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    Venice Day One: Black Swan Early Reviews, Machete

    As a Venice newbie, I got off the speed train from Rome, exited the station to a canal and grabbed a 40-minute ferry to the island the Lido. It's an adjustment. Basically a subway is a ferry here, a taxi is a motor boat or gondola, and houses have water in their basements with a garage for their boat (below). Trucks are boats too; Venice is under constant construction, like New Orleans. The Lido is a lovely resort (a bit like Fire Island or Catalina); I figured out that I needed to rent a bike to get around (I get a silly kick out of passing slow riders on the left). The casino location of the film festival (this is the 67th) is a maze of cor...

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    Venice Announces International Jury, Led by Tarantino

    We already knew that Quentin Tarantino was chairing the international jury at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. Now the Fest announces that he will be joined by Guillermo Arriaga, Arnaud Desplechin, Danny Elfman, Luca Guadagnino, and Gabriele Salvatores.

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    Sorkin's Facebook Script, Disney Calls Off Miramax-Weinstein Deal, Howard Stark in Tights

    - The Daily Beast blogger Choire Sicha got hold of an unofficial copy of Aaron Sorkin's screenplay about Mark Zuckerberg which portrays the Facebook founder as a "selfish, sexist, back-stabber," writes Sicha. Zuckerberg and Facebook are no strangers to user discontent over site changes followed by apologetic reassurances. Sorkin's script follows Zuckerberg from his Harvard dorm days and doesn't make any excuses for him, portraying him as an angry, "maybe-shy but maybe-unfeeling, inhuman, awful, back-stabbing, shallow little code monkey with about as much insight into human relations as a poorly developed friend-recommending algorithm." The Da...

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    #SXSW Wrap, Hits and Misses

    Continuing to build its rep as a balmy spring destination for genre fans and cinephiles alike, the 17th South by Southwest Film Festival saw a strong turnout at films and panels appealing to young males and indie filmgoers, from opener Kick-Ass and stoner-comedy Leaves of Grass to the more finely ca...

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    SXSW: Texas Film Hall of Fame: Tarantino Acceptance Speech

    For ten years the Austin Film Society's Texas Film Hall of Fame has handed out awards to the state's own--and deserving outsiders like Quentin Tarantino, who after 17 years of premiering his films and doing his QT Fests in Austin, was inducted by best buds Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez, wh...

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    Oscar Talk Episode 25: The Final Wrap-up

    Kris Tapley and I wrap up the Oscar season, from my night on the red carpet, backstage and at the Governor's Ball and how the show played, to why Geoffrey Fletcher's adapted screenplay beat Jason Reitman's for Up in the Air and Avatar won only three Oscars.

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    Oscar Box Office Bump? Nope. Except for Crazy Heart and An Education

    TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro lays out which films--if any--got a bump from this year's expanded Oscar derby.

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    Oscar Red Carpet: Clooney, Tarantino, Cameron as Showtime Nears

    Quentin Tarantino has lost his voice. Bill Mechanic the co-producer of the Oscars says he and Adam Shankman never fought and are new best friends. He's going in a populist direction with the show, he says, and they were tweaking things that didn't work last night.

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    Final Oscar Picks: The Hurt Locker vs. Avatar

    Here are my final picks for this year's Oscars.

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    Oscar Talk Episode 24: Final Oscar Picks

    Kris Tapley and I agree on many things, but as we make our final Oscar picks, we debate the last contentious categories: original screenplay, cinematography, art direction, editing and yes, best picture. We will analyze the winners on Monday.

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