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    Bad Karma Alert! Tilda's Mort vs. Condon, Deadline vs. THR

    Bad karma yields bad karma?

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    David Lynch Set As AFI Fest's Guest Artistic Director

    David Lynch will serve as its first-ever Guest Artistic Director of AFI FEST, it was announced today. The fest - which takes place November 4-11 in Hollywood, California - said that Lynch will program a "special sidebar of films that influence and inspire him" and present these films at the festiva...

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    review: Von Sternberg Dazzles On DVD

    I am extremely happy because one of my all-time favorite films—The Last Command—has finally come to DVD, as part of a glorious boxed set from Criterion called 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg.

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    Scott Pilgrim vs. Universal and the Matrix

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's bottom line comes down to the same problem that has faced a long line of Universal projects. It was an indie movie that cost too much to be successful inside the studio paradigm and should have been produced and released on a smaller less ambitious scale at the studio's...

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    Cinematographers on the Rise

    The Playlist profiles 5 Cinematographers On Their Way To The A-List; A Single Man's Eduard Grau (because "virtually every frame of [the film] was heart-stoppingly gorgeous"); Bright Star's (pictured) Greig Fraser (also worth noting his work on the chilling New Zealand true-story drama Out Of The Blu...

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    Freestyle Lands Political Doc "Money"

    Ray Grigg's politically charged documentary "I Want Your Money," will be receive a U.S. nationwide theatrical roll-out this fall via Freestyle Releasing. In a stragetic move, Freestyle plans to release the film on October 15, when election season shifts into high gear.

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    Mulligan Along for Drive, Almodovar's Latest, Aniston's Rut

    - Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Bronson) has already lined up Ryan Gosling and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) for his thriller Drive. Now Carey Mulligan is negotiating to play Gosling's passenger. After Gosling's stuntman/freelance getaway driver is involved in a botched bank robbery, he is ...

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    "Piranha 3D": When Horror Turns to Trauma

    After watching "Piranha 3D," a movie I enjoyed far less than expected, I was reminded that director Alexandre Aja also helmed the 2006 remake of "The Hills Have Eyes." That's the one where we're made to watch the very horrible sequence of events in which a man is burned to death in front of his family, two daughters are raped, an infant is threatened with a gun, the mother is shot in the stomach and finally one of the daughters gets her brains blown out. Meanwhile everyone is screaming and crying and experiencing one of the worst traumatic events imaginable -- I'm talking about the characters, though I was feeling a tiny bit of that trauma my...

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