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LFF#: Kristin Scott Thomas Times Two

Kristin Scott Thomas had a double whammy at the London Film Fest, starring as John Lennon's Aunt Mimi in Nowhere Boy and as a sexy adulterer in the French hit Partir (Leaving).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2009 4:59 AM
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Woody Allen's Opening Sequence for Manhattan

Check out the classic black-and-white opening sequence of one of my fave movies of all time, Woody Allen's Manhattan, accompanied by George Gershwin. It's tough to beat Woody in his prime. I actually worked in the publicity bullpen at United Artists (729 Seventh Avenue) when this came out in 1979 (my first job out of NYU). It's hard to remember what a big deal auteur Allen was then, with four Oscar wins for 1977's Annie Hall (best picture, screenplay, director and actress) followed by a steady stream of almost annual director/writer nominations, for a career total of 21. His peak decades were between Annie Hall in 1978 and Deconstructing Harry in 1998, imho, his last great movie. It was his last Oscar nomination, too, until 2005's Match Point.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2009 4:19 AM
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Paranormal Activity is User Generated Content!

In this fourth installment from frequent guest blogger Chris Dorr, he tries to make sense of what Paramount's innovative viral campaign for Paranormal Activity really means going forward:
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • October 29, 2009 1:26 AM
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Halloween Watch: The Skeleton Dance

For your Halloween season pleasure, 1929's The Skeleton Dance. Thank you, Walt Disney.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2009 1:14 AM
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AFM: Big Titles For Sale from Redford, Soderbergh, Sheridan

In the midst of trying times for the film industry, as the American Film Market gets under way in Santa Monica November 4 through 11, the presence of three high-profile projects is making buyers feel better about their prospects.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2009 6:30 AM
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#LFF: Schamus Delivers Lessons in Redacted Storytelling

#LFF: Schamus Delivers Lessons in Redacted Storytelling
James Schamus is not your ordinary Hollywood player.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2009 6:01 AM
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Trailer Watch: Damon Stars in Invictus and Green Zone

Trailer Watch: Damon Stars in Invictus and Green Zone
It is more likely that Matt Damon will score an Oscar nom for Clint Eastwood's Invictus, which slices into Nelson Mandela's 1995 pursuit of the rugby World Cup to unify South Africa, than Steven Soderbergh's offbeat The Informant! which has already faded from the scene. Damon plays the captain of the South African rugby team, Francois Pienaar, and Morgan Freeman inhabits Mandela. Invictus opens December 11.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2009 5:28 AM
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Oscar Watch: Precious Star Mo'Nique Plays Hard to Get

Oscar Watch: Precious Star Mo'Nique Plays Hard to Get
Can a film win an Oscar without an all-out campaign? Three movies face an uncertain Oscar future because they may not deliver a full-court press.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2009 10:01 AM
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Bad Lieutenant Deserves Serious Release

In this day and age, any indie movie that gets a release at all is lucky, I suppose.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2009 2:23 AM
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Avatar's Cameron, Shutter Island's Lehane and Transformers' Murphy Talk, Mirren Wins Rome

Avatar's Cameron, Shutter Island's Lehane and Transformers' Murphy Talk, Mirren Wins Rome
All the hours James Cameron spent with The New Yorker's Dana Goodyear did not yield the results the director must have hoped for. The 11,000-word profile takes the easy angle on the director--he's an asshole control freak who eats his crew for breakfast. I am so tired of this cliche. The piece digs into many delicious details of the director's career and hard work on Avatar. (And Fox is still trying to hold the media to a fake mid-200-million figure--it's far more.) But while Cameron is certainly demanding and is putting Fox through the ringer yet again, he puts his ass on the line each time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2009 12:52 PM
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