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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Changes at Comcast/NBC/Universal, LAT and LA Weekly, John Woo, Serious Man Ending

    Changes at Comcast/NBC/Universal, LAT and LA Weekly, John Woo, Serious Man Ending

    John Woo is on the promo circuit with the shortened version of his Asian two-part epic Red Cliff--I'll file on my upcoming Q & A with him. Here's Movieline's interview.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    USC Professor Anne Friedberg Loved Windows

    It's always tough to say good-bye to a friend who dies too young. After a lingering fight against colorectal cancer, Anne Friedberg died October 9 at age 57.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    CMJ and a panel

    CMJ and a panel

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Broken Embraces

    If he weren’t so damn likable and talented, it would be tempting to begrudge Pedro Almodóvar his success. Almodóvar—always a gifted visual stylist—turned an artistic corner a decade ago with All About My Mother and its follow-up, Talk to Her. To the eye-popping color, self-conscious deconstruction of genre, and playful performativity that had characterized his earlier work, those films added an emotional maturity and clarity that his previous movies only hinted at. They were serious, and they were seriously fun to watch. Since then, Almodóvar has honed a brand of cinema that weds respectability and commercial viability so seamlessly that Cannes invites and U.S. distribution now come pro forma. That bankable Almodóvar brand, coupled with his larger-than-life personality, has made him one of the few breakout directorial stars of contemporary international cinema. People and critics love to love him and his movies. As a result, he’s difficult to criticize. Click here to read the rest of Chris Wisniewski's review of Broken Embraces.

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  • Week of Wonders
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    Patricia Field and the cast of UGLY BETTY @ TheTimesCenter

    Patricia Field and the cast of UGLY BETTY @ TheTimesCenter

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Beat Me Up With Your Lettuce...

    Beat Me Up With Your Lettuce...

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  • Spout
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    Toy Story 3 Trailer: We Keep Getting Older and They Stay the Same Age

    The last line of the new Toy Story 3 trailer speaks to my usual fear with sequels. “Return of the Astro-Nut,” says Hamm the piggy bank, referring to the fact that the pompous, delusional Buzz Lightyear of the beginning of the first movie is back in a kind of amnesia-induced excuse for recycled plot and humor. Only now he’s speaking in Spanish, so it’s different. I guess.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    All For The Best

    All For The Best

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Welcome to the Wild Card Oscars: Do Films like "Anvil!" Have a Best Picture Shot?

    Welcome to the Wild Card Oscars: Do Films like "Anvil!" Have a Best Picture Shot?

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Hello England!

    Where I shall be for the next 13 days covering the London Film Festival.

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