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    Jennifer Lawrence Builds Herself; New Hollywood Formula: Multiple Stars

    -W Magazine's September issue features eight young actresses they call "The Brave Ones." The most notable is Winter's Bone 20-year-old breakout Jennifer Lawrence, who tells interviewer Lynn Hirschberg: "I don't feel young." Indeed, compared to her twenty-something peers, she seems wise beyond her years. The New Yorker's David Denby wrote that Sundance jury prize winner Winter's Bone "would be unimaginable with anyone less charismatic playing Ree…She’s more believable as a heroic character than any of the men we’ve seen peacocking through movies recently.” When teenage Lawrence was gunning for the lead role of Ree Dolly, the issue was that she...

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    Kodak Names 2010 Scholarship Recipients

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    Ranking Stanley Kubrick: Top Ten Directors, Top Twenty Flickchart Movies

    My most recent online time-waster (along with Flickchart) is Formspring, which asks you questions and posts your answers on various social media. For example, when asked to name my top ten directors of all time, I came up with this list:

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    MUBI: Herzog Muse, "Kaspar Hauser" Star Dead at 78

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    Weinstein Co. Appeals "Tillman" R Rating

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    Taymor's Tempest and Spider-Man Musical Both Open in December

    Julie Taymor is cheering up these days. Her movie of Shakespeare's The Tempest--which had been in limbo at Miramax-- is now closing night at the Venice Film Fest (here's the new poster) and a centerpiece gala at New York, and is set to open December 10. Meanwhile her long-in-the-works Broadway music...

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    AMC Adds New Crime Series to Strong Line-Up

    AMC, with 26 Emmy nominations, continues to bolster its strong line-up--led by Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Rubicon and the upcoming The Walking Dead---by adding a new series. Wednesday the cabler green-lit 13 new one-hour episodes from Fox and exec producer and showrunner Veena Sud (Cold Case) of crime d...

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    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Reviews Are Middling; Wright Talks

    Most of the time, when I look at a movie--whether or not I'm inside the target demo-- I know what I'm looking at, I can understand its language, which tends to be fairly universal. Rarely have I felt more in a world that I do not comprehend, than at Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. But I knew when watch...

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