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AFI Movies of the Year: The Town, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, True Grit Make the Cut

AFI Movies of the Year: The Town, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, True Grit Make the Cut
The American Film Institute voted their ten best AFI Movies and TV Programs of the Year Awards Sunday, proclaimed as the "only recognition that honors the community’s creative ensembles as a whole, acknowledging the collaborative nature of the art form." The AFI honors American films and series. Thus they chose British The King's Speech and Waiting for Superman as "Special Award" winners, having not met the AFI's standard criteria (posted below). Their Movies and TV Programs of the year, as chosen by film and television scholars, artists and critics, are as follows:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2010 4:47 AM
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Oscar Watch: Social Network Dominates Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

Oscar Watch: Social Network Dominates Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
The Los Angeles Film Critics announced their winners Sunday. The Social Network dominated the voting, beating out rival The King's Speech--although Colin Firth continues to rack up best actor wins--and Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver won yet another supporting actress award. While the LA film critics pride themselves on not functioning as predictors of later awards such as the Oscars, they did basically throw away votes for best actress (Kim Hye-ja, Mother) and supporting actor (Niels Arestrup, A Prophet, which was eligible for last year's foreign Oscar). It makes more sense to release foreign films in their year of eligibility so that awards they accrue can boost the film while it's still current, as opposed to a year later. I put A Prophet on my 2009 top ten.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2010 8:24 AM
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Oscar Watch: Social Network Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics

Oscar Watch: Social Network Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics
The Boston Society of Film Critics got their votes out Sunday ahead of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which arguably has more impact within an industry town. But fact is, The Social Network is emerging as a consensus choice among early critics groups, and dominated Boston with five wins including picture, director David Fincher, star Jesse Eisenberg, writer Aaron Sorkin and music (full list of winners below). LAFCA also announces its winners Sunday: stay tuned for updates. Black Swan had a good weekend as it broadened at the box office and landed best actress from Boston for Natalie Portman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2010 7:28 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Narnia Sequel Voyage of Dawn Treader, Jolie/Depp's Tourist Disappoint

Two big-budget studio confections, The The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (the third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia) and retro romantic thriller The Tourist, stumbled at the domestic box office. Both will look overseas to recoup their costs, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • December 12, 2010 5:17 AM
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Universal is Talking with Gores Brothers to Possibly Sell Focus

The billionaire Gores brothers have been looking to set themselves up in the entertainment business. Tom and Alex Gores (advised by their Paradigm Agency chief brother Sam) chased after Overture Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment, and made a $550-million cash-offer for Miramax Films, but the deals went elsewhere. The Gores are moving forward with a long-term plan to start their own studio.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2010 1:52 AM
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Variety Loses Two Players in One Week, McClintock and Harris

Pamela McClintock was in a good mood the other night at a Sundance holiday party at the Soho House, and now I know why. McClintock, with whom I worked at Variety for two years, is one of the paper's senior reporters, a veteran pro who can report, break news, write fast, and get anyone on the phone on any topic. The Hollywood Reporter has hired her away as a senior film reporter, which is a serious loss for Variety, which over the past year has seen vet reporters Michael Fleming defect to Deadline, Tatiana Siegel move to Providence, and Dana Harris move to indieWIRE. Variety has let other talent go in a series of layoffs. Critic Todd McCarthy and party reporter Bill Higgins are now at the Hollywood Reporter; Ben Fritz is at the Los Angeles Times; Daniel Frankel is at The Wrap. Variety has not replaced their lost talent with strong news reporters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2010 1:21 AM
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Oscar Watch: Visual Effects Branch Narrows List to 15

Oscar Watch: Visual Effects Branch Narrows List to 15
Fifteen features have made the semi-finals for the Visual Effects Oscar. In early January, the visual effects branch executive committee members (who selected the semifinalists) will trim the list to seven. At the VFX bakeoff on January 20, the VFX teams screen 15-minute show-reels that show how they achieved their effects. Then the members will vote on the final five nominated films for Oscar consideration. The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2010 11:31 AM
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Taymor Talks Shakespeare's "Tempest," Stars Mirren as Prospera: "It's more powerful with a woman"

While director Julie Taymor has been getting a lot of ink about her $60-million musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, which is finally opening on Broadway with Bono and Edge's music, less attention is being paid to her Shakespeare movie The Tempest, which opens Friday. Alas, this defiant art film is getting lost in the year-end deluge as Ron Tudor's deal to buy Disney's Miramax specialty label finally closes, and Disney pays more heed to the fate of bigger-budget entries such as Tangled and Tron: Legacy. "It needs to get seen," Taymor says of the $20-million period drama in iambic pentameter. "You don't have to get every word."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2010 11:30 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Interviews with Arndt, Bardem, Giamatti, Hammer, Renner, Steen, Sturgess

INTERVIEWS- Michael Arndt Digs Into Toy Story 3 and the Genius of the Pixar System.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 10, 2010 9:23 AM
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Oscar Talk: 2010 Ten Best Lists, from "Another Year" to "Winter's Bone"

Oscar Talk: 2010 Ten Best Lists, from "Another Year" to "Winter's Bone"
On Oscar Talk this week, as promised, Kris Tapley and I count down, defend and debate our rather diverse and distinctive top ten films of 2010. While we both include The Social Network and Toy Story 3, we agree to disagree on one of my faves, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right and Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, which Kris admires. Notable omissions from both lists: 127 Hours, Rabbit Hole, Blue Valentine, Get Low, The Town, Inception, The Fighter and The Ghost Writer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2010 8:14 AM
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