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These people are having an amazing weekend.

I wasn’t at the Digg party at Stubb’s. Was planning to document the setup of Alamo’s Rolling Roadshow event at Hotel San Jose, but when I arrived, the screen was already blown up. So there went that plan.

I was fortunate enough to get a few minutes with Josh Jacobs who seemed to be captaining the ship for the Rolling Roadshow team. They are planning a few regional events and possibly a big excursion for the summer, which I hope to plug into at some point. They run real 35mm film projectors inside these trucks.

So my next option was to get in line early for SATURDAY NIGHT, a new documentary about life behind-the-scenes at NBC’s long-running sketch comedy show, directed by James Franco. I walked, bussed and walked over to the Alamo South Lamar location to get in line, a full hour early.

Everybody you see in the picture with the marquee got into the movie. Everyone in the picture below didn’t. Until I went to take the picture, I was standing behind the dude in the baby blue shirt.

Rough day. To bed early, there’s plenty to do over the next seven days…

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These are my guesses for who will win, followed by my choice from the nominees, with other worthy candidates who were robbed of a nomination. In a few cases, I don’t want to comment on who it should be because I still haven’t seen a few of the relevant movies. UPDATED to include actual winners where I predicted wrong.

In the Loop - Best Comedy - Best Adapted Screenplay

BEST PICTURE: Avatar [The Hurt Locker won]
(who it should be): The Hurt Locker
(not nominated): Red Cliff

LEADING ACTOR: Jeff Bridges Crazy Heart
(who it should be): Colin Firth A Single Man
(not nominated): Viggo Mortensen The Road

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds
(who it should be): ? – HAVEN’T SEEN The Last Station or The Lovely Bones
(not nominated): Nathan Fillion Trucker

Trucker - Best original screenplay

LEADING ACTRESS: Meryl Streep Julie & Julia [Sandra Bullock won]
(who it should be): ? – HAVEN’T SEEN The Last Station or The Blind Side
(not nominated): Jessica Biel Easy Virtue & Michelle Monaghan Trucker

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo’Nique Precious
(who it should be): Vera Farminga Up in the Air
(not nominated): Hiam Abbas Amreeka

ANIMATED FEATURE: Up
(who it should be): Fantastic Mr. Fox
(not nominated): Ponyo

Fantastic Mr. Fox - Best Use of Bill Murray as a puppet

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Avatar
(who it should be): ? – HAVEN’T SEEN The White Ribbon
(not nominated): District 9

DIRECTING: The Hurt Locker
(who it should be): The Hurt Locker
(not nominated): District 9

DOCUMENTARY: Food, Inc. [The Cove won]
(who it should be): The Cove
(not nominated): Outrage & Not Quite Hollywood

State of Play - Hottest Blogger (not pictured)

SCREENPLAY ADAPTED: Up in the Air [Precious won]
(who it should be): In The Loop
(not nominated): State of Play

SCREENPLAY ORIGINAL: Inglourious Basterds [The Hurt Locker]
(who it should be): Inglourious Basterds
(not nominated): Trucker

Download and print out my new zine called Cine File HERE. (pdf)
Your very own 24-page guide to 100 of the best films from 2009.

Printing instructions:
1. Print two-sided in landscape mode, 8.5″ x 11″
2. Select “short edge” so the text on the back isn’t upside down.
3. If you’re printing in black & white, lightening the images is suggested.
4. Fold in half and you’ve got a booklet. I suggest one staple in the spine.

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Cine File

Taking Woodstock - Recommended

Download and print out my new zine HERE.

I am proud to release a 24-page guide to 100 of the best films from 2009.

Printing instructions:

1. Print two-sided in landscape mode, 8.5″ x 11″

2. Select “short edge” so the text on the back isn’t upside down.

3. If you’re printing in black & white, lightening the images is suggested.

4. Fold in half and you’ve got a booklet. I suggest one staple in the spine.

Once I’ve seen more of the 2009 movies, I will do an update laid out for the web.

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TOP STORIES
Jerk or genius, TV’s Stephen Colbert boosts US

Remembering ‘Kvetcher in the Rye’ JD Salinger by Greg Palast

ACORN mounts campaign to ‘sting the stinger’ by Daniel Tencer

Rahm Emanuel will really, really not like hosting this mental disabilities panel

CORPORATE POWER
How corporations secretly move millions to fund political ads by Brad Jacobson

Dems consider constitutional amendment to combat campaign finance decision

ACLU may reverse course on campaign finance limits from NY Sun

The end of the corporate zombie? from Huffington Post

BEHIND THE CONSERVATIVE VEIL
Rumsfeld sent Wall St Journal op-ed dismissing torture allegations to Dubya

Report: SarahPAC spent thousands buying copies of Palin’s ‘Going Rogue’

Insurance companies ‘used Tea Party’ to try and kill bill by Sahil Kapur

Glenn Beck update: The backpedaling begins by Arianna Huffington

MIDDLE EAST POWER STRUGGLES
Obama’s silent war shocks Pakistan from Guardian UK

Onward Christian soldiers, again from Antiwar.com

Raze illegal buildings, unless they are Jewish settlements

Israeli commander: ‘We rewrote the rules of war for Gaza’ from The Independent

BROADCAST POLITICS
FCC gives Native American tribes priority to obtain radio licenses

Obama wants you to create the next YouTube by Megan Tady

Countdown begins for end of Olbermann’s ‘Countdown’

Obama is obligated to sue Rush Limbaugh for demotion from True/Slant

JOURNALISM & PRESS FREEDOM
McChesney & Nichols on ‘Death & Life of American Journalism’ from DN!

Novaya Gazeta, publisher of assassinated journo, site back online after attack

College journalists included in proposed amendment to Maryland shield law

Anti-Govt protest covered by bloggers, ignored by Russian media

THE LATEST WATERGATE
What if the Landrieu phone plot perpetrators were liberal or Muslim?

High jinks to handcuffs for Landrieu provocateur from NY Times

Landrieu phone plot: Men arrested have links to intelligence community

Is this the same Stan Dai arrested for trying to bug Landrieu’s office?

POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CINEMA
Wal-Mart, Target put squeeze on Redbox from Business Week

Movie Gallery files bankruptcy, closing 760 stores

Hollywood loses key battle over illegal downloads

Surveying video art and alternative media 1968-1980 from Cineaste

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I decided to break them up into two categories. At some point I will think of other favorites that I’ve forgotten. For now, watch the trailers & clips.

POLITICAL & MEDIA

Agronomist

Become the Sky Vodpod videos no longer available.

Broadcast Blues

Chisholm ’72 Vodpod videos no longer available.

Control Room

Corporation

Fourth World War

Grass

Hacking Democracy

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes

Incident at Oglala

Life & Debt

Manufacturing Consent

Party’s Over

Power of Nightmares

Roger & Me

Streetwise

This Film is Not Yet Rated

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception

ENTERTAINING & EDUCATIONAL

American Movie

Bomb It

Brief History of Time [CLICK HERE TO WATCH CLIP]

Czech Dream

Devil’s Playground

Five Obstructions

Gonzo

Hands on a Hard Body

Hoop Dreams

King Corn

Man on Wire

Modulations

Murderball

Not Quite Hollywood

Sonic Outlaws

Style Wars

Super High Me

Super Size Me

Swimming to Cambodia

Z Channel Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Nobody looks for books at Blockbuster. Click to link to Gizmodo

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Malkia Cyril: Push changed my life, but Hollywood ‘invisibilized patriarchy’

CNN paid Lou Dobbs $8m to quit

Are nuclear weapons safe in Pakistan? by Seymour Hersh

Cecilia Kang explains Google Books settlement on CSPAN

Taking aim at student muckrakers from NY Times

PBS can market its kids show without selling out

The price of free from NY Times

NY Times embraces ‘douche’ as TV dirty word of the moment from Alternet

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