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    Morelia Festival Three: Woman Without a Soul, Santa, The Last Cristeros, the President's Wife

    Meredith Brody continues her enviable Mexican sojourn at the Morelia International Film Festival: The choice is easy for me for the first film today, even though there are ten competing screenings (however, three are at another Cinépolis multiplex, Las Americas, that I’ve been warned off by Festival...

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    LFF '11 Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna' Is Picturesque, But Entirely Lacking In Passion

    Over his career, Michael Winterbottom has hopped frequently from genre to genre, from subject matter to subject matter, rarely covering the same territory twice. But one of the few things he has returned to is the work of Thomas Hardy. The late 19th century British author has so far inspired two of...

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    Also New On DVD & VOD - Sean Baker's "Prince Of Broadway"

    I missed this in my weekly "New On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD" post earlier this week.

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    Screening Sighting - Jean Rouch: Early Films From West Africa, 1946 to 1951

    An African cinema history lesson happening at MoMA, here in NYC, today, and again on Wednesday... the kind you probably won't learn in film school; I didn't see or hear the name Jean Rouch (the French expatriate filmmaker) until I picked up a copy of Manthia Diawara's African Cinema: Politics and Cu...

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    Watch Trailer For ABC's "Scandal" With Kerry Washington

    So here's your first look at Scandal, the mid-season ABC show produced by Shonda Rhimes, starring Kerry Washington, with Columbus Short. Will all our hopes and dreams be realized? We'll have to wait and see.

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    Keep This Up, Viola Davis, And That Oscar's Yours

    The more I think about it, the more I'm quite certain Viola Davis will win best actress at the Oscars this year. "The Help" is huge, there's sentimentality in her corner (disturbingly she'd only be the second black actress to win in the category) and frankly, there's not a whole lot of competition....

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    Watch: Trailer For Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey'

    Well, it looks like the Oscar race just got a major shakeup. Though it was slated for a release date in December way back in the spring, Angelina Jolie's upcoming directorial debut "In The Land Of Blood And Honey" has been a completely unknown element. With no festival appearances, and a lack of sti...

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    Video: Viola Davis Inspirational and Funny "Elle Women in Hollywood' Honoree Speech

    "What keeps me in the business is hope, the hope that women of color are also a part of the narrative, that our stories are just as potent because we also have the power of transformation."

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