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    Sundace 2010 | Wrap Up

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    Let's Go, Bigelow

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    John Lasseter, Toy Guru

    James Cameron may be the King of the World when it comes to box-office receipts, but I haven’t seen him personally selling Avatar merchandise. On the other hand, Pixar’s John Lasseter is now appearing in a series of videos at the Disney Store online to introduce and promote a new high-end line of Toy Story toys and collectibles. A cynic could write this off as nothing more than a commercial ploy, and it’s certainly meant to sell merchandise, but what makes it work is that Lasseter is in fact a dedicated toy collector. When he says that he buys two of everything—one to keep in its package, in mint condition, and the other to play with—he isn’t kidding. His office at Pixar is crammed with character toys, and not just from Pixar movies. If you’re of the same stripe, you’ll want to check out this new line from Thinkway Toys, featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and other Toy Story characters—in anticipation of Toy Story 3’s release later this year. And if you follow the links you’ll see individual Lasseter videos describing each individual item.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    #Sundance: Grand Jury Winners Are Winter's Bone, Restrepo

    As I suspected it would, Debra Granik's Winter's Bone won the big Sundance award tonight, the dramatic grand jury prize, as well as screenplay. Both are well-deserved. Roadside Attractions looks smart for picking up the taut Ozark thriller, which is set in a rural Missouri community rife with meth-users and dealers. But the overall relationship between Sundance jury prizes and big box office has never been strong. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's Afghanistan documentary Restrepo won the doc grand jury prize. Australian gangster thriller Animal Kingdom and Denmark's The Red Chapel won the world cinema dramatic and doc grand jury prizes, respectively.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Bigelow First Woman to Win DGA Award

    Oscar Watch: Bigelow First Woman to Win DGA Award

    It means less for Avatar to have won best drama and director at the Golden Globes than to have lost best film at the Producers Guild and best director at the Directors Guild, both times to The Hurt Locker. And it means less for Inglourious Basterds to have won best ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild than to have lost at the PGA and DGA. See where I am going? Kathryn Bigelow's DGA win Saturday night (the first to a woman in 61 years) is a sign of continued strength for that film, which could well repeat at the Oscars. (BTW, Bigelow, 58, does not look older than her ex-husband, Cameron, 55).

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Watch The Sundance Festival Awards Live

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    #Sundance: Roadside Buys Winter's Bone

    Roadside Attractions has acquired Debra Granik's tough Ozark mystery thriller Winter's Bone, which she adapted with Anne Roselini from the novel by Daniel Woodrell. "It's a well-written, tight, well-spun American story," Granik said after the film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    #Sundance: IFC Acquires Killer Inside Me

    #Sundance: IFC Acquires Killer Inside Me

    If IFC Films could buy U.S. rights to Lars von Trier's controversial Antichrist out of Cannes, they can do the same with Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me, which has similarly ignited a raging debate out of Sundance over its violence toward women. In the film (adapted by John Curran from the 1952 Jim Thompson novel), Casey Affleck's sociopathic Texas sheriff's deputy beats two women to a pulp with his fists. Talk about pulp fiction.

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    #Sundance: Abel's Diego Luna is Director Discovery of Fest

    Of the three actor-directors who made their feature filmmaking debuts at this year's Sundance, it looks like Mark Ruffalo (Sympathy for Delicious) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jack Goes Boating) can keep their day jobs. But Mexican star Diego Luna, with the magical family drama Abel, is the director discovery of this festival.

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