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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Salon The Town Review Attacks Affleck for Celebrity Malaise

    While the rest of the world is restoring Ben Affleck to star status after his well-reviewed and well-attended The Town opening, Salon's Andrew O'Hehir is playing Armond White. He detects "troubling signs of celebrity malaise" in The Town, compared to Affleck's directorial debut Gone Baby Gone: "you can't even describe [it] as more of the same. It's less of the same." The movie is "mediocre," with plenty of "unnecessary expositional detail" in the dialogue written in part by Affleck.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    So Long, TIFF

    I'm in the midst of post-TIFF malaise, where my body gets confused as to why it all of a sudden gets to sleep more than 3 hours a night, eat vegetables and hydrate itself with water and tea instead of white wine and vodka. I can't say I'm sad it's over... I always breathe this sigh of relief when the Toronto Film Festival is over in that I've survived it professionally, socially, mentally and physically. But I also can't say I didn't have a great time. The majority of the 17 films I managed to get see where good if not great ("Trigger," "Rabbit Hole," "The King's Speech," "Beginners" and "Meek's Cutoff" being my top five), the new festival geography was exciting and sort of surreal for a Torontonian (I kept forgetting what city I was in when I got to spent time in the fabulous Bell Lightbox), and a the 2010 awards season was officially and considerably launched (more on that later).

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Let Me Go

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Culture Vultures Unite: Separate from New York

    While by all accounts New York Magazine's culture blog Vulture has been hugely successful at building traffic, nonetheless it's still not profitable. Under Adam Moss, New York has plowed millions into it. My jaw dropped when I first laid eyes on it three years ago; I have watched it grow and expand into the entertainment news space. Now New York seeks the Holy Grail: premium national luxury ads.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Contraband Stars Beckinsale, Wasikowska vs. Phoenix, Panettiere as Amanda Knox

    - Working Title is remaking 2008 thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam (Iceland's 2009 Oscar submission) for American audiences. Kate Beckinsale will reportedly star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the retitled Contraband. He plays an alcohol smuggler-turned-security guard being lured back into below-ground business. Actor-director-producer Baltasar Kormákur, who produced the original and has directed six films (Inhale, starring Diane Kruger and Dermot Mulroney, comes out next month) will direct. Release is set for 2012.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Update Your App!

    The Hurt Locker is one of 365 new entries in the 2011 Movie Guide and its app!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce

    One of the great, satisfying page-turners is James M. Cain's 1941 Mildred Pierce, which was turned into an excellent 1945 movie starring Joan Crawford. (Several of Cain's hardboiled novels worked as films, including The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity). Well, the Killer team of Christine Vachon and Todd Haynes have adapted the novel into a five-part HBO mini-series. The trailer ran before HBO's debut of Boardwalk Empire Sunday night.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TIFF: Focus Acquires Beginners, Starring McGregor and Plummer

    After the Toronto press screening of Mike Mills' Beginners last week, Eugene Hernandez and I were debating which distrib should pick it up. And we agreed that Focus Features--which had not acquired anything out of this year's fest--was the best candidate. Sony Pictures Classics and Fox Searchlight were overbooked. And there's a real possibility of a supporting actor nod for Christopher Plummer, who nails the role of an older gay man clinging to life. I had admired Mills' Thumbsucker, so I was not surprised at the little joys to be found in this superbly directed movie.

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  • Spout
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    Does "The Town" Contribute Positively or Negatively to Boston's Image?

    If there hadn't already been the "Beanstreets" films thirty years ago, branded as such for taking after Scorsese's work, I'd think Boston was currently having its equivalent of NYC's "horror city" era of the 1970s and '80s (and what L.A. subsequently had in the '80s and '90s). What used to be in my mind a city primarily used for college films, specifically Harvard (though it's in Cambridge, which as an outsider I always include as a necessary if not official section of Boston), now seems to only hit the big screen for crime thrillers. Some are even made by Scorsese, though "The Departed" is kind of like a child of both Boston and NYC, where much of it was filmed. And now Ben Affleck's "The Town" is here to reinforce a negative association between violence and a prominent Boston neighborhood.

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