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    Oscar Round-Up: The Social Network Leads Buzz, Bullock vs. Lane, Renner's a Star

    As awards season heats up and the growing surge of Oscar pundits weigh in more frequently, every Thursday the Daily Read will round up their worthiest efforts. And every Friday, as usual, we post the Oscar Talk podcast: this week we welcome London Fest attendees Guy Lodge (In Contention) and Peter K...

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    Weekly Prediction Update: Oscars 13/10/10

    To supplement each Wednesday's Oscar column (which today offers 10 "underdog actors" worthy of consideration), I'm offering a weekly update of Oscar predictions with 9 of the major categories ranked in order of personal preference of probability (foreign film - which just announced its final list - was this week's new addition, wiith more categories will be added through the weeks). This'll go on between now and nomination morning. Obviously, some weeks will have very little to offer in terms of how much really changes, particularly between now and December. But for what it's worth, here's what I think is gonna go down, with the predicted no...

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    Weinstein to Counter MPAA "Valentine" Ruling

    Hoping to reverse a potentially damaging ruling by the MPAA last week, The Weinstein Company said today that it would appeal last week's NC-17 rating for its Sundance 2010 pick up, "Blue Valentine" by Derek Cianfrance.

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    REVIEW | Colombian Squalor: "The Two Escobars"

    The history of Colombia's tattered international reputation is not an unexplored field, but Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's Tribeca Film Festival world premiere documentary "The Two Escobars," provides an original strategy for framing it. A study in contrasts, the movie oscillates between two men with ...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    My Homework Assignment

    My Homework Assignment

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    Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender

    Let Me In is one of those strange tweener movies that is neither fish nor fowl. It was a fall festival hit, but movie audiences like their movies to fit into neat and tidy categories, and this one defiantly refuses to do that. Here's why.

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    REVIEW | Horror in the Kitchen: Joe Maggio's "Bitter Feast"

    A contemporary riff on "Misery" with a culinary twist, "Bitter Feast" may provide the first horror movie aimed at foodies. Director Joe Maggio ("Paper Covers Rock") makes his inaugural foray into the horror genre with a competent, familiar captivity narrative, resulting in less torture porn than foo...

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    Casting Watch: Portman vs. Rapace for Scott's Alien Prequel, The Raven Replaces Renner with Evans

    Twentieth Century Fox is happy with Damon Lindelof's (Lost co-creator) screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, and Vulture has a few tidbits to share.

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    Blast from the Past: "Back to the Future, Revisited."

    Blast from the Past: "Back to the Future, Revisited."

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    Who will win the foreign-language Oscar?

    Who will win the foreign-language Oscar?

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