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    Alexander Payne On "The Descendants" And Why It's a Minor Work

    Alexander Payne is in a good mood, or at least a little more chipper than usual. If the consensus means anything, the man behind such noted black comedies as "Election" and "About Schmidt" has yet to break his winning streak. Seven years have passed since his last feature, &...

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    Alexandre Desplat Scores Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Among Many Other Films

    French composer Alexandre Desplat is having a busy 2011. He's racing to finish the score for one of several still-unfinished year-end releases, Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, over the next few weeks. (The composer took over from Nico Muhly, who scored Daldry's The Reader.) Of co...

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    IMDb's Col Needham Responds to Clooney's Top 100

    George Clooney recently listed the 100 best movies from 1964-1976, his favorite period. IMDb founder Col Needham checked his IMDb vote history (up-to-date of course) and did his own advanced title search: I've seen a total of 764 movies from this range and included below are the 41 which I have rate...

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    Alexander Payne Talks The Descendants, Clooney, Next Black and White Film, New Trailer

    Of all the fall movies, the one that hit me in the solar plexus, made me laugh and cry, and struck me as a likely Oscar contender in multiple categories, was heartfelt low-budget comedy The Descendants (November 18), Alexander Payne’s return to the screen, after winning best original screenpla...

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    Film Independent's November LACMA Film Series Lineup Adds Clooney, Fassbender

    Elvis Mitchell is booking movies with speakers for his weekly Film Independent at LACMA showings. He's basically doing the same thing any number of subscription film series are doing, he's just inviting the public to buy tickets to see many films that will be available at commercial cinemas or on Ne...

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    Weekend Box Office: Real Steel Clobbers Ides of March; Dolphin Tale, Moneyball and 50/50 Show Legs

    DreamWorks delivered another hit to distributor Disney as Real Steel dominated its weekend box office rivals. George Clooney's political drama The Ides of March, in fewer theaters, got off to a solid start. Meanwhile, holdovers Dolphin Tale, Moneyball and 50/50 all showed good legs. Kinsey Lowe repo...

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    Oscar Talk: Clooney Leads Best Actor Field, Davis Leads Best Actress, Carnage Non-Contender

    In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate Roman Polanski's NYFF-opener Carnage, which fails to improve on the play and is not going to be an Oscar contender, we agree, although I think it's an upscale crowd-pleaser. (My updated Oscar Chart is here.)

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    Weekend Preview: Ides of March, Real Steel, The Way, Dirty Girl, War Doc Hell and Back Again

    The star power of this weekend's leading men -- George Clooney and Ryan Gosling of political drama The Ides of March and Hugh Jackman of amped-up sci-fi actioner Real Steel -- will make a dent in Dolphin Tale and Moneyball's current top spots. In the indiesphere, Mateo Gil's Blackthorn takes a bite out of Butch Cassidy legend, while Emilio Estevez's The Way aims to inspire and Abe Sylvia's reedited Dirty Girl attempts to push indie girl Juno Temple into leading lady status. In the mood for something French? Phillippe Le Guay's The Women on the 6th Floor is a charming trifle. Powerful war documentary Hell and Back Again is scoring the best rev...

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    Clooney's Favorite Films Inspire Mini Movie Trailer Marathon: From President's Men to The Sting

    Happy Monday from George Clooney! He's shared his 100 favorite films (from 1964-1976, "the greatest era in filmmaking by far"). Among the collection (which he's gifted to friends for Christmas) are the following classics (it won't surprise you that Clooney has good taste): All The President's Men (also a favorite of Aaron Sorkin's), American Graffiti, Badlands, Bonnie & Clyde, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Chinatown, A Clockwork Orange, Cool Hand Luke, Dog Day Afternoon, Easy Rider, The Exorcist, Godfather I & II, The Graduate, Harold and Maude, Jaws, Last Tango in Paris, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Midnight Cowboy, My Fair Lady, Network, One F...

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    Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories

    Now that we've both seen George Clooney's political thriller The Ides of March, Kris Tapley and I dig into not only Oscar prospects for that film, but the list of supporting players in contention for this year. We also debate the respective box office fates of Drive and Warrior as well as how succes...

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