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    Simply the Worst: Woody Allen's "Anything Else"

    We’re some forty years into the career of Woody Allen, America’s most consistent—and perhaps consistently undervalued—filmmaker, and it’s become almost impossible for cinephiles, and even casual movie connoisseurs, to abstain from participating in the annual combing-over of his oeuvre that accompanies his each new release. Which one’s the best? Which one’s the worst? How about a complete ranking from #1 to #41? (Spend five seconds on Google, and you’ll find a few.) It’s almost a sport. I recently passed a soused evening at a party separating the wheat from the chaff via pithy one-liners with a group of similarly Allen-versed comrades. It took...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sexism Watch: NY Times Piece on Toronto Docs Includes No Women Directed Films

    It's so fascinating how a genre supposedly equally divided between males and females can be made to seem so completely dominated by men. For those people who don't know much about documentaries and the great, amazing women who make films you'd think we lived in a world where only men directed docs....

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    Today's Birthdays - 9/06/11 (Idris Elba, Anika Noni Rose, Naomie Harris and Rosie Perez)

    Idris Elba welcomes 39 today. The London native, who also deejays under the name "Big Driis the Londoner," has appeared in numerous film and tv productions which include Family Affairs, Ultraviolet, Law & Order, Dangerfield, CSI: Miami, Soul Food, The Wire, Sometimes In April, The Gospel, The Reapi...

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    New Photos of David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

    There is probably no film this fall hitting the festival circuit harder than David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method." Having already screened at Venice and Telluride, the film will play TIFF and NYFF next for what Sony Pictures Classics hopes will result in some kind of awards season recognition.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women Win at the Box Office This Summer

    While the big budget films dominated the cash at the box office, two movies with measly budgets in comparison that nobody expected to do well, soared beyond expectations.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult' Gets A Fantastic First Poster

    While his previous efforts "Up In The Air" and "Juno" were boosted by early appearances on the fall film festival circuit, this year, Jason Reitman is choosing to keep things under wraps until much later in the season and there are a couple reasons for that. Firstly, sustaining early hype can be a challenge and while many pegged "Up In The Air" as a Best Picture winner after it wooed crowds at TIFF, that talk had deflated by time the end of the year had rolled around. Secondly, compared to 'Air' or "Juno," Reitman's "Young Adult" is a much darker, more prickly affair, for proof of which you need to look no further than new poster debuted at T...

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    Watch: Trailer For Famke Janssen's Wacky Directorial Debut 'Bringing Up Bobby' With Milla Jovovich

    In case you haven't noticed, we are right in the thick of festival season. Venice is nearing the finish line, Telluride came and went over the weekend, TIFF kicks off on Thursday and festivities in Deauville are now in full swing. That last festival, dedicated to American cinema (ie. getting Hollywood stars over to France to walk the red carpet) boasts a lineup that ranges from the blatantly commerical ("The Lion King") to actually premiering some new, independent movies. And so, model-turned-actress Famke Janssen will show off her directorial debut "Bringing Up Bobby" (not be confused with the direct-to-video Christian comedy) at the festiva...

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    Trailer Watch: Margaret

    This long on the shelf film will finally see the light of day on September 30

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    Watch: Charlize Theron Takes It Off & Puts It On In Jean-Jacques Annaud Directed Dior Ad

    So here's a little bit of glamour to start your week after the last long weekend of the summer.

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    Watch: ‘The Human Centipede II’ Aussie Trailer Has Some People Pretending To Be Scared

    Also Suggests U.S. Version Will Be CutSo, how low rent and cheaply shocking will "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)" be? Judging by the Australian trailer for the film, which features a bunch of bad actors pretending to be scared by the film, director Tom Six seems to have given up.

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