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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Avatar May Debut at Knowles Butt-Numb-A-Thon

    AICN's Harry Knowles has long cultivated close friendships with powerful filmmakers. Peter Jackson showed him The Lovely Bones before any one else, and now I hear that James Cameron, who often calls Knowles when he wants to promote something, is trying to override studio Twentieth Century Fox's antipathy toward the Austin-based webmaster (who likes to blast co-chairman Tom Rothman) by giving him Avatar to screen at his annual December 24-hour film marathon Butt-Numb-A-Thon. The BNAT shows classic films as well as such premieres as The Passion of the Christ, Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Magnolia, Knocked Up, 300 and V for Vendetta.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Wright and Wrong: Rebecca Miller's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee"

    One of contemporary cinema’s most graceful, taken-for-granted actors, Robin Wright, too long in the shadow of her ex-husband, would seemingly have finally found the perfect leading role in Rebecca Miller’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, in which she plays a graceful, taken-for-granted wife and mother. Onscreen, Wright imbues her roles with effortless compassion, which is always just barely peeking out from layers of weariness and insecurity. Her lack of actorly grandstanding has often relegated her to smaller roles, but rather than languish in supporting parts, she thrives, from her one-scene, one-shot wonder in Rodrigo Garcia’s Nine Lives, in which, pregnant and dissatisfied, she comes upon an old flame in a supermarket and runs through a lifetime emotions with the merest flickers in her eyes, to the seemingly thankless estranged-wife role in Shyamalan’s Unbreakable, which in a few scenes she turns into a symphony of regret and doubt. Unfortunately with Pippa Lee this most deserving of actresses has found a role in a film that doesn’t deserve her. Click here to read the rest of Michael Koresky's review of The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    "Greenberg" Trailer

    "Greenberg" Trailer

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  • iW NOW
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    Bahamas Intl Film Fest Unveils Lineup

    Bahamas Intl Film Fest Unveils Lineup

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Greta's All Grown Up in 'Greenberg'

    Greta's All Grown Up in 'Greenberg'

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Nintendo Wii Gets In the VOD Game

    Nintendo Wii Gets In the VOD Game

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    MAOW is One for the Family

    MAOW is One for the Family

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Oscar, Take A Bow

    Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S. Like many other movie lovers and purists, I was upset when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it would be removing all honorary awards from its Oscar broadcast in 2010. This was often the highlight of the show for me, though I realize that it must have been boring for viewers who don’t care about movie history. The Academy promised it would stage an elegant event in November that would bestow even more honorary awards than usual in a given year.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: The Big Four Are Screening

    Oscar Watch: The Big Four Are Screening

    I've seen Rob Marshall's Nine and Clint Eastwood's Invictus, but I am not allowed to write about them just yet. And I got my screening invite today for Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones. They start at the end of the week. I've been reading the Alice Sebold novel, which is as cool as I had heard. So I didn't read Harry Knowles' early review too carefully. I want to make up my own mind. But clearly, he loves the movie.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt Makes 'Em Laugh on SNL

    I have always dug Joseph Gordon-Levitt, from success d'estime Brick to Searchlight hit 500 Days of Summer. But did I know he had Donald O'Connor in him? No! Check out his gut-splitting, floor-to-ceiling rendition of Singing in the Rain's "Make 'Em Laugh:"

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