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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    What Went Wrong with Hollywood Romantic Comedies?

    What Went Wrong with Hollywood Romantic Comedies?

    What went wrong with the romantic comedy genre this year? Have the Hollywood studios lost the winning formula for pulling the date crowd? Anthony D'Alessandro lists five reasons why the rom-com has lost its mojo:Hollywood enjoyed a lovely honeymoon with romantic comedies in 2009 with such hits as The Proposal ($164 million) and It’s Complicated ($112.7 million). But this year, the genre has been nothing but a forgettable one-night stand at the domestic B.O. James L. Brooks’ $110 million Reese Witherspoon headliner How Do You Know is the latest rom-com in a long string to break its heels, opening to a tear-jerking $7.5 million. But Reese Witherspoon isn’t the only American Sweetheart with runs in her stockings: cover girls Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams and Katherine Heigl also lost face with fickle moviegoers.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Somewhere' Is A Shallow Disappointment From An Ossified Sofia Coppola

    This review originally ran during the London Film Festival.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Banksy Talks

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  • The Playlist
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    Terry Gilliam To Godfather Retro, Sci-Fi Fantasy '1884'

    The hot new job title to have around Hollywood is "Creative Godfather." Christopher Nolan is the most prominent name to have the mantle, as he overlooks Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman: Man of Steel" but another helmer has quickly taken a shine to the new moniker.

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  • The Playlist
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    Matt Damon Says Script For 'We Bought A Zoo' Came With Music Notes

    Features "A Lot Of Eddie Vedder, A Lot Of Neil Young"A former Rolling Stone journalist and pop obsessive, few filmmakers have ever used popular music quite as effectively and prominently as writer/director Cameron Crowe. Films like “Say Anything,” “Singles,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous” became as widely known for their carefully curated soundtracks as for the films themselves, and as the director gears up to shoot his latest effort, "We Bought a Zoo" early in the new year, it looks like we can expect another batch of songs to carry us through the film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Mark Lisanti Makes You Work for His Ten Best List

    Writer Mark Lisanti makes you work for his Ten Best List. You want titles? Name them yourself. Here are four (easy ones) from his no-particular-order list:

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  • The Playlist
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    Anne Hathaway Says She's Still Working On Judy Garland Biopic, Hopes To Start Filming Within 2 Years

    Way back in the spring of 2009, Anne Hathaway became attached to an adaptation of Gerald Clarke's "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland" gestating at The Weinstein Company. The biography is considered as one of the definitive works on the tragic singer's life where she battled drug addiction, a horrifying stage mother, multiple marriages and infidelity all while becoming one of the biggest stars in the world. Word of the movie was announced and then sort of disappeared, but it looks like development is still moving forward on the project.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Sign The Online Petition To Free Jafar Panahi

    Read what's below, and then please click here and sign (and consider a small donation). This is a horrible tragedy that deserves significant, devoted attention from the world film community.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Olivier Assayas' 'Carlos' Headed To The Criterion Collection In 2011

    Release Will Contain Both The Extended Television & Theatrical CutsYesterday, we spoke with Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, where he shared with us plans for the new Sundance Selects distribution arm and SundanceNow online rental service. We took the opportunity of our conversation with Sehring to ask about the company's current relationship with with The Criterion Collection which has seen them license a number of titles to the boutique label including "Hunger," "Che," "Gomorrah," and "Fish Tank." Sehring said IFC will continue to work with Criterion Collection saying, "Our relationship with Criterion has been a very good one. It is something that I know they're pleased with as are we. We work very closely with them." Sehring, then revealed some very exciting news about a future Criterion title that also happens to be one of IFC's most highly regarded and acclaimed films of the year.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Jessica Alba Talks 'Fockers,' 'Spy Kids 4' & Hints At 'Sin City 2' Return

    Actress Says 'Sin City' Sequel Is "Only A Matter Of Time"Jessica Alba, the newest addition to the "Little Fockers" cast, is a little loopy and a little candid. Maybe she was just channeling her goofy character in the movie. Maybe she needs to have a talk about inside voice/outside voice. For example, here's one exchange Playlist writer Kimber Myers had with the actress unadorned.

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