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    The Love Crimes of Kabul Directed by Tanaz Eshaghian Premieres Tonight on HBO

    If you want to see the lack of progress the US investment in women in Afghanistan, check out the Love Crimes of Kabul. This is the true story of women (and some girls) being held in the Badam Bagh prison in Kabul for "moral crimes." Many of these so-called moral crimes are things that would astonish American audiences. Can you imagine going to jail for running away from your abusive parents and taking refuge in someone else's home? And then that person gets arrested too? Or for falling in love? Or for premarital sex? This is one of those movies that makes progressive people want to beat their heads against a pole because there is just ...

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  • Hope for Film
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    The "No Endorsement" Mark - A Simple Solution For A Complex Problem

    "if there’s one thing the file-sharing wars have taught us, it’s that there’s more profit in figuring out how to let honest people do the right thing than there is in chasing down cheapskates who don’t want to pay up – especially when the anti-cheapskate measures make life miserable for the honest c...

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    In Praise of Roman Polanski's "What?"

    Roman Polanski's "What?" is a pleasurably offbeat sex romp that deserves greater recognition among fans of his work. Made in 1972 (but released in the U.S., just barely, with an X rating in 1973; see a review here), the movie preceded "Chinatown," Polanski's universally acclaimed masterpiece, and a...

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch the Charming and Trippy "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day"

    It’s hard not to think fondly of Winnie the Pooh. The honey-loving bear has touched generations of children, all over the world, from the 1920s England of A. A. Milne’s original books to Soviet Russia. Yet no one has taken advantage of Winnie and his friends more thoroughly than Disney. Since the original 1966 featurette, the company has produced four short films, eight direct-to-video movies, four television series, five TV specials, seven video games and five theatrically released feature films, including this week’s “Winnie the Pooh.” It’s been quite the moneymaker for Walt’s heirs, but the originality and creativity that made Winnie a cla...

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    UPDATE: Spike Lee's "New Joint" Begins Shooting Today; Revisiting "Mookie" In "Red Hook"

    UPDATE: Just lifted the following from Wilson Morales' site:

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: ‘The Tree’ Is A Harrowing, Sometimes Drab, Look At Life & Loss

    Films about the loss of a loved one – a parent, a child, a partner, a friend – have been a staple of cinema almost since its inception. Our inability to forget or move on with our lives is one of the characteristics that makes us human and filmmakers are always looking for new ways to examine how we...

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    Harry Lennix, Trisha Mann Join Cast Of Matthew Cherry's "The Last Fall" + Official Synopsis

    An actor who probably needs no introduction around here, Mr. Harry Lennix and actress Trisha Mann have joined stars Lance Gross and Nicole Beharie in 2011 Shadow And Act Filmmaker To Watch Matthew Cherry's feature film debut, The Last Fall, which begins principal photography today!

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    Marsha Norman to Write Play Dealing with Plight of Women and Girls

    The United Nations Department of Public Information, through its Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) has joined forces with Theatre for Humans a producing entity out of LA to create a play based on stories of women and girls throughout the world. The play will be "dedicated to telling the...

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  • The Playlist
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    Joe Carnahan Says The 'The Grey' Is Almost Locked, Warns "Haters Prepare. Your Hopes Will Be Dashed"

    There's no doubt that we've been pretty hard on Joe Carnahan. The helmer burst onto the scene with the gritty cop drama "Narc" but squandered that goodwill with the outlandish "Smokin' Aces" and the bloated "The A-Team." However, Carnahan's next effort "The Grey" definitely looks like a step back in...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Marshall McLuhan Lives

    If you never studied Marshall McLuhan in school, you probably know him from his infamous cameo in Annie Hall, when Woody Allen pulls him out from behind a signpost to shame a fellow moviegoer who has been pontificating on McLuhan's theories (below).

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