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    Telluride '11 Review: George Clooney Riffs On Family, Love, Loss & Death In 'The Descendants'

    Shifting from heartbreak to cathartic laughter and back, sometimes within the same shot, director Alexander Payne and star George Clooney have collaborated on "The Descendants" to give us a very human story about a very flawed man and his very flawed family. Just like his previous pictures, the success of Payne's film rests on whether he can coax a nuanced performance from a strong male lead who is capable of accessing intense vulnerability. In “About Schmidt” (2002) he found what he needed in Jack Nicholson’s Oscar-nominated turn and two years later in “Sideways” (for which he shared the Oscar for Best Screenplay with Jim Taylor) he scored a...

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    Watch Trailer for Drama About Female Iraqi War Veteran "Burned" Premiering On BET October 2nd

    Directed and produced by Phyllis Toben Bancroft, Burned will premiere on BET Sunday, October 2nd at 11pm et. The film, written by Joseph Caston, stars Bianca LaVerne Jones in the role of a firefighter and Air Force veteran who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome when she returns from the war...

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    'The Corrections' Headed To HBO With Noah Baumbach

    Anthony Hopkins & Donald Sutherland Eyeing Lead RoleUpdate: THR confirms this report.

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    Watch: John Hurt Wants To Find The Rotten Apple In Clip From ‘Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy’

    The wait may be long -- the film has now moved from November to a December release date for those of us stateside -- but our excitement hasn't diminished for “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy.” So far we've gotten some ace trailers and a handful of pics, but today, Empire has unveiled the first clip fro...

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    Review: Derivative & Dumb 'Apollo 18' Never Gets Off The Launchpad

    Generally speaking, the biggest problem for found-footage horror movies is creating sufficient reason or motivation for the characters to keep filming even when everything is going wrong. But “Apollo 18” somehow manages to solve that problem while creating a whole host of other ones, not the least of which happen because because filmmaker Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego decided to set his mash-up of “Paranormal Activity” and “The Fourth Kind” on the moon in 1973. Derivative, dumb, suspenseless and worst of all boring, “Apollo 18” fulfills no expectations except those of the low quality of films released over Labor Day weekend, a notorious dumping groun...

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    Weapons Specialist Rihanna In "Battleship" Behind-The-Scenes Clip

    Need I say more? :) Battleship opens May 12, 2012 (h/t The Playlist).

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    Watch: Behind-The-Scenes 'Battleship' Clip Tries To Prove Rihanna Is A Naval Weapons Specialist

    The movie doesn't come out until next spring, so we're not sure why Universal is getting a behind-the-scenes look at "Battleship" out so early, or why they've chosen to do it when most people are on vacation and/or headed back to school. But their marketing department gets paid the big bucks to make...

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    The Greatest of All The Amazingly Scathing Madonna/"W.E." Soundbites

    A quick return to the blog with good reason: I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the remarkably scathing reviews of Madonna's "W.E." out of Venice. So much so that I'm actually more excited to see the film than when I suspected it might be slightly better than mediocre. A camp classic seems born! And ...

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    Telluride: Clooney Caught in Ides of March Fest Tug of War

    The Venice Film Festival opened with The Ides of March, and Toronto has it booked too. Telluride wanted--and George Clooney wanted--the film to play Telluride as well as part of its Clooney Tribute. So he included a clip from late in the movie--a "spoiler" he told me at the annual patron's brunch--...

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    In Theaters: 'Shark Night 3D,' or 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'?

    Feel that morning chill? That's right, it's undoubtedly September, and film fans should be rejoicing. Goodbye and good riddance, August 2011, you were not one of those Augusts that defied the stereotype as the summer dumping ground. In the past few years, auteurs like Edgar Wright ("Scott Pilgrim vs...

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