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    Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole: Beyond the Amazing Frozen Forehead

    Every now and then, between splashy commercial misfires (Australia!) and arty little misfires (Fur) Nicole Kidman does something that proves she didn’t become a star entirely because of high-profile marriages, that she’s more than a walking, talking, cautionary tale about Botox. She really can act, ...

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    Remake, Sequel or Leave Alone - What to Do With These 1980s Walt Disney Movies

    Disney has done the unusual in its choice to produce "TRON: Legacy." While most films of its kind and time would be looked at for a remake, the Mouse House decided to give its 1982 cult classic "TRON" a sequel, 28 years after the original's release. In some ways the new movie is like a remake. Struc...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    My Top Ten Cinematic Experiences of 2010 | #9 Jury Duty

    My Top Ten Cinematic Experiences of 2010 | #9 Jury Duty

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    Blake Edwards, Creator Of 'The Pink Panther,' Dead At 88

    Blake Edwards, the creator behind such comedy classics as "The Pink Panther" series (the good Peter Sellers versions, not the egregious Steve Martin films), the still underrated "The Party," "10," and "S.O.B.," has died at the age of 88.

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    The Televised SAG Awards: So Good and Yet So Bad

    The Screen Actors Guild has always been the sanest of awards, and its television presence almost perfect until it goes off-the-charts wrong, a so-near-and-yet-so-far thing. Because all the prizes are to actors, the ceremony is stars-stars-stars from movies and TV, none of those pesky lighting and make-up categories that clutter the Oscar show with people we don’t know. No bad songs we'll never hear again. But the SAG ceremony is cluttered with actors giving canned speeches about how wonderful their union is, and when they got their SAG cards, which can only make the rest of us think, “Lighten up, it’s a Hollywood awards show, not a documenta...

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    Pink Panther Director Blake Edwards Dies at 88, Video Clips

    I grew up on the films of Blake Edwards, who has died at age 88. He is yet another example of a director whose kind we will not see again. Just as wife Julie Andrews was schooled in vaudeville, he possessed a range of skills that few can match today. Most impressively, he knew how to get a laugh from slapstick: the well-timed pratfall, the double take. No one else could have delivered the zany laughs in the best of the long-lived Pink Panther series, A Shot in the Dark. Edwards worked with the brilliant Peter Sellers to create the unforgettable klutz Inspector Clouseau, complete with clotted French accent and killer assistant, Cato, who could...

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    New Poster For 'Paul' Reveals An Alien With As Many Hang-Ups As Mark Zuckerberg

    We got introduced to Mark Zuckerberg in early teasers for "The Social Network" as a punk, genius, prophet, traitor and billionaire, and using that same approach, the new domestic poster for the upcoming geek comedy "Paul" gives a little insight into its titular alien.

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    Gamers Get Serious in 'Well Played.'

    One of the more significant gaps between the various generations of media consumers alive today has come from the influence of videogames. Initially relegated to the arcade, videogames only became available as complex interactive experiences for non-professionals with the advent of the console and computer games some twenty-five years ago. So if you were born around that time, there's a much stronger chance that you have at least an appreciation for videogames than people unconvinced of their aesthetic merits. As a casual gamer, I try to follow all the latest developments, not only for the sake of keeping in touch with the cultural zeitgeist ...

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    Weinsteins & Miramax Make Deal For Sequels To 'Bad Santa,' 'Rounders,' 'Shakespeare In Love' & More

    And who says originality in Hollywood is dead. Oh wait.

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    Don Cheadle's Biopic Of Miles Davis Has A Completed Script But Is Now Waiting On Financing

    Don Cheadle has been planning a biopic on the life of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis for quite some time now, and it looks like they've finally made some significant progress with a script by writer Steven Vegelman now completed and the project simply waiting on financing.

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