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    Review: 'When We Leave' An "Issues" Drama With All The Subtlety Of A PSA

    There's no question that the Academy Awards have gotten much stronger in the past few years. Big awards have been handed out to pictures that went against the norm -- at least in comparison to what else was nominated -- and while this writer wasn't a huge fan of all of them, there's no question about them being much different than what the Academy used to go for ("Slumdog Millionaire" was, at least in its style -- we won't instigate an argument about the overly moving fairytale narrative right now). Unfortunately that kind of forward thinking mentality has yet to hit the Foreign Oscars category, and even though some really good flicks have ma...

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    Review: ‘Mechanic’ Remake Is Exactly What You’d Expect From A Jason Statham Movie In January

    "The Mechanic" is the prototypical early year action movie -- nothing more and nothing less. Star Jason Statham, who again plays an infallible, lethal bad-ass, seems to have carved his niche as the current go-to guy for B-movie action flicks. The beefy Brit once seemed like a promising heir to the ‘...

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    Berlinale Completes 2011 Panorama Line-Up

    The 2011 Berlin International Film Festival completed its Panorama section. A total of 53 films from 29 countries will screen at this year's edition, with twelve directors making their feature film debuts.

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    Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Moves To Summer Date: June 8, 2012

    Just last week, Disney moved their ambitious live-action sci-fi film “John Carter of Mars” from a previously scheduled summer 2012 date to March 8, 2012 pitting it opposite Ridley Scott's gestating "Prometheus." With both films being big, expensive sci-fi projects we figured it was only a matter of ...

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    Sundance Dealwatch: Weinstein and SPC Close Deals on The Details and The Guard

    With money in their pockets to fund an acquisition-driven slate, The Weinstein Co. moved assertively to raise minimum guarantees in the competitive Sundance sellers' market by plunking down a reported $8 million for worldwide rights to writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes' follow-up to Mean Creek, subu...

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    Rachel Portman Scoring Lone Scherfig's 'One Day' With Anne Hathaway & Jim Sturgess

    Rachel Portman is name that isn't mentioned often enough when talking about great contemporary film composers. She's a three-time Academy Award nominee, winning once for "Emma," and has provided a number of memorable scores over the years but most recently, she delivered an excellent, piano-impressi...

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    Magnolia Acquires Sundance's "I Melt With You"

    The Sundance buying frenzy continues with Magnolia Pictures taking US theatrical rights to Mark Pellington’s "I Melt With You," which stars Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino and Sasha Grey. Magnolia's previous Sundance deal was for well-received competition doc "Pag...

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    Production Watch: Watts Joins DiCaprio & Hammer for Eastwood's J. Edgar, Mark Webber Keeps It Indie

    - Earlier this month Charlize Theron stepped aside (and into Snow White and the Huntsman), moving Naomi Watts and Amy Adams up in line to be considered for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic. Watts has won the role of secretary Helen Gandy, whom Hoover considered an "indispensable" part of his political and personal life. Gandy spent the weeks following Hoover's death destroying files which contained incriminating information which the President used to control the capital's most powerful men. Eastwood couldn't have chosen better. Watts joins the male cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Ed Westwick, Josh Lucas, Damon Herriman and Ke...

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    The Game on BET Changes the Game for BET

    The Game, created by Mara Brock Akil as a spin off from Girlfriends, languished with low ratings in its three years on the CW. It never was able to connect with a decent size audience and the CW really has an issue with marketing shows outside the hour long tween type dramas.

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    Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss Take on Hellman's The Children's Hour

    I have to say this is one of my favorite plays and Hellman is one of my favorite female writers. I remember when I got to Graduate school and had to read a ton of plays (yes, I have a degree in theatre) there were so few female playwrights in the canon that when I read Hellman it was like a revelat...

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