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    Criterion Clue: Brian DePalma's 'Blow Out' Coming To The Collection?

    The Evidence Is Too Great, Don't Bet Against ItSure, any and all speculation about what the Criterion "wacky" clues really mean are going to be aimless and hypothetical (and, as such, have just as likely a probability of being way off-base and wrong), but there are a few from the past that have call...

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    Chris Morris, Director Of 'Four Lions' Talks The Truth About Absolute Evil, "The Lion King"

    It's rare when a debut film is anything but amateur, few nail a "Blood Simple" or "400 Blows" at first swing. Even those that are mediocre "show promise," and those that reveal a sign of brashness are "future cult classics." So how is it that British satirist Chris Morris' first film "Four Lions," a comedy following a Jihadist cell, is not only hilarious and ballsy, but works really well? Truth be told, it could be his years of experience in the biz -- starting off as a disc jockey, he worked on many radio shows and later in television, including "The IT crowd" and "The Day Today," which featured a very young Steve Coogan. It wasn't until 200...

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    What I'm Watching: "The Flaw"

    A common convention of 'talking head' documentaries can be the cross-cutting of archival footage and bits from old movies to illustrate a point being made by an interview subject. Cutesy clips can make a dry interview more compelling.

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    Does Rubik's Cube Really Need an Agent? A Look at the Puzzle's Film and TV Career So Far

    I don't know how true this is, but word is going around that the Rubik's Cube has signed with CAA. Speculation is now out that the agency will work towards packaging a feature film based on the iconic puzzle and '80s accessory. Should we expect something where the cube is anthropomorphic, as in the ...

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    Paul Haggis Quietly Working On Global Romantic Drama 'Third Person'

    With his prison escape drama "The Next Three Days" set to hit theaters in a couple of weeks, writer/director Paul Haggis has seen his name linked to a couple of gestating projects. More recently, he's been tapped to adapt and possibly direct the Spanish sensation "Celda 211" and earlier in the year ...

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    Oscar Talk: The Way Back, Hollywood Reporter Actress Round-Table

    On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I range over Peter Weir's The Way Back, which I finally screened, as well as the crazy season which is now heating up. We beg to differ on DreamWorks' Animation's Megamind.

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    In Theaters: 'Due Date,' 'Megamind,' 'For Colored Girls,' '127 Hours'

    With Halloween and all its customary horror movies behind us and long forgotten, this weekend seems to herald open season for awards contenders. Buzzed about awards-seeking films such as Danny Boyle's James Franco starring survival drama "127 Hours" opens in limited release against Tyler Perry's first possible award contender, the star-laden "For Colored Girls." Going head to head in the box office dollars race, lovable funny men Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifiankis tackle the road movie in "Due Date," while equally funny people Will Ferrell and Tina Fey lend their vocal talents to the animated "Megamind," for which children and their paren...

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    film review: Boxing Gym

    The grand old man of cinema vérité-style documentaries, Frederick Wiseman, shows no signs of slowing down, nor has he lost his keen ability to capture the sights, sounds, and overall milieu of his chosen subject. Last year he took us behind the scenes of the Paris Opera’s ballet troupe in La Danse; ...

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    film review: 127 Hours

    Directors like to test themselves, especially when they’re riding a wave of success. Having enjoyed worldwide acclaim for the emotional and immersive Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle has chosen an entirely different kind of story for his next project that presents a unique series of filmmaking chall...

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