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    What's up with Luis the gardener in "The Kids Are All Right"?

    So, yeah, Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right is fine.  The massive buzz left us suspicious: could the creator of Laurel Canyon possibly have churned out something worthy of so much hyperbole?  Well, no, but in this dolorous summer of movie tedium (Inception . . . zzzzz), it stands out.  Even if it has a distinctly uncinematic aesthetic (read: just past sitcom-level visual acuity), The Kids Are All Right features a nicely assembled screenplay that generously provides room for all its major characters to shine and be shitty by turns, which Cholodenko’s cast of skilled performers clearly relishes.  She even manages the reclamation of Annet...

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    Women in Hollywood: Salander vs. Gilbert, Bullock Is Forbes #1, Rom-Com Actresses, Lady Gaga

    - Two literary characters--Lisbeth Salander and Elizabeth Gilbert--built huge fan bases of women book lovers well before the characters hit the big screen. Fans eagerly await the news of who David Fincher will cast as Salander in the English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and s...

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    Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!

    M. Night's Shyamalan's The Last Airbender was slammed by critics: it earned an abysmal 8% on the Tomatometer. No question that since Shyamalan's strong breakout The Sixth Sense, followed by Unbreakable and Signs, his last features (The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening) are trending down...

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    book review: Three Chords For Beauty's Sake:

    The Life of Artie Shaw by Tom Nolan (Norton)

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    Jon Stewart Disses Media Coverage of Chelsea's Wedding

    The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cWedding of the Decade of the Century of the Millenniumwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

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    Solar Tsunami Destroys New York City

    Don't you just love doomsday news? Today everyone is talking about the solar tsunami, or "coronal mass ejection," or simply sun explosion, that's heading straight towards Earth. I'm pretty sure we're safe from anything more than perhaps a few power outages and satellite damage. But I have no idea. I'm not a scientist. I'm a movie blogger. And all I know of solar flares is what we're shown in the movies. Maybe this approaching storm is the beginning of the chain reaction that causes the end of the world in 2012, as seen in "2012." Or, maybe there will be a quicker effect, such as what occurs in Alex Proyas' "Knowing." Maybe Nic Cage dropped ou...

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    In Her Own Words: Ruba Nadda Discusses an Exclusive Clip from “Cairo Time”

    Ruba Nadda's TIFF ‘09 film “Cairo Time” starts its U.S. theatrical run this Friday, August 6. Nadda provided indieWIRE with an exclusive clip and commentary from her feature that played at this year’s Tribeca, and stars Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig.

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    3-D Resistance, Teen Stars Disappoint at Box Office, Justin Bieber Biopic, New Idol Judges

    - The ultimate Hollywood truism these days: if you can't make it good, make it 3-D. The NYT considers the pull for and push against 3-D domination. At Comic-Con, several directors played to anti-3-D sentiment in the cavernous Hall H. J. J. Abrams believes that “when you put the glasses on, everything gets dim." Joss Whedon loves 3-D, but at the same time was against MGM turning his production of The Cabin in the Woods 3-D: now Whedon hopes being the only non-3-D horror flick could make it special. With almost 60 3-D films set for release in the next two years across some 5,000 digital screens, now 2-D is old-school-cool. Some filmmakers are r...

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    Unraveling Inception: Zimmer's Piaf Riff, Clothing Clues, Nolan's Anxiety

    One of the great pastimes of summer 2010 is unravelling, explaining and debating Inception. Which is the main reason it is such a big hit: repeat business. (The movie's so good that the Chinese government is allowing it to play there, a rare honor for a Hollywood picture.) Here are some recent popul...

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