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    Review: Oscar Winner 'In A Better World' Morally Complex, Well Made, But Not Quite Transformative

    When you see Susanne Bier’s “In a Better World” and people ask you if you had a good time at the movies, the answer will most certainly be “no.” Like Bier’s other work (notably “Brothers,” “Open Hearts,” “Things We Lost in the Fire” and “After the Wedding”), this 2010 Danish Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film is a serious, emotional drama about how tragedy simultaneously unites and divides us. There’s little enjoyment or entertainment to be had--and there isn’t meant to be--but Bier has crafted another solid film, and it’s easy to see why “In a Better World” won the votes of the mind-numbingly traditional Academy Award voters, particularly ag...

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    Jennifer Garner As Miss Marple? Not So Fast; Agatha Christie Rights Holders Say Deal Not Done

    So just yesterday, it was reported that Jennifer Garner had closed up a deal with Disney to star in a revamp of Agatha Christie's famed sleuth Miss Marple. Much to the dismay of fans of the author, these new film versions seemingly would keep the name only to change the spinster detective to a young...

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    French Cinema in L.A. COLCOA April 11 to 18

    COLCOA (The City of LIghts, The City of Angeles) held a cocktail party at the home of the French consulate to announce the films, educational programs and other events, including an added eight day to show the award winners. L.A.'s annual showcase of new French films showcasing the latest in French film production: comedies and dramas, box office hits in France and novelties, first features (6) and films from confirmed writer-directors, art house movies as well as mainstream films includes many high profile premieres. The event is always highly anticipated and still retains its intimacy as it did when it began 15 years ago. The gathering a...

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    Richard LaGravenese To Adapt WWII Survival Tale 'Unbroken' For Francis Lawrence

    While director Francis Lawrence made his name in Hollywood directing big budget flag wavers like "Constantine" and "I Am Legend," the helmer is looking to broaden his horizons and get out of the VFX and explosions game. He's got the Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz led period romance "Water For Elephants" around the corner and earlier this year, he lined up the WWII tale based on Laura Hillenbrand‘s bestseller “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” over at Universal. At the time it was said that "Crazy Heart" writer/director Scott Cooper might pen the adaptation, but instead an Oscar no...

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    One Way To Reduce Cost While Increasing Quality

    I once had dreams that our movement away from an impulse buy based entertainment economy, over into one based on choice and commitment, would lead to greater demand and thus increased funding for diverse, ambitious work of quality. Sigh... It seems, though, that the planet I live on asks those of us who care about such things to do more for less. Unlike some, I think there is a surplus of immensely talented folk out there with great stories to tell in interesting ways. Unfortunately, it is really hard for most artists to do great work on their own. And that's where producers come in. So it's completely frustrating when we are trying to ...

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    The Power of Film - UK Film Council Report

    As the UK's Film Council sadly goes out of business this week, but before they departed they produced a comprehensive report on diversity and stereotypes with lots of information to digest. The report focuses on minority audiences in British cinema (working class, lesbian, gay and bisexual audience...

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    Robert Pattinson Says His Character In 'Bel Ami' Is a "Shit" & Film Will Be Hard To Market

    Robert Pattinson, in a recent profile in Vanity Fair, said “....being in such a specific pigeonhole right now, it’s very strange. Having a persona people recognize, it’s the thing that probably gets you paid the most—but it’s also the thing that virtually every actor in the world doesn’t want. Cause...

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    Reese Witherspoon Drops Out of Brave

    This film is still making news.

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    Jennifer Garner Gets Her Own Franchise

    I have always thought that films missed the boat by not figuring out how to get Jennifer Garner a character like the one she played in Alias. I know that Elektra was supposed to be it, but the film stunk (but was infinitely better than Catwoman.)

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    Francis Ford Coppola Has Something Up His Sleeve For 'Twixt Now And Sunrise'

    Plans To Present Film In A Way That Has 'Never Been Done Before'Just what does Francis Ford Coppola have installed for audiences with his upcoming film "Twixt Now And Sunrise"? Speaking with Empire, the legendary director has tantalized us with another little tidbit noting that "if I can present it ...

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