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    Here's the 'Avatar' Trailer

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    A.O. Scott on 'The Conversation'

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds Opens Strong

    Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds Opens Strong

    Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds opened strong Friday night, raking in an estimated $14.3 million. (We'll see how it holds.) Reviews were mixed, 69 on Metacritic. Richard Corliss, Roger Ebert and Jim Hoberman were thumbs up on this cinephile's fantasy, while Ken Turan, David Denby and Manohla Dargis were thumbs down on the slow-paced, often ridiculous alternative take on history. Here's New Yorker blogger Richard Brody and LA Weekly's Tarantino Q & A.. UPDATE: Looks like a $37-million opening, and great opening overseas, too. The film performed similarly to last weekend's District 9.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Avatar Day

    James Cameron himself wasn't happy that the Avatar online trailer preceded the Avatar Day IMAX 3-D screenings on Friday. The reason that happened, according to Fox, is that the trailer went out at the same time as the first 10 AM screenings in New Zealand Tokyo on the other side of the world. It was a synchronous global release. The Apple site was so overwhelmed with clicks that it crashed at first. More than 4 million people streamed the Avatar trailer on that first day, breaking the prior record of 1.7 million set by Star Trek. So that was good news for Fox. Curiosity was high.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Thoughts on 'Avatar Day.'

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Paramount Pushes Shutter Island to February

    Paramount Pushes Shutter Island to February

    In a startling reveal of how dire studio financials have become in this recession, Paramount made a swift and surgical move to trim its year-end budget. Marketing meetings took place last week for Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, based on the Dennis Lehane novel and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Running a little over two hours, the period mystery looks thrilling and commercial as hell. But the studio looked at the cold hard millions the release would require --even in October, with a possible costly Academy campaign down the line--and pushed the picture back to February 19.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    'Sex' Sells Short Films Online

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  • Week of Wonders
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    An eve of Murray's Cheese

    Through a glass tile in the sidewalk in front of Murray's Cheese on Bleecker Street, you can glimpse an underground cave where cheese is aging. Tuesday night I was invited to tour the caves and sample delicious product. A group of us were given red chef's coats and hair-nets to prepare for a subterranean tour by the store's affineur* Mike Anderson. There is so much to learn about cheese after it's made and before it's sold, that an hour down below was not enough. Upstairs we got to taste the wares, including the most luscious, buttery Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill and nutty, textured Uplands Cheese Company Pleasant Ridge Reserve.

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    "Shutter Island" Heads To Another Decade

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    World Gone Wrong: "The Baader Meinhof Complex"

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