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What Went Wrong with Hollywood Romantic Comedies?

What Went Wrong with Hollywood Romantic Comedies?
What went wrong with the romantic comedy genre this year? Have the Hollywood studios lost the winning formula for pulling the date crowd? Anthony D'Alessandro lists five reasons why the rom-com has lost its mojo:Hollywood enjoyed a lovely honeymoon with romantic comedies in 2009 with such hits as The Proposal ($164 million) and It’s Complicated ($112.7 million). But this year, the genre has been nothing but a forgettable one-night stand at the domestic B.O. James L. Brooks’ $110 million Reese Witherspoon headliner How Do You Know is the latest rom-com in a long string to break its heels, opening to a tear-jerking $7.5 million. But Reese Witherspoon isn’t the only American Sweetheart with runs in her stockings: cover girls Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams and Katherine Heigl also lost face with fickle moviegoers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • December 21, 2010 8:49 AM
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Mark Lisanti Makes You Work for His Ten Best List

Writer Mark Lisanti makes you work for his Ten Best List. You want titles? Name them yourself. Here are four (easy ones) from his no-particular-order list:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 21, 2010 6:23 AM
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Brits Weigh In: King's Speech, Another Year Lead London Critics

Don't underestimate the Brit factor when it comes to Oscar influence. There are many Brit voters in the Academy. The London Critics Circle just gave boosts to two Brit films, The King's Speech (seven nominations, including Film of the Year, Brit film of Year and Actor of the Year, Colin Firth) and Another Year (six, including British Director, Mike Leigh, British Actress, Lesley Manville and British Actor, Jim Broadbent). The Social Network nabbed five noms, while Brit debut featureThe Arbor got four, along with Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit. Full list below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2010 5:08 AM
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Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?

Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?
- Black Swan offers fuel for an Art vs. Science debate. Consider these professional-opinion-posturings on Black Swan ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) and her mental state. Nadine Kaslow (Dept. of Psychiatry, Emory University) says: "It was intense and disturbing and fascinating and mysterious…What was a hallucination and what was real? When people are psychotic, it's difficult, even as a therapist, to know what's real and what's not."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 21, 2010 4:42 AM
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Trailer Watch: Saorise Ronan Stars as Assassin Hanna

The film tradition of young women killers is long: from Natalie Portman in The Professional and Anne Parillaud and Bridget Fonda as Femme Nikita to Jennifer Garner in Alias and Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass. Now we have a new entrant in the category: Saorise Ronan in Hanna (April 8), a Focus Features film that reunites the star with her director on Atonement, Joe Wright. The trailer is below. Eric Bana plays her father; Cate Blanchett co-stars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2010 4:33 AM
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Exit Through The Gift Shop's Banksy Named Torontoist 2010 Hero; Talks Art, Film To Change The World

Exit Through The Gift Shop's semi-subject and director Banksy has been named one of the Torontoist's 2010 Heros (they've got Villains, too). In May, the mysterious street artist created seven pieces throughout the city (by now most are gone, the inevitable fate of street art). But, as Torontoist's Nick Mount writes, "the main virtue of Banksy's North American tour is simply that it got some of us out of our homes and into what's left of our public spaces on a collective scavenger hunt, searching for Banksy and often finding each other." Torontoist says of the seven gifts to their city, "That Toronto fucked them up was too bad, but what mattered most is that they were ours to find in the first place."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 21, 2010 3:11 AM
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The Way Back's Weir: "If I can't make the kind of film that I want to make, then the hell with it"

The Way Back's Weir: "If I can't make the kind of film that I want to make, then the hell with it"
DIrector Peter Weir sat down for a Q & A with an all-Guild audience at the Arclight in Sherman Oaks. Clearly, making The Way Back over a three-year period was not easy, but he made the movie his way, as an independent, and that's the only way to go right now, he says. That's reality. The studios don't make films like this anymore. The book has been a popular worldwide bestseller for decades, because it is about the human spirit and the desire for freedom. It has been in development, with some 20 scripts written since Lawrence Harvey optioned it in 1960.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2010 2:19 AM
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THR Directors Round Table: Aronofsky, Weir, Hooper, Cholodenko, Cianfrance, Russell

THR Directors Round Table: Aronofsky, Weir, Hooper, Cholodenko, Cianfrance, Russell
Award season director contenders Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids are All Right), David O. Russell (The Fighter), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Peter Weir (The Way Back) and Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) talk for 68 minutes, spending time on MPAA ratings and bad behavior on set (Russell).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2010 9:41 AM
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Jeff Bridges Duets with Cookie Monster on SNL, Raises Star Profile

Jeff Bridges hosted Saturday Night Live (video below), yet another example that his public profile, post-Crazy Heart Oscar and with new releases TRON: Legacy and True Grit, is higher than it's ever been. (He's also been ardently pursuing a music career.) Remember, Bridges is infamous, Star Man and The Big Lebowski excepted, for being a beloved character actor who has never been a movie star. He never put butts in seats. But maybe that has changed. The box office performance of the Coens' True Grit (trailer below) will be a test of that--as will nabbing another Oscar nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2010 9:20 AM
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The Social Network Leads IndieWIRE Critics, Gold Derby Polls

The Social Network Leads IndieWIRE Critics, Gold Derby Polls
Yet again, The Social Network is proving itself to be a consensus title among critics. It tops indieWIRE's critics poll. Many also loved Winter's Bone or Black Swan, but they all love The Social Network. It may not be number one on every critic's list, but it's in just about every top five. 71 of the 124 voters in the poll mentioned it on their list. The next most popular film among IW's polled critics was Olivier Assayas’ biopic mini-series Carlos--Assayas led the 2009 list with Summer Hours.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2010 8:41 AM
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