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    Robert De Niro To Head 64th Cannes Film Festival Jury

    By most accounts, last year's Cannes Film Festival was one of the worst in years. The lineup was fairly tepid, and overall, there was a considerable lack of buzz on the Croisette. From most colleagues we talked to at the fest, it was widely regarded as one of poorer showings in quite some time. Well...

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    How Do You Like That? Terrence Malick Gave Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Notes On 'Good Will Hunting'

    Plus Barry Pepper Talks The Untitled Malick DramaThe renaissance of Ben Affleck continues apace. After some impressive supporting roles in the likes of "Hollywoodland" and "Extract" and a burgeoning directorial career, the actor -- whose career was not so long ago in severe trouble -- booked a role...

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    Robert De Niro To Head Cannes Jury

    Robert De Niro will serve as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, it was announced today. An eight time visitor to the festival, De Niro has been featured in two Palme d’Or winners: "Taxi Driver," in 1976, and ten years later, "The Mission," directed by Roland Joffe. Cannes' organize...

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    TV Review, Downton Abbey: Such Elegant Social Upheaval

    In 1912, the aristocrats and servants at Downton Abbey live in a world where bad news comes by telegram – like the one informing Lord Grantham that his cousin and heir has been lost with the Titanic. By the end of this sumptuous, endlessly entertaining miniseries, it is 1914, a new-fangled telephone...

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    Announcing an almost-new sales company: Sierra/Affinity

    As the hypenated name suggests, just-announced sales company Sierra/Affinity is the merged efforts of Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg's Sierra Pictures (sales, financing and production) and Gigi Pritzker and Michel Litvak's Affinity International (the sales company created by Bold Films an...

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    Oscar Watch: VFX Short List of Seven Includes Alice in Wonderland, Inception, Scott Pilgrim

    Seven films will vie in the Visual Effects bakeoff on January 20 for an Oscar nomination, when members of the VFX branch will see 15-minute reels of each film and then vote for the final five to be announced January 25. The list is what was expected.

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    Cinema Audio Society Announces 2010 Award Nominees

    The Cinema Audio Society announced the nominees for the 47th Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2010 in five categories.

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    Academy Narrows Visual Effects Race To Seven

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 83rd Academy Awards. Oddly, the race will be narrowed down to five for the actual nominations (a new rule, as it's normally just three), leaving just two film...

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    Entering Cinephilia Through the Cerebral Gate

    In one of the entries in Slate's 'The Movie Club,' a year-end exchange of films between writers Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, Stephanie Zacharek, Matt Zoller Seitz and former Spout editor Karina Longworth, Seitz argues that "emotion is the gateway drug to all cinephilia." And once again, due to my heartle...

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    Kevin Macdonald's Crowdsourced YouTube Doc 'Life In A Day' To Stream For Free On Jan. 27

    With his big budget medieval pic "The Eagle" set to debut next month, it's easy to forget that director Kevin Macdonald got his start in documentary film, with the excellent "Kindertransport," "One Day In September" and "Touching the Void" under his belt. Earlier this summer it was revealed he was teaming with Ridley Scott's Scott Free production company on a rather ambitious project, "Life In A Day." The idea was simple if somewhat of a logistical challenge: On July 24th YouTube users uploaded footage from around with the idea of telling future generations of what life was like on the planet on that single day. Against All Odds Productions j...

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