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Conan Goes Nasty on NBC

In his first Tonight Show monologue following the NBC announcement of Jay Leno's return to 11:30, Conan O'Brien lets loose on NBC:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2010 7:51 AM
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More: TV, Video

Sony Reboots Spider-Man 4, Parts Ways with Raimi and Maguire

Spider-Man 4 will be going forward without Sam Raimi, who shepherded the first three installments, or stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2010 12:22 AM
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French New Wave Director Eric Rohmer Dies

French New Wave auteur Eric Rohmer is one of my favorite directors of all time. He has died, at age 89.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2010 7:48 AM
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More: Directors, Obit

Writers Guild Noms Bring Surprises

Writers Guild Noms Bring Surprises
The Writers Guild Award nominations are in. Remember, as far as future Oscar noms are concerned, the list of ineligible WGA films this year was long: Inglourious Basterds, Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Me and Orson Welles, A Single Man and An Education among them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2010 7:21 AM
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Finke Poaches Variety Scoop-King Fleming

Finke Poaches Variety Scoop-King Fleming
As Variety hides behind a pay wall in a misguided attempt to salvage its outdated print model, Jay Penske-owned Deadline/Hollywood has poached Variety's biggest breaking news hound, Mike Fleming, to run the new Deadline/New York.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2010 4:31 AM
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More: News, Media

Sundance Juries Include Banks, Posey, Spurlock, Vachon, Schwarzbaum

Sundance has announced the members for its five juries for 2010. The ten-day fest fest gets under way January 21.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2010 3:53 AM
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SpeedCine 2.0 Expands Global Reach

On Monday, SpeedCine founder and CEO Reid Rosefelt goes international with a new language filter, design and features. Stand-up comedy and concert films are now visible on the site, along with a button for new releases.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2010 2:51 AM
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Palm Springs: Directors Talk Ajami, Samson & Delilah, I Killed My Mother, The Misfortunates

While some Academy foreign language committee members have complained of the plethora of downbeat World War II/holocaust/war movies in this year's selection (as though member countries think this is what Academy voters tend to go for), the films cherry-picked from the Palm Springs Fest's program of 41 (out of 67) Oscar submissions for this year's annual filmmakers' panel were four contemporary Cannes entries. Ably moderated by Variety's Peter Debruge, the panel focused (in photo, from left) on Australia's Samson & Delilah (Warwick Thornton), Israel's Ophir-winner Ajami (Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani), Belgium's The Misfortunates (Felix Van Groeningen) and Canada's French-language I Killed My Mother (Xavier Dolan).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2010 2:14 AM
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Palm Springs Weekend: Dogtooth, City of Life and Death

Palm Springs Weekend: Dogtooth, City of Life and Death
Nora and I drove out to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Saturday, already well under way (it winds up on the 18th). Fest director Darryl Macdonald and lead programmers Helen du Toit and Carl Spence not only play the pre-Oscar awards-tributes-red-carpet game with such films as Precious, An Education and The Last Station, but also assemble a large selection of foreign Oscar submissions (not all are deemed worthy). A Fipresci jury will choose the best film and performances of the 41. Altogether the fest brings in about 1000 assorted folk to the robust--and growing-local fest, with help from distribs as well as various foreign consulates. We registered along with the filmmakers from Ajami, a tough Palestinian/Israeli drama that is Israel's entry.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2010 8:40 AM
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Oscar Watch: Winnowing Down the Art Directors Guild Nominees

The Art Directors Guild production design award nominees are all over the place: contemporary, period, and fantasy, 15 in the feature film category. So the trick is to figure out which movies get an Oscar boost from being nominated here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2010 6:01 AM
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More: Awards, Oscars

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