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Critics Faves: Arty or Artful?

Critics Faves: Arty or Artful?
In the fall season, as hundreds of movies are launched and weighed at film festivals, critics come into their own. They don't hold much sway with audiences in the summer. But in the fall, suddenly, what they think does matter.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2009 8:58 AM
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Weekend Fires, Festival Watch, New Moon Pics, Battsek Talks

Weekend Fires, Festival Watch, New Moon Pics, Battsek Talks
Weekend News:Two Los Angeles County firemen were killed in a vehicle crash as they fought the Station fire near Acton after a long weekend battling fierce blazes in the Angeles National Forest brought on by hot, dry Southland weather. The Mt. Wilson tower-cam continued recording Sunday as wildfires threatened the mountain's radio and TV towers. Thousands of area residents were evacuated and sought shelter at local schools as their homes were endangered.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2009 6:12 AM
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Disney to Acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4 Billion

Marvel Entertainment was so successful as an independent studio that it's a surprise to see it gobbled up by the Mouse House. Disney announced early Monday that it plans to acquire the comics company that spawned Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men and The Hulk, among some 5,000 Marvel characters. “We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation,” said Disney chairman Robert Iger.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2009 4:34 AM
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Weekend Box Office: The Horror!

The Final Destination got a major lift from premium 3-D ticket prices as rivals cried foul, "no fair." The Weinstein Co. inexplicably competed with itself as Rob Zombie's Halloween II came in third after strong second-week holdover Inglourious Basterds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2009 12:53 PM
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LACMA Update

As the dust settles around the film program controversy at the Los Angeles County Museum, it's starting to look like director Michael Govan was as clever as a fox. Clearly, he wasn't happy with the way the film program was going. Announcing that he was shutting it down was a way to alert the media, improve attendance this summer, designate the film program as a curatorial department, and raise some badly needed funds to expand the programming. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Warner Warner Cable and Ovation TV saved the program through 2010 with $150,000 in pledges. The NYT reports.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2009 10:15 AM
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Best British Films Poll

The London Observer has published its best British films poll 1984-2009, from "more than 60 experts - directors, screenwriters, actors, critics - and a few smart outsiders." They asked me and include my list, too, on the jump. I picked 30 films from the list for our own poll. Write in any others you like, please. (UPDATE: Here's their top 25 list.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2009 9:33 AM
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Los Angeles Blows Hot

It was bloody hot in L.A. Saturday. Film Threat's Chris Gore was among those who had to evacuate their homes as fires advanced. He tweeted:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2009 7:42 AM
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More: Video

Video: Obama Eulogizes Ted Kennedy

President Barack Obama delivers a heartfelt eulogy to Ted Kennedy, saying he was "the greatest legislator of our time."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2009 6:47 AM
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More: Video, News

Weekend Read: Poland vs. Wells, Almodovar Talks Cruz, Time's Top 50 Sites, MTV Fall Preview

Hollywood Round-Up: MTV does the click per page routine with its fall movie preview, annoyingly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2009 7:42 AM
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Michael Sheen: New Man of a Thousand Faces

Michael Sheen: New Man of a Thousand Faces
Michael Sheen is as driven as the soccer coach he plays in The Damned United, his sixth collaboration with writer Peter Morgan. In demand for a range of roles, the Welsh-born stage actor has conquered London and Broadway, smart movies and genre franchises.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2009 6:32 AM
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