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    Anyone Else Ambivalent About the "Star Wars" 3-D Conversion?

    We knew this day was coming. Not just because it was inevitable, but because long ago George Lucas and company directly assured/warned us it would. But it's nuts that the announcement would have to occur only hours after I celebrated the coming re-release of "Back to the Future" as being the very opposite of a Lucas-type cash grab. And here's why: I honestly can not wait to watch the "Star Wars" hexology in 3-D. Yes, even the prequels. So am I a hypocrite? Most definitely. In the five years I've blogged professionally I've consistently knocked the prequels. And I still don't think I'll care much for them with the extra dimension. Yet I feel c...

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    Arthur Penn: 1922 - 2010

    Arthur Penn, best known for directing such classics as "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Little Big Man," died Tuesday night in his Manhattan home, of congestive heart failure, a day after his 88th birthday. A memorial service will be held before the end of the year.

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    Top Thirty Indie Films

    Check out this list of the 30 most significant indie films in the last 30 years (full list, which includes three edited by the late great Sally Menke, is below).

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    Danny Boyle the Toast of BFI's Upcoming London Film Fest

    A number of fall festival favorites, including Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," Mike Leigh's "Another Year," Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech," and Danny Boyle's "127 Hours," have all made the cut for the British Film Institute's (BFI) shortlist for their Best Film Award, to be dolled out at this yea...

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    Dispatch From Iceland: Country's Filmmakers Wager On In Wake of Financial Meltdown

    It hasn't been easy for Icelandic filmmakers in the past year or two. Crippled by a severe financial meltdown, the little-country-that-often-could has been faced with an uphill battle when it comes to almost everything economic - filmmaking included. But in the midst of Iceland's most important annu...

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    Hail To Republic!

    In its heyday, Republic Pictures wasn’t taken seriously by the mainstream studios. It was a B-movie factory, and nothing more. (Erich von Stroheim referred to it as “Repulsive Pictures.”) In recent decades, enthusiasts have come to appreciate just how good Republic was at making those B movies, especially westerns and Saturday matinee serials. Their stunts and camerawork were exceptionally good, and many aficionados believe that their visual effects (created by the brothers Lydecker, Howard and Theodore) were even better than the work being done at that time by the “big boys” at MGM and Fox. Republic didn’t make movies to win awards or critic...

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    Favored By the Right Folks: Post-Cannes, "Bedevilled" Finds an Audience at Fantastic Fest

    When Jang Cheol-so's Korean revenge drama "Bedevilled" premiered at Cannes, critics had a tough time figuring out if they liked it. As the portrait of a damaged woman whose life consists of an abusive marriage and little else, it spends nearly an hour lingering in her depressing existence before sud...

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    NYFF: Tuesday, After Christmas

    None of Romanian filmmaker Radu Muntean’s films have yet seen commercial release in the U.S., but he’s one of his country’s most accomplished realists. His second feature, The Paper Will Be Blue, was a here-and-now recent-history drama in the Paul Greengrass mold, though less oppressively hectic, a topsy-turvy handheld portrait of collective confusion during the December 22, 1989, fall of president Nicolae Ceausescu. Life under Ceausescu—himself the subject of a caustic state-pageantry archival-footage “autobiography” playing outside the 2010 New York Film Festival’s main slate—has been a dominant topic of films from the so-called Romanian Ne...

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    Prohibition

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    ATO Pictures Acquires John C. Reilly Starrer "Terri"

    Hot off the heels of acquiring "Casino Jack," ATO Pictures has bought up U.S. theatrical rights to Azazel Jacobs' "Terri," starring John C. Reilly and Jacob Wysocki (ABC Family's "Huge"). Jacobs is best known for the 2008 film "Momma's Man," that played at both the Sundance and New Directors/New Fil...

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