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    David Michod Talks Aussie Gangster Flick Animal Kingdom: Sprawl vs. Menace

    Australian hit Animal Kingdom, which just opened in limited stateside release to stellar reviews, is that rare movie that surprises you with the discovery of an exciting new writer-director. David Michod's crime drama won the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic world cinema at Sundance last January, where...

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    Trailer and Awards Watch: Love and Other Drugs

    Twentieth Century Fox is planning an awards-campaign for its R-rated sexy romance Love and Other Drugs, from writer-director-producer Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond). He is that rare studio director who is conversant in both the language of mainstream big-budget moviemaking and...

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    Tax News You Must Know

    This is from "Corky" Hal Kessler of Levin Ginsberg:

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    Box Office: "Kingdom" Comes With Decent Debut; "Kids" Hits 2010 High

    The debut of David Michôd's "Animal Kingdom" led the specialty box office this weekend as the summer season began to slowly wind down. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, "Kingdom" - a crime drama set in the underground of Melbourne, Australia - found the highest per-theater-a...

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    Weekend Box Office: Expendables Pulls Men, Eat Pray Love Gets Women

    Both Sylvester Stallone and Julia Roberts marked their best openings in years with a boost from a raft of action stars in The Expendables and femme fans of the Elizabeth Gilbert bestseller Eat Pray Love, respectively. Comic-book youth film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World stumbled out of the starting gat...

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    R.I.P. Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010)

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    Kickstarter and Two Pet Projects

    I've been following Happy: The Movie by the Academy Award Nominees for Genghis Blues and A Long Night's Journey into Day. As of last month they had 377 backers and had reached their fundraising goal of $33,000 (actually raised $36,238)! Check out Roco Belic's newest film here

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    Montreal World Film Festival: Around the World in 12 Days

    Montreal World Film Festival, August 26 to September 6 is still under the reins of its founder Serge Losique along with his longtime colleague Daniele Cauchard as his invaluable second-in-command. Its huge lineup (430 films) come from 80 countries. There are 10 categories of screenings. It's got ...

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    Sometimes Justice Is Done: ‘Toy Story 3’ Is The Highest-Grossing Animated Film Of All Time

    Those readers who regularly accuse us of being a bunch of grumpy bastards, take note: this article will have all the cynicism of a sleepy kitten snuggling up to a puppy in a cushiony basket warmed by the glowing embers of a well-guarded hearthfire. The reason for the daffodils and daisies in our hea...

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    Trailer Watch: James Brooks' How Do You Know

    This How Do You Know trailer looks promising. Closely observed relationship comedy is what writer-director James L. Brooks does best. He sweats years over these originals to make them come out looking effortless and funny, and only rarely does he miss (Spanglish). And each of the stars--Reese Wither...

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