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    My Favorite Films Of 2010: Gabe Toro

    I was pleased to find that, as Playlist writers, we were encouraged to publish our own 10 best lists for 2010. We often have differing opinions, and how could we not? More importantly, we change with the times, particularly through the prism of a year at the movies -- a challenging, cerebral independent film that haunted us one afternoon in June could just be an afterthought as winter approaches, the time spent allowing us to emotionally gravitate in different directions. The themes and ideas behind the films we consume have the power to assist us in recontextualizing, rebuilding our lives and understanding something more about ourselves. The best films of the year, in other words, should be films that made us better people, and what’s good for one Playlist scribe may not be good for another

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    'Monsters, Inc. 2' To Be A Prequel?

    You may have forgotten, but yes, a sequel to the beloved smash hit "Monsters, Inc." is indeed in the works, and last spring, it was even given a release date of November 16, 2012. However, not much has been heard since then as "Toy Story 3" arrived in theaters this past summer with great fanfare and looking forward a few months, Pixar will deliver another sequel in "Cars 2." But you can bet the studio is hard at work on "Monsters, Inc. 2," and now rumors are cropping up about the supposed plot for the film.

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    Rewind: Our Complete Best Of 2010 Coverage

    While you were away on holidays, relaxing, opening presents, spending time with the family and wisely not spending time on the Internet, we delivered a whole slew of Best of 2010 coverage. It was pretty damn good if we say so ourselves; entertaining, engrossing, etc. We'd hate to think you missed it. So here's what we amassed and we hope you have a chance to read it all when you get a moment.

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    News from The Film Collaborative about Sundance

    Happy New Year from The Film Collaborative!The Film Collaborative has already been guiding 3 feature filmmakers and are also going to assist a short and probably add a 4th of 5th feature. Sundance filmmakers benefit from our distributiion education because we're helping them navigate distribution and avoid the pitfalls of excessive middlemen or not-so-ideal companies who are pursuing them. We're helping them choose wisely and sometimes also directly representing their films on the sales side. And of course we educate and guide them on the DIY side. It's still early in the process to see exactly how much we'll end up doing per film (in terms of sales and/or direct distribution) but already we're helping filmmakers sift through all their options and all the entities approaching them. With regard to We Were Here, David Weissman signed up to TFC months ago and we're handling grassroots outreach for him as well as our usual distribution advising and of course working with Jonathan Dana, who's awesome. And the other films at Sundance we are working with are:Shut Up Little Man (though we've just started dealing and only giving them advice so far). Shut Up Little Man by Matthew BateTodos tus Muertas. The filmmakers they came to us and are also working with Steven Beer of Greenberg Traurig. Director Carlos Moreno (Perro come perro) showed the film first at the Works in Progress in San Sebastian where Sundance programmers saw it. He is working on his next project already.Todos tus muertos (All your Dead Ones) by Carlos MorenoAnd Lord Byron (in the NEXT section). Lord Byron by Zack Godshall

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  • Spout
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    What Harvey Comics Character Should Get a Movie After the "Casper" Reboot?

    As far as audience awareness is concerned, "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" does make sense as the first priority for Classic Media, which is hoping to adapt many of the Harvey Comics properties they own for the big screen. Never mind that phantom kids weren't that popular in 2010 (at least not in dramas like "Charlie St. Cloud" and "Hereafter"). I think a movie solely starring "Wendy the Good Little Witch" could also be popular, especially since the magic world is losing a lot of representation with the "Harry Potter" franchise ending this year. She should at least feature into the proposed 3-D "Casper" reboot, after allegedly being shafted by a rights-related rewrite on the 1995 movie, in which Christina Ricci's character became a mere hint of Wendy -- named Kat instead. Later Hilary Duff, in her film debut, portrayed the little witch in Fox's direct-to-video release "Casper Meets Wendy."

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    Berlin Film Festival Panorama Sidebar Includes New Films By Lee Tamahori, Jose Padilha & More

    That's right, it's a New Year, the holiday movie lull is over, and the festival circuit is set to begin. The Sundance Film Festival is just a few weeks away and next month, the Berlin Film Festival will mark the the start of the international festival season and nearly half of the fifty-strong lineup of the festival's Panaroma sidebar has been announced, and it boasts some intriguing titles.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Navajo Nation and a New Sort of Giving - DVD Distribution

    Making a difference in society calls for more tools than you can find in a documentary film. It calls for vision and creative activism involving marketing, educating and partnering with real people from different walks of life. That's how to build a groundswell.I am not going to start a series here on DVD distribution benefitting the worthy causes of the subjects of films, but coming on the heels of The Creative Coalition's endeavors, this distributor to the non-theatrical community came my way, and in the interest of a good cause, I am posting it here on the heels of Poliwood and TCC. Both these postings are good case studies for others and both do go with an ongoing series of blogs I began in Cannes called When Are Films Political. The need to mobilize political forces is apparent as our new Tea Party Congress takes its seats. We did it in the 60s; we did it with Obama; we can do it again. Pick your cause, or mine these for creative possibilities for your social issue film. Kickstarter and Indie A Go Go are not the only ways to raise money.Groundswell Educational Films and our Navajo partners move mountains. Keep on reading. And clicking. In this special Navajo edition you will see hyper links to new videos about an unprecedented clean-up of Cold War uranium contamination on the reservation. Groundswell works for many good causes but today you can contribute to an urgent environmental justice campaign. Since 2000 when our film, The Return of Navajo Boy, stunned Sundance Film Festival audiences, we have raised sponsorships for Navajo speakers to travel with the film. We advocate for a clean up of radioactive waste from abandoned uranium mines. More than 1,000 abandoned uranium mines continue to impact homes, livestock, land and water across the 25,000 square mile reservation. The Navajo Nation is home to approximately 175,000 people. It holds the largest uranium deposits in the United States and suffers from the highest cancer rates in the Southwest region. In 2005 the tribe banned uranium mining forever. We are pleased to report that congress has authorized funds for a comprehensive plan to clean up abandoned mines, including the one known as Skyline Mine which impacts the family featured in our film. However, Skyline is only one site out of hundreds. Please help us call attention to all the other sites. We have succeeded in attracting national attention to this issue.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    OFCS Awards Top Prize to Unlikely Contender.

    Just kidding! The Online Film Critics Society, of which I am a member, has voted "The Social Network" as best film of the year.

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  • The Playlist
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    J.B. Smoove Joins Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

    Comedian and fast-rising television and film actor J.B. Smoove has joined the ensemble cast of Cameron Crowe's forthcoming dramedy "We Bought A Zoo."

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    Watch: Official Video For Jonsi's "Sticks And Stones" From 'How To Train Your Dragon'

    If there is any real competition to "Toy Story 3" in the Best Animated Feature race at this year's Oscars it will be from DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon." While it was certainly a box office success, the film also won over audiences and critics with the kind of praise that is usually only reserved for films from the Pixar braintrust. One of nicest touches in the film was the hiring of Sigur Rós frontman Jonsi to pen a tune for the film, marking a nice deviation from the standard practice of hiring a pop-star-of-the-movement, though upon further inspection, the move wasn't totally out of left field. Dean DeBlois, co-director of "How to Train Your Dragon," also directed the Sigur Rós tour documentary "Heima" (must watch if you're a fan).

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