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Indie Player Mickey Liddell Partners with Specialty Vet David Dinerstein on LD Distribution

There's movement afoot in indie distribution. Relativity is struggling to keep its financial footing, and Graham King plans to restructure FilmDistrict, his experiment in releasing his sprawling slate, after losing Bob Berney. Now P & A financeer Mickey Liddell is starting his own releasing company LD Distribution with vet David Dinerstein.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2011 3:36 PM
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TOH! Top Tens of 2011

While I shared my top ten on Oscar Talk Friday, here's the actual list, plus an assemblage of ten bests from the TOH! gang of regulars. Like most ten-best listmakers, we range from well-reviewed smart indie fare to mainstream studio pictures to the arcane. The year was strong for docs and foreign films, so I include my top five of both; in a rare departure, no animated film made my ten best this year.
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  • December 12, 2011 1:44 PM
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Steven Spielberg Talks His Holiday Double Features to Newsweek

At 65, Steven Spielberg has more energy than most. With two year-end movies about to open ("The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse"), he's off in Virginia filming a third, "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day Lewis as the Civil War president. He tells David Ansen at Newsweek:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2011 1:39 AM
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Los Angeles Film Critics Make Surprise Best Actress Pick, Poetry's Yun Jung-Hee, Actor Fassbender, Director Malick, Picture The Descendants

While the AFI film jury went mainstream with their top ten picks this year, the LA Film Critics went indie, picking South Korean actress Yun Jung-Hee ("Poetry") as best actress for her performance as a woman facing Alzheimer's.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2011 4:29 PM
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American Film Institute Juries Pick Top Ten Movies and TV Shows

The American Film Institute film and TV juries--a mix of industry professionals, critics and academics-- met Sunday to pick their top ten films and television shows of 2011, below. They limit their choices to American content only, which is often the subject of some debate. While Harvey Weinstein managed to convince the Independent Spirit Awards committee to include "The Artist" as an American film, the AFI gave it a special award instead, along with the "Harry Potter" series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2011 3:45 PM
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Weekend Box Office Declines, Lowest Since 2008; New Year's Eve and The Sitter Disappoint, Tinker Tailor Scores

The pre-Christmas blues continued at the boxoffice this weekend as two new arrivals failed to ignite a spark with audiences. Overall revenues were down a steep 15% from the comparable frame last year. The projected total for all films this weekend is a dismal $78 million – the lowest grossing weekend since September 2008.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • December 11, 2011 1:13 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Trailer Watch, Pre-Awards Interviews, Oscar Watch, Critics Controversy

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS Weekend Preview Must-Sees: "Tinker, Tailor," "Young Adult"
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  • December 10, 2011 2:23 AM
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Fifteen Pictures Vie for Academy Visual Effects Noms; What Didn't Make the Cut?

With new rules this year permitting five nominations, the Academy VFX Branch executive committee has picked fifteen films to be checked out at the annual Visual Effects Bakeoff in early January. That's when the committee will narrow the list to ten, and then, five for nominations morning January 25.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 9, 2011 9:11 PM
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How to Make a Ten Best List

'Tis the season when ten best lists start rolling in. I smile when I get my first Christmas card, always from John Waters (Highland, Maryland), whose Ten Best is in Art Forum, natch, and below. Kris Tapley and I delivered ours in this week's Oscar Talk podcast; I'll publish mine and the TOH crew's lists on Monday. Herewith are some early lists, below; Sight & Sound had 101 critics weigh in, and Mubi is collecting lists as well, including the Cahiers du Cinema.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 9, 2011 7:23 PM
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Muppets Movie Makes Comeback, Happy Feet 2 Stumbles

When Coca Cola owned Columbia Pictures during the 80s, the beverage giant did research into how to reduce risk in producing and releasing motion pictures. The answer: sequels. Truth is, making movies is more challenging than figuring out how to market products on supermarket shelves. Films involve creative alchemy, huge expense and risk, and can die on their opening weekend. So Hollywood figured out the sequels answer a long time ago, from the days of Andy Hardy, Ma and Pa Kettle and Rin Tin Tin movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 9, 2011 4:25 PM
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