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As Girl Who Played With Fire Opens, New Doc Reveals Larsson Secrets

Millennium fever continues unabated in the U.S., reports Kinsey Lowe, as the second Swedish movie based on Stieg Larsson's trilogy hits theaters today in Los Angeles and New York City and the translation of the third novel remains near the top of the New York Times bestseller list.
  • By Kinsey Lowe
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  • July 9, 2010 9:24 AM
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Media Watch: Online Journalism Is Heading Straight to Hell

Media Watch: Online Journalism Is Heading Straight to Hell
Some online journalists make calls, check facts, report, and look at movies before we review them. Are we dinosaurs?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2010 7:49 AM
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The Girl Who Played with Fire: Early Reviews

The Girl Who Played with Fire: Early Reviews
The second Swedish film adaptation in Stieg Larsson's hugely successful Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire, is coming out stateside on July 9.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2010 5:50 AM
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Inception Early Reviews Are Raves

Inception Early Reviews Are Raves
After the breach of the preset review embargo by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, who was allowed to run early in print but not online--Warner Bros. took a different approach to opening the gates to coverage of the much-anticipated Inception. In a sign that studios are ceding ground to online sites over the traditional trades, on Monday afternoon, the trades shared the same embargo with key fan sites and Oscar bloggers. The junket press saw the film in L.A. last weekend; I saw it with the trades and Oscar bloggers on Friday (and posted my review at exactly 3 PM Pacific).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 10:47 AM
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Inception Early Review: Nolan Delivers Kubrickian Masterpiece with Heart

Inception Early Review: Nolan Delivers Kubrickian Masterpiece with Heart
No movie this year comes freighted with greater expectations than Inception, Chris Nolan's follow-up to the global blockbuster The Dark Knight. Happily, the movie delivers and then some--thanks to clever original screenwriting and exhilarating mise-en-scene--in 2D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 9:55 AM
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Kehr on Keaton

Kehr on Keaton
A required read for any self-respecting cinephile is critic Dave Kehr's weekly DVD column in the NYT. At a time when most new movies don't offer much to digest for the sophisticated film critic, Kehr has the best beat in town: DVDs. Every week, Kehr shares his erudite knowledge and elegant prose style. And he outdoes himself with this week's essay on the greatest silent comedian, Buster Keaton, who like his rival Charlie Chaplin, directed his own films--but for too short a time. (A new DVD of Steamboat Bill, Jr. is hitting stores, as well as Lost Keaton, which includes sixteen Educational Pictures shorts he made in the 30s.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 4, 2010 10:32 AM
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The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story Premieres

The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story Premieres
Amy Dawes caught the L.A. premiere of The Greatest Ears In Town, based on the life and footage of music luminary, Arif Mardin. She also stuck around for an inspired Q&A:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 30, 2010 8:06 AM
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Love Ranch: Early Reviews

So far, Taylor Hackford's Love Ranch, which the director rescued from David Bergstein limbo, is not faring too well with early reviewers. They tend to like Helen Mirren (who is married to Hackford) more than her co-stars or the film. The movie will need more ardent love before it opens June 30.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 29, 2010 7:41 AM
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Entourage Season 7: Give it a Chance

Entourage Season 7 is upon us. Is it worth watching? Don't judge the show by the first episode, warns TOH reviewer Tim Appelo: "the season is still promising and could turn out a winner."
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • June 29, 2010 3:46 AM
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HBO's Entourage Season Seven Debuts Sunday, Behind-the-Scenes Video

Jeremy Piven once bit my head off at a Toronto Fest party when I wanted to talk about Entourage instead of whatever forgettable movie he was in that year. Well, I'm still interested in the HBO series about Hollywood, even after six seasons. Accept it Piven: you were born to play Ari Emanuel--um, Gold. Season Seven starts Sunday night. Welcome back guys. Here's an advance a review and a preview (below). Tim Appelo will post a review tomorrow.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2010 12:52 PM
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