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#LFF: London Calling

#LFF: London Calling
After the Precious screening Friday evening I wandered off into the night and eventually found my way back to the May Fair Hotel off Berkeley Square. I walked down Regent Street, London's Madison Avenue, and was impressed by The Gap display window for LFF opener The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The crisp fall weather is fair and breezy with the occasional drizzle, not too cold.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2009 3:45 AM
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Bloggers Disclosure Rules Redux

J. Sperling Reich of Showbiz Sandbox interviewed critic James Rocchi, journo Michael Giltz and me about the controversy surrounding the FTC blogger disclosure rules. The topic of junkets got quite heated. Here's the post that ignited quite a reaction on this blog.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2009 3:37 AM
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#LFF: Precious Scores in London, Chicago

#LFF: Precious Scores in London, Chicago
Anyone wondering about a Precious backlash need only sit through the movie with an audience. The movie plays, people. It won the audience prize at the Chicago Film Fest, and scored at its London Film Fest gala as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2009 10:58 AM
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Oscar Talk, Episode 7: Amelia, Precious, Awards Circuit

Oscar Talk, Episode 7: Amelia, Precious, Awards Circuit
Fresh off the plane from LA to London, in advance of my London Film Fest activities, I got on Skype with In Contention's Kris Tapley for our weekly kudocast. We went deep on what went wrong with Amelia, what's going right with Precious, the plethora of awards-worthy but small-scale projects from Sony Pictures Classics (from Coco Before Chanel and An Education to Moon, The Damned United and The Last Station), films that will struggle to get plucked for viewing from Academy voters' DVD piles, and the start of awards season with the Gotham nominations and the Hollywood Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2009 10:04 AM
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Amelia: When Biopics Go Bad

Amelia: When Biopics Go Bad
What went wrong with Amelia?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 23, 2009 4:11 AM
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London Film Fest: Coming Up

London Film Fest: Coming Up
I'm off to the London Film Festival for a few days. It's my first time covering this fest, and I'm going because they're flying me over. Friday night, they're screening Precious. Gabourey Sidibe is the only one going at this point. Lee Daniels, who is profiled in this Sunday's NYT Magazine, is sick, and may not make it for his Master Class on Saturday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2009 11:51 AM
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Journalism in 3-D: Is Content Dead?

"If content is not king," asked Variety publisher Neil Stiles at a downbeat Digital Hollywood journalism panel Wednesday, "what is?"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2009 1:33 AM
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Things I Learned at Digital Hollywood

A Digital Hollywood conference seems to comes around every few months, as folks like me trek out to Santa Monica to see if there's anything new to be gleaned about the digital future which seems to be trashing livelihoods all around us. Just this week cuts were announced at the LA Times, NY Times, and Conde Nast. Even online indie Spoutblog is letting critic Karina Longworth go. No more original content, warns the site.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2009 11:55 AM
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Oscar Watch: Academy Hires Producers, NYT Recasts Carpetbagger

Oscar Watch: Academy Hires Producers, NYT Recasts Carpetbagger
Now that the Academy has announced a team of Oscarcast producers, director Adam Shankman and ex-Fox studio chief-turned-producer Bill Mechanic, the business of choosing a host can begin.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2009 10:38 AM
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More: Awards, Oscars

Twilight Saga: New Moon Clip: Lautner Turns into Wolf

It's hard to resist the lure of a new Twilight Saga: New Moon clip. The marketing folks at Summit are trying to turn Taylor Lautner into the next Rob Pattinson. He's the new romantic interest for depressed Bella (Kristen Stewart) while her vampire lover has fled the scene (to save her life, natch). Well, while Lautner worked out like crazy to give himself some physical heft for his role as a werewolf, and has developed a following--he's no Pattinson. The sequel opens November 19.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2009 5:32 AM
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