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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Panel: Martha Marcy May Marlene

    One of the best-reviewed films at Sundance is Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring one of several Sundance "it girls," Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman who is drawn into an isolated cult led by John Hawkes. Check out the press conference moderated by exec producer Ted Hope.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    "Terri" Q&A With Azazel Jacobs

    Poignant, unexpected and quietly profound, Azazel Jacobs's "Terri" premiered in Sundance last night and marked a significant aesthetic evolution for the director, who was previously at Sundance with "Momma's Man." Following its titular character - an overweight teenager played by remarkable newcomer Jacob Wysocki - the film is considerably more conventional than Jacobs's previous work. As Terri struggles at home (his primary caregiver is a pill-popping uncle) and at school (kids taunt him with names like "double d"), his life takes a turn when assistant principal Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly, great as always) decides to take him on. Though the basic plot mirrors many mainstream student-teacher coming of age dramas, in Jacobs's hands "Terri" becomes a strange and subtle sibling to that genre (the grand finale is wonderfully bizarre and affecting). Definitely my favourite film of Sundance '11 thus far.

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    IMDb Founder Col Needham Talks Sundance

    IMDb founder Col Needham is a big film buff, and he takes his Sundance picks seriously. I caught him with the Flip Cam at the Eccles Saturday night:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Today I Met a Man That Came Out of Cher

    Today I Met a Man That Came Out of Cher

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Watch: Drake Doremus Talks Like Crazy Sale, Felicity Jones Breaks Out

    The Sundance Fest's biggest sale so far is Like Crazy, the follow-up film from Drake Doremus, who showed Douchebag here last year. That movie was a minor improv road comedy of the Mumblecore variety. (Speaking of which, SXSW grad Joe Swanberg's first Sundance entry, Uncle Kent, has earned dismissive reviews here.)

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  • The Lost Boys
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    International Cinephile Society Gives This Awards Season Its Best Batch Of Nominees

    The International Cinephile Society announced their nominees today, and they are a huge breath of fresh air compared to the monotonous-ness that has been this awards season (though I have to admit I'm a voting member). An online group "made up of approximately 55 accredited journalists, film scholars, historians and other industry professionals who cover film festivals and events on five continents," this is their 8th annual batch of nominees:

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  • The Playlist
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    Sorry Cowpokes, Ed Harris Tells Us That Viggo Mortensen Has Killed An 'Appaloosa' Sequel

    Academy-Award Nominated Actor Talks Working With Peter Weir On 'The Way Back'EXCLUSIVE: When talking to Ed Harris this week about his turn as the mysterious Mr. Smith in Peter Weir's grueling (but life-affirming) "The Way Back," we couldn't help but ask him about the status of an "Appaloosa" sequel. We're big fans of the 2008 western, which Harris directed and co-starred in, alongside his "History of Violence" co-star Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger (in one of her best post-"Cold Mountain" performances), Lance Henriksen, and Jeremy Irons (as a scenery-chomping villain). The movie had a laid back, sardonic vibe, thanks largely to the fact that it was based on a novel of the same name by smart-ass crime novelist Robert B. Parker. There were two more books based on the characters that Harris and Mortensen portrayed, so we figured a return would be likely, given that Harris has mentioned a sequel many times in the last few years.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: Audiences Get Their Strings Attached To 'No Strings Attached'

    Not much news to report during this quiet January weekend. One wide release opened to numbers that a studio would expect given two publicity-heavy stars in January ($20.3 million). “No Strings Attached” matched industry expectations, bringing good news to all involved, though if you're the only wide release in a single weekend, you're really banking on at least $20 mil. Budget numbers on this film go from $25 to $35 million, but there were extensive reshoots and it couldn’t have been too cheap to get these two multi-tasking stars in the fold.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: No Strings Attached Wins Top Spot; Proves Portman's Star Power

    Proving that Natalie Portman is a movie star with marquee value, romantic comedy No Strings Attached opened to an estimated $20.3 million at the weekend box office, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:This weekend, Natalie Portman was America’s Sweetheart as Paramount’s R-rated No Strings Attached plucked $20.3 million while her best actress- buzzed Black Swan rose past the $80-million mark. When Paramount launched its viral trailer campaign for the film in November, cine-bloggers feared that Strings might tarnish Portman’s award season odds.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Lynn Hershman Leeson Director of !War: Women Art Revolution

    Lynn's film Women Art Revolution played at Sundance last night. I was able to interview her when the film premiered last fall at the Toronto Film Festival.

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