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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sperling, Keegan Join LA Times Entertainment Team

    The LA Times is continuing to beef up its movie coverage as online traffic follows celebs and breaking news. Entertainment Weekly writer/blogger Nicole Sperling (a real loss for EW) and ex-Time writer Rebecca Keegan (@thatrebecca, Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men), who penned the excellent James Cameron bio The Futurist, are joining the movie beat at the LAT as staff writers. Both will contribute to various entertainment sections and blogs, including the new Awards Tracker blog (which allows the LAT to slot awards coverage all year round, not just during prime Oscar season). They're filling in gaps left by Envelope contributors Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby) and Pete Hammond (now at Deadline).

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  • Spout
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    "Conviction" - The Tear-Jerker That Could Have Been

    For a movie that features Hilary Swank crying a lot, "Conviction" doesn't really give its audience much to weep about. It's a fairly drama-less drama, similar to "Secretariat" in the way its plot direction is expected and possibly foreknown more than merely predictable. And there aren't a whole lot of steep climbs or drops in the narrative to create tension or emotionality for the viewer. Yes, Swank and Rockwell -- and in very, very minor roles, Melissa Leo and Juliette Lewis -- give unsurprisingly good performances. But there could have been more (a lot more, as I'll explain later). For instance, as far as I can tell the film is supposed to be more about Betty Anne Waters' "conviction" (as in determined confidence and courage) than her brother, wrongfully incarcerated Kenny Waters'. Yet the film speeds through her lengthy educational pursuits, barely showing her struggle to get her degrees, and skips right over her divorce, which we're led to believe was a result of her focused goal to become a lawyer and free Kenny.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Gerrymandering!

    Gerrymandering, the debut film by Reverse Shot co-founder and co-editor Jeff Reichert, opens in select theaters today. Even in our dimmest moments, we Reverse Shotters can spot a conflict of interest this huge a mile away, so no, you won't read any reviews on the main site (Jeff doesn't even know I'm writing this for the blog), and whatever we all think of it, Gerrymandering will not be appearing on the end-of-year Reverse Shot top 10.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley's Oscar Talk, With Special Guests Guy Lodge and Yours Truly

    Check out this week's Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley's always fantastic Oscar Talk, which this week I was privileged enough to guest on, along with In Contention's Guy Lodge. The three of them make a dauntingly on-top-of-it trio to publicly chat with, and I'm also not a podcast veteran by any means - so go easy on me. But do check it out if Oscar podcasts are your thing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Casting Watch: Great Muppet Movie, Great Oz Plot, Solondz Adds Walken, Farrow, Blair

    - Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones are joining Disney's The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Adams and Jason Segal play a (human) couple on a mission to reunite all the muppets to put on a show that will save a movie studio. Cooper is the villain of the piece, while Jones is a studio executive. Writer/director James Bobin (Ali G, Flight of the Conchords is directing the puppet pic for a Merry Christmas debut in 2011.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Incredible International "Black Swan" Teaser Posters

    Check out these amazing limited edition Black Swan international teaser posters. Wow:

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Foreign Love

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    'Cyrus' DVD Cover Changes Things

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Foreign Race, Harry Potter, London Fest, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Black Swan

    Oscar Talk: Foreign Race, Harry Potter, London Fest, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Black Swan

    This week, Kris Tapley and I engaged in Oscar Talk via Skype across the Pond with London Film Festival attendees Guy Lodge (In Contention) and Peter Knegt (indieWIRE). We dug into the foreign Oscar race, the NC-17 Blue Valentine controversy, Oscar chances for Black Swan, All Good Things and Never Let Me Go, why documentaries, sequels and animation face tough going getting into the top ten, and what the award season could hold for must-see five-hour marathon Carlos.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: Conviction

    I know, I know: this sounds like TV-movie fodder. But Conviction isn’t a formulaic feel-good saga. It is based on a true story that takes many unexpected turns, and I found it quite moving. Hilary Swank plays a working-class Massachusetts woman in the 1980s who vows to go back to school and earn a law degree so she can help her innocent brother beat a murder rap that’s put him in prison for life. Sam Rockwell is the brother, a lifelong hellraiser who can’t believe his sister has that kind of devotion—

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