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Weekly Wrap: Golden Globes, Lead Up to Sundance, Box Office, Interviews, In the Works

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS Weekend Preview: "Haywire," "Extremely Loud," "We Need to Talk about Kevin" Trailer Watch: Millenium Gets "A Little Bit of Heaven," Cinelan's Focus Forward Doc Initiative
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  • January 20, 2012 5:22 PM
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Sundance Buy: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'Searching for Sugar Man'

Sony Pictures Classics made the first buy of the festival, acquiring the North American rights to doc "Searching for Sugar Man," the directorial debut of Malik Bendjelloul.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 20, 2012 4:46 PM
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Media Watch: Online Advertising to Surpass Print for the First Time

The advertising forecast for 2012 is in: online ad spending will surpass print spending for the first time.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 20, 2012 1:46 PM
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Lionsgate, Wrekin Hill to Release "Dark Tide" on VOD Before Theatrical Run

Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill Entertainment are teaming up to try a controversial distribution strategy for Wrekin Hill's upcoming action film "Dark Tide": release it on video before it gets to theaters.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • January 20, 2012 12:00 PM
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Oscar Talk: 'Artist' vs. 'Descendants,' post-Globes, Guilds

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I debate "The Artists" vs. "The Descendants," post their Golden Globes wins. We reminisce about our party trawling last weekend. What will possible surprises be Tuesday morning? Kris has gone to Park City for his first Sundance; he'll be back for the nominations, while I'll still be in Utah. We will do a post-nominations podcast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2012 12:00 PM
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Sundance Reviews: Aussie Opener 'Wish You Were Here' Earns Mixed Response

With some references to the plot of "The Hangover II" (Hollywood Reporter, LA Times), Kieran Darcy-Smith's Sundance opener relates the aftermath of three friends' lives after one goes missing on a trip to Cambodia. Led by Joel Edgerton ("The Warrior" and Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "The Great Gatsby"), the film was criticized for weak plotting, but praised for its performances and production value. (Review round up below). The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney
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  • January 20, 2012 11:30 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Soaking Up the Tweedy Atmospherics of 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

The BAFTA-nominated "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is all about atmosphere. Not only in conveying the lies, betrayal, and silences of the Cold War spy game back in the '70s, but also in the look of gritty, rain-sodden, strip-lighted London of the period.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 20, 2012 11:25 AM
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Sundance 2012 Buyers Guide: A Primer

Every year the Sundance acquisition landscape changes as buyers come and go.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 20, 2012 11:21 AM
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A Prelude to HBO and David Milch's 'Luck' - 'Hill Street Blues,' 'NYPD Blue,' 'Deadwood'

For years, I thought David Milch had only one series in him.
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  • January 20, 2012 8:27 AM
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London Critics Circle Give 'The Artist' and 'A Separation' Three Film Awards Each UPDATED

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
"The Artist" and "A Separation" were the big winners at the London Critics Circle Film Awards, with the former sweeping Best Film, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius while the latter walked off with Best Supporting Actress for Sareh Bayat (triumphing over Vanessa Redgrave for "Coriolanus" and Jessica Chastain for "The Help"), Foreign Language Film and Screenwriter of the Year for filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • January 19, 2012 10:39 PM
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