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    LAFF '10 | Collins Takes On Russian Economics With "VLAST"

    The collapse of the Soviet Union led to a volatile but highly advantageous environment for young Russian businessmen eager to build the fledgling market economy by any means necessary. Striking extraordinary deals with the government to acquire newly privatized industries, a small group of men became phenomenally rich almost overnight. The most successful of these oligarchs was Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who quickly became the wealthiest man in Russia. But Khodorkovsky was invested not only in business, but also in true social reform and a new ideal of an open society, an attitude that ran afoul of the absolute rule of Vladimir Putin. Within month...

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    Brief Thoughts on "The Karate Kid."

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    Tonys Go Hollywood, Red's Logan Pens Miraculous Year, Nolan Hates 3D, It's a Wrap for Harry Potter

    The Tonys went Hollywood Sunday night, from winners Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in best revival winner Fences to best featured actress and actor Scarlett Johansson and Eddie Redmayne, respectively, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as best actress (in musical revival A Little Night Music). The Tonys a...

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    Box Office: "Joan" and "Bone" Lead Potent Weekend For Indie Debuts (UPDATED)

    After a few rather uneventful weekends at the specialty box office, a quartet of very strong debuts should lift the spirits of many a distributor this Sunday afternoon. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier this afternoon, four films opened to $15,000+ per-theater-averages, including t...

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    secret's out: Winter's Bone

    Winter's Bone | Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out | Movie Trailers

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    The 2010 FIFA World Cup | Day Three

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    NYU & UT Austin Among Top Schools at Student Academy Awards

    Concluding a national competition that began regionally, AMPAS presented the Student Academy Awards in Los Angeles last night. Luke Matheny from NYU won the award for best narrative film for "God of Love" while Ruth Fertig from the University of Texas at Austin won the documentary prize for "Yizkor ...

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    Weekend Box Office: Summer Reprieve as Karate Kid Kicks A-Team's Ass (updated)

    The summer box office won a reprieve this weekend as two 80s remakes went against each other. Warm-hearted family franchise The Karate Kid kicked actioner The A-Team's ass, thanks to the potent combo of genuine martial arts master Jackie Chan and Hollywood scion Jaden Smith, reports Anthony D'Alessa...

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    Coppola's Somewhere Heads for Venice

    We know that Sofia Coppola is talented--she already won an Oscar for writing Lost in Translation for chrissakes--but her identity as a filmmaker is still emerging. She has style up the wazoo, on ample display in Marie Antoinette, but what is she capable of? This question is fueling the intense curio...

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