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    Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas & Jean-Marc Barr Head To 'Big Sur' For Michael Polish

    Anthony Edwards, Radha Mitchell, Balthazar Getty & Henry Thomas Round Out The CastCould the Beat Generation be experiencing a resurgence of mainstream interest? We'll have to wait and see but it certainly won't be for a lack of trying from Hollywood. Last year, James Franco starred in the underwhelming "Howl" centering on Allen Ginsberg and the famous trial around the poem. While that film fizzled, a much more star studded affair is around the corner with Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic "On The Road" starring Kristen Stewart, Garret Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss...

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    iW Daily Recap: 5 Stories Not to Miss for Friday

    Michael Polish finds his Jack Kerouac

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    Not Quite a Capital Festival, Filmfest DC Scores with Some Programming Gems

    Filmfest DC seems to be suffering a quarter-life crisis. Celebrating its 25th year, Washington's first and biggest international film festival still isn't sure exactly what it wants to be when it grows up, a wavering that's even summed up in its broad tagline: "For people who love movies." Is there ...

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    First Look & Plot Details: 'Reprise' Director Joachim Trier's 2011 Cannes Entry, 'Oslo, August 31st'

    You'll likely need some context for this one, so let's rewind. In 2008, our Editor-in-Chief named Norwegian director Joachim Trier's 2008 debut feature, "Reprise" the #1 film of the year, over things like Steven Soderbergh's "Che," the fantastic documentary "Man On Wire" and works of elegiac Malick-...

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    "Gun Fight" is a Bland Attempt at Balanced Filmmaking for Barbara Kopple

    There are a few great debates in this country that may never be settled. Abortion is one. First Amendment exceptions is another. The argument over the right to bear arms, though, is one that can't even have that "may" in there. No kind of evidence, imaginable or unimaginable, is going to come out of nowhere and prove that guns should be permitted, controlled or banned. It's just always going to be a balance of beliefs and opinion. That doesn't mean the topic shouldn't continue to be debated for eternity, and I certainly welcome any documentary that wants to take either side strongly. Unfortunately, there's this misconception lately that non-f...

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    3rd L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival Doles Out Big Money

    The four-day 3rd annual L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival wrapped up last week with an awards show hosted by Carlos Alazraqui. Over $30,000 in prizes was allotted to the lucky winners. For the full list of winners, view the press release below.

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    EXCLUSIVE Clip: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, Premieres at Tribeca April 23

    Director Dori Berinstein's Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, a look at the legendary performer's life, catches the vibrant 90-year-old Broadway actress both then and now, onstage and off. Berinstein co-wrote the documentary with Adam Zucker, which features many famous faces, from Barbara Walters to ...

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    Watch: French Trailer For The Dardenne Brothers' 'The Kid With The Bike'

    With four awards from Cannes under their belts, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are veterans of the red carpet and they'll be returning once more to unveil their latest, "The Kid With The Bike." Yesterday, we got a look at a couple of images and a poster for the film and today, a full-length, French la...

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    Defending "The Conspirator"

    I found Robert Redford's The Conspirator to be haunting and effective – far from the history lesson disguised as a movie that I’d been reading about since it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. As Mary Surratt, the woman accused of conspiring in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Robin ...

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    Review: 'Rio' Only Occasionally Takes Flight

    In "Rio," it's easy to get lost in the colorful characters and propulsive (not to mention rigidly straightforward) plot. The tale of a dislodged bird named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) sent to South America to mate with another member of his extremely rare species (played by Anne Hathaway), is full of the kind of visual wonder that does a lot to dazzle, especially if you see it in 3D, where the birds (and other jungle wildlife) zoom out at you and into your lap. But if you pause longer than the movie ever does to think about what is actually going on, then you'll almost certainly become unglued and disinterested. For a movie this amazingly active, i...

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