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    Oscar Watch: 2012 Show Will Not Move Up, Bruce Davis Retires

    Much has been made lately about how the Academy was trying to figure out a way to move up the Oscars in 2012--under ratings pressure from ABC--to get ahead of the pack of awards shows in January and February. I thought it was ludicrous as well as impossible --I detailed the reasons here--so I am not...

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    REVIEW | Colombian Squalor: "The Two Escobars"

    The history of Colombia's tattered international reputation is not an unexplored field, but Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's Tribeca Film Festival world premiere documentary "The Two Escobars," provides an original strategy for framing it. A study in contrasts, the movie oscillates between two men with ...

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    Luke Evans And Alice Eve Join John Cusack In James McTiegue's 'The Raven'

    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." For an author that most contemporary readers don't rush out to read, one look at IMDB will tell you that adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's work haven't stopped; though high-profile films do seem to be in shorter supply. The most notable was probably the Josh Lucas thrill...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender

    Let Me In is one of those strange tweener movies that is neither fish nor fowl. It was a fall festival hit, but movie audiences like their movies to fit into neat and tidy categories, and this one defiantly refuses to do that. Here's why.

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    "Poison" Back On Big Screen for 20th Anniversary

    Todd Haynes' landmark American indie film "Poison" is getting a week-long run at New York's IFC Center to celebrate the movie's 20th anniversary. A new 35mm print of the 1990 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner will run from Wednesday, November 10 through Tuesday, November 16 at the downt...

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    Casting Watch: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Adds Lee Pace, Joe Anderson, Noel Fisher

    Stop the presses! Director Bill Condon has cast the covens and nomads in Summit's next iteration of Twilight, Breaking Dawn. Ordinarily this sort of casting minutiae would not warrant a full-scale press release, but Twilight fans can't get enough info about the vampire world first imagined by novel...

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    REVIEW | Horror in the Kitchen: Joe Maggio's "Bitter Feast"

    A contemporary riff on "Misery" with a culinary twist, "Bitter Feast" may provide the first horror movie aimed at foodies. Director Joe Maggio ("Paper Covers Rock") makes his inaugural foray into the horror genre with a competent, familiar captivity narrative, resulting in less torture porn than foo...

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    24 Projects to Receive €350K from Hubert Bals Fund

    Twenty-four film projects have been selected by the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to receive grants for script development, digital production, postproduction, distribution or workshops. In the current round, the fund is giving 349,000 euros to projects fr...

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    Poitier Poised for Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award in 2011

    Academy Award-winner Sidney Poitier will be honored at the 38th Annual Chaplin Award Gala, hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center on May 2nd, 2011, the New York-based organization unveiled. Styled by FSLC as an event "attended by a host of notable guests and celebrities," Poitier's career as a...

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