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    Kennedy and the Naked Babes: A Playboy Shoot!

    TMZ said it tested this creased 1950s snapshot showing a man who looks a lot like John F. Kennedy hanging on a yacht with naked babes, and found no evidence of tampering.

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    Discussing a Decade: Critics Comment On The 2000s

    Last week, indieWIRE published its annual critics poll, with a special question geared toward the best of the decade. Ninety-nine participants decided that David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" lead some 200 films that received votes in the category, with Wong Kar-wai's "In The Mood For Love," Edward Ya...

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    REVIEW | Back to Tennessee: Jodie Markell's "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond"

    First-time filmmaker Jodie Markell's "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," is based on a never-produced Tennessee Williams screenplay completed during his late 1950s heyday. Yet, surprisingly, the film's pedigree and source material isn't the sole reason to recommend this decades-late cinematic renderin...

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    Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me

    If you missed this documentary special on Turner Classic Movies, it’s a must-see for anyone who loves the Great American Songbook and the era in which it flourished. It’s now been released on DVD with a second disc of bonus material. Produced by Clint Eastwood (who first paid tribute to Mercer ...

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  • "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael ...
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    REVIEW | Does It Take This Village? Haneke's Artful "Ribbon"

    Despair haunts every moment of Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon." The director's dour, Bergmanesque black-and-white portrait of enigmas and familial discord in a Protestant German village at the beginning of the twentieth century peddles in the art of downbeat expressionism. Pairing visual master...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Decade: Charlie Kaufman on "Synecdoche, New York"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Every day for the next month, indieWIRE will be republishing profiles and interviews from the past ten years (in their original, retro format) with some of the people that have defined independent cinema in the first decade of this century. Today, we'll step back to 2008 with an inte...

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    John Waters' Ten Best List of 2009

    When John Waters submitted his Guilty Pleasures list to Film Comment, he included movies like Woody Allen's Interiors and Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries. So it's not entirely surprising that his 2009 Ten Best list, published in Art Forum, includes Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Pedro Almodovar'...

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    Holiday Movie Wrap: Avatar Beats Sherlock Holmes, Nine Flops

    Over the holiday weekend, the two most popular topics on my Twitter feed were Avatar and Sherlock Holmes. While there was debate on Sherlock Holmes's merits, most of my tweeters approved of Cameron's blockbuster (as did critics--it scored 83 on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic). Avatar looks to c...

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