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    Review: 'London Boulevard' A Miscast Mess

    It's quite rare for a screenwriter to become something of a brand name, particularly with fewer than half a dozen produced credits, and, while William Monahan may not mean a huge amount to the general public, his is a name that tends to make film geeks prick up their ears. In the decade since he worked on the aborted project "Tripoli" with Ridley Scott, Monahan's become one of the most in-demand writers around. Scott may have botched his excellent crusades script "Kingdom of Heaven" by casting Orlando Bloom in the lead, but the writer can't have minded too much, as only a year later he was picking up an Academy Award for his work on Martin Sc...

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    David O. Russell Says The Making Of 'Nailed' Like A "Stillbirth," Unlikely He'll Return To Finish It

    We had the opportunity to chat with David O. Russell about "The Fighter" recently (more from that conversation soon), but during our discussion with the director, we had to ask what had he been up to since "I Heart Huckabees" hit theaters in 2004.

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    An Oscar Performance I'd Like to See.

    Although many viewers may view the infamous "chainsaw" scene in the last act of "Winter's Bone" to be its most memorable bit, I consider the definitive moment to arrive much earlier. The movie follows Ree, a 17-year-old woman forced to care for her younger siblings and ailing mother while their meth-addicted father remains missing (and possibly dead) somewhere in the Ozarks. At some point, she walks into one of the many homes she visits along the murky trail to the truth of her father's fate and suddenly comes upon a bluegrass band. As she listens, Jennifer Lawrence's performance truly comes alive -- the clash between her character's enforce...

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    Rumor: Anne Hathaway & James McAvoy Casting Possibilities For 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'

    It's been a few weeks since we heard any casting speculation about "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" and the paucity of talk around the film means it's time for some new rumors to begin.

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    Video: "Black Swan" and "Showgirls" Trailer Mash-Up

    This video popped up on the Internets late last week, but it's even more worthy of a look now that "Black Swan" has picked up a record 12 Critics' Choice nominations, among other year-end accolades it's received over the weekend. "Showgirls," in comparison, was nominated for a (still?) record 13 Golden Raspberry nominations fifteen years ago. At least one writer is seemingly outraged by the mash-up of the two films, calling it "crude and simplistic, apples and oranges." I still haven't seen either film yet, so I can't agree or disagree, but I do wonder if that statement means to imply "Black Swan" is either "crude" or "simplistic," with "Show...

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    Oscarbation: The AFI, NYFCO, Boston And Los Angeles Critics Freak For 'The Social Network'

    Sending a signal to Oscar prognosticators, the fake-intellectuals who mock "Iron Man" and masturbate to "The King's Speech," a phalanx of critics organizations revealed their top honors this weekend, drawing a line in the sand. Their message? "The Social Network" is on one side of that line, and all...

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    Angus MacFayden Joins Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

    It's perhaps not hugely surprising, considering we started as a blog focusing on the place where movies and music meet, but we have a real affection for much of Cameron Crowe's work. A former Rolling Stone journalist, and pop obsessive, few have ever used popular music quite as effectively, especia...

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    Exclusive: The National Recording New Song For Sundance-Bound 'Win Win'

    Plus Here's Your First Look At Paul Giamatti In The Tom McCarthy-Directed DramaThe 2011 Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner, and details are starting to emerge about which movies will be making appearances and who will be starring in meta-textual Beastie Boys pastiches. And now we can g...

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    Oscar Watch: Social Network Dominates Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

    The Los Angeles Film Critics announced their winners Sunday. The Social Network dominated the voting, beating out rival The King's Speech--although Colin Firth continues to rack up best actor wins--and Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver won yet another supporting actress award. While the LA film critics...

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    Oscar Watch: Social Network Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics

    The Boston Society of Film Critics got their votes out Sunday ahead of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which arguably has more impact within an industry town. But fact is, The Social Network is emerging as a consensus choice among early critics groups, and dominated Boston with five wins i...

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