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    The Pacific: Hanks, Spielberg talk WW II HBO Action

    The ten-part HBO mini-series The Pacific is a follow-up to Band of Brothers from World War II-obsessed exec producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Steven Spielberg. It follows a similar m.o.: hire excellent unknown actors to inhabit the characters we follow (Damian Lewis broke out from Band of Broth...

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    Paste Magazine Unveils Top 25 Docs of Decade

    Paste Magazine Unveils Top 25 Docs of Decade

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    Box Office 2.0: Two Notable DIY Releases That Opened In "Precious"'s Shadow

    While obviously the indie box office story of this past weekend was Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire." With final numbers now in, its record breaking per-theater average can officially be confirmed. In fact, the film managed to gross $72,458 more than estimated - putting...

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    SHORTSNONSTOP Fest Names Winners

    SHORTSNONSTOP Fest Names Winners

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    "Children of God" and "Precious" Will Begin and End Bahamas Fest

    "Children of God" and "Precious" Will Begin and End Bahamas Fest

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    Morgan Freeman to be Honored by Palm Springs Film Festival

    Morgan Freeman to be Honored by Palm Springs Film Festival

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    Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video

    Upbeat Oscar blogger Pete Hammond wonders if Jim Sheridan's Brothers could be another contender for Lionsgate, which already has Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire well on its way.

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    Rise of the Critic-Turned-Programmer?

    With the appointment of Newsweek critic David Ansen as Los Angeles Film Festival's new Artistic Director yesterday, the programming ranks at fests are swelling with people who have made their names in film criticism. The New York Film Festival's programming committee is packed with critics, who took...

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    Avatar Budget, Up in the Air Tweet Chart, Pattinson vs. Kidman, Finke Attacks, Indie Bloodbath Redux

    James Cameron's Avatar did not cost $500 million. First of all, the thing was in R & D for years. The negative cost is $300 to 400 million, but no one knows for sure. If you add worldwide marketing to it, maybe it creeps up to $500 million, because it's a huge movie that Fox has already spent a lot ...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Festival Programming: Last Refuge Of The Critic

    Festival Programming: Last Refuge Of The Critic

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