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    Review: 'Real Steel' A Simple, Effective Crowd Pleaser Like A Robot-Driven 'Warrior' For Kids

    If the maturity and sophistication of “Warrior” is more than you can handle, then “Real Steel” might be the movie for you. A start-to-finish festival of storytelling conventions, director Shawn Levy’s bid for credibility differs only from its predecessor in that it’s aimed at a kid-friendly audience, making its relentless obedience to formula perhaps more acceptable, but less augmented by genuinely great performances. Nevertheless a crowd-pleaser of the first order – even on par with the ‘80s films from folks like Spielberg and Zemeckis that inspire it – “Real Steel” is an effective retelling of a familiar story, albeit one that it might help...

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    Brad Pitt's Movie Eating: Moneyball the Latest Evidence in Vulture's Theory

    Vulture put together a list of food that Brad Pitt has eaten in movies to prove their "Brad Pitt Eating in Movies Theory." Yes, really. Moneyball is the latest piece of evidence, and if you've seen the film you know that in between throwing inanimate objects, the man does like to eat. He sucks blood...

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    'Whale Rider' Helmer Niki Caro To Write And Direct Film About Opera Legend Maria Callas

    New Zealand helmer Niki Caro is set to tackle writing and directorial duties for "Callas," a film about the life of legendary opera star Maria Callas based on Alfonso Signorini's book "Too Proud, Too Fragile"

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    Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Review - Nucky Nosferatu

    As its second season begins, David Chute finds that he admires Boardwalk Empire but does not love it.We took it as a sign during Boardwalk Empire’s first season that the show’s fabulously expensive exterior and interior sets never felt lived in. Compare Boardwalk’s boardwalk, a beautiful sweep of CG...

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    Why Being Visible Matters

    Who knew aside from folks on the inner world of documentary film that Ken Burns had an equal partner on his most recent epic documentary series?

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    Rodrigo Santoro In Talks To Team Up With Arnold Schwarzenegger In 'The Last Stand'

    So, can Arnold Schwarzenegger put his philandering, baby-making ways behind him and make a big screen comeback? He's certainly going to try. Next summer, he'll star alongside a bunch of other aging 'roid-heads in "The Expendables 2," but his first post-gubernatorial leading man vehicle will come in ...

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    Book Excerpt: Where Have All the Girl Bands Gone by Courtney E. Smith

    In junior high I joined the school band because I wanted to play the drums. I had several years of piano lessons under my belt, which made me qualified to play instruments like the marimba or anything with a keyboard layout, but I had my heart set on the drums. I wanted to learn how to pound on them...

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    Watch: 2 Clips From ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’ With Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt

    When we saw that "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen," the latest from director Lasse Hallstrom had been added to the TIFF slate, we didn't go out of our way to find time to see it. The director, who impressed with "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "The Cider House Rules" has long settled into helming a string of increasingly mediocre films like "An Unfinished Life," "The Hoax," "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" and last year's intolerable "Dear John." So can you blame us if we didn't carve out time to see it in Toronto? Turns out the joke was on us, as according to most people we heard from, "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" was a pleasant surprise. Nothing earth-...

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    Jacki Weaver Will Be Bradley Cooper's Mom In David O. Russell's 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

    In all honesty, two years ago, few outside of Australia had heard of veteran actress Jacki Weaver. Indeed, while she worked on a number of seminal films at home in the 1970s, winning two Australian Film Institute Awards and turning up in Peter Weir's "Picnic At Hanging Rock," she'd been mostly absen...

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    Michael Shannon Reteams With Jeff Nichols For Third Film, 'Mud'

    Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, Joe Don Baker and Paul Sparks Round Out CastThere is perhaps no more exciting actor/director pairing going right now than Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols. The duo first got together on the outstanding "Shotgun Stories," a slow burn firecracker tale of two half brothers who enter a blood feud. That was followed by "Take Shelter" which begins rolling out this weekend, one of the year's best films that takes a deeply personal tale woven into a gripping apocalyptic framework. And now, they're going to make it three for three as Deadline reports that Shannon has found time in his increasingly busy schedule to take a ro...

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