kongens Have

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