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    Critic's Notebook: Despite His Best Efforts, Sidney Lumet Was a Brilliant Stylist

    On the surface, Sidney Lumet was not a personal filmmaker, but he made intensely personal movies. Everyone has their favorite moments: The remarkably contained drama of "12 Angry Men," the fury of facing a corrupt justice system in "Serpico" and the uncertain nature of a hostage scenario in "Dog Day...

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    In Praise of "Superjail!"

    "Late one night a few years back, I was flipping through channels and happened upon a cartoon experience that blew my mind several times over. It was beyond inane and irreverent, reaching a point of heightened nonesense. A smarmy milkshake pitted his ego against housemates made of fries and uncooked...

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    Sidney Lumet Was An Indie Filmmaker: Discuss.

    Sidney Lumet was my favorite indie-film director before I knew there was such a thing. I was in the seventh grade when I saw "12 Angry Men" from a metal folding chair inside Wesley Hall, as a special feature for my Sunday evening youth group. (The leader was a lawyer who liked to teach justice and m...

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    Guy Pearce Talks His Kinship With Kate Winslet In Todd Haynes' 'Mildred Pierce'

    There hasn't been a character like Monty Beragon on the screen -- big or small -- in quite a while. Played with rakish charm by Guy Pearce in Todd Haynes' masterful mini-series "Mildred Pierce," he's the devilishly handsome man who falls in with Kate Winslet's titular character and in what is truly a case of opposites attracting. A part owner of a fading fruit company, Monty lives as he always has, with not much thought for tomorrow and usually with a good amount of money in his pockets thanks to his regular dividends. His life revolves around his country club and Mildred and beyond that, not much else. His lifestyle runs counter to Mildred's...

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    Nick Cassavetes Replaces Liam Neeson In Reshot 'Hangover 2' Cameo

    So far what we've seen from the highly anticipated sequel "The Hangover Part II" hasn't impressed in the slightest. The first trailer feels like a warmed-over rehash of everything from the first film but simply transplanted to Thailand. But if anything, Todd Phillips is determined to get the small role of the Bangkok tattoo artist right. First he had planned for Mel Gibson to take the part, but objections from the cast (mostly Zach Galifianakis) put the kibosh on that. Next, Liam Neeson was called up, but as Phillips readies the film for a Memorial Day release on a tight schedule, he still didn't have the scene he wanted and now someone else ...

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    Tobey Maguire Reteams With Ang Lee For 'Life Of Pi'

    It's been a while since we've had news on either Ang Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" or on actor Tobey Maguire, but it looks like the two are coming together once again.

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    Director Sidney Lumet Dead at 86

    From The New York Times: "Sidney Lumet, a director who preferred the streets of New York to the back lots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience became modern American film classics, died Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 86."

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    R.I.P. Sidney Lumet (1924-2011)

    The streets of New York City have lost one of their greatest cinematic voices as legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet has passed away at the age of 86.

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    INTERVIEW | Todd Haynes, Part II: "There's no way I could make 'Poison' now"

    In the first installment of indieWIRE's two-part interview with Todd Haynes, the director discussed his new miniseries adaptation of "Mildred Pierce" for HBO, which will air its final two episodes Sunday. Here, the director talks about his controversial first feature, "Poison," which Zeitgeist will ...

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    Gregg Araki Retrospective Kicks Off Tonight

    In more awesome Toronto screening news, TIFF Bell Lightbox is kicking off a retrospective of Gegg Araki tonight with "Kaboom" and "The Living End," and continuing through his entire filmography, including his rarely screened 1987 debut "Three Bewildered People in the Night" (which I've never seen an...

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