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    Review: 'Painted Skin: The Resurrection' Spotlights Imaginative Special Effects In Derivative Story

    Today’s generation of filmgoers and filmmakers forget that at the very heart of the first cinematic techniques known as “special effects,” there was a shade of mystery and mysticism as well. This otherworldliness made visual sleight of hand seem like an extra-sensory experience, allowing films to tr...

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    Fantastic Fest Sets Second Wave of 2012 Programming, Including 'Looper,' 'Holy Motors' and World Premiere of 'The American Scream'

    Fantastic Fest announced its second wave of programming this morning, including special screenings of Rian Johnson's "Looper" and Scott Derrickson’s “Sinister." The lineup also includes the world premieres of "The American Scream," from the filmmaking team be...

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    Mitt Romney vs. Snuffleupagus: Republican Presidential Candidate Promises to Cut PBS and NEA Subsidies If Elected

    While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has mentioned his intention to cut funding to arts programs, particular public television, before -- "Maybe Big Bird is going to have to have advertisers," he said in January -- he made this desire explicit as part of his plan to limit go...

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    New Images From 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' With Emma Watson, Logan Lerman & Ezra Miller

    The emotionally fraught period of adolescence has fascinated many filmmakers, and the latest to tackle the turbulent experience is Stephen Chbosky, with “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.” And with a TIFF premiere and theatrical release just around the corner, seven new stills from the pr...

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    'The Waiting Room' Gets A Trailer & Theatrical Release (Real Life Trials Of A Hospital Emergency Room)

    I say forget the abundance of fictional hospital-set medical dramas and see this documentary feature instead, which has all the drama served up non-scripted style. 

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    Miley Cyrus Cuts Hair and the World Thinks She's Gone Crazy

    What is it about young Hollywood women and their hair?  A couple of years ago I wrote a piece about the reaction to Emma Watson's haircut that got page views for months and months.  People were shocked that the young woman who was required to have her hair long for the Harry Potter mov...

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    Critical Consensus: The Locarno Critics Academy Breaks Down the 2012 Festival

    Critical Consensus is a biweekly column in which critics discuss new releases or events in the film world. In this special edition, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn moderates a discussion with the eight participants in the 2012 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for college-age film critics that took ...

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    Review: Rebecca Hall Chiller 'The Awakening' Is Flawed, But Also Kind Of A Blast

    All too often, the horror genre is at the less respectable end of the critical spectrum, with cheap, gory exploitation fare designed to bring in hordes of teenagers on opening weekend, and not do much beyond that. But there have been exceptions over the years, in the form of a classier kind of scare...

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    Confirmed! Zoe Saldana Will Play Nina Simone In Biopic + Some Realities To Consider...

    Well folks... for those who wanted more *credible* sources to our story from earlier this week (read it HERE) that Zoe Saldana was attached to play Nina Simone in a film based on the songstress' life, here you go! 

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