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    Trailer Watch: Sam Rockwell Caught in Backwoods Paranoia and Murder in Neo-Noir 'A Single Shot'

    Check out the new trailer for David M. Rosenthal's "A Single Shot," which premiered in Berlin earlier this year and stars Sam Rockwell as a Southern hunter who finds himself at the center of a terrible and then deadly accident. Jeffrey Wright ("Source Code"), Kelly Reilly ("Flight"), Jason Isaacs ("...

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    Tribeca First Look: Naomi Watts In 'Sunlight Jr.,' Melissa Leo In 'Bottled Up,' The Hotties Of 'GBF' & More

    The Tribeca Film Festival is rolling out more first-looks. First off, is director Steph Green’s latest endeavor, entitled "Run and Jump." The film marks Green’s return to Tribeca after winning in the Best Short Narrative category in 2008 for her film "New Boy." "Run and Jump" stars "Saturday Night L...

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    Sundance Review: 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman' Plays Like An Overwrought & Dated Music Video

    "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" opens up with an arresting image, the titular character (played by Shia LaBeouf) dangling upside down in woozy slow-motion, his face brutally beaten and bloody. As the narrator (John Hurt) explains, Charlie Countryman is languishing in the wind ...

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    Putting an Oscar Campaign on Your Credit Card

    Oscar nominations close tomorrow (there has been trouble with the on-line voting) and one woman hoping to make the cut is Ann Dowd who has already received accolades for her performance in the creepy (but good) film Compliance. Look at Dowd and you will recognize her. I watched Philadelphia again ...

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    The Refreshing Honesty of Melissa Leo

    I find Melissa Leo to be one of the most interesting actors around.  Two years ago she got a lot of shit for creating her own "For Your Consideration" ads for her role in The Fighter when she thought she wasn't get enough attention.  The ads and the aftermath helped elevate h...

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    New Orleans Film Festival Review: Melissa Leo Amazes in 'Francine'

    Strange and unsettling, "Francine" begins as a miniature, a doll's house of life's loose ends. Subtly, though, it blooms. On the strength of Melissa Leo's astounding performance, it pushes outward into a troubled society of haves and have-nots — becoming, quietly but forcefully, one of the best film...

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    NYFF Review: Promising Alcoholism Drama ‘Flight’ Often Hits Rock Bottom

    After 12 years immersed (lost?) in the world of motion-capture, Robert Zemeckis re-emerges into live-action filmmaking for “Flight,” an engaging and initially very promising drama about alcoholism, redemption and forgiveness that grows uneven and long winded as it progresses, clocking in just under ...

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    Melissa Leo Joins Long Developing 'Prisoners' With Hugh Jackman

    We have to admit, given how long this movie has been kicking around in development, we've been wary of any news. Indeed, the last we heard anything about the movie was in the spring when Hugh Jackman -- who was originally attached over two years ago when Antoine Fuqua was going to direct  -...

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    Melissa Leo, Melanie Shatzky and Brian Cassidy On Blending Documentary With Fiction in 'Francine,' and the "Silent Dance" Between Actor and Director

    In the last few years, Melissa Leo has played a woman driven by poverty to human smuggling in Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River," and claimed an Oscar for her turn as the chain-smoking boxing matriarch Alice Ward in David O. Russell's "The Fighter." On a recent episode of comedian Louis C.K.'s show "Lou...

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    Factory 25 Acquires North American Digital Rights to the Melissa Leo Drama 'Francine'

    Factory 25 has acquired North American rights to the Melissa Leo drama “Francine” and will co-release the film on VOD November 1. The Film Sales Company first opens the film theatrically at MoMa September 12, followed by other theatrical showings in the fall and a DVD release in the spri...

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