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    On the Rise: Aubrey Plaza of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"

    Sardonic should be up-and-comer Aubrey Plaza's middle name. The comedic actress, best known for her role as Seth Rogen's hipster love interest in Judd Apatow's "Funny People," knows her way around a good sarcastic jab. Her voice, mannerisms and bookish look are all enthused with a playful detachedne...

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    The British Dilemma: UK Film Council Axed

    The bombshell dropped by Britain's government closing the U.K. Film Council with "no notice and no consultation" should send a collective shudder through the entire film community. Except for the U.S., all nations have government support for industry initiatives, education, film funding and their country's film distribution. The UK Film Council is the Government-backed lead agency for film in the UK ensuring that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are effectively represented at home and abroad.Below is the Guardian's story on it and the reactions of John Woodward, chief executive of the U.K. Films Council and Tim Bevan w...

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    Early Reviews: The Expendables

    The two trades are split on the new action flick The Expendables, which I have been avoiding like the plague--clearly I am not in the target male demo. Interestingly, THR's Sheri Linden finds the testosterone fest worthwhile, while Variety's Peter Debruge does not. UPDATE: Time Out London does not m...

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    3-D Stats are Trending Down

    Hollywood would like to think that 3-D cures all ills. But the stats don't lie, as a discerning public picks and chooses the 3-D movies that are clearly worth paying a premium for. Check out The Wrap's analylsis of 3-D performance. The studios may want to reconsider throwing good money after bad whe...

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    New Audience Award for 2010 Gothams

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    What's up with Luis the gardener in "The Kids Are All Right"?

    So, yeah, Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right is fine.  The massive buzz left us suspicious: could the creator of Laurel Canyon possibly have churned out something worthy of so much hyperbole?  Well, no, but in this dolorous summer of movie tedium (Inception . . . zzzzz), it stands out.  Even if it has a distinctly uncinematic aesthetic (read: just past sitcom-level visual acuity), The Kids Are All Right features a nicely assembled screenplay that generously provides room for all its major characters to shine and be shitty by turns, which Cholodenko’s cast of skilled performers clearly relishes.  She even manages the reclamation of Annet...

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    Women in Hollywood: Salander vs. Gilbert, Bullock Is Forbes #1, Rom-Com Actresses, Lady Gaga

    - Two literary characters--Lisbeth Salander and Elizabeth Gilbert--built huge fan bases of women book lovers well before the characters hit the big screen. Fans eagerly await the news of who David Fincher will cast as Salander in the English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and s...

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    Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!

    M. Night's Shyamalan's The Last Airbender was slammed by critics: it earned an abysmal 8% on the Tomatometer. No question that since Shyamalan's strong breakout The Sixth Sense, followed by Unbreakable and Signs, his last features (The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening) are trending down...

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    book review: Three Chords For Beauty's Sake:

    The Life of Artie Shaw by Tom Nolan (Norton)

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