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    Escapism as Art: Steven Spielberg's 'Duel.'

    This post is intended as part of the Spielberg Blogathon hosted by Adam Zanzie and Ryan Kelly, which ends today.

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    Blizzard Short. Inspired by Vertov, Praised by Ebert.

    The introduction to Dziga Vertov's, "Man With a Movie Camera" (from 1929), includes the on screen advisory that the film is a cinematic experiment aimed at, "creating a truly international language of cinema based on its absolute separation from the language of theater and literature."

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    Stay Calm Nerds: Demi Lovato Won't Be In 'The Avengers'

    Geeks have been worried over the past few days as gossip site Radar Online revealed that Demi Lovato was up for a role in Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" that will be shooting in the spring. "'The Avengers' is ruined!" comic nerds cried, but as it turns out and as we pretty much figured, there isn't mu...

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    Diane Kruger Replaces Eva Green In 'Farewell, My Queen'

    Man, can Eva Green get a break these days? Gemma Arterton has taken over the role previously slotted for the actress in Michael Mann's gestating "Capa" and now, Diane Kruger has stepped in for the actress in Benoit Jacquot's adaptation of Chantal Thomas' novel, "Farewell, My Queen."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Kids Are All Right Faces Academy Males

    Oscar campaigners call them the Steak Eaters. The Academy is full of them--they're red-blooded males (not just American--Europeans and Aussies too), often directors, writers and craftspeople. They're the guys who voted for The Silence of the Lambs, Braveheart, Gladiator, Avatar and yes, Crash over B...

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    On DVD: "The American" Deserves Your Disappointment

    One of the most divisive films of the year, Anton Corbijn's "The American," arrives on DVD (and Blu-ray, Amazon VOD, etc) today. Based on Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman," it stars George Clooney as an American assassin laying low in Italy after being hunted by some Swedish hit-men. The picture received very mixed reviews (62% at Rotten Tomatoes), and though its $35 million domestic gross (not to mention the additional $29 million made oversees) is plenty for how little it cost, most U.S. audiences came away terribly disappointed ("D-" grade on Cinemascore). And they seemed to have every right to be, given the marketing, which ...

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    The National Film Registry Names 25 New Films

    The National Film Registry added 25 films this year deemed to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

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    Oscar Watch: Animated The Illusionist is Homage to Tati

    Which animated film will land the third Oscar slot behind Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon? The critics have given a serious boost Sylvain Chomet's elegiac 2-D The Illusionist, which won best animated film at the European Film Awards and New York Film Critics Circle and a spotlight award fro...

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    Standouts Of The Year

    Top Tens are fine, but what about those films and events too idiosyncratic for lists? A few highs and lows of the year:

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    First Look: Kirsten Dunst & Jim Sturgess In Sci-Fi Romance 'Upside Down'

    The plot is a little out there, but we're definitely curious for the forthcoming sci-fi romance "Upside Down" starring Kirsten Dunst and a bearded Jim Sturgess.

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