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    Telluride '11 Review: Glenn Close's Exquisite Performance Powers 'Albert Nobbs'

    The 19th century Ireland of director Rodrigo García's "Albert Nobbs" is rigid with insurmountable societal distinctions: every soul has his or her station firmly proscribed at birth, and escape is virtually unheard of. Against this stifling backdrop, García crafts an engaging, entertaining and enlightening piece of work that is richly dramatic and underscored by moments of wry, quiet humor. It doesn't hurt that, making good on all the pre-festival buzz, the film features Glenn Close in a performance that seems destined to earn her a sixth Oscar nomination and perhaps her first win (it would be well deserved).  She plays a woman who is passing...

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    Eddie Murphy Might Host 2012 Oscar Ceremony

    Now remember I said Eddie Murphy may possibly host next year's Oscar broadcast. The official word is that next year Oscar show producer, director Brett Ratner who directed Tower Heist with Murphy and Ben Stiller, has been in talks with Murphy to host next year's show.

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    Venice Reviews 2011: Soderbergh's Contagion is Alarmingly Believable Global Disaster Movie

    Love him or hate him, Steven Soderbergh is back. Always willing to take chances and experiment, whether it meant getting kicked off Sony's Brad Pitt-starrer Moneyball or shooting the $60 million Che in two parts in Spanish, or The Good German in old-fashioned black-and-white, Soderbergh makes the mo...

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    Telluride Reviews: Payne and Clooney Score Big Wins with The Descendants

    Fox Searchlight's first trailer for The Descendants made Alexander Payne's return to the screen, after winning best original screenplay (with Jim Taylor) for 2004's Sideways, look like a well-meaning family drama. It's far more than that. "Alexander should make more movies," said George Clooney at t...

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    Telluride Day One: Brunch, The Artist, Pierre Etaix, Trip to the Moon, Becoming Bert Stern

    At the Telluride FIlm Fest, I'm tracking more mainstream titles that folks may actually see in theaters, while Meredith Brody is the lucky one who tracks the rarer events here.At the Press Office I run into assorted Festival attendees and guests; director/film buff Allan Arkush downloads an app called NeoReader that can scan a Nabokovian figure complete with butterfly net placed around the Festival to learn updates such as TBA slots and whether there are seats available or not in a screening. We run into Nick James, editor of the British Sight and Sound, who's here to receive a Special Medallion for a “hero of cinema – an organization or indi...

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    Telluride 1: Patience

    Telluride 1: Patience

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    No New Strike Back Episode Friday -- Mini-Marathon for Labor Day

    Don't take anything for granted, warns David Chute, as you wait an extra week for the resolution of the latest Strike Back cliffhanger.No new episode tonight of TV's new best action series. Instead, Cinemax is running a mini-marathon of the first three episodes of Strike Back, beginning at 10 p.m. T...

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    Post-42West, Cynthia Swartz Launches Own Praisery

    As expected, it has not taken long for 30-year Oscar campaigner and indie strategist Cynthia Swartz to set up her own PR shop after disentangling her founding partnership since 2004 at 42West. Strategy PR/Consulting is open for business in New York and soon, Los Angeles as well. Swartz will not only do Oscar pushes but unit publicity, corporate representation, national PR campaigns complete with digital marketing, and film festival repping of acquisition titles. Swartz is importing her key NY-based 42West lieutenants as VPs: fest and awards maven Michael Kupferberg and film PR strategist Elena Zilberman. Strategy is also adding NY staffers C...

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    "A Soldier's Story" Coming Out On Blu-ray DVD Dec 6

    Slowly but surely more and more older black films are being released on blu-ray which means more and more black people, and people who genuinely like good movies, are getting blu-ray players.

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    Venice '11 Review: 'Contagion' Is A Propulsive, Terrifying Picture With A Top-Notch Cast

    Disaster -- an eternally popular obsession of film. Audiences have turned up in droves over the last century or so to watch mankind against their own extinction in the form of meteorites, earthquakes, alien invasions, exploding suns, planetary collisions, and whatever it was that was happening in "T...

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