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    Noam Chomsky Conference In Iceland

    As you can tell, I haven't exactly been posting like crazy since my arrival here in Reykjavik, mostly because it's just been too amazing here to hinder by holing up with a laptop. I'll have a bunch of musings to post tomorrow as I make my Icelandic exit, but for now here's video from an inspiring co...

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    NYFF: Carlos

    Olivier Assayas’s Carlos opens with a disclaimer noting the necessary fictionalization of certain elements of the following story even though the overall project aimed for historical fidelity. Disclaimers are banal, cinematic elements usually not remarked upon, but as with everything we see in a film, someone had to choose to include it and select what specific words and phrasing to employ. When this kind of text begins the new work by Assayas, a filmmaker always assiduously attuned to every piece of the cinematic machine, we should pay attention. Clearly the filmmaker wants us to immediately recognize the dangers inherent in using a movie...

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    Donald Duck vs. Glenn Beck.

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    For Colored Girls Campaign is Old-Fashioned

    Lionsgate has been talking about an Oscar campaign for Tyler Perry's screen adaptation of For Colored Girls (from Ntozake Shange's poetic 1975 hit Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf).

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    Producers to Watch: Anne Marie Gillen ♀

    by guest blogger Peter Belsito

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    The Social Network Plays Well to Academy

    Saturday's Academy screening of The Social Network played well to a full house--the movie also opened at number one this weekend, and scored rave reviews, which won't hurt with Oscar voters.

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    Zellweger Faces Uncertain Future as Case 39 Flops

    Signature line: "You had me at hello."

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    NYFF: The Strange Case of Angelica

    Manoel de Oliveira has unofficially reached what we could call the yarn-spinning era of his dotage. Don’t let the anecdotal nature of the now 102-year-old Portuguese auteur’s most recent films fool you, however. His rigor and precision—and canny sense of how to lull and then delightfully frustrate an audience—remain intact. A mite longer than his previous two films released in the U.S., Belle toujours and Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl, yet still enchantingly nugget-like, The Strange Case of Angelica takes as its central concerns nothing less than the spiritual nature of being but still manages to be pithy and casual. He always makes big...

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    Box Office: "Superman," "Catfish" Continue Their Surge; "Freakonomics" Disappoints

    With few new specialty films reporting estimates, the big story this weekend was definitely the impressive holdover performances of docs "Waiting For 'Superman'" and "Catfish," which in their second and third frames, respectively, showed serious strength. According to estimates provided by Rentrak ...

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