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  • Leonard Maltin
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    music review: The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954-56

    Few stars in the history of show business can match Bing Crosby for longevity and popularity in every medium of entertainment; he was at once a top-ranked star of movies, radio, and recordings. (How many Oscar winners for Best Actor can you name who also made best-selling records, year after year?) That doesn’t include his other professional pursuits, from golf and horse-racing to the development of audiotape. Many facets of Bing’s life and career underwent serious change in the 1950s, from the death of his wife Dixie to the near-death of network radio, which he had dominated for twenty years. In 1954 he earned an Oscar nomination for his dramatic film, The Country Girl, and then made a momentous decision, to...

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  • iW NOW
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    American Cinematheque Announces Feb Cult Films

    American Cinematheque Announces Feb Cult Films

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Watch: Redford vs. Gilmore, Howl, Restrepo

    Sundance Watch: Redford vs. Gilmore, Howl, Restrepo

    Sundance started slushy on Thursday, but by nightfall, the mayor of Park City was thanking the festival for bringing snow. "With this fest, you'll see that new things are going on here," said Robert Redford before the debut of Howl. "I believe we are getting back to our roots." He promised more experimentation. "You'll see that evidenced tonight in this film," he said, recalling seeing Allen Ginsberg read at the City Lights Bookstore, even before "Howl."

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    So There's This Movie We'd Like to Recommend . . .

    Avatar, James Cameron’s muscular fantasy of cross-cultural warfare and romance, has spent its first month in release bludgeoning its way nearly to the top of the all-time grosses pile. And it inches ever closer to unseating the highest grossing (without adjustment for inflation) film of all time: James Cameron’s Titanic. As of this writing, it’s taken home Golden Globes for Best Director and Picture, and now seems destined for Academy Award success. It’s taken us a while to get around to reviewing it, but there’s value in viewing a film like Avatar from this vantage point, well in the wake of the weekly critics, the blogs, the backlash, the backlash to the backlash, the film’s massive financial windfall, and the curious cases of fans suffering a “blue dip” from their inability to join the Na’vi race on Pandora (not to mention amateur Na’vi porn sites). Larger questions than how successful the film is as art enter into the equation; assessment of the film’s aesthetic merits shouldn’t be avoided, but it’s clear by now that Avatar represents something important, something very big to the industry—in the sense of how films are made, distributed, exhibited, and received—but what that is remains unclear. It feels likely at this point that we’ll look back on the last major release of the aughts as a watershed moment and feel that big budget entertainments were different post-Avatar. But how?

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Robert Redford Subtly Dissing Geoff Gilmore at the Sundance Opening Conference

    Robert Redford Subtly Dissing Geoff Gilmore at the Sundance Opening Conference

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Sundance Skepticism

    Sundance Skepticism

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Tarantino vs. Cameron vs. Bigelow vs. Reitman vs. Daniels

    Oscar Watch: Tarantino vs. Cameron vs. Bigelow vs. Reitman vs. Daniels

    On the plane to Salt Lake City, I was listed A 01 on Southwest for the first time, like first class, and got out before they shut down some southern California flights due to high winds.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    @Sundance 2010: Will new rules = new results?

    @Sundance 2010: Will new rules = new results?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Paramount Acquires Guggenheim Doc Waiting for Superman

    The new guy running the specialty label Paramount Vantage? Paramount film group president Adam Goodman, who pre-emptively acquired worldwide rights to the new Davis Guggenheim documentary Waiting for Superman as the fest got under way Thursday.

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  • iW NOW
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    Paramount Nabs Sundance "Superman" Doc

    Paramount Nabs Sundance "Superman" Doc

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