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    Julie & Julia Targets Women, G.I. Joe Goes for Guys

    Am I the only one who feels bombarded by too much PR on Julie & Julia? It’s worth seeing for the incandescent performance of Meryl Streep as the big, bubbly, adorable chef Julia Child, who was very much a product of her time. Stanley Tucci is equally charming as her mousy, adoring husband. Both shou...

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    Movies Go to the Opera

    Opera buff alert! You don't have to spend a small fortune anymore to see live opera. These days, the Metropolitan Opera is delivering its shows live in HD in digital cinemas around the country. This way, instead of sitting in the rafters with binoculars, you can relish in close-up the visual and au...

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    RIP: BenBen 2008-2009

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    Lee Revamps Ride with the Devil

    In the stellar career of Ang Lee, one movie stands out like a sore thumb, not only as one of his few boxoffice clunkers, but as a film which he edited for a studio. "Of the 11 films I worked on with Ang, it's the only one that was not his cut," says Lee's longtime writer-collaborator James Schamus, ...

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    cinemadaily | Bujalski's "Beeswax" Makes People Say "Mumblecore"

    As Andrew Bujalski's "Beeswax" opens in limited release tomorrow, the Internet is ablaze with discussions of the film and the relationship with the genre to which Bujalski has been named the father, "mumblecore." To quote David Denby's New Yorker explanation for the uninitiated of the critic-const...

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    Sci-fi, Futurism and Alternate Reality: "Second Skin" Scores Between Hobby and Addiction

    Juan Carlos Pineiro's "Second Skin" borrows from several contemporary movie traditions. As a portrait of hardcore online gamers, it has elements of sci-fi and futurism in its vision of an entire society based in the digital realm. But people devoted to staying up all night on a "World of Warcraft" b...

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    John Hughes Dead of Heart Attack at Age 59

    John Hughes died of a heart attack Thursday while visiting family in Manhattan. He was 59.

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    11 More for Toronto (including Harmony Korine)

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) unveiled eleven new films in the Contemporary World Cinema category and seven films in the Visions category, a section that showcases filmmakers that push the boundaries of mainstream cinema. Included in the Contemporary World Cinema category are films from Iran, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, and the United States. The entries in Visions include "Trash Humpers," the new film from always controversial "Gummo" director Harmony Korine. "Trash Humpers" is described as a, "handheld video of a loser-gang cult-freak collective who do antisocial things in a non-narrative way, except for the song-and-danc...

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    Budd Schulberg.

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