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Apocalypse Hits 2012, D-BOX, Collapse

Apocalypse Hits 2012, D-BOX, Collapse
Roland Emmerich's disaster movies Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow are guilty pleasures. I want to see 2012 (November 13) but Sony is hiding it from me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2009 7:50 AM
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Film Festivals: London vs. AFI

The London Film Fest wrapped up 16 days just as the AFI Fest got started with its nine-day run. The two fests offer a revealing contrast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2009 9:04 AM
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More: Festivals

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Mother and Child, Seeks World Domination

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Mother and Child, Seeks World Domination
Is Sony Pictures Classics going to release every indie art film? I'm exaggerating, but not by much. As the rest of the indie distribs either adopt a bigger or smaller economic model, SPC is left to clean up in the middle range.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2009 6:53 AM
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France Oscar Entry A Prophet Wins London Prize, Audiard Talks

On my recent jaunt to London, I finally saw Jacques Audiard's A Prophet, which won the first ever best film award at the 53rd London Fest, after having won the grand jury prize at Cannes and scoring raves at Telluride. “‘A Prophet’ has the ambition, purity of vision and clarity of purpose to make it an instant classic,” said LFF jury president Anjelica Huston at the closing ceremony. “With seamless and imaginative story-telling, superb performances and universal themes, Jacques Audiard has made a perfect film.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2009 1:17 AM
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Oscar Talk, Episode 8: This is It, Hosts, Best Actor, Precious, Prophet

Oscar Talk, Episode 8: This is It, Hosts, Best Actor, Precious, Prophet
During this week's Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate the Best Actor category (we disagree on Matt Damon), discuss Precious and Mo'Nique, assess the music branch's spotty nominating track record, agree on the excellence of French Oscar submission A Prophet and mull the pool of potential Oscarcast hosts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2009 9:59 AM
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Director Taylor Wood to Marry Nowhere Boy Star Johnson

I had heard about the love affair between 42-year-old artist/filmmaker Sam Taylor Wood and her 19-year-old star Aaron Johnson, who plays teen John Lennon in her debut feature Nowhere Boy, which closed the recent London Film Festival and opens stateside in 2010. Well, the BBC is announcing that they're planning to get married.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 31, 2009 12:07 PM
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Epix Launches October 30

Epix Launches October 30
When I first heard that three studios--Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount--were bypassing pay-TV deals in favor of a new online streaming venture, I thought the new distribution order was at hand. While the other studios were still hung up on the old ancillary paradigm, this gang was skipping windows and jumping into the future.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2009 12:45 PM
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Battsek Exits Miramax

Just weeks after Disney announced that Miramax was scaling back to three releases a year (what's the point?), the specialty unit's president, Daniel Battsek, 50, is exiting the company. This is not a surprise, except that like former Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook, Battsek was a company man (18 years). He had been rewarded by Cook for years of service with the Miramax gig in the first place, replacing the Weinsteins in 2005. He had run Disney's distribution arm in the U.K. But with his protector gone, he was soon out the door.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2009 7:14 AM
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Jackman Passes as Oscar Host: New Poll

Hugh Jackman won our Oscar Host Poll hands down. Now that the song-and-dance man has officially passed on hosting this year's Oscarcast, who should it be?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2009 4:18 AM
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More: Awards, TV, Oscars

Rudolph vs. Schickel Over Altman

I was on a plane to London when I read ex-Time critic Richard Schickel's LAT attack on Robert Altman. I've disagreed with Schickel before; at his best he's a cranky curmudgeon who isn't interested in reading or hearing any point-of-view other than his own.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2009 11:46 AM
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