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  • The Lost Boys
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    2011 Preview: The 30 Films I'm Most Looking Forward To

    I assume I'm not the only one sick and tired of top ten 2010 this and that by now. So to fresh start this blog for 2011, I'm going to offer an even more subjective but probably much less boring list: the films I'm most looking forward to seeing in the next 362 days. It's a dreamy list, and it doesn't even include the many, many films we haven't heard of yet that will end up in theaters this year, as well as the films I've already seen - like "Beginners," "Cold Weather," "Incendies," "Kaboom," and "Meek's Cutoff," for example, all of which I highly recommend. It does however, include, lots of Ryan Gosling, some George Clooney and Michael Fassbender, dashes of Tilda Swinton and James Franco, new work from Cronenberg, Almodovar, Von Trier, Soderbergh, Haynes, Spielberg, my dear Sarah Polley, and even Madonna, among many, many others...

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: Another Year

    I look forward to a Mike Leigh movie the way some readers anticipate a new novel by their favorite author. But unlike some writers who hew to comfortable formulas, Leigh always cooks up something different; you never know what to expect. The most obvious common thread in his work is the appearance of familiar actors from his informal stock company, many of whom have won honors for their work in his pictures (Marianne Jean-Baptiste in Secrets & Lies, Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake, Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky, et al). The deeper through-line is his concern with ordinary people, usually from the working class, in a throwback to England’s famous “kitchen sink” dramas of the late 1950s and early 60s. Many of those dramas were famously angry, while Leigh sees the brighter side of life.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    My Top Ten Cinematic Experiences of 2010 | #1 Queer and Patti Smith at Sarasota

    My Top Ten Cinematic Experiences of 2010 | #1 Queer and Patti Smith at Sarasota

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  • The Playlist
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    Jodie Foster Joins Matt Damon & Sharlto Copley In Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

    Things are heating up for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium," the followup to his blockbuster smash "District 9." Deadline reports that Jodie Foster has signed on, joining the previously announced Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley in what is shaping up to be a very exciting cast.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Postlethwaite Dies Too Soon at Age 64, Great Brit Character Actor

    Pete Postlethwaite is a classic example of a great character actor whose face (with prominent nose and cheekbones) many would recognize without necessarily knowing his name. The British actor is dead at 64, after a 18-year bout with cancer. (A round-up of obits is below.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Updated: James Franco In Talks To Write & Direct 'As I Lay Dying'; Circling 'Blood Meridian'

    Also Wraps Indie Film 'The Broken Tower'So we've been spending the morning in a post-New Year's Eve haze, slowly getting back up and running while we wait for the news cycle to once again kick in. And it has. In a huge way.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fest Preview: Berlin Adds 24 Panorama Picks

    In February, between Sundance (see IW's preview) and South by Southwest, comes the venerable Berlinale, which sets out a rich smorgasbord of titles for international critics and buyers. Monday the Berlin Fest revealed 24 of the eventual 50 films to be screened in the Panorama sidebar to the 61st main event. (Here's Variety and The Playlist.)

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Hello, 2011

    After 10 days off the clock for indieWIRE and absent from all things bloggery, I'll kick off another year of The Lost Boy (though, with another birthday passing, the title of this blog is a time bomb toward ridiculousness) with this TedX video of "storyteller-researcher" Brene Brown discussing the "power of vulnerability." The new year always puts me in a funk of self-questioning, and this video is a really amazing way to inspire yourself into 2011:

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  • Spout
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    What Could a Kids Movie from Quentin Tarantino Look Like?

    In response to Quentin Tarantino's list of his favorite films of 2010, which includes the animated features "Toy Story 3," "Tangled" and "How to Train Your Dragon," Cinematical's Monika Bartyzel wonders if it's time we see something more family friendly from the filmmaker soon. Here is a possible scene from her imagination:

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  • The Playlist
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    After Retiring The Streets, Mike Skinner Plans To Make A Movie

    If you don't know Mike Skinner aka The Streets, you should. The Brit rapper turned the musings about the everyday life of a geezer into chart-topping (at least in the UK) success, with four albums chronicling the minutea of going out, getting drunk, breaking up, hooking up, getting famous, ordering take away and much more. The beats have been slick, the rhymes quotable, but it's all set to end. At least under the name of The Streets. With his fifth album "Computers And Blues" set to drop next month, Mike Skinner has announced he's retiring The Streets name and that his plans for the future include making a feature film.

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