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Disney/ABC Replaces Lyons and Mankiewicz with Adult Critics Scott and Phillips

Disney/ABC Replaces Lyons and Mankiewicz with Adult Critics Scott and Phillips
Yes! Sometimes the grown-ups win.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2009 11:45 AM
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Must-Own Film Books

We all have lists of must-own film books. Mine goes like this:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2009 2:18 AM
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Weekend Catch-Up: Holiday B.O., Harry Potter Review, Brennan, Klein R.I.P., Andreessen Fun

After a lazy holiday weekend, I herewith share with you my gleanings of what's been going on.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2009 4:23 AM
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New Film Critics Aggregator Challenges Rotten Tomatoes

Never rest on your laurels. When something is working, something new and improved comes along. While many of my pals prefer critics' aggregator Metacritic, which is leaner, more elegant, pickier and more pure than the mighty but messier, more inclusive and more crowded Rotten Tomatoes, there's a new kid in town: Movie Review Intelligence. It claims to add more weight to powerful critics like Roger Ebert, and boasts cool search functions (studio, genre etc), but my initial read on this is that it's designed to be studio (read advertiser) friendly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 14, 2009 7:31 AM
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Cannes: Critics' Week and Director's Fortnight

It turns out Francis Ford Coppola has agreed to show his Argentinian drama Tetro in Cannes after all, as the opener of Director's Fortnight (or Quinzaine). That's a good compromise; Coppola had turned down Thierry Fremaux's offer to place it out-of-competition in the official selection.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2009 8:06 AM
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Scorsese Rides the Cannes Whirlwind

Martin Scorsese rode into Cannes on Friday. He turned up at the American Pavilion to dedicate the Roger Ebert Conference Center. "Welcome back," fest delegate general Thierry Fremaux said to Ebert, who had been unable to attend for several years as he battled throat cancer. While he used a mechanical voice box at the ceremony, at the reception Ebert communicated with Scorsese, Fremaux, director Paul Cox, Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, and critics Pierre Rissient and Kenneth Turan via writing pad. Ebert's blogging the fest and had seen just one film at Cannes so far, Bright Star.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2009 9:41 AM
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Star Trek: Early Reviews

Early word on the J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's reinvention of Star Trek--beyond the early peak Paramount gave Fantastic Fest earlier this month and the footage screened for journos last November--has been strong. One exhib emailed me after an exhibitor's screening:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2009 8:51 AM
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ShoWest: Roger Ebert Honored

After a video montage in which directors Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and Oliver Stone paid tribute to Roger Ebert, Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker presented ShoWest's Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award to the Pulitzer-Prize winning critic of the Chicago Sun-Times. "Roger Ebert is the most popular, most respected, most honored, and most eclectic film critic in American history," Barker said, citing Ebert as "one of the few saviors of independent film--films of all shapes and sizes--American independent features, foreign films, documentaries, and animated films. Ask any independent filmmakers who Roger has championed. Errol Morris will tell you Roger gave him his career. Louis Malle used to tell everyone Roger Ebert saved My Dinner With Andre and Atlantic City from disaster, Robert Altman the same with several of his films. Pan's Labyrinth, Memento, Monster, Hoop Dreams, Roger and Me--we would not know these movies in the way we know them if it were not for Roger Ebert. This is fact."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2009 5:42 AM
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More Media Upheaval, Leibovitz and Watchmen Reviews

The L.A. media ranks continue to be winnowed. The Media News Group is turning long-time Daily News critic Bob Strauss into an entertainment editor, leaving colleague Sean Means in Salt Lake City (who is keeping track of the declining numbers of film critics) as one of the chain's surviving movie reviewers. At least Strauss has a job. For the moment. The Daily News' film critic Glenn Whipp and TV critic David Kronke are gone. And Media News' Denver Post, which asked its employees to take a week off without pay before March 1, is now the surviving paper in Denver: The Rocky Mountain News published its last edition last week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2009 6:10 AM
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Sundance Fest Wraps

The Sundance wraps are coming in:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2009 7:07 AM
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