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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Boffo Holiday Weekend Box Office, But Twilight Saga: Eclipse Doesn't Beat Spider-Man 2 or New Moon

    After a slow start to the summer season, movie ticket sales finally took off over the 4th of July weekend, driven by two powerful sequels, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Toy Story 3, and a review-proof family adventure from M. Night Shyamalan, The Last Airbender. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Women ♀ in Audiovisual Europe (CIMA)

    This June, over 100 women in film and TV and new technologies met in Santiago de Compostela, Spain for three days of intense discussion and dialogue with several panels with 41 speaking guests from 15 European countries. Provided with a wealth of knowledge from different backgrounds in film and audiovisuals in Europe, .everybody was asked to join in and to propose ideas on how to achieve gender equality in the industry. CIMA's president, Ines Paris, stated clearly in the CARTA COMPOSTELA what will be tackled over the coming years. Please find a note from Margaret von Schiller who left the Berlinale Panorama and moved to Spain. Ines Pari's letter follows underneath along with the CARTA COMPOSTELA itself in English and in Spanish.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Cartoons Forever!

    As Toy Story 3 racks up some of the best reviews of the year, I’m pleased that so many critics have taken time to make note of the innovative short-subject that accompanies it. Day & Night—which is so clever it’s almost impossible to describe—is the work of an up-and-coming talent named Teddy Newton whom the folks at Pixar have earmarked for big things.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    2010 Mid-Year Report Top CriticWIRE ♀

    Not to be too self reverential here, but I have to thank Peter Knegt (June 29, 2010) for his Mid-Year Report's including the Female Factor ♀ which I quote here.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    This is what's wrong with online viewing: murder and zit-cream

    For an upcoming article, I was doing a little research on director Romain Gavras -- son of the legendary Greek director Costas-Gavras ("Z"). An up-and-coming filmmaker, the young Gavras has made a name for himself in the music video world, most recently with the banned-from-YouTube mini-film for M.I.A.'s "Born Free," a stylish piece of violent R-rated politicized sci-fi, somewhere between Aldous Huxley and "Children of Men." (It's got a clever twist, but doesn't know where to take it.) Either way, I'm writing this not because of the video, but the ironic advertising push that came along with viewing it. I realize not all video websites are as crass as Daily Motion, in this case, but this seems to me a test case for how NOT to monetize: While watching the video, imagine my surprise to see an ad for teenage zit cream (see below) pop up over Gavras' haunting vision of racist-inspired slaughter.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Happy Fourth of July!

    Happy Fourth of July!

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  • The Lost Boys
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    London Pride

    London Pride

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Charlie St. Cloud Stars Zac Efron

    Universal has released the trailer for weepie Charlie St. Cloud (below), due in theaters July 30.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Kehr on Keaton

    Kehr on Keaton

    A required read for any self-respecting cinephile is critic Dave Kehr's weekly DVD column in the NYT. At a time when most new movies don't offer much to digest for the sophisticated film critic, Kehr has the best beat in town: DVDs. Every week, Kehr shares his erudite knowledge and elegant prose style. And he outdoes himself with this week's essay on the greatest silent comedian, Buster Keaton, who like his rival Charlie Chaplin, directed his own films--but for too short a time. (A new DVD of Steamboat Bill, Jr. is hitting stores, as well as Lost Keaton, which includes sixteen Educational Pictures shorts he made in the 30s.)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Debating Eclipse and Knight and Day with At the Movies' Phillips and Scott

    Apparently my defense of James Mangold's Knight and Day so astonished At the Movies' Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott that the co-hosts asked me to debate the subject with them online via Skype; we also tangled a bit on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which Scott liked, but Phillips loathed.

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