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Matt Live-Blogs the 2010 Oscars

7 March 2010 4:36 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Just as I did with this year’s Golden Globes, I will be offering my live-blogging this year’s Academy Awards.  I will mock as fast as I can update my posts.  I’ve already made my picks known and now we’ll see if they pan out.  It’s possible that I’m underestimating Avatar’s momentum in the technical categories, but I usually get 75% of my picks right so I’m hoping that trend continues, so I’m hoping to meet or beat that average.  Also, here’s what I’m chancing for the short categories: Logorama (Animated Short), Instead of Abracadabra (Live-Action Short) and China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province (Documentary Short).

After the jump you’ll find my commentary.  My latest update will be at the top.  Just keep refreshing this page to see my latest comments on all-things 82nd Academy Awards ceremony. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Margaret Dale obituary

18 February 2010 10:23 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Admired ballerina with a mission to bring great dancing to the small screen

A respected dancer during the 1940s and early 50s, Margaret Dale, who has died aged 87, quit the stage at the height of her powers and took on a more significant role as the first television director who knew the world of ballet from the inside. Dale realised the potential of the new medium to capture dance. She developed a complex technique of ­presenting dance on the small screen in a way that gave artistic cohesion to a succession of varying-scale images, while retaining the emotional power inherent in the choreography.

From the mid-50s onwards, Dale televised much of what by then was the Royal Ballet's repertoire, in the process creating a priceless BBC TV archive of the dancers of that richly ­talented era. Later, she encouraged young ­choreographers, such as Kenneth ­MacMillan and John Cranko, to create ballets ­especially for TV. »

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Off the Shelf: From Hell

21 January 2010 6:43 PM, PST | | See recent Reel Loop news »

Out of curiosity and sheer boredom, I’ve decided to start up a new column that will run once every week or two here at Reelloop. In Off the Shelf, I’ll randomly pick a DVD or Bluray out of my collection and write a few paragraphs of random thoughts about whatever film my finger lands on. Hopefully I can make some interesting points and draw your eye to a film you might not have seen before!

This week’s film: The Hughes BrothersFrom Hell.

While I didn’t review this month’s new Hughes Brothers release The Book of Eli, a post-apocalyptic action film starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, it’s worth noting a few things about my experience with the movie. While I found Eli to essentially be Post-Apocalyptic Tropes: The Motion Picture, soullessly deriving elements from The Road Warrior, Waterworld and every other film of its ilk under the sun, »

- John Cooper

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