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    Kevin Kline and Lawrence Kasdan Talk Old-Fashioned 'Darling Companion' (Video)

    It is no surprise that Lawrence Kasdan's return to movie directing after years of studio purgatory is not faring well with critics. Given the chance to make the kind of literate, charming relationship comedy Kasdan loves to make ("The Big Chill," "Grand Canyon"), he went ahead and did it.

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    "Shankman's" - A Dark Comedy About Gentrification And Cannibalism (Fundraising)

    The projects Kickstarter page says that the filmmakers (Patrick Coker, Michael Paul and Adam Wiesen, graduate candidates at Long Island University’s Media Arts program, who work collectively as TryBoro Productions) were "inspired by the rapid gentrification of working class...

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    Roadside Attractions to Release Sci-Fi Thriller 'Branded'

    Roadside Attractions has acquired North American distribution to Jamie Bradshaw & Alexander Doulerain's sci-fi thriller "Branded." The film, which stars Ed Stoppard and Leelee Sobieski, depicts a future society in which corporate brands have created a conspiracy to keep the public...

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    Weekend Preview: 'Marley' Top Pick of Weak New Arrivals

    There's a rash of horrendously reviewed films this weekend, along with a few standouts to compete with the likes of holdovers "Titanic 3-D," "The Hunger Games" and "Cabin in the Woods." If you adore a particular star (Zac Efron in "The Loved One"? Diane Ke...

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    Watch: Aardman Animates Dancing Drumsticks In This Reggae Reggae Sauce Ad

    There's something a little discordant about this UK TV commercial for Reggae Reggae Sauce, created by stop-motion greats Aardman Animations (of the Wallace & Gromit films and the upcoming "The Pirates! Band of Misfits").

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    Watch: Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman Sing The Finale Of 'Les Miserables'; Plus First Look Amanda Seyfried In The Film

    From sensual Catwoman to....not so sensual Fantine. Tom Hooper's big, Oscar-baiting musical "Les Miserables" continues to roll in front of cameras, and the press and paparazzi continue to be out in full force. Not only do we get a first look at remarkably skinny Anne Hathaway as Fantin...

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    J. Hoberman on Criticism in Crisis

    In an interview with Cinema Scope magazine, the former Village Voice critic talks about his layoff and the state of film journalism.

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    This Week in Black Television - I Need A Hero!

    This week I review CBS' newest cop show NYC 22, follow the latest in BET's current sitcoms, get freaky with Loretta Divine and Naturi Naughton, and visit some comic book heroines. 

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    Taylor Swift & Alison Pill Being Lined Up To Play Joni Mitchell & Carole King In 'Girls Like Us'

    Casting anybody in the roles of the legendary Joni Mitchell and Carole King was always going to be a difficult task, but these choices -- well, one in particular -- will be sure to draw some interesting scrutiny and controversy.

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    SFIFF Review: 'Tokyo Waka: A City Poem'

    Would someone please summon Alfred Hitchcock? "Tokyo Waka; A City Poem" is, among other things, an ode to the crows that seem everywhere in that Japanese city. They attack people, they eat anything available, and they raid the city’s zoo to steal baby prairie dogs and other small animals that they ...

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