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    Elijah Wood, RZA and Nacho Vigalondo Walk Into a Bar...

    Elijah Wood, RZA and Nacho Vigalondo Walk Into a Bar...

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    who is mark rylance??

    who is mark rylance??

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Venice Photo Gallery

    When you're in the thick of a film festival, it's hard to keep up with all the real news, reviews and just keeping your appliances charged. At Venice, especially, I kept running out of juice on my laptop, phone, camera or flip cam. Keeping them all up to snuff was a challenge. Thus some of my best Venice photos were taken with my BlackBerry, finally. Most of my time was spent on the Lido; I biked to the Movie Village from the yellow Viktoria Palace Hotel.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Waiting for Superman Meets Zuckerberg on Oprah

    Oscar Watch: Waiting for Superman Meets Zuckerberg on Oprah

    Paramount has sent out "for Your Consideration" six-city screening invites for Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island and Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for Superman, which got serious Oprah Winfrey love this week, with two shows devoted to the controversial American education expose. The second show also featured Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who didn't say much as Winfrey explained that he was reluctant to appear and had wanted to make his contribution to the Newark city schools anonymously.

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    NYFF: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    What should be mentioned first is the quiet. But when discussing Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives many will undoubtedly initially gravitate towards the monkey ghosts, the talking catfish, the materializing spirits. Yet it’s the hushed beauty of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films that perhaps most unites them, and which helps make his latest—the surprise Palme d’or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival—what it is, atmospherically, temperamentally, spiritually. The natural wonder of Apichatpong’s Northern Thailand, the swaying branches and grasses of its restive jungles and fields, its crickets and birds, breezes and hums, are all-encompassing on screen, thanks to the filmmaker’s immersive, simple yet forceful sound design, itself a gentle Buddhist gesture. Watching and listening, we are united with every living thing on screen, and we become aware of our place in the cosmos.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Frontrunners King's Speech vs. The Social Network, Why The Fighter Isn't A Shoo-In

    Oscar Talk: Frontrunners King's Speech vs. The Social Network, Why The Fighter Isn't A Shoo-In

    It's only September, which means that Kris Tapley and I are declaring The King's Speech and The Social Network frontrunners---for now. Which films could possibly supplant them? Toy Story 3 is an animated sequel. I argue that The Fighter is directed by the one and only David O. Russell, while Kris points out that All the President's Men was beaten by Rocky. The Beaver's Mel Gibson makes another problematic award-season figure. Ben Affleck's The Town needs to accumulate success and gravitas. And then there's the Coen brothers' True Grit.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Stone in Mainstream Studio Mode

    Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Stone in Mainstream Studio Mode

    Like the 1987 film, this Wall Street installment is Oliver Stone in mainstream studio mode. Sure, his political slant on the financial crisis comes through loud and clear--the son of a Wall Street broker is preaching to the choir at this point--and he uses cigar-chomping alpha male Josh Brolin, who played George W. Bush in W., as this film's embodiment of Wall Street greed and villainy, Master of the Universe Bretton James. But James, who is part of a sprawling ensemble, is less fleshed-out and articulate than Douglas's Gordon Gekko in the first film. He's a caricature.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Bollywood Robot Stars Rai, Rajni

    Screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Lost) just tweeted that he was going to India, possibly to see this movie, Shankar's Robot, due out September 24, starring Aishwarya Rai and Rajnikanth, plus a lot of visual effects and music by A. R. Rahman. Looks like Hollywood remake fodder to me.

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    Howl Review: Doc/Drama Hybrid Misfires, Franco Soars

    Howl is an ambitious and admirable film from documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk). The filmmakers started out trying to make a documentary, but wanted to be able to show poet Allen Ginsberg as a young man, delivering the searing, profane classic poem “Howl” in 1955. They workshopped the movie at various Sundance labs, but the transition from doc to dramatic feature is an awkward one. The documentarians fell into the trap of trying to make everything based on real life, including the “Howl” obscenity trial that made Ginsberg famous—but putting well-known actors Bob Balaban, David Straithairn and Jon Hamm, skilled as they are, into the courtroom just serves to underscore its inauthenticity.

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