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The Adjustment Bureau Early Reviews: Damon & Blunt Own It With Heart-Fluttering Chemistry

The Adjustment Bureau Early Reviews: Damon & Blunt Own It With Heart-Fluttering Chemistry
Hollywood has a good track record when it comes to adapting California sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, who was praised by Adam Gopnik for his "mixture of mordant comedy and wild metaphysics."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 9:00 AM
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Mark Your Ballots: Anne Thompson Predicts Oscar Winners

Mark Your Ballots: Anne Thompson Predicts Oscar Winners
The Oscar polls closed on Tuesday at 5 PM. No more campaigning, lobbying or pitches for attention will make a difference now. It's all in the hands of the PriceWaterhousecooper counters, and will be revealed Sunday. Meanwhile the rest of us want to win our respective Oscar pools. This year, I must warn you, is tough to call. As Kris Tapley and I discuss in our latest Oscar Talk, there are plenty of sure-calls, but also several impossible-to-predict categories: documentary and foreign film, which are voted on by small groups who must prove that they've seen all the films, and supporting actress. The shorts are always a bit of a crap shoot too. Warning: I'm going out on a limb in a few categories, so when in doubt, choose the perceived frontrunner.
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  • February 25, 2011 8:17 AM
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Weekend Preview: Drive Angry 3D, Hall Pass, Of Gods and Men, Heartbeats

Weekend Preview: Drive Angry 3D, Hall Pass, Of Gods and Men, Heartbeats
Of this weekend's new entries, the one I want to see most is French Oscar entry Of Gods and Men, which earned raves around the world but was unaccountably shut out by the foreign language committee. UPDATE: It also won the Cesar award for Best Film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 8:00 AM
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The Oscar-Winning Boston Movie: Trailer of Cliches

Just what you've all been waiting for: All of the Boston Oscar movie cliches in one super Bostony trailer:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 7:56 AM
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Google Changes Algorithm to Block Low-Quality Content Farms

Applaud Google for doing the right thing in the fight against low-quality content farms. Google has announced that it has altered its search algorithms (stateside for starters) to favor high quality content. They explain here:Many of the changes we make are so subtle that very few people notice them. But in the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what’s going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 6:29 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Best of Awards Season, Bier's Better World, Dipping Box Office, Old School Action Stars

Weekly Wrap: Best of Awards Season, Bier's Better World, Dipping Box Office, Old School Action Stars
AWARDS
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 25, 2011 4:41 AM
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Oscar Talk: Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley Debate Final Picks

Oscar Talk: Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley Debate Final Picks
In the last Oscar Talk before a Monday post-mortem, Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley of In Contention make their picks for Oscar 2011. Here's the final TOH Oscar Predicts chart.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 4:14 AM
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New Media Film Festival: "Sundance for the Facebook Crowd"

New Media Film Festival: "Sundance for the Facebook Crowd"
The New Media Film Festival, which Culture Rehab calls "the Sundance for the Facebook Crowd," is in its second year, and will run May 20-21 in Los Angeles and November 4-5 in San Francisco. The festival honors stories told in all forms of media that are "innovative, imaginative and inspirational." Here is the call for submissions; deadline is May 1.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 25, 2011 3:02 AM
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Six Reasons Why Hollywood Box Office is Dipping, from Avatar vs. Tron to Snow vs. Netflix

Six Reasons Why Hollywood Box Office is Dipping, from Avatar vs. Tron to Snow vs. Netflix
After the MPAA released its latest figures Wednesday, in a conference call acting chief Bob Pisano and National Association of Theater Owners chief John Fithian tried to make the best of a bad situation. As usual, the MPAA blamed piracy on declining admissions (down 5% to 1.3 billion in 2010), while both hailed premium digital 3-D revenues and the continued expansion of 3-D screens and production. Sure, with 25 films released in 3-D in 2010, up from 20 in 2009, 3-D has temporarily staved off disaster at the box office. But despite Fithian's insistence that revenues are what count, a downward slide on admissions is not a good thing.
  • By Anne Thompson and Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 24, 2011 11:38 AM
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Oscar Watch: Hathaway and Franco Do Evita, Grease, Franco Mangles Burlesque

Oscar Watch: Hathaway and Franco Do Evita, Grease, Franco Mangles Burlesque
The Academy continues to leak juicy tidbits of what may or may not be cut out of the final Oscarcast. Herewith, two musical numbers from Anne Hathaway and James Franco, doing Evita and Grease (below). The photo of the Oscar writers room (below) was posted on Twitter by @JamesFranco. So was this disturbing rehearsal of "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque. Let's agree that Franco is no candidate for American Idol.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2011 8:44 AM
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