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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    True Grit Surges Past $100 Million at Sleepy Box Office; Cage and Paltrow Pics Are Soft

    On its third go-round, True Grit surged on momentum and strong word-of-mouth to finally beat comedy sequel Little Fockers. The Oscar-buzzed Coen brothers western starring Jeff Bridges faced little or no competition, as many studio holiday entries collapsed. (See TOH's year-end box office wrap.) Anthony D'Alessandro reports:It was a ghost town at the cinema this weekend. Paramount’s True Grit continued to hang its B.O. high as it crossed the $100-million mark Sunday and pushed Universal’s family laffer Little Fockers to second place  ($13.8 million). Also falling short were two new wide entries, Relativity Media’s Nicolas Cage crusades actioner Season of the Witch ($10.7 million), and  Sony/Screen Gems' women's drama Country Strong ($7.3 million), starring Gwenyth Paltrow. Overall box office receipts totaled an estimated $114 million, off 29% from the same frame year ago when Avatar continued to be a phenomenon, grossing $50 million for the weekend.

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    "We're getting there"

    "We're getting there"

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  • The Playlist
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    Farrelly Brothers Deny Casting Reports On 'The Three Stooges'

    Not so fast. Earlier in the week, The Wrap reported that "Saturday Night Live" star Andy Samberg, "Jackass" co-founder Johnny Knoxville and an Australian comedian named Shane Jacobson were on the shortlist to lead Bobby and Peter Farrelly's long-gestating feature-length version of "The Three Stooges" film now that erstwhile principal leads Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio del Toro had moved on.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lane and Gandolfini Talk HBO's Cinema Verite, About An American Family's the Louds

    At the Television Critics press tour in Pasadena, HBO screened footage from Cinema Verite, a new look at reality TV pioneers the Loud family, reports Amy Dawes:First-look footage from HBO’s Cinema Verite unveiled Friday in L.A. at the television press tour played as a punchy, potent and emotionally explosive look at what went on behind the scenes during the creation of a landmark television experience.

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    More: TV, HBO
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lionsgate's Pantelion to Release Diego Luna's Feature Debut Abel

    A few years ago, Mexican star Diego Luna's assured directorial debut Abel, about a troubled young boy who returns home from a hospital stint to take on the role of the family’s missing father, would have been scooped up by a specialty distrib. But in today’s market, a small-scale Spanish-language art film faces tougher going (see Biutful).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    My BlackBerry is Not Working

    This BBC One skit from The One Ronnie is hilarious:

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    More: Video
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Haynes and Winslet Talk Revisionist HBO Mildred Pierce

    Indie filmmaker Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven) talked to television critics about his first foray into television on HBO's Mildred Pierce Friday at the press tour in Pasadena. TOH contributor Amy Dawes reports: The revisionist spirit that shaped classic 1970s American films like Chinatown and The Godfather was a guiding source of inspiration for Todd Haynes in adapting James L. Cain’s 1941 novel Mildred Pierce.

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    The Social Network Scores Top Awards at National Society of Film Critics (UPDATED)

    The Social Network Scores Top Awards at National Society of Film Critics (UPDATED)

    The Social Network is still the consensus choice as top film of 2010 among film critics, as the National Society of Film Critics voted the film best picture, director (David Fincher), writer (Aaron Sorkin) and star (Jesse Eisenberg). The 61 critics voted at their annual meeting in New York at Sardi's. Los Angeles and New York critics also went with the film, which the Gurus 'O Gold tip as the frontrunner in the Oscar race.

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  • The Playlist
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    Steven Soderbergh Confirms April 22nd 'Haywire' Release Date, Calls 'Contagion' A "Horror" Film

    Director Says He's Absolutely Sincere About Retirement, Wants To Do 'Liberace' & 'Man From U.N.C.L.E' FirstLet's keep part of this brief. We reported that Steven Soderbergh's upcoming spy action-thriller, "Haywire," starring MMA fighter Gina Carano, was hitting theaters April 22, 2011 late last year. In case you had any doubts, and or to be Nikki Finke about it, the director himself confirmed that date in a podcast with NFL Total Access host Rich Eisen (yes, the filmmaker is also a major pigskin addict).

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    New Katie Aselton ('The Freebie') Will Be A Thriller, 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' Still Being Edited

    We chatted with actor/director Katie Aselton (wife of filmmaker Mark Duplass) recently; the filmmaker doing the rounds of promotion for the DVD release of "The Freebie," her directorial debut also starring Dax Shepard. The disc arrives on January 11th, so pre-order and add to queues appropriately: this one's a solid, nerve-wracking relationship piece, one that would fit appropriately in a double-feature with "Blue Valentine" -- that is, should any cold-hearted theater curator ever have the gall to do such a thing.

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