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    Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament Calls Cameron Crowe's Doc A "Love Letter" That's "Painful" & "Hard To Watch"

    It's been five years since Cameron Crowe bellyflopped with "Elizabethtown" but we still have a lot faith in the helmer and with two pictures from the director arriving this year, it's a good time to be a Crowe fan. Of course, there's "We Bought A Zoo," the dramedy that is currently in production starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Angus MacFadyen, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit and J.B. Smoove. But also on the docket is a long in the works documentary on Pearl Jam who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Design for Living: Federico Vieroj’s "A Useful Life"

    Federico Vieroj’s pint-sized second feature, A Useful Life, runs only slightly over an hour, but the gauntlet it tosses at the feet of the cinephiles who are its most likely audience suggests a young filmmaker eager to grapple with the state of film culture (if gently and humorously—don’t expect Histoire(s) du cinema-level gravitas here). Vieroj’s modest attempt to check the pulse of serious cinephilia in the second decade of the 21st century (surprise: blood pressure is low!) manages to pull something like a manifesto out of its mangy character study and shaggy romance, one that, however muted its delivery, still should give anyone who spends part of each day in front of a screen alight with images reason for pause. A Useful Life may not be what you’d call vital, but it does signals that the current Latin and South American filmmaking renaissance has a pretty deep bench. Read Jeff Reichert's review.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Eastwood and Beyonce Team for A Star is Born; Vote for Her Co-Star and Streisand's Gypsy Director

    Well if you are going to do a remake, why not change it up with stars like Willow Smith (in a remake of Annie) or Beyonce Knowles in A Star Is Born opposite someone along the lines of Will Smith, P Diddy, Jay-Z, Eddie Murphy, Robert Downey Jr or Jon Hamm (reports Deadline, vote your choice below).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women in Film Hits Sundance

    Women in Film hosts its fifth "Meet the Filmmakers Panel" on Sunday, January 23 at noon. Bad news for those of you without tickets, it is sold out.

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  • The Playlist
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    Madonna's 'W.E.' To Screen Privately At Berlin Film Festival, Aiming For Cannes Premiere

    OK, so Madonna's first attempt behind the camera "Filth and Wisdom" was a bit of misfire, but damn if Ms. Ciccone isn't raising the stakes for her for sophomore effort "W.E."

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  • The Playlist
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    James Newton Howard Scoring 'Green Lantern'

    While it's been rumored in quieter circles for some time now, it's since been confirmed that eight-time Oscar nominated composer James Newton Howard (everything from "Liar Liar," to "The Dark Knight") will be scoring Martin Campbell's upcoming sci-fi superhero flick, "Green Lantern."

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  • Spout
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    Sundance 2011: "Silent House" Left Me Creaky Bored

    I know the headline for this review doesn't make much sense, but it is fitting since "Silent House" doesn't make much sense either. Sadly, I can't tell you why, because that would spoil the ridiculous twist and potentially ruin the rest of this highly tense horror flick for those of you who might actually be interested. The film is by the writer/director team of Laura Lau and Chris Kentis ("Open Water") and based on Gustavo Hernández's 2010 Uruguayan film, "La Casa Munda," which apparently was inspired by a true story. And like the original, the remake is completely shot in a single take, an ambitious yet well-executed gimmick that is the only real reason to give it any credit whatsoever. But the first film deserves the credit more for doing it first (please, Hollywood, don't let one-take horror films be the new trend).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: No Strings Attached

    film review: No Strings Attached

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  • Caryn James
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    The Company Men: Best on Screen This Weekend

    A year after it played at Sundance, The Company Men opens wider today, with Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper as executives whose lives spiral down when they're laid off. And despite any rumblings of an economic recovery, John Wells' tough, poignant film is as wrenching and realistic as ever.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ryan Gosling Promos Blue Valentine, Sings for Jimmy Kimmel

    It's not news: Ryan Gosling is talented. Jimmy Kimmel is another story. Gosling has been promoting the socks off Blue Valentine for a while now. Herewith, our video interviews with Gosling and director Derek Cianfrance (a year ago at Sundance) as well as co-star Michelle Williams.

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