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Oscar Watch: Critics, Academy, Men, Women: The Help vs. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Oscar Watch: Critics, Academy, Men, Women: The Help vs. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
It's not surprising where @spikelee falls on The Help. He's retweeting the articles that support his views, from indieWIRE's Eric Kohn to Michael Phillips in The Chicago Tribune. UPDATE: And The Association of Black Women Historians also disapproves.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2011 3:56 AM
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Bogart: Unconventional Star, Sex Symbol in TCM's Summer Under the Stars Retrospective

Matt Brennan takes a different tack in his “Now and Then” column this week, reviewing not two movies but one star. It just so happens that Turner Classic Movies did the work of combining current and classic for him. On Wednesday, the network’s essential series “Summer Under the Stars” gives us 24 hours of Humphrey Bogart. Swoon. Trailer and clip below: They say sex sells, but it never flew off the shelves quite like it did in the heyday of the studio system. Back then a guy didn’t need a six-pack to get us melting, though it didn’t hurt — just try to resist the swaggering muscularity of Brando, busting out of that white T-shirt in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). What the stars had then was energy, suavity, glamour. Clark Gable drove us mad with the glint in his eye. Errol Flynn swashbuckled his way into our hearts, while Cary Grant smooth-talked his way into our dreams.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 15, 2011 2:00 AM
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Relativity Raises Chinese Backing for Global Studio to Produce and Release Films in and Out of China

Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh doesn't sit around. The guy has pacted with a Chinese equity firm and a China-focused investment entity to back a production/acquisition/distribution company geared toward Chinese language films with global appeal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2011 10:56 AM
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Oscar Watch: We Need to Talk About Kevin Boasts New Trailer, Poster, Swinton and Oscar Indie Swartz

Oscar Watch: We Need to Talk About Kevin Boasts New Trailer, Poster, Swinton and Oscar Indie Swartz
Lynne Ramsay's tough adaptation of Brit bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin (December 2), one of my favorite Cannes competition films, has a new poster and two new trailers, one domestic, one foreign (below). Oscilloscope is releasing, and PR ace Cynthia Swartz, who is currently negotiating her split from PR firm 42West--she was a founding partner--will be handling PR chores at the Venice and Toronto festivals en route to an Oscar shot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2011 8:23 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Apes Dominate For Second Week as The Help Rises

Weekend Box Office: Apes Dominate For Second Week as The Help Rises
August summer box office showed some breadth, as studios battled for weekend dominance with pictures appealing to a range of audience segments, from women (The Help) to tweens (Glee) and holdover prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.Neither a 3-D bridge disaster, Gleek, nor bomb-strapped buffoon could topple Fox's Rise of the Planet of the Apes in its second session as it grossed $27.5 million. Meanwhile, Disney/DreamWorks' critically acclaimed chick-lit feature The Help posed a formidable foe, taking second place with $25.5 million from Friday to Sunday.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 14, 2011 5:05 AM
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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: From Simone Weil to Kirk Douglas

San Francisco critic Meredith Brody reports from the city's Jewish Film Festival:The graphics for this year’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival feature a number of inspiring calligraphed words, including faith, justice, courage, pleasure, passion, drama, family, transformation, and humor. The list is surprisingly light on Yiddish: I can only puzzle out haimish and nosh on the version that flashes on the big screen, and chutzpah and schtick when perusing the catalogue cover at my leisure.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 13, 2011 8:50 AM
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TV Review: Strike Back Episode One, Recap and Review (SPOILERS)

TV Review: Strike Back Episode One, Recap and Review (SPOILERS)
Anglophile critic David Chute takes on yet another new Brit/American co-production, Cinemax's Strike Back.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 13, 2011 8:24 AM
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Weekly Wrap: First Looks at J. Edgar, Extremely Loud, Coriolanus; The Help Reviews; Oscar Watch

THE BOX OFFICE:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 11:16 AM
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Internet Movie Cars Database: A Ticket to Ride, from James Bond to Batman

An iconic set of wheels can be the perfect prop in a film: the right car reveals personality as well as a speedy cut to the chase. And jaw-dropping car design can add just the right tone--from the sexy masculinity of James Bond's Aston Martins and the fantasy futurism of the latest Bat vehicles to the adrenaline rush of the Formula 1 race-car documentary Senna.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 8:46 AM
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Bridget Jones Three Update: "Still In Development"

Yes, Helen Fielding is working on a third Bridget Jones installment, which will probably deal with the 40ish Bridget's troubles getting pregnant by her adoring swain, Mark Darcy. And yes, we can assume that three major stars will happily return for the third film in a Bridget Jones trilogy--after all, while Colin Firth is at his career apex with an Oscar win for The King's Speech plus the upcoming John le Carre thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which looks damned good, he knows perfectly well that Jane Austen is his career good luck charm. He's the best Darcy ever.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 8:22 AM
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