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    'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Tops The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards

    It was a fait accompli pretty much from minute one. No other film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival got as much buzz as 29-year-old first-time feature-length filmmaker Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," a mythical film about a 6-year-old girl who lives in a southern Delta ...

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    Weekend B.O. Jan. 27-29 (Black Cinema Hangs On!)

    Though it dropped 44% from last weekend, black cinema's Lord and Savior George Lucas' film Red Tails held on to the 4th place slot, beating Man on a Ledge; though it couldn't beat off Underworld Awakening, The Grey and One for the Money. And even that film stars the one person that EVERY...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'The Grey' Sees Green, While Audiences Stay Away From The 'Ledge'

    Good ole’ dependable Liam Neeson. This is the third straight early-year period where the character actor turned badass leading man has scored a number one hit. While “The Grey” couldn’t pull in the same numbers as “Taken” or “Unknown,” it did top $20 m...

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    DGA Award Winner 'The Artist' Continues its Winning Roll

    Michel Hazanavicius took home the DGA Feature Film Award for "The Artist" Saturday night. The DGA also awarded winners in nine other categories during the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Historically the DGA winner not only goes on to win best dire...

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    Not News But Ruminations

    At the risk of becoming morbid, I am using this blog as an open forum, a place to ruminate, not on death, but to take a little more time to remember Bingham whose closeness is affecting me deeply still. I know people live in circumstances where death and even violent death is all around them (Hai...

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    Sundance Eulogy from Bingham Ray's Poker Partners

    Here's the Bingham Ray Sundance Eulogy, which was read at the Sundance Closing Night Awards by choked-up Fest Director John Cooper, from his poker partners Ben Barenholtz, Eamonn Bowles, Tom Prassis, Arnie Sawyer. Good job guys, it made me cry yet again.

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    Eugene Levy, Denise Richards and Romeo Miller To Star In Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection"

    Tyler Perry's next Lionsgate production Madea's Witness Protection will begin filming next week in Atlanta. Perry opted for an *interesting* and mostly white cast ensemble for this one, with the exception of Romeo Miller (Jumping The Broom), the son of rapper Master P.

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    Bingham Ray's Poker Buddies Write Eulogy Read at Sundance Ceremony

    Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper broke down a bit as he read a eulogy for indie film executive Bingham Ray at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony tonight.  The eulogy, written by Ray's poker buddies Ben Barenholtz, Eamonn Bowles, Tom Prassis, and Arnie Sawyer is print...

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    Magnolia Buys U.S. Rights to 'Compliance'

    With the Sundance awards ceremony hours away Magnolia continues to make buys, the latest being the acquisition of Craig Zobel’s “Compliance.” The NEXT section entry based on true events follows Sandra (Ann Dowd), an overworked manager at a fast food restaurant, who receives a ...

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    Magnolia Pictures Takes Sundance's 'Nobody Walks'

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired distribution rights to Ry Russo Young's "Nobody Walks," which is screening in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

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