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    Weekend Box Office: The Social Network Clicks to Top

    The most buzzed-about launch of the fall season, The Social Network met (but did not exceed) expectations with a $23-million start, while hard-R vampire thriller Let Me In proved to be a classic tweener: too bloody violent for upscale smart-house crowds and too European for mainstream gore-hounds. Anthony D'Alessandro explains:Sony’s PG-13 Facebook origin myth The Social Network effortlessly clicked its way to the top box office spot with $23 million – a number which was in line with studio estimates, but fell short of crashing any ticket booth’s computer with a fall record.  Two R-rated thrillers, Overture’s vampire remake Let Me In and Para...

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    Autumn Sonata

    In 1976, two years before his 60th birthday, Ingmar Bergman was rehearsing a play at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm when two plainclothes policemen arrested and booked him for income-tax fraud. Although the charges were false and eventually dropped, this terribly humiliating experience caused the internationally acclaimed Swedish filmmaker to suffer a nervous breakdown and a deep depression. He vowed never to work again in his native country, and began a self-imposed exile during which he made two films (before finally relenting and returning to Sweden): The Serpent’s Egg, an English-language picture shot in Munich, and the Britis...

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    "Stranger Things" & "Marwencol" Take Top Prizes at 11th Woodstock Film Festival

    Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal's feature "Stranger Things" and Jeff Malmberg's doc "Marwencol" took top prizes Saturday evening at the 11th Woodstock Film Festival. Emceed by Oscar-nominated writer/director and Woodstock resident Ron Nyswaner ("Philadelphia"), the Gala Maverick Awards ceremony also hono...

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    'Freak' Availability

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    Movie Crazy All Over Again

    Dooley Wilson as Sam, the movies’ most famous piano player (who couldn’t really play) in Casablanca.

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    Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

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    Video: John Turturro Talks Naples Music Doc Passione

    Italian-American actor-director John Turturro is beloved by the Italians—Venice Fest audiences treat him like a huge star. In fact, ill-fated Romance and Cigarettes, which was caught in the backdraft at the end of United Artists, was such a hit in Italy that financeers stepped up to hire Turturro to...

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    Why Michael Caine is Wrong About the Ending of "Inception"

    Just when you thought nobody was talking about "Inception" anymore, one of its stars has come out and uttered another theory. And just in case you didn't figure it out from the headline, if you haven't yet seen the year's biggest movie you just don't like movies you might not want to read this post....

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    Media Watch: NYT Magazine Hires Ex-Employee Lindgren

    Hugo Lindgren is an old cohort of former NYT Magazine editor Adam Moss--and followed him to New York Magazine before moving on to become executive editor of Bloomberg Businessweek.

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    True Grit Poster Sells Retribution

    True Grit is a revenge western. Thus, the Coen brothers' poster--designed to resemble an Old West "Wanted" flier--stresses "punishment" and "retribution."

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