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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: King's Speech, Firth, Bening Lead Gurus 'o Gold Poll

    The Gurus 'O Gold will now be voting every week as the awards season picks up steam. The latest votes reflect where the Oscar race stands now, with consensus on the top six, led by The King's Speech, which played better for my Sneak Previews class than anything else has in five years of programming. We also voted on actor and actress.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: CJ CGV

    So. Korea’s CJ CGV which has its own theater in L.A.‘s Koreatown and, like China has an agreement with AMC Theaters for national releases, will release Korean films in the U.S.AMC president of programming Robert J. Lenihan said, “We have enjoyed great success over the past few years with Bollywood programming for the Indian community, our recently announced incentives in supporting Latino programming we believe will be very successful, and with the huge ... Asian audience in the United States and Canada, we have again become the leader in providing a diverse range of cinema experience at AMC.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Kevin James Makes His 'Dr. Doolittle' With 'The Zookeeper'

    Kevin James. Talking animals. A fat guy yelling seemingly non-stop. It looks like our cinematic prayers have been answered.

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  • The Playlist
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    Stephen Sommers To Direct Adaptation Of Dean Koontz's 'Odd Thomas'

    As the world not so eagerly anticipates the sequel to 2009's action-figure-to-big screen extravaganza "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra," here is a bit of Stephen Sommers news to help make that wait a little more bearable. Screen Daily (via ComingSoon) has confirmed that Sommers is set to direct an adaptation of Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas".

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Run Down: Danny Boyle's "127 Hours"

    In the opening minutes of 127 Hours, Danny Boyle’s adaptation of the based-on-a-true-story book by Aron Ralston, also known as the guy who cut his own arm off in order to free himself from a boulder, it seems the apparently ADD-afflicted filmmaker has found the perfect set-up for his hectic aesthetic. Set to the hyper-rhythms of Free Blood’s “Never Hear Surf Music Again” (opening lyrics: “Take it if it makes you numb, take it if it makes you cum…”), images of a speed-demon society race along in multi-screen flipbook fashion: athletes pushing to be more than they can be, long shots of cars racing across highways in fast motion. Boyle’s thesis is clear, if simplistic—we’re addicted to our own millennial pace, a global epidemic of adrenaline seeking. But treating Ralston’s story as kin to that of Trainspotting, which memorably realized addiction as a kinetic, first-person freefall, seems disingenuous and forced, a retroactive bit of auteurist form-fitting. Boyle’s visual choices, as always, are all over the map: bicyclists and freeways, okay, but close-ups of dripping water faucets from a variety of angles, split across multiple screens? Confused audience members can be forgiven for thinking the pre-show commercials are still running—it this movie or Mountain Dew commercial? Read Michael Koresky's review of 127 Hours.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Aussie Neo-Western 'Red Hill' Fails To Live Up To Its Promising Trailer

    If there was one movie this year that this writer wanted to be fantastic, it was "Red Hill." The trailer focused on the strikingly beautiful cinematography, but gave little detail on the plot. For that, it seemed fishy, but those misgivings were swiftly buried by piles and piles of awe. It basically looked like "No Country For Old Men" set in Australia, and while there was no shot in it being anywhere near as brilliant as that, it still held the possibility of being a strong film. Reading the director's statement was even more promising, as Patrick Hughes seemed passionate not only about his movie, but about movies in general. Seemingly down-to-earth, there was a connection made after reading, maybe even an unspoken friendship, as weird as that sounds. Alas, all this did was instill a vague guilty feeling after the movie, as despite Hughes's enthusiasm and the fine visual aesthetic, "Red Hill" is a blatantly amateur work.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Director/Picture Splits, Black Swan Promo

    Oscar Watch: Director/Picture Splits, Black Swan Promo

    - What are the odds of a director winning an Oscar without their film? LAT's new Awards Tracker blog considers the importance of the best director and best picture unity. "Over the past 20 years, the awards for best picture and director split only four times. That's 80% overlap," notes Tom O'Neil, pointing out that being "overdue" is a big factor. Could this happen with Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Christopher Nolan (Inception) or and Peter Weir (The Way Back)?

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Adam Sandler's 'Just Go With It' Is Yet Another Convoluted Romcom

    "From The Producers Of Grown Ups" should really be the only thing you need to know about this before you decide not to go see it.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: Asian Media Rights

    This is the second of three new U.S. distribution companies recently conceived of to give Asian films a platform in the U.S. This article comes from Patrick Frater's Film Business Asia, a free online publication based on data in the Asian film business that is a must-read for anyone in the business.

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  • Spout
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    Martin Sheen Cast in "Spider-Man" Reboot - Let's Recall His Last Comic Book Movie, "Spawn"

    Martin Sheen and Sally Field are likely to be cast as Uncle Ben and Aunt May in Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While this likely means Field won't end up, to fans' chagrin, Ma Kent or Ellen Lane in the next "Superman" film (and to original Lois Noel Neill's disappointment, she won't be the new Lois Lane either), it does mean this would be -- I'm pretty sure -- her first comic book movie. Sheen, on the other hand was in at least one major superhero movie, one that most of us would rather forget. But there it was popping back into my brain when I heard the news. So I might as well ruin everyone's day with shared recall.

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