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    Watch: New Clip From 'Alps' Is Both Hilarious & Strange

    "We’re going to say this only once. We recommend you go in to 'Alps' as cold as possible," our man in Venice Oliver Lyttelton cautioned in his review. "It’s not quite like anything you’ve seen, and part of its pleasure is watching it play out. There’s no giant twist or anything, but we’re glad we sa...

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    Why The Help Is the Most Successful Movie in America

    For this week's “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan veered from his planned course.I had originally planned on writing about two brilliantly constructed, unnerving examples of the “new Romanian Cinema” — 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days and Police, Adjective, both of which I recommend. But last night, ...

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    Telluride Reviews: Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method Isn't for Everyone; Knightley Inspires Debate

    David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method has stirred up a wide range of reaction at Venice and Telluride. Cronenberg and writer Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) conduct a brainy, controlled examination of the intense relationships between the pioneers of psychoanalysis, elder Sigmund Freud (Vig...

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    The Costs Of Crowdfunding

    Filmmakers speak of crowdfunding as if it is free money. It isn't. In some instances it isn't even close to being so.

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    First Clip And A Ton Of New Photos From Steve McQueen's Festival-Conquering 'Shame'

    One of the fall festival season's most anticipated pictures, at least in our eyes, is British artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen's New York-set portrait of sexual addiction in "Shame" starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.

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    Venice '11 Review: Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse' Deconstructs Man-Child Comedies, Mostly Toothlessly

    If there's one theme that's been prevalent -- nay omnipresent -- in American comedy (and some dramas) in the last half-decade or so, it's that of arrested development. The male (for they are usually male) who've been so coddled by parents, by society, by expectations, that they remain locked in a st...

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    Actor/Model/Musician Sam Sarpong Stays Busy, Co-Stars in Matt Sinnreich's Short Film "Trigger"

    For actor/model Sam Sarpong, there is apparently no limit to what he can do, when he decides that he is going to do it. He's currently in London promoting the U.K. release of his latest feature film, Anchor Baby, and also promoting his latest music single, Fire. And from what I gather, Mr. Sarpong...

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    Music Break - Watch "Hear My Call" By Jill Scott

    In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the latest from Jill Scott!

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    First Look Footage From Steve McQueen's "Shame" + Venice Press Conference

    Well, whadaya know... another Shame post. Get used to it, those who apparently are troubled by our coverage of it, 'cause, I'll be honest with ya, there'll be a lot more I'm sure.

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    "Pumzi" Director Wanuri Kahiu Talks Female Lead Characters & Telling *Our* Own Stories

    A reminder that Focus Features' Africa First short films are currently available to "watch instantly" on Netflix. So if you have a Netflix account, as I know a lot of you do, you really should check out this compilation of short films by up and coming African filmmakers - one of them being a sci-fi ...

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