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    True Grit Poster Sells Retribution

    True Grit is a revenge western. Thus, the Coen brothers' poster--designed to resemble an Old West "Wanted" flier--stresses "punishment" and "retribution."

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    CAA's TPG Capital Deal: Show Me the Money!

    The contracting entertainment economy that compelled producer Graham King to fill the distribution void with FilmDistrict has not been kind to the talent agencies. Even dominant agency CAA is looking for cover, as studios make fewer movies and reduce talent fees. Thus CAA is announcing today that th...

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  • The Playlist
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    The Films Of David Fincher: A Retrospective

    In general, when we pen a retrospective on a director's oeuvre , we try and save them for when a filmmaker is deep into his career and has a least 15-plus films under his belt. But we're making an exception here for David Fincher, who is obviously considered to be one of the most estimable modern au...

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    Oscar Watch: Sony Pictures Classics Sends First Screeners

    Sony Pictures Classics marked yet another start of the awards season by sending out the first screeners--they will have many more to follow--of two films already in release, Rodrigo Garcia's relationship drama Mother and Child, starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson, and David Mi...

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    2010 Tallgrass Fest Puts Focus on Music & "Films on the Fringe"

    The 8th annual Tallgrass Film Festival will run October 22-24 in Wichita, Kansas. The festival will begin with Ryan Piers Williams' "The Dry Land" and will end with a screening of Charlie Chaplin's silent masterpiece "The Kid." The Chaplin film, which will be played with a live accompaniment, also ends Grasscendo, the fest's spotlight on musically themed films. Included in Grasscendo are the docs "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" and "Still Bill," the profile of Bill Withers, and an award presented to "Dexter," "Election," and "Up in the Air" composer Rolfe Kent. The fest, whose theme is "Films on the Fringe" this year, will scr...

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    Margaret Mead Launches 34th Edition with "Plug and Pray," Ends with "Garden of Sounds"

    The 34th Annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, a leading event for ethnographic film and video, has set its program taking place November 11 through Sunday, November 14 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The fest's opening and closing films coincide with the museum's new "...

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    Hacking and Slashing with a Purpose: Fantastic Fest Wraps Energetic Sixth Year

    Compared to the Sundances of the world, Fantastic Fest may serve a niche crowd, but the latest installment still left a major dent. The Austin-based gathering's sixth year included the largest media presence in its history and a typically boisterous crowd. The initial round of badges for admission s...

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    film review: The Social Network

    The most talked-about film of the season turns out to be worthy of all that chatter, whether it be online or in person. The Social Network is a completely absorbing, high-octane drama about the invention of Facebook, as told from several points of view—and it’s that Rashomon-like approach that makes...

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    FUTURES | "Let Me In" Star Kodi Smit-McPhee

    This past September marked Kodi Smit-McPhee's second visit to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as an actor with a film to promote. He's fourteen. Last year saw the young soft spoken Australian trek out to Canada with family in tow to be present for the North American premiere of John H...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    The 2010 New York Film Festival | FILM SOCIALISME

    The 2010 New York Film Festival | FILM SOCIALISME

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