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    FFF Final Shorts Deadline Approaches

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    Paladin Has "Blood"

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    Hard Paycheck: John Woo's "Red Cliff"

    Financed by the state-owned China Film Group Corporation to the tune of $80 million, John Woo's Red Cliff is the latest “most expensive Chinese film ever made,” following quickly upon such prior contenders as Curse of the Golden Flower and Hero. Woo's film is of course a massive-scale martial arts epic like its spendy predecessors, both of which were directed by Zhang Yimou. And Woo's take on the Asian blockbuster is very much like Zhang's: the cast is packed with innumerable Chinese superstars (Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhao Wei, Chang Chen, etc.) who play heroes that do everything from catching spears in mid-air to ripping arrows out of their own bodies and stabbing others with them. And as in Zhang's films, the carnage is immeasurable: hundreds of thousands of people are sliced, jabbed, or burned alive over the course of the film's bloated running time, which has itself been chopped for U.S. distribution. Click here to read the rest of Leo Goldsmith's review of Red Cliff.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The 200 Songs of the 2000s: 1-25 (!)

    So after three weeks of counting down, here lies the final 25 songs on my top 200 of the 2000s countdown.

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    Museum of the Moving Image Celebrates Tennessee Williams

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  • "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael ...
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Where Are The Hurt Locker Screeners?

    Oscar Watch: Where Are The Hurt Locker Screeners?

    At the start of the awards season, I had The Hurt Locker at the top of my top ten picks list. But right now quite a few other movies are getting more noise. That doesn't matter in the end. Finally, the Academy voters will dig back to all the films they saw this year, especially when they don't have time to see all the marginal indies in their DVD stack. It's more likely that they will remember the movies that the critics pick for their top ten lists at the end of the year, or that other awards groups like the Gothams, Critics Choice or Golden Globes anoint as must-sees.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    'Los Angeles Plays' New York

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Bonnie Fuller's HollywoodLife Debuts

    For those of you who think I spend too much time on Twilight, check out Mail.com mogul Jay Penske's answer to TMZ and Perez Hilton: HollywoodLife.com. While Penske acquisitions Deadline Hollywood and Movieline aren't breaking any traffic records, count on tabloid queen Bonnie Fuller to score by appealing to the lowest common denominator. As they all cross-promote each other, she will wind up sending traffic back to them. Scanning Fuller's neon pink site hurts my eyes, but I know that she's nailing her audience. Count me out, however. This is my idea of hell.

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    Film Forum Unveils Early 2010 Lineup

    Film Forum Unveils Early 2010 Lineup

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