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    @CPH: French Embassy

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    sao paulo, nyc

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    MGM Catches Reprieve from Lenders, Part Deux

    MGM Catches Reprieve from Lenders, Part Deux

    For the second time, MGM is catching a break from its lenders, as the venerable studio officially goes on the block. It has been fighting to stay in business, while keeping up with even the interest owed on its staggering $3.7-billion debt. So far MGM has avoided being forced into bankruptcy by its creditors, which would have decreased the value of the company, which still owns a 4,000-title movie library as well as the Bond and Pink Panther franchise. UPDATE: Potential buyers include Lions Gate, Time Warner and Viacom.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk Episode Ten: Avatar, Tyson, Animation

    Oscar Talk Episode Ten: Avatar, Tyson, Animation

    In this week's podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I talk animation (20 submissions), supporting actor and actress, 2012, Mike Tyson's LAX brawl and the four Oscar heavyweights yet to be screened, including likely last contender out of the gate, James Cameron's big-budget Avatar.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Must Sees: Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Messenger

    Must Sees: Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Messenger

    The movie most likely to succeed this weekend is Roland Emmerich's 2012, which I look forward to seeing with a crowd. The critic-proof doomsday movie is expected to do $40-50 million on over 3400 screens. I just want to see the VFX. That's what Emmerich is good at. Even in the trailer John Cusack looks embarrassed.

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  • Enzian Theater
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    Creepy "2:22" Conquers November Slam

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Must-See: M. Hulot's Holiday

    The Nuart is showing (November 27 to December 3) the pristine Cinematheque Francaise/Thomson/Technicolor restored print of M. Hulot's Holiday, originally shot in black-and-white in 1953 and reedited by Jacques Tati in 1978. Seeing the French comedy classic was a high point of Cannes last May.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Wild Animals: Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

    With the recent announcement that no less than 20 films were submitted for this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar, 2009 can rightly be labeled something of a watershed year for the format. Of course, some of those entries are bland generic staples—the new Ice Age movie, the Chipmunks sequel, Battle for Terra, Monsters vs. Aliens—shiny, machine-tooled baubles designed to attract and pacify the youngest-audience quadrant for big studio profits. But considering entries like Coraline, 9, Ponyo, Up, the forthcoming A Town Called Panic, and Wes Anderson’s just-released Fantastic Mr. Fox, a strong case could be made for animation reemerging as not just a medium for displaying up-to-the minute technologies, but for personal artistic expression. This is no longer just a Pixar/Miyazaki world. Given that a director’s craft depends so fully on imagining the layout of a frame and then re-creating it before a camera, it’s surprising that more established directors haven’t tried their hands at animation—it’s a control freak’s paradise. Click here to read the rest of Jeff Reichert's review of Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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  • JUMP CUTS by James Israel
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    Lar's von Trier's "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

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  • iW NOW
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