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The Road Will Open November 25

The Weinstein Co. has been moving around the release date of The Road, trying to figure out what it has. Well, post-Venice and Telluride, where the film earned mostly glowing reviews, it looks like Harvey and Bob Weinstein are going for a holiday play after all on a prime awards season spot, November 25. (The movie carries the Dimension label.) TWC was going to go wide with the movie on October 16.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 9, 2009 9:36 AM
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At the Movies Debuts New Hosts

At the Movies Debuts New Hosts
Thank the Lord for small favors. Michael Phillips and Tony Scott (he should ditch the too-formal A.O.--this is about relating to people, folks) have debuted their new At the Movies format. It's fine by me. They are still a tad stilted--they've never worked together before. Phillips has more experience as a co-host than Scott. But they'll loosen up and let the fur fly. It already feels so much better. I hope it works. I like the idea of looking at past classics, too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 8, 2009 11:30 AM
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TIFF Watch: A Serious Man Clips

TIFF Watch: A Serious Man Clips
I'm making a quick transition between Telluride and Toronto, trying to catch up and get prepped, knowing that I will feel under the gun and behind for the next ten days, no matter what. It's the nature of the beast, even in relatively calm Telluride. Wednesday, travel day, I will post the first draft of my Oscar Predicts chart, which I will adjust frequently going forward into awards season.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 8, 2009 7:37 AM
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Downfall Redux: Hitler Reacts to the Latest Posting of Downfall

Funny or Die gets into the Downfall Hitler tantrum subtitling act. This time Hitler is reacting to all the other parodies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 5, 2009 7:51 AM
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Apocalypse Now: The Rise of Dystopian Cinema

Apocalypse Now: The Rise of Dystopian Cinema
As wildfires fires rage in California, polar glaciers melt, ocean levels rise, and hurricanes grow more powerful as the world gets warmer, we are looking not only at The Age of Stupid, but the rise of Dystopian Cinema.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2009 12:23 PM
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Apparition Picks Up Boondock Saints II

Apparition's Bob Berney is adding another movie to his burgeoning release slate, which kicks off September 18 with Jane Campion's Toronto-bound period romance, Bright Star. The latest release is Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, set to open October 30, marking yet another distribution deal with Sony Worldwide Acquisitons Group, which also pacted with Apparition to release Black Dynamite. Other releases include Toronto closing nighter The Young Victoria and Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life, starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2009 7:47 AM
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Tarantino Reviews There Will Be Blood, Sunshine, Taxi Driver

Tarantino Reviews There Will Be Blood, Sunshine, Taxi Driver
Brit Sky Movies gave Quentin Tarantino a shot at programming, and he reviews his selections. Not surprising if you've ever spent any time with him, the guy's a perceptive and engaging critic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 1, 2009 5:03 AM
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Los Angeles Blows Hot

It was bloody hot in L.A. Saturday. Film Threat's Chris Gore was among those who had to evacuate their homes as fires advanced. He tweeted:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2009 7:42 AM
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More: Video

Video: Obama Eulogizes Ted Kennedy

President Barack Obama delivers a heartfelt eulogy to Ted Kennedy, saying he was "the greatest legislator of our time."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2009 6:47 AM
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More: Video, News

Trailer Mash: Downfall Keeps on Giving

The scene where Hitler berates his officers in Downfall is the gift that keeps on giving. Here's the latest in a series of alternate subtitles to accompany Bruno Ganz's climactic tirade. The latest object of Hitler's wrath: the bad reaction to James Cameron's Avatar trailer:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2009 5:33 AM
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