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    Chris Bacon Replaces Clint Mansell On Scoring Duties For 'Source Code'

    Duncan Jones' forthcoming "Source Code" is certainly one we're looking forward to. We were impressed by his brainy, minimal, yet thrilling "Moon" and are eager to see where his talents take him on a much broader scale. And he's certainly surrounded himself with some pretty heavyweight talent. Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan and Jeffrey Wright all star in the upcoming film that follows a man who is part of an experimental government program investigating a terrorist incident. He finds himself in the body of an unknown commuter living and reliving a harrowing train bombing until he can find who is responsible for the attack. But it looks like one man who contributed a vital ingredient to the success of "Moon" won't be back.

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    John Cameron Mitchell Talks The Influence Of Sidney Lumet & Finding The Right Tone For 'Rabbit Hole'

    From transsexual off-Broadway musicals to hardcore gay sex on the big screen, John Cameron Mitchell has come a long way as a performer, writer and director. Now, he takes on his biggest challenge: prestigious A-List character drama. Based on the book by David Lindsay-Abaire, “Rabbit Hole” tells the story of a couple in flux while trying to cope with life in the wake of their son’s passing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    EXCLUSIVE: First Athena Film Festival Line-Up: Miss Representation, Desert Flower, Mo

    EXCLUSIVE: First Athena Film Festival Line-Up: Miss Representation, Desert Flower, Mo

    The Athena Film Festival has lined up its first program of narrative and documentary films, which will unspool February 10 to 13, 2011 on the Barnard Campus in New York City.

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    Screen Actors Guild Award Predictions

    Tomorrow morning at 9am EST, the Screen Actors Guild Awards will provide the final piece of this week's busload of Oscar puzzle pieces with their annual nominations, and then we can all forget about awards season until 2011.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Three Critics: Talking Sequels.

    Yesterday, Moviefone posted the second installment of Three Critics, a column in which I discuss various issues of the movie world, particularly those pertaining to new releases, with colleagues Anne Thompson and Leonard Maltin. I took the lead on this one and started a dialogue about sequels, a phenomenon that I hesitate to dismiss outright but consider worthy of scrutiny, particularly in light of the possibility that this might happen:

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    Review: 'How Do You Know' Is An Uneven But Ultimately Pleasant Experience

    With a recent influx of middling romantic comedies, it's easy to forget how different the genre used to be. Now very polished and only a success if it stars 40 different actors/actresses each with three minutes of screen time, movies including "Green Card" and "Crossing Delancey" showed a different side of things. Instead of drowning audiences in star power, they offered a down-to-earth and complex female individual with an unfortunate penchant for choosing the wrong guy. It was easy to figure out who to root for, but there was something more to it. It may have been the comfortable aura the movies had about them, or the fact that their protagonists looked more like real people than, say, Jessica Alba or Jennifer Garner. James L. Brooks did it even better, delving into all characters and really seeing what made them tick. It's easy to forget him; while he's not a stranger to romantic comedies he's more like a visitor, making a film once every few years before going back into hiding. His peak was with 1997's "As Good As It Gets," which garnered two Oscars for its leads along with a slew of other nominations, but 2004's "Spanglish" was largely ignored and forgotten. He returns six years later with the regrettably titled "How Do You Know," a typically pleasant diversion from the usual fare but not without its problems.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Pundits Predict Golden Globes Winners: The King's Speech and The Kids Are All Right

    Pundits Predict Golden Globes Winners: The King's Speech and The Kids Are All Right

    Both Gold Derby and the Gurus 'O Gold are predicting that The King's Speech and The Kids Are All Right will win their respective categories at the Golden Globes January 16. For what it's worth.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    IndieWIRE Blog Network Launches James on ScreenS

    Please welcome a new addition to the indieWIRE Blog Network. Ex-New York Times critic Caryn James launches her first blog, James on screenS, which is plural because she will be reviewing not only new films but smart TV as well. She starts off with a review of Ricky Gervais's HBO comedy special; here's her precis of what she has planned:I’ll be covering film, television, the web, whatever is most interesting on any screen. After all, that’s how we watch. I’ll have new pieces every day, usually more than once. Of course I’ll review, everything from popcorn movies to foreign films, cable series to smart network sitcoms. But I’ll also be a guide through the huge swamp of stuff we’re all surrounded by, offering tips about that overlooked film now arriving on DVD, the best show on TV tonight, what movies to catch this weekend at a theater or on VOD. I’ll include links to amusing videos, and comment on what’s happening in the film and television worlds (just in time for movie awards season). No bloggy cliches –I hardly care what I ate for lunch, why should you? But I sometimes meet and interview fascinating actors and directors, and you’ll find that here too.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    2010 Best Performances: Stand-Outs, Ensemble, Symbiotic

    Here are Sophia Savage's Ten Stand-Out Performances, Five Best Ensemble Performances, and Best Symbiotic Performance of 2010 (in aphabetical order).

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