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Avatar: Cameron Delivers Joyous Cinema

Avatar: Cameron Delivers Joyous Cinema
James Cameron's Avatar takes you to an exotic world, Pandora, seen through the sad eyes of paraplegic marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) as he falls in love with tribal princess Neyteri (Zoe Saldana) and her people, the Na'vi.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2009 3:22 AM
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Avatar Early Reviews: Geni is Out of the Bottle

Avatar Early Reviews: Geni is Out of the Bottle
While Fox tried to cap the reviews on Avatar with an embargo, London's Guardian reviewed from the premiere (where MTV's Josh Horowitz tweeted the red carpet) and The Hollywood Reporter posted an early review, then Variety. (The rest will follow: the Avatar embargo has been lifted by Fox.) Tweets have been ongoing since the screenings began on the East Coast. On my Twitterfeed at least, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Holding the embargo on this one was a fantasy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2009 12:03 AM
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  • 11 Comments

Year End Wraps: Ten Best of 2009 and Decade

Without having seen Avatar, I've posted my ten best of the year and the decade.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2009 11:40 AM
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Oscar Duel: Yes, It's Good, but is Precious An Oscar Movie?

Oscar Duel: Yes, It's  Good, but is Precious An Oscar Movie?
In this dueling blog, Moviefone's resident Oscarologist Jack Mathews and I discuss the Oscar merits of festival and indie box office hit Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. We both agree that the inner-city drama about a sexually and emotionally abused teenage girl and the dedicated teacher who raises her self-esteem is a profoundly moving human story. But does it have the right stuff to make the Best Picture ballot for the 2009 Academy Awards? Mathews first.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2009 7:44 AM
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Oscar Watch: Will Academy Voters Take Sci-Fi Seriously?

Oscar Watch: Will Academy Voters Take Sci-Fi Seriously?
One of the big questions this Oscar season surrounds the chances of such sci-fi genre fare as Avatar, Star Trek and District 9 to land on Oscar's best-picture Top Ten List. I dig into that question here and come up with some surprising answers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2009 7:30 AM
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Jeremy Renner Talks The Hurt Locker

Jeremy Renner Talks The Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner has been breaking out for a long time. The 38-year-old Californian has starred in more than 20 movies, from S.W.A.T. to Dahmer and now, delivers the performance of his career as a fearless, focused dismantler of bombs in Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq thriller The Hurt Locker. There's a good chance that he could land in the fifth slot for the best actor Oscar. My flip cam interview is divided in three parts:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2009 6:53 AM
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Ten Questions for Bright Star's Jane Campion: "I've Never Made a Crap Film"

Ten Questions for Bright Star's Jane Campion: "I've Never Made a Crap Film"
Bright Star was brilliantly reviewed on the film fest circuit from Cannes to Toronto. But some critics praise its undeniable visual style and directorial panache (the film won a special cinematography prize from the National Board of Review) but find the 19th-century period drama lacking in deep emotion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2009 6:26 AM
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Big Changes at Trades; Nielsen Sells Hollywood Reporter, Variety Erects Pay Wall

Big changes at the trades today. Nielsen Business Media is selling The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek, the Clio Awards, Backstage, Film Journal and its Film Expo business to e5 Global Media. It will fold its declining pubs Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews. The deal should close on December 31.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2009 5:32 AM
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Critics Watch: Paying for Opinions

Critics Watch: Paying for Opinions
It's not news that film critics are under assault as print publishing struggles to survive. (Here's Sean Means' updated list of 60 "departed" critics since January 2006.) When faced with the harsh reality of future prospects, heavy workload or the low wages of freelance journalism, some are getting out of the profession altogether.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 9, 2009 5:22 AM
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Variety Adds Editor, Installs Pay Wall

After Peter Bart stepped down as editor-in-chief of daily and weekly Variety, his second-in-command, Tim Gray, took over. Among the layoffs that followed were long-time daily editors Michael Speier (now at Disney) and Kathy Lyford. While ex-THR editor Cynthia Littleton has been filling in, the paper has been looking for someone to run the daily. (Littleton, who enjoys writing books as well as features, insists on continuing in a non-administrative role.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2009 10:40 AM
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