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    French New Wave Director Eric Rohmer Dies

    French New Wave auteur Eric Rohmer is one of my favorite directors of all time. He has died, at age 89.

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    Writers Guild Noms Bring Surprises

    The Writers Guild Award nominations are in. Remember, as far as future Oscar noms are concerned, the list of ineligible WGA films this year was long: Inglourious Basterds, Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Me and Orson Welles, A Single Man and An Education among them.

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    Secret's Out - The Messenger

    .syn{font-family:Arial;font-size:11px;padding:5px;width:470px;background:#585858;border-top:1px solid #777777;color:#ccc;} .syn a {color:#ccc;}The Messenger Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out | Movie Trailers

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    WGA Announces 2009 Award Nominees

    The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominations for their awards honoring 2009's films, with James Cameron's script for "Avatar" something of a surprise among a batch of nominees that had many controversial exclusions due to WGA rules. The internet was buzzing last week when numerous high...

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    Finke Poaches Variety Scoop-King Fleming

    As Variety hides behind a pay wall in a misguided attempt to salvage its outdated print model, Jay Penske-owned Deadline/Hollywood has poached Variety's biggest breaking news hound, Mike Fleming, to run the new Deadline/New York.

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    Palm Springs Weekend: Dogtooth, City of Life and Death

    Nora and I drove out to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Saturday, already well under way (it winds up on the 18th). Fest director Darryl Macdonald and lead programmers Helen du Toit and Carl Spence not only play the pre-Oscar awards-tributes-red-carpet game with such films as Precious, ...

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    Box Office: "Outside" Flops; Weinstein Woes Continue With "Youth"

    While "Avatar" continued its staggering reign at the top of the charts - hitting the $400 million mark and then some - the specialty box office was generally unspectacular with few notable debuts and a bunch of awards-hungry holdovers trying to hang in there until Oscar nominations. Among those debu...

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    Sundance ‘10 | Robin Hessman Goes Behind the Iron Curtain in "My Perestroika"

    Robin Hessman makes her Sundance debut with "My Perestroika," a documentary that "adopts the idea of the 'everyman story,' suggesting that the unheralded lives of the last generation of Soviets to grow up behind the iron curtain hold the key to understanding the contradictions of modern Russia from ...

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    What's Next for Avatar Sequels?

    It's not news that Fox, Lightstorm and James Cameron expect to push through an Avatar sequel or two. They want to capitalize on all the time and money that went into creating the Weta "rigs" for the CG characters. Now they're up and running, ready to go.

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    Oscar Talk Episode Seventeen: PGA, DGA, Scripters and Top Ten

    Kris Tapley and I track the Oscar impact of the recent PGA, DGA and USC Scripter noms. Of the top four, what's ahead? Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air or Inglourious Basterds? Is Christoph Waltz a lock to win best supporting actor? We also weigh the chances of Up, The Messenger, District 9, A ...

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