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    Oscar Watch: Tom Hanks Works for the Academy

    Academy governor Tom Hanks has been working overtime. At Monday's Academy Nominees lunch he turned up in a well-produced how-to video shot at the empty Hollywood and Highland Kodak Theatre that will be the site of the Oscar Show February 27. His goal: teaching this year's crop of 190 nominees how to...

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    On DVD: "It's Kind of a Funny Story" is Just "The Devil Wears Hospital Scrubs"

    Maybe it's because I also watched "Titicut Follies" for the first time this week, but I could not buy into the happy-go-lucky patient pageantry of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's "It's Kind of a Funny Story." The adaptation of Ned Vizzini's semi-autobiographical novel, which disappointed at the box office and now arrives on video, where it will likely find a more passively appreciable audience, is kind of insulting to the reality of mental illness and general psychological suffering. It's a teen fantasy in which a young hero (Keir Gilchrist) finds colorful new friends and acceptance of that sort of social misfit drop-out attitude that inspires so...

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    Julia Roberts Locked To Play The Evil Queen In 'Brothers Grimm: Snow White'

    It's been a long dance and a patient courtship that began way back in December, but Deadline reports that Julia Roberts will close on a deal this afternoon to star as the Evil Queen in Tarsem's 3D "Brothers Grimm: Snow White."

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    Watch: Controversial Christopher Guest Directed Super Bowl Spots For Groupon

    This writer certainly didn't watch the game or the unbearable hours long pre-show, and really, all we cared about were the movie spots during the Super Bowl, but of course, there were plenty of non-film related ads that aired as well and among those still creating chatter after the game was a series...

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    Colin Firth Loses: Those Wacky London Evening Standard Awards

    No one pays attention to the London Evening Standard Film Awards – well, barely anyone. The awards from the British newspaper were not a blip on the Oscar radar. Then, yesterday, Andrew Garfield was named best actor for his roles in Never Let Me Go and The Social Network, beating the formerly unbea...

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    'The Beaver' Pushed From March To May 6 Release Date

    Originally scheduled for a March 23, 2011 limited release, right after its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, Summit Entertainment has pushed back the release of "The Beaver" to May 6.

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    And they say we're a divided country

    And they say we're a divided country

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    TV Review. Bad Title, Funny Show: Matthew Perry's Mr. Sunshine

    Strange as this sounds, Matthew Perry’s horribly-titled new ABC series, Mr. Sunshine, is pretty funny, his thoroughly unsunny character like a comic version of House. I actually laughed out loud twice during the pilot, which is twice more than with most sitcoms.

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    Watch: Elle Fanning In Short 'The Curve Of Forgotten Things' Featuring Original Score By Deerhunter

    For the most part, fashion-inspired films or advertising, usually focus on bizarre fantasies played out in the wealth and glamor of metropolitan settings. Not so, this time around.

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    International Panel, Iñárritu, Bier, Guadagnino & More Discuss Truth And Nationality In Filmmaking

    Foreign Oscar Nominees Talk Their Process And How They Avoid The (Melo)drama We recently had the opportunity to sit in on a panel at the American Cinematheque with some of the best foreign film nominees at last month's Golden Globes (and 2 that have gone on to become Oscar nominees): Luca Guadagnino, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Susanne Bier and Aleksei Uchitel (Radu Mihaileanu, director of "The Concert" was still on a plane coming in from France). Moderating the panel was Screen International Editor, Mike Goodridge, who led a fascinating discussion that in the end, came to about 2 hours. While we haven't recreated every word for you here, ...

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