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    BBC America To Co-Produce Third Series Of "Luther"

    I guess it pays to be a winner.  Because now that Idris Elba has been awarded the Golden Globe for his performance in BBC's Luther, everybody's on board to help get the next installment of the popular drama back on screens.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Oscar Contenders Update

    Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"

    The weekend after the nominations resulted in the leading contenders grossing around $30 million total, on par with recent years despite there not being one single film that boosted the total. Rather, the wealth, in varying degrees, was spread around a number of films, with “The Descendants” gaining the most.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Immersed in Movies: Editing 'The Descendants,' from Clooney to Ozu

    If "The Descendants" has a wild card in beating "The Artist," the front runner, for best picture, it's the George Clooney factor. He elevates the dramedy written and directed by Alexander Payne to cathartic heights.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Evan Shapiro's Festival Films to TV Series

    I like Evan Shapiro's blog, 15 Film Festival Darlings That Would Have Been Better as TV Series, and am posting it here for my readers. If you read my article to the end and read Evan's article along side of it, and if you like the ideas expressed, then help spread the word. Maybe Sundance itself will take note and I will have accomplished my mission of making this independent world of ours more accessible to more people in more ways. BTW, the photo is of me, Jeannie Berney and Dana Harris in the "good old days" of 2002 at Sundance.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Cinematic Catharsis at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

    Alright, I'm going to go there: The past 12 days at the Sundance Film Festival were a bit of a rough ride. And not simply because of severely first world problems like high altitute, long lines for free liquor, mediocre movies or alcohol-fueled exhaustion. Fresh from the extraordinarily despondent end of a 6-year relationship (that frankly was challenged by the essential double life that comes from spending half your time at film festivals), I made my way into Park City hoping somehow for distraction and comraderie and that sense of professional community that makes Sundance such an occasionally magical place.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Santa Barbara Performer of the Year and Oscar Front-Runner Viola Davis Seeks Roles "You Can Sink Your Teeth Into"

    At the height of awards season, at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers, presented actress Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award Friday,

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance Review: Weird & Sometimes Confusing 'John Dies At The End' Is Still An Odd & Engaging Genre Treat

    The problem addressing fans of “Midnight” films and wacky horror can succinctly be found in the opening of Don Coscarelli's “John Dies At The End.” It involves axe handles, zombies, mutant leeches, axe heads, hardware store trips and answering a dead man as to whether or not the axe in question is the same that killed him. Confused? If you are, then you don't want to stick around. If you're too overjoyed that the spiritual successor to Sam Raimi has appeared, you're in luck.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance: James Marsh Talks 'Shadow Dancer,' Circling 'Tinker Tailor' & The Oscar Snub For 'The Interrupters' & 'Senna'

    The culmination of James Marsh's slow-burn thriller “Shadow Dancer” is a change of color and a rather sudden spoiler engulfed in a fireball. But it's also another change in direction for the Oscar-winning director of “Man On Wire” and last year’s “Project Nim” that again displays the helmer’s versatility, as he moves between feature films and documentaries. And with his latest starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough, Marsh once again gives viewers a rich world worth exploring, this time in Ireland during The Troubles.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Liam Neeson Indie 'The Grey' Freezes Out Three Wide Openers

    With three new wide releases hitting the marketplace this weekend, along with a bevy of expanded Oscar runs, Open Road’s “The Grey” froze out the competition as it took the top spot with an estimated $20 million. The health of the marketplace overall remained robust as the total for all films this weekend was around $126 million, up some 15% from the comparable session a year ago and marking the fourth consecutive up frame at the boxoffice.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Tops The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards

    It was a fait accompli pretty much from minute one. No other film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival got as much buzz as 29-year-old first-time feature-length filmmaker Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," a mythical film about a 6-year-old girl who lives in a southern Delta community at the edge of the world (read our review here). And so it was no surprise that the film won the jury prize for best drama (and cinematography) at last night's Sundance awards ceremony.

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