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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Melancholia Wins European Film Award, Trier Sends Friendly Wave

    The European Film Awards don't have that much impact on awards races stateside beyond adding some momentum to the winners, in this case, Feature winner, "Melancholia," which led the field with eight nominations, also winning production design and cinematography, Tilda Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), who won Best Actress over "Melancholia"'s Kirsten Dunst, and Documentary, Wim Wenders ("Pina"). Director Lars von Trier refused to transmit an acceptance statement, as he has stopped making them, sending instead "a friendly wave." At the Berlin award ceremony streamed live, the European Film Academy (2,500 filmmakers from across Europe) presented winners in 17 categories, including European Film ("Melancholia"), Director (Susanne Bier, for last year's "In a Better World"), Actress (Swinton) and Actor Colin Firth, for last year's Oscar-winner "The King's Speech," which also won best editing and the European People's Choice Award. Terry Gilliam, commenting that his career was going backwards, accepted best short for "The Wholly Family" (below).

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Darren Aronofsky Directed Video For Metallica & Lou Reed's "The View"

    Well, the result of one of the unlikeliest collaborations in some time here. As reported about a month ago, Darren Aronofsky took a gig directing the first video from Metallica and Lou Reed's absurd Lulu album, and it's now in the can and ready for your eyes. Considering the whole musical collaboration is based on German expressionsist Frank Wedekind's controversial plays about a serial killing teenage prostitute, the video for "The View" (not "Iced Honey" as first reported) is surprisingly tame.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Did Anyone Watch "The Game Of Your Life" Last Night?

    Though we try as hard as we can to cover everything that's relevant for S & A, it is inevitable that something will fall through the cracks from time to time. For example, take the NBC family movie that was broadcast last night (Friday Dec. 2) The Game of Your Life, starring Titus Makin Jr. 

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    Kenneth Lonergan Hopes The Longer Cut Of 'Margaret' Edited By Martin Scorsese Will Eventually Be Released

    The rallying cry for "Margaret" continues from certain quarters of the critical community, with a #teammargaret hashtag now tracking its way across the Twittersphere. And the push for the film has resulted in some movement. New York City and Los Angeles critics will apparently be getting additional screenings for awards season consideration (although, they had press screenings already prior to the film's theatrical release in both cities), with Boston and Chicago to follow, and there is word bubbling that DVD screeners are being prepared for those in cities who did not get the film (though with voting deadlines fast approaching, that remains to be seen).

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    Benicio del Toro Will Play Khan In 'Star Trek 2,' Oh Wait, No He Won't

    When news broke a few weeks ago that Benicio del Toro was being courted by J.J. Abrams for the role as the Big Bad villain in their hotly anticipated "Star Trek" sequel, we guessed there was a fairly big chance that del Toro could play fan favorite 'Trek' villain Khan. That's not exactly a stretch, given comments by screenwriter Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman made it sound like they were looking into the "Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan" story as possible fodder for the sequel and the fact that del Toro and original Khan Ricardo Montalban share the same vague ethnic background (Montalban is Mexican, del Toro is Puerto Rican). In short succession it was confirmed yesterday that del Toro would play Khan...then just as quickly denied (by J.J. Abrams himself).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Trailers, Interviews, Early Oscar Buzz, Awards

    Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Trailers, Interviews, Early Oscar Buzz, Awards

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    London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg

    London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg

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    'Our Idiot Brother' Director Jesse Peretz Talks Paul Rudd, Sundance & His Experience Working With Harvey Weinstein

    When “Our Idiot Brother” was released this summer it kind of fell by the wayside. The tale of an easygoing hippie pot dealer (wonderfully embodied by Paul Rudd) who meddles in the lives of his urbanite sisters (played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer), was smooth, unfussy, and while rated R, didn’t traffic in the kind of bawdy outrageousness that the other summer comedies did. Its relatively small business was a shame, because the movie was perfectly charming; a light, breezy antidote to all the big budget relentlessness. With the movie hitting DVD and BluRay this week, we talked to Jesse Peretz, a founding member of influential indie rock band The Lemonheads who went on to direct commercials, music videos, and now feature films. We spoke about the development of the project, the long road from Sundance to the local cineplex, and what happens when the Weinsteins pick up your formerly little independent project.

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    IDA Documentary Awards: Best Feature Doc Goes to Nostalgia for the Light UPDATED

    There are so many well-made, well-lauded documentaries this year, that the finalists for the International Documentary Association awards aren't even on the Oscar shortlist of fifteen. Thus Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's "Nostalgia for the Light" won Best Feature at the 2011 IDA Documentary Awards Friday night, beating out terrorist thriller "Better This World," end-of-life drama "How to Die in Oregon," "The Redemption of General Butt Naked," and "Tiniest Place."

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    SLIDE SHOW: Martin Scorsese’s greatest movies

    This has been quite a year for 60-something American filmmakers. Terrence Malick, who started directing in 1973, created the year’s most divisive conversation piece with “The Tree of Life.” Woody Allen, who started directing in 1966, had his biggest financial success with “Midnight in Paris.” Steven Spielberg, who directed his first feature-length movie 40 years ago, has two blockbusters coming out this month, “The Adventures of Tintin” and “War Horse.” And Martin Scorsese, who made his directorial debut in 1966, has had another success with “Hugo,” a film history-conscious 3-D art film for kids that finished second to “The Muppets” at the box office during its opening weekend and was just named film of the year by the National Board of Review. It’s as good a time as any for a Best of Scorsese list — as if I really need an excuse!

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