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    Unnatural Selection: Jon Amiel's "Creation"

    Charles Darwin’s articulation of his theory of evolution by natural selection was less a discovery or invention in the sense that those words are typically used than simply the recognition of a fundamental order in the world we inhabit. The difference is slight, but important: Darwin didn’t build a useful object or stumble upon a new element or continent—he merely looked closely at what was around him, asked “why?” and then proceeded to answer his own question as best he could. It’s telling that the man spent so many years of his life working on a treatise on barnacles; always searching for the great in the small, here was a man attentive t...

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    book review: Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents

    by Tom Kemper

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    "A Prophet" Leads Cesars With 13 Nominations

    Jacques Audiard’s prison drama "A Prophet" led France's Cesar Award nominations, taking an impressive 13 nods including best film, best director, and both best actor and most promising male newcomer nominations for the film’s star Tahar Rahim. "A Prophet" joined Xavier Giannoli's "In The Beginning"...

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    music review: The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954-56

    Few stars in the history of show business can match Bing Crosby for longevity and popularity in every medium of entertainment; he was at once a top-ranked star of movies, radio, and recordings. (How many Oscar winners for Best Actor can you name who also made best-selling records, year after year...

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    American Cinematheque Announces Feb Cult Films

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    SUNDANCEdaily | Sundance Begins with a "Howl"

    "Although 'Howl' technically didn’t provide Sundance with its opening night film—it was one of two competition films screened on opening night—it reeks of the stigma associated with the aforementioned slot: Poorly executed, socially relevant counterculture fetishization executed with a few familiar ...

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    Sundance Watch: Redford vs. Gilmore, Howl, Restrepo

    Sundance started slushy on Thursday, but by nightfall, the mayor of Park City was thanking the festival for bringing snow. "With this fest, you'll see that new things are going on here," said Robert Redford before the debut of Howl. "I believe we are getting back to our roots." He promised more expe...

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    Premieres, "Lessons," "Men" & Celebritage Heading to 25th Santa Barbara Film Festival

    Two hundred films including 18 World Premieres, 28 U.S. Premieres and titles representing 45 countries are on tap for the silver edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Festival, whose motto this year is "11 Amazing Days, 10 Starry Nights," begins Thursday, February 4 through S...

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    So There's This Movie We'd Like to Recommend . . .

    Avatar, James Cameron’s muscular fantasy of cross-cultural warfare and romance, has spent its first month in release bludgeoning its way nearly to the top of the all-time grosses pile. And it inches ever closer to unseating the highest grossing (without adjustment for inflation) film of all time: James Cameron’s Titanic. As of this writing, it’s taken home Golden Globes for Best Director and Picture, and now seems destined for Academy Award success. It’s taken us a while to get around to reviewing it, but there’s value in viewing a film like Avatar from this vantage point, well in the wake of the weekly critics, the blogs, the backlash, the...

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