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    The Social Network Plays Well to Academy

    Saturday's Academy screening of The Social Network played well to a full house--the movie also opened at number one this weekend, and scored rave reviews, which won't hurt with Oscar voters.

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    Zellweger Faces Uncertain Future as Case 39 Flops

    Signature line: "You had me at hello."

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    Box Office: "Superman," "Catfish" Continue Their Surge; "Freakonomics" Disappoints

    With few new specialty films reporting estimates, the big story this weekend was definitely the impressive holdover performances of docs "Waiting For 'Superman'" and "Catfish," which in their second and third frames, respectively, showed serious strength. According to estimates provided by Rentrak ...

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    Autumn Sonata

    In 1976, two years before his 60th birthday, Ingmar Bergman was rehearsing a play at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm when two plainclothes policemen arrested and booked him for income-tax fraud. Although the charges were false and eventually dropped, this terribly humiliating experience caused the internationally acclaimed Swedish filmmaker to suffer a nervous breakdown and a deep depression. He vowed never to work again in his native country, and began a self-imposed exile during which he made two films (before finally relenting and returning to Sweden): The Serpent’s Egg, an English-language picture shot in Munich, and the Britis...

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    "Stranger Things" & "Marwencol" Take Top Prizes at 11th Woodstock Film Festival

    Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal's feature "Stranger Things" and Jeff Malmberg's doc "Marwencol" took top prizes Saturday evening at the 11th Woodstock Film Festival. Emceed by Oscar-nominated writer/director and Woodstock resident Ron Nyswaner ("Philadelphia"), the Gala Maverick Awards ceremony also hono...

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    Movie Crazy All Over Again

    Dooley Wilson as Sam, the movies’ most famous piano player (who couldn’t really play) in Casablanca.

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    Why Michael Caine is Wrong About the Ending of "Inception"

    Just when you thought nobody was talking about "Inception" anymore, one of its stars has come out and uttered another theory. And just in case you didn't figure it out from the headline, if you haven't yet seen the year's biggest movie you just don't like movies you might not want to read this post....

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    True Grit Poster Sells Retribution

    True Grit is a revenge western. Thus, the Coen brothers' poster--designed to resemble an Old West "Wanted" flier--stresses "punishment" and "retribution."

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    CAA's TPG Capital Deal: Show Me the Money!

    The contracting entertainment economy that compelled producer Graham King to fill the distribution void with FilmDistrict has not been kind to the talent agencies. Even dominant agency CAA is looking for cover, as studios make fewer movies and reduce talent fees. Thus CAA is announcing today that th...

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    The Films Of David Fincher: A Retrospective

    In general, when we pen a retrospective on a director's oeuvre , we try and save them for when a filmmaker is deep into his career and has a least 15-plus films under his belt. But we're making an exception here for David Fincher, who is obviously considered to be one of the most estimable modern au...

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