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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    My Top Ten Cinematic Experiences of 2010 | #8 Otherwise Unavailable

    My Top Ten Cinematic Experiences of 2010 | #8 Otherwise Unavailable

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Watch: Vachon, Koffler and Iwashina's Killer Digital and Digital Artists Launch Series

    Killer Films goes digital with a new partnership among producers Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler of Killer Films (Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven) and their former CAA agent, Kevin Iwashina. The trio are jumping into the promising but as yet not remunerative digital content and distribution arena that poses a challenge for independents: How best to use social media to reach a large untapped indie fanbase? Finding an economic model for digital distribution is the indie Holy Grail. Killer Digital will start by producing short and long form video.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: David O. Russell Talks The Humor, Pathos & Women Of 'The Fighter'

    Long a personal pet project for Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter" finally kicked into gear once David O. Russell was brought into the director's chair (replacing Darren Aronofsky who exited and went on to make "The Wrestler"). The film was a rugged indie effort, but one that attracted top tier talent including Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, all of whom are being eyed as very strong candidates for nominations at the upcoming Oscars.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Production Watch: Wilde and Bana, Clooney and Bullock, Miller and Huston

    - Olivia Wilde and Eric Bana are in talks to star as outlawed siblings who cross paths with a troubled ex-boxer (Charlie Hunnam) in Kin, slated to shoot in Canada next March. The script comes from Zach Dean (his first feature) and Stefan Ruzowitzky (Anatomy, Anatomy 2, The Counterfeiters) is directing. Wilde, heating up with a stand-out performance in TRON: Legacy, has five titles lined up for 2011; Cowboys & Aliens, comedies Butter and The Change-Up, Now (a sci-fi thriller with Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy) and Civil War pic Cleburne (rumored). Bana is rumored to star in Sheldon Turner's By Virtue Fall, plays opposite Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan in Joe Wright's Hanna (releasing in April), has The Emperor's Children in development with director-writer Noah Baumbach (which co-stars Keira Knightley, Michelle Williams and Richard Gere), and is attached to Armored and Factor X (though neither appear to be going anywhere any time soon).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review—RABBIT HOLE

    A film about a couple trying to get over the loss of their young son is not likely to generate what marketers call a high “want-to-see” factor. But when the story is told with care, honesty, and even moments of humor that reflect the unpredictability—and absurdity—of life, it deserves to be seen.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review—TRON LEGACY

    If you’re old enough to remember seeing Tron when it came out in 1982, you may understand why I wasn’t chomping at the bit to see this much-hyped sequel. Tron was revolutionary in its use of computer graphics to place Jeff Bridges into a videogame environment—and that was definitely cool. But even cutting-edge technology needs a story to create a satisfying movie experience, and that’s where Tron fell short. I’m sorry to say the new movie is an example of history repeating itself.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review—HOW DO YOU KNOW

    If you admire such films as Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment, and As Good as it Gets, as I do, you’ll be rooting for James L. Brooks to score another bull’s-eye with his latest effort. But it’s clear pretty early on that How Do You Know is a muddled misfire: a tiresome, talky romantic comedy about a bright young woman who, at a vulnerable moment in her life, can’t decide between two men—neither of whom seems terribly appealing. That these three characters are played by Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd makes it even more—

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Tron: Legacy,' 'How Do You Know,' 'Yogi Bear,' 'Rabbit Hole'

    Hollywood lays out the red carpet for "Tron: Legacy" this week, because there's surprisingly little competition for the 3D spectacle this high-season almost holiday weekend. Sure, there's something for the kids with (shudder) "Yogi Bear" and something for the ladies with "How Do You Know," but 'Tron' is bringing some of that summer blockbuster swagger to winter. Maybe studio execs assume everyone's going to be spending those hard earned bucks on gifts or warm and toasty yuletide libations. At any rate, despite the rather slim pickins there's a little something for everyone at the multiplex, and even some awards-season contenders for those of you who treat Oscar nomination morning like the NFL draft pick.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Predicts Post-Critics Groups, Globes, SAG

    Does Blue Valentine or Another Year or Biutiful still have a shot? Will Winter's Bone or The Town make it onto the Oscar Ten? In Contention's @KrisTapley and @GuyLodge and I read the Oscar tea leaves in the wake of the critics votes, Golden Globes, and SAG nominations. We explain why critics' fave The Social Network isn't necessarily a shoo-in for best picture. And why the SAG Awards count more than the Golden Globes in the Oscar race, and why the HFPA didn't nominate How Do You Know? as a comedy. The guys like Tron: Legacy and Daft Punk a lot more than I do, that's for sure.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Oscar Watch: Hermano by Marcel Rasquin, Venezuela

    Venezuela’s submission for Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film Oscar, Hermano, (official site: www.hermano.com.ve) just showed at the Havana Film Festival in Cuba, where it won the Special Jury Prize for Opera Prima (First Film), and played in 800 and 1,200 seat theaters filled with enthusiastic Cubans who loved this international film. Director Marcel was happy to be in Cuba. He also explored its music and made discovery of 96 year old Juana Bacallao who sings cabaret in many of Cuba’s night spots.

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