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    What Went Wrong with Hollywood Romantic Comedies?

    What went wrong with the romantic comedy genre this year? Have the Hollywood studios lost the winning formula for pulling the date crowd? Anthony D'Alessandro lists five reasons why the rom-com has lost its mojo:Hollywood enjoyed a lovely honeymoon with romantic comedies in 2009 with such hits as Th...

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    Review: 'Somewhere' Is A Shallow Disappointment From An Ossified Sofia Coppola

    This review originally ran during the London Film Festival.

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    Matt Damon Says Script For 'We Bought A Zoo' Came With Music Notes

    Features "A Lot Of Eddie Vedder, A Lot Of Neil Young"A former Rolling Stone journalist and pop obsessive, few filmmakers have ever used popular music quite as effectively and prominently as writer/director Cameron Crowe. Films like “Say Anything,” “Singles,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous” becam...

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    Anne Hathaway Says She's Still Working On Judy Garland Biopic, Hopes To Start Filming Within 2 Years

    Way back in the spring of 2009, Anne Hathaway became attached to an adaptation of Gerald Clarke's "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland" gestating at The Weinstein Company. The biography is considered as one of the definitive works on the tragic singer's life where she battled drug addiction, a horri...

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    Sign The Online Petition To Free Jafar Panahi

    Read what's below, and then please click here and sign (and consider a small donation). This is a horrible tragedy that deserves significant, devoted attention from the world film community.

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    Exclusive: Olivier Assayas' 'Carlos' Headed To The Criterion Collection In 2011

    Release Will Contain Both The Extended Television & Theatrical CutsYesterday, we spoke with Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, where he shared with us plans for the new Sundance Selects distribution arm and SundanceNow online rental service. We took the opportunity of our conversation with Sehring to ask about the company's current relationship with with The Criterion Collection which has seen them license a number of titles to the boutique label including "Hunger," "Che," "Gomorrah," and "Fish Tank." Sehring said IFC will continue to work with Criterion Collection saying, "Our relationship with Criterion has been a very good o...

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    Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?

    - Black Swan offers fuel for an Art vs. Science debate. Consider these professional-opinion-posturings on Black Swan ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) and her mental state. Nadine Kaslow (Dept. of Psychiatry, Emory University) says: "It was intense and disturbing and fascinating and mysterious…What w...

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    Trailer Watch: Saorise Ronan Stars as Assassin Hanna

    The film tradition of young women killers is long: from Natalie Portman in The Professional and Anne Parillaud and Bridget Fonda as Femme Nikita to Jennifer Garner in Alias and Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass. Now we have a new entrant in the category: Saorise Ronan in Hanna (April 8), a Focus Features fil...

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    Video: 1982 "TRON" Holiday Special

    I posted that last video too soon. If you want to really laugh today, this is the thing to watch. Obviously modeled after the cheesy "Star Wars" holiday special, the guys at Funny or Die give us an idea of what a "TRON" special might have looked like back in 1982. It starts out good and then keeps g...

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    A Petition for Panahi.

    Yesterday's news about the enslavement of Jafar Panahi -- for the second time this year -- must be seen one of the biggest tragedies of the year. Panahi's absence at Cannes this year, where he was technically part of the jury headed by Tim Burton, did not receive proper coverage from the mainstream media: The oppression of Panahi by the Iranian government has not been widely understood as the chief representation of contemporary fascist censorship, but that's exactly what it is. Outside of fellow Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's public statements at the festival on his colleague's behalf, the most significant actions taken at Cannes were ...

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