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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    2010 Best Performances: Stand-Outs, Ensemble, Symbiotic

    Here are Sophia Savage's Ten Stand-Out Performances, Five Best Ensemble Performances, and Best Symbiotic Performance of 2010 (in aphabetical order).

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  • The Playlist
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    Beck, Pharrell, Eddie Vedder, Dido, Jonsi, Metric & More Shortlisted For Best Original Song Oscars

    Could this be the hippest Best Original Song category in years? Meh, probably not. Basically, it works like this. If you had an original song in a movie this year, you're basically on the shortlist (hello Katrina Elam for "Pure Country 2"). Then, the Academy goes through a pretty ridiculous system to determine the nominees (more on that in a second) which results in small handful of final contenders who are all usually from one or two films (get ready for mulitiple nods "Burleseque"!).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Forty-One Contenders for Best Original Song Oscar Nominations

    Forty-One Contenders for Best Original Song Oscar Nominations

    Forty-one songs (listed below) are eligible for Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. Voting members will view/listen to clips of each song on January 6, and members unable to attend will receive DVD copies of the same clips. The songs must contain original lyrics and music and must have been made specially for their films. The Academy's qualifying and voting criteria is listed below. Nominees will be announced January 25.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Tegan & Sara's Top 10 Movies Of The Year

    The music and film worlds have a long history of overlapping with musicians taking roles in front of camera, and actors fronting their own bands. So thus, it's not so surprising that some of the medium's biggest fans are indeed, musicians. Obsessively and minutely digging into the details of a film requires just as much grit as memorizing songwriter names and producing credits on your favorite albums. So with that in mind, Canadian identical twin-sister indie rock duo Tegan & Sara have kindly each emailed their individual lists of their top 10 films of the year. The talented duo's latest effort, Sainthood was shortlisted for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize and we recommend giving it a spin.

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  • Caryn James
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    Ricky Gervais’ Edgy HBO Special

    I used to think that the title of funniest, edgiest (and the two are connected) comedian around was an impossible choice between Chris Rock and Eddie Izzard, but Ricky Gervais’ HBO stand-up show has him closing in on them. He has always been so cheerful and good-natured that he gets away with skewering the most outrageous targets. In the new special -- innocuously called Out of England 2, premiering Saturday -- he is as funny as ever but even darker.He sounds harmless enough. His voice veers into a falsetto as he imitates a disheartened goat sent as a gift to a starving African family: “A week ago I was gamboling around the Cotswolds!” But the same falsetto turns up as the voice of the suspicious, illogical side of Gervais’ own mind when he sees a Muslim at the airport. He races giddily along telling stories about Christmas presents and insurance coverage, then ends with lines that don’t so much punch as sting. Where was God when some supposed Act of God like a tree falling on a car happened? ‘”I was in Africa that day,” God says, “giving AIDS to babies.”

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  • Caryn James
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    Introducing “James on screenS” and Its Other, Rejected Name

    I wanted to call my blog “Dangerous Liaisons,” but that made no sense without an explanation: the best reason I’ve ever heard for becoming a professional critic comes from Graham Greene, who spent a few years reviewing movies in the 1930’s and later said, “The idea of reviewing films came to me at a cocktail party after the dangerous third martini.” I love the sense that reviewing for a living is a completely cock-eyed thing to do – and, although Greene didn’t say so, that if you do it well you’re tossing safe, conventional, dull opinions aside.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Tree Of Life Trailer: Ten Stunning Images

    The Tree of Life trailer is finally online (it debuted in theaters with Black Swan), and is nothing short of brilliant. If it is any indication of the film as a whole, prepare to have your heart left exquisitely aching. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain play Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien, Sean Penn plays their grown son, Jack. Fox Searchlight opens the film, written and directed by Terrence Malick, on May 27, 2011.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Adams, Bale, Wahlberg Promote The Fighter with Brio and Charm

    -The award season is in full flurry, with Golden Globes nominations Tuesday and SAG's own announcement Thursday. Among the stars on the promo circuit are the cast of underdog contender The Fighter.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michel Gondry Calls Critical 'Green Hornet' Fans "Fascists"

    Just as the unfairly maligned "The Green Hornet" is gaining traction after haters dogged the film sight unseen and some perpetuated rumors that Sony was unhappy with the film, a recent remark by director Michel Gondry threatens to alienate fans.

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  • Spout
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    Is the Time Person of the Year Choice Another Accolade for "The Social Network"?

    This reminds me of the time that "An Inconvenient Truth" won the Nobel Peace Prize. There is no direct connection between Mark Zuckerberg being named Time magazine's Person of the Year (and no he's not the youngest -- that's still Charles Lindbergh) and the continued success of "The Social Network." But it does seem related given that the movie version of Zuckerberg's life is also prominently in the headlines lately with all the critic awards and top ten lists and what not. And shows like "60 Minutes" keep doing interviews with the real Zuckerberg seemingly only to again ask him about his reaction to the portrayal.

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