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    Feminists Characters Fall Out of Contention for Awards Consideration

    In early October I wrote a post talking about all the great feminist characters that were going to be seen on screen throughout the fall. I was really hopefully that several of them would make it through to awards season so that we could talk not only about the great women playing these characters,...

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Phelps: "God hates fag enabling perverts at the Sundance Film Festival."

    The ridiculous crazies at the Westboro Baptist Church are heading Sundance way! With one of their nice little quotes seen in the title of this entry sure to be eagerly chanted, the Kansas "church" is planning two demonstrations during the festival: One at 2:45pm on Sunday, and another at 6pm the sa...

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    Sundance Day 1: Minute By Minute

    Each day at the Sundance Film Festival (January 20-30), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Park City.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Official Video For A.R. Rahman & Dido's "If I Rise" From '127 Hours'

    Though it has unfortunately and undeservedly fallen off the awards season radar, "127 Hours" still remains one of 2010's best films, a frenetic, energetic and harrowing piece of work that uses the story of a man losing his arm to weave a larger thematic web about the importance of human connectivity...

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  • The Playlist
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    The Films Of Peter Weir: A Retrospective

    Lord knows, we Playlisters love a cinematic polymath: a director whose interests seem unconstrained by the strictures of any one particular genre and who instead leaps nimbly, if not always successfully, from sci-fi to epic to thriller to comedy -- think Steven Soderbergh, Michael Winterbottom or Ang Lee. Peter Weir is almost one of these -- his feature film resume boasts everything from mystery to horror to romcom to historical epic, but he falls just short of true all-rounder status because a glimpse at his back catalogue really suggests that while he has dallied with various genres, he’s more comfortable staying within shouting distance of...

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  • The Playlist
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    Albert Maysles Says He Has An Unreleased Grand Funk Railroad Documentary In The Can

    And 4 Other Things Learned From The Filmmaker Who Talks The Fine Line Of Documentaries, Michael Moore's Ethics, And Whether Jackie Kennedy Onassis Actually Saw 'Grey Gardens' Documentary kings Albert and David Maysles started off small, making travelogue documentaries in foreign countries before landing their first notable output "What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A." This strong, humanistic look at some of the most popular musicians of all time paved the way for their magically consistent output of the late '60s and '70s, from the cinema verité non-intrusional epic "Salesman" to the subject of politics and legal obstructions of art i...

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New 'Red Riding Hood' Trailer Is Basically 'Twilight' In Olden Times

    We're beginning to lose faith in you Catherine Hardwicke. You came on the scene with a one-two punch with "Thirteen" and "Lords of Dogtown," took a paycheck gig directing "Twilight" and yes, we understand that your musical "Hamlet" with Emile Hirsch didn't come together, but surely you can do more t...

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  • The Playlist
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    'Gangster Squad' Scribe Will Beall To Pen 'Lethal Weapon' Reboot

    Well, that was fast. Just last night, it was reported that Warner Bros. had just put a whole bunch of buried remakes back into development, including the Mel Gibson/Danny Glover buddy cop movie “Lethal Weapon.” Deadline now reveals that the studio has hired Black List-approved screenwriter Will Beall, who wrote the red-hot “Tales from the Gangster Squad,” to pen the script for the “Lethal Weapon” remake. The studio is hoping to re-launch the franchise with a couple of fresh new actors. While the studio toyed with the idea of filming yet another sequel with Gibson and Glover, schedules didn’t match up and of course, Gibson has totally gone off...

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    Rosie Perez Is A Big Fan of 'The Fighter'

    Last night, the beautifully designed, newly re-opened Museum of the Moving Image in Queens hosted a screening of “The Fighter,” the first film in their David O. Russell retrospective. That screening was followed by an hour-long conversation between Russell himself and long-time friend and filmmaker Spike Jonze. Jonze interviewed Russell on the condition that when Jonze had a new film out, the Museum would do his retrospective and Russell would return the favor and interview him. (Keep up the great programming, guys, seriously.) It was a candid, funny chat that zig-zagged through Russell’s entire career, starting with his Sundance splash “Span...

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    Sundance, Before the Storm: Surveying the Potential Breakouts

    It's a sure thing: The Sundance Film Festival kicks off the new year with a dense program of new work from around the world. Far less certain is what happens to the films afterward. However, in its second year under director John Cooper, Sundance shows the promise of pulling off a difficult feat: Re...

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