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Ah, The Holiday Season is Nearly Upon Us, plus JB Shayne

Playing, perhaps, the most unsympathetic character to be found on screen this year, Charlize Theron remains in the Oscar sweepstakes for a Best Actress nomination. Not that most moviegoers will be rushing out to their local multiplex to catch a screening of this anti-holiday cheer Christmas film from director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) and Diablo Cody (Juno).

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And in cinema items of note, VanRamblings offers you the following ...

  • The Washington DC film critics have weighed in with their choices for best in film in 2011, and as was the case with the New York Film Critics, awarded The Artist a Best Picture designation.

  • The Top 10 film lists from individual film critics of note have come to be published, commencing with The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw and his top 10 films of 2011, then moving on to NPR / New York Magazine's David Edelstein, here. Amidst controversy (see below), The New Yorker's David Denby lists his 2011 Top 10. Rest assured, there's more to come.

  • So much controversy. Seems that New Yorker film critic David Denby has published his review of David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo today, despite an embargo from Sony preventing such publishing. Sony's Scott Rudin has banned Denby from future screenings of his films. Gawd, there's politics everywhere these days.

  • Paddy Considine's directorial début, Tyrannosaur, won the top prize at the British Independent Film awards Sunday evening, with the film's lead Olivia Colman picking up the Best Actress award. Best Actor went to Michael Fassbender for his role in Shame.

Well, that's it for cinema news for today. Now stayed tune below for ...

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And, finally for today, apropos of nothing, a video of the inimitable Mr. J. B. Shayne and John Tanner, circa 1980, interviewed by Terry David Mulligan.

Posted by Raymond Tomlin at December 5, 2011 10:58 AM in Cinema


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