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    First Look At Abbie Cornish In The Indie Drama 'The Girl'

    For Abbie Cornish, stardom seems to be just out of reach but is something that is undeniably on the horizon. She broke out in the Aussie drama "Somersault" opposite Sam Worthington, garnered well deserved acclaim for her turn in Jane Campion's "Bright Star" and used that good word to land roles in t...

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    Guest Post: Raven Symone Plays Georgia...Sticky Issue for Feminists? by Emilie Spiegel

    Last week, the Raven Symone series created by chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner, State of Georgia, premiered on ABC Family. Symone plays Georgia, a young woman who’s recently moved to NYC to pursue an acting career. As written, the character of Georgia is meant to be voluptuous -- a quality she embra...

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    Watch: Another Depressing 'Johnny English Reborn' Trailer To Ruin Your Day

    It’s been three months since the first trailer for “Johnny English Reborn” debuted online, and we’ve all managed to continue on with our lives since then, suppressing the memory like a national trauma we wished would go away. Although we’d had eight long years to prepare for the character’s return, the western world had perhaps grown complacent that the buffoonish pratfallery of leading man Rowan Atkinson would ever again threaten to engulf our collective consciousness. No such luck: much in the way unexpectedly chucking a hastily-bandaged assault victim into a hot bath is a bad idea, the second tease of the venerably dumb Johnny English fran...

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    Out of the Shadows: Cristi Puiu's "Aurora"

    Even more so than his much heralded The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Cristi Puiu’s Aurora is a monument to the quotidian. Or is it the quotidian made monumental? Everyday life seems at once faithfully recorded and amplified in Puiu’s films: carefully observed studies of average men—Lazarescu’s eponymous ailing sixty-something; the terse loner at the center of Aurora—whose prolonged running times and sheer accumulation of detail force us to consider the complicated undercurrents churning beneath what we might dismiss as “commonplace” happenings. In Lazarescu, this attentive gaze became a spotlight, illuminating the defective inner workings of Roman...

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    New Look At Tintin & Snowy In 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'

    Will 2011 be the year Steven Spielberg is no longer given a free pass from fans and critics? It would seem so. The early trailers for "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" were not widely embraced and we were surprised by the blowback the first spot for "War Horse" got. Well Spielber...

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    Keri Russell, J.J. Feild & Bret McKenzie Toplining Jane Austen Themed Rom-Com 'Austenland'

    'Twilight' Author Stephenie Meyer Producing, 'Napoleon Dynamite' Co-Writer Jerusha Hess Making Directorial DebutIf you've been feeling a strange, nagging void in the part of your soul where you keep your love for costume drama, there's a reason for that: we've somehow gone four years without a major Jane Austen-centered movie. Sure, Bollywood flick "Aisha" borrowed the plot of "Emma," and "From Prada to Nada" was (very) loosely based on "Sense & Sensibility," but given the wealth of adaptations, and even biographical entries like "Becoming Jane" and "Miss Austen Regrets" that appeared in the middle of the last decade, it doesn't quite compare...

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    Hans Zimmer Says He's Listening To Verdi & Goldfrapp As He Prepares 'The Dark Knight Rises' Score

    Though it's been known for a while now and pretty much expected, back in May it was confirmed that Hans Zimmer would once again reteam with Christopher Nolan for his currently filming "The Dark Knight Rises." The interesting bit was that James Newton Howard -- who worked with Zimmer on "The Dark Knight" -- was not returning to the fold, but that Zimmer was striking out on his own as he did for "Inception." Of course details surrounding the film remain tight and even trying to get a composer to describe his score this early in the game usually leads to ambiguous descriptions -- Zimmer told MTV earlier this year that it will be "epic" and "icon...

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    American Black Film Festival 2011 Preview - "The Experience"

    With the American Black Film Festival (July 6-9) descending on Miami this week, here's another selection--The Experience--making it's world premiere in the "Out of Competition" category .

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    Preview "Home - The Documentary Movie" (On African Americans Returning South In the 21st Century)

    Preview of an intriguing upcoming documentary produced and directed by Naimah Fuller titled Home - The Documentary Movie; the feature film chronicles the migration experience of African Americans, reversing historical trends and relocating back to the south in the 21st century, thanks in part to ris...

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    Robert Sklar, RIP.

    I was lucky enough to take one course taught by Robert Sklar, the esteemed film historian and scholar who passed away over the weekend in an unexpected accident, but wish I could have taken many more. Sklar's most influential work, "Movie-Made America," first came out over thirty years ago but remains one of the most important texts for the study of American cinema. (After all, he helped invent the field.) Its thesis, that American film culture owed much to the lower class and the struggles against capitalist interests rather than efforts to sustain them, echoed the egalitarian nature of Sklar's writing: Although primarily an academic, he had...

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