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    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 sty...

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    The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story Premieres

    Amy Dawes caught the L.A. premiere of The Greatest Ears In Town, based on the life and footage of music luminary, Arif Mardin. She also stuck around for an inspired Q&A:

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    Love Ranch: Early Reviews

    So far, Taylor Hackford's Love Ranch, which the director rescued from David Bergstein limbo, is not faring too well with early reviewers. They tend to like Helen Mirren (who is married to Hackford) more than her co-stars or the film. The movie will need more ardent love before it opens June 30.

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    Entourage Season 7: Give it a Chance

    Entourage Season 7 is upon us. Is it worth watching? Don't judge the show by the first episode, warns TOH reviewer Tim Appelo: "the season is still promising and could turn out a winner."

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    HBO's Entourage Season Seven Debuts Sunday, Behind-the-Scenes Video

    Jeremy Piven once bit my head off at a Toronto Fest party when I wanted to talk about Entourage instead of whatever forgettable movie he was in that year. Well, I'm still interested in the HBO series about Hollywood, even after six seasons. Accept it Piven: you were born to play Ari Emanuel--um, Gol...

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    Raavan's Bachchan and Rai Do The Ramayana: Badly

    Big-budget Bollywood adventure Raavan, starring the golden couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai--from writer-director Mani Ratnam, director of Guru, with a rousing score by Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman--is a big overwrought dud. It's one of those dead-serious over-scale extrava...

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    Knight and Day: Early Reviews Are Mixed

    I find myself rooting for James Mangold's Knight and Day, which functions better as a breezy summer popcorn rom-com than an action-packed chase movie, as Justin Chang of Variety points out:

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    Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works

    No question that everyone gets that audiences are suffering sequel and remake overload. But Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner overstates the case that Hollywood is back to chasing originals when he cites a few anecdotal examples of recent studio buys.

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    Film Scholar Brunette Dies at Taormina

    Film academic and critic Peter Brunette died of a sudden heart attack at age 66 Wednesday morning at the Taormina Film Festival. I knew him well. We'd do round tables together at Cannes, share post-screening takes standing by our mail boxes at the Palais, or hang in line at Telluride. He was an infe...

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    Toy Story 3: Early Reviews and Featurette

    I had lunch today with Matt Atchity, the LA-based editor-in-chief of critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which Flixster acquired from Fox/IGN in January. The marriage is a happy one--Flixster's mobile phone app and other efforts are tripling RT's traffic, which is back on the rise. The film that sat...

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