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Things I Learned on the Weekend Party Circuit

Things I Learned on the Weekend Party Circuit
1. There's girl-on-girl snogging between Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as bisexual rock stars in The Runaways. That's why it's R-rated.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2009 2:00 AM
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Millenium Trilogy Movie Rights Go to Sony, Rudin

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Millenium Trilogy Movie Rights Go to Sony, Rudin
On a recent trip to London, I picked up a copy of the U.K. hardcover edition of the third installment of the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, and have been lending it to my friends ever since. (It won't be published stateside until May.) The three books are addictive, globally popular (they have sold more than 20 million copies), and have spawned a Swedish film trilogy that is also scoring at the worldwide box office. The subtitled The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo arrives stateside via Music Box on March 19. (A trailer is on the jump.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2009 8:05 AM
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Must -Sees: The Last Station, Up in the Air, Bright Star

Must -Sees: The Last Station, Up in the Air, Bright Star
Must-Sees:Jason Reitman's Up in the Air has been deemed a too-dark marketing challenge. But the movie's strength is the way it skips past conventional genre cliches while deftly taking its characters through romantic escape and isolation--and the tough economy. Paramount Pictures is one of the few studios that can market both big and little movies. Up in the Air may be on its way to some Oscar nominations: it won four awards from the National Board of Review, including best picture of the year. It's tied with Precious for number one on the Gurus 'O Gold. Reviews are stellar: Tomatometer: 84%. Metascore: 81.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2009 1:00 AM
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Precious, Last Station Score Five Indie Spirit Noms

Precious, Last Station Score Five Indie Spirit Noms
It was amusing watching announcers Matt Dillon and Taraji Henson maul the global Independent Spirit Awards nominees live on UStream Tuesday morning: they couldn't wrap their tongues around many of the names. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire and The Last Station dominated with five nominations apiece. Best feature and best actor nominee 500 Days of Summer and best director James Gray (Two Lovers) were other big surprises. The announcement of Paramount's breakout thriller Paranormal Activity for best first feature (made for $15,000), brought gasps in the room. Excellent move: that film defines an indie breakout.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2009 4:08 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Last Station Stars Mirren, Plummer, McAvoy

Trailer Watch: The Last Station Stars Mirren, Plummer, McAvoy
I discovered Michael Hoffman's excellent literary adaptation The Last Station at Telluride; here's my feature. Sony Pictures Classics picked it up and is mounting an Oscar campaign for James McAvoy for best actor, Helen Mirren for best actress and Christopher Plummer for supporting (that's because they're putting him up for best actor for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus). I figure Mirren has the best shot. The movie opens December 4.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 25, 2009 6:47 AM
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Oscar Watch: Tyson Throws Oscar Nod at LAX

Oscar Watch: Tyson Throws Oscar Nod at LAX
Even if the legal fracas between a paparazzi and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson winds up in a likely out-of-court settlement, the evidence points to a boxer punching a photographer in the face. Here's the LAT report.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2009 2:53 AM
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A Prophet Leads European Film Award Nominations

The European Film Academy nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards were voted on by over 2,000 EFA members who will now choose the winners. They will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on December 12 in Bochum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2009 2:01 AM
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Apocalypse Hits 2012, D-BOX, Collapse

Apocalypse Hits 2012, D-BOX, Collapse
Roland Emmerich's disaster movies Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow are guilty pleasures. I want to see 2012 (November 13) but Sony is hiding it from me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2009 7:50 AM
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Oscar Talk, Episode 7: Amelia, Precious, Awards Circuit

Oscar Talk, Episode 7: Amelia, Precious, Awards Circuit
Fresh off the plane from LA to London, in advance of my London Film Fest activities, I got on Skype with In Contention's Kris Tapley for our weekly kudocast. We went deep on what went wrong with Amelia, what's going right with Precious, the plethora of awards-worthy but small-scale projects from Sony Pictures Classics (from Coco Before Chanel and An Education to Moon, The Damned United and The Last Station), films that will struggle to get plucked for viewing from Academy voters' DVD piles, and the start of awards season with the Gotham nominations and the Hollywood Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2009 10:04 AM
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An Education Clips

An Education Clips
An Education is even better the second time, when you know the motivations of everyone involved. Writer Nick Hornby (wittily adapting The Observer columnist Lynn Barber's short memoir) and director Lone Scherfig (a protege of Lars von Trier) allow the movie to seduce you as they drop hints of what's really going on. The information is all there. But the initial exhilaration of a schoolgirl's first love affair is a giddy experience indeed. Sony Pictures Classics opens the movie October 9.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2009 3:08 AM
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