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    Tribeca Review: Julia Roberts-Produced 'Jesus Henry Christ' Is Blasphemously Joyless

    There's a moment in "Jesus Henry Christ" when a character is said to be in poor health. When asked what happened to him, the answer is "The Bulls won the championship." We flash back to 1998, where a lisping ethnic caricature sits on a couch; his shoulders slumped, defeated as the television blares news of the Bulls' championship triumph. The joke, we're meant to assume, is that there were serious repercussions to Chicago winning that championship, though we never exactly see what happens to our doomed, ultimately irrelevant character. Later, we learn in another cutaway occurring a half hour later for no apparent reason, that the man left the house to take out the garbage, only to absorb a bullet to the head, ostensibly fired in the air by an overzealous Bulls fan.So the joke... yeah.

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  • Spout
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    Anyone Remember "The Wraith"? See Charlie Sheen as a Fast and Furious Ghost

    I'm anxious to see how "Fast Five" works so well (according to many critics), in spite of it seeming so familiar, whether within the context of its own franchise or in its apparent transition towards more of a straight heist flick (and the next film is supposedly headed even more into that genre). As much as I joke that I'm waiting for the gang to blast out of orbit for some spaceship racing (as per this pitch I suggested last year), it's nice when a franchise can stay reasonably grounded and consistent while making some slight changes along the way. That said, I'm also certain that I'd love a "Fast and the Furious" sequel that brought Charlie Sheen in as a phantom driver, a la the little-remembered movie "The Wraith."

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    Jeremy Renner Developing Steve McQueen Biopic As Star Vehicle, James Gray To Write The Script

    Just yesterday we called for an intervention for Jeremy Renner, following the announcement he joined the voice cast of "Ice Age 4." The Oscar nominated actor has been worrying us of late, as he has a string of roles in big shiny tentpoles -- "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," "The Bourne Legacy," "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" -- that aren't necessarily the best showcase for his tremendous talent. Well, Renner has bounced back into our good books as not only has he set up his own production shingle -- something almost every actor of note has in Hollywood -- but the first project sounds great.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    A Star is Born

    There isn’t really a more quintessential show-business drama than a love story between two professionals, one on the way up, the other on the way down. Variations abound, but the most famous of these——the “Star is Born” story——has been made four times (and a fifth is being readied): The first, about a struggling young actress and an alcoholic film director (Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman), was a modest success called What Price Hollywood? and was directed in 1932 by George Cukor (one of his first films) and produced by David O. Selznick, who five years later turned it into a rising young actress and a fading movie star (Janet Gaynor and Fredric March), in the smash success——and one of the earliest color films——A Star Is Born (1937) directed by William Wellman.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Three Points - What I'm Watching Now

    Three Points - What I'm Watching Now

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking

    Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking

    Emmy Watch columnist Amy Dawes takes a hard look at the new shows that debuted this year, and ranks their chances of landing Emmy Nominations right off the bat.Nothing is more exciting – at least to an Emmy watcher - than when a brand new series not only entertains our socks off and reinvigorates the medium, but sweeps the awards its first time out.  And despite a perception that members of the TV Academy are lazy and vote for the same ol’ same ol’, this has happened a fair amount in recent years. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Ron Howard Wants 'Amnesty' In Film Described As Mix Between Tolkien & Robert Ludlum

    It seems Ron Howard has been bitten by the fantasy bug. Either that, or he sees the writing on the wall and with "The Hobbit" coming next year and "Game Of Thrones" earning huge buzz on HBO, the genre is gearing up for a comeback. Anyway, he's already got the massive film-and-TV franchise "The Dark Tower" which he will get to next, but he's attached himself to another fantasy picture. Sort of.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Amazon Studios Offers Free and Licensed Library of 2,000 Songs

    Amazon Studios -- which invites filmmakers and screenwriters to submit their works for discovery -- announces the release of 2000 free and licensed movie-production music tracks for any registered and signed-in member on their site. Amazon Studios says they added the feature: "in order to enhance the overall viewing experience of the movies they upload to the site. Amazon Studios also recognizes that it’s hard for filmmakers to get valid licenses to soundtrack music for their test movies. Sound and music are important parts of how test movies garner more engaged feedback from movie fans than just scripts alone. Every month, Amazon Studios offers a $100,000 award to the best test movie."

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    Review: 'Sympathy for Delicious' Is A Drab, Outdated Drama

    The jittery, just-before-the-film-runs-out-of-the-camera opening title sequence of "Sympathy for Delicious," seems to intentionally (or maybe it's unintentionally) call back the music videos that defined the early '90s grunge rock scene. This makes sense, in a way, because so many of the characters in the film seem to have been drawn out of that particular flannel-shirted milieu. But that's not the thing that makes the sequence so irritating. There's something both arty and offhand about the sequence, in a way that draws attention to itself – it's handmade quality that screams "Hey, look at me!" And it's evocative of the problems with "Sympathy for Delicious" as a whole. The directorial debut of eerily handsome character actor (and recent Oscar nominee) Mark Ruffalo, "Delicious" is the kind of fitfully preening indie drama that tries for profundity and visual grace but comes across as an ugly, cloying annoyance that has less to say (and much less to look at) that your typical Hollywood endeavor. It's one of those low budget movies that took a decade to finish and all you can wonder is - Why did anyone try so hard for so little?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hollywood Foreign Press Association Picks Date for Golden Globes 69: January 15, 2012

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has chosen the date for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, to be held Sunday, January 15, 2012. Full schedule and timetable are below:

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