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    AFI Movies of the Year: The Town, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, True Grit Make the Cut

    The American Film Institute voted their ten best AFI Movies and TV Programs of the Year Awards Sunday, proclaimed as the "only recognition that honors the community’s creative ensembles as a whole, acknowledging the collaborative nature of the art form." The AFI honors American films and series. Thu...

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    Miranda July's New Film, 'The Future' Heading To Sundance After All?

    When the so-far lackluster 2011 Sundance Film Festival line-up was announced earlier this month, several pictures we expected to land at the festival were missing, but topping the list was Miranda July's upcoming "The Future."

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    Alexandre Desplat Says "Trance-like" Score For 'Tree Of Life' Will Use Cues From Ligeti & Berlioz

    Also Scoring Chris Weitz's 'The Gardener'So we are just over five months away from the likely Cannes debut and theatrical release of Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life." The film, pretty much the closest thing the arthouse world will ever get to a blockbuster, stars heavyweights Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in a decades-spanning tale about a father/son relationship and also the mysteries of the universe. The trailer for the film is currently in theaters playing in front of "Black Swan" but don't expect it go online anytime soon as Fox Searchlight plans to piecemeal stills and info about the project in the run-up to the release. So with that in mi...

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    Did Owen Wilson Just Admit He'll Appear In Wes Anderson's Upcoming 'Moon Rise Kingdom?

    Actor Says No, Then Yes, Then Backpedals To A "You Never Know" With A WinkWes Anderson's upcoming '60s-set movie "Moon Rise Kingdom" was announced earlier this year, and apart from Bill Murray, none of the regular Anderson players (Jason Schwartzman, Angelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson) were menti...

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    Review: 'London Boulevard' A Miscast Mess

    It's quite rare for a screenwriter to become something of a brand name, particularly with fewer than half a dozen produced credits, and, while William Monahan may not mean a huge amount to the general public, his is a name that tends to make film geeks prick up their ears. In the decade since he worked on the aborted project "Tripoli" with Ridley Scott, Monahan's become one of the most in-demand writers around. Scott may have botched his excellent crusades script "Kingdom of Heaven" by casting Orlando Bloom in the lead, but the writer can't have minded too much, as only a year later he was picking up an Academy Award for his work on Martin Sc...

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    David O. Russell Says The Making Of 'Nailed' Like A "Stillbirth," Unlikely He'll Return To Finish It

    We had the opportunity to chat with David O. Russell about "The Fighter" recently (more from that conversation soon), but during our discussion with the director, we had to ask what had he been up to since "I Heart Huckabees" hit theaters in 2004.

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    An Oscar Performance I'd Like to See.

    Although many viewers may view the infamous "chainsaw" scene in the last act of "Winter's Bone" to be its most memorable bit, I consider the definitive moment to arrive much earlier. The movie follows Ree, a 17-year-old woman forced to care for her younger siblings and ailing mother while their meth-addicted father remains missing (and possibly dead) somewhere in the Ozarks. At some point, she walks into one of the many homes she visits along the murky trail to the truth of her father's fate and suddenly comes upon a bluegrass band. As she listens, Jennifer Lawrence's performance truly comes alive -- the clash between her character's enforce...

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    Rumor: Anne Hathaway & James McAvoy Casting Possibilities For 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'

    It's been a few weeks since we heard any casting speculation about "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" and the paucity of talk around the film means it's time for some new rumors to begin.

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    Video: "Black Swan" and "Showgirls" Trailer Mash-Up

    This video popped up on the Internets late last week, but it's even more worthy of a look now that "Black Swan" has picked up a record 12 Critics' Choice nominations, among other year-end accolades it's received over the weekend. "Showgirls," in comparison, was nominated for a (still?) record 13 Golden Raspberry nominations fifteen years ago. At least one writer is seemingly outraged by the mash-up of the two films, calling it "crude and simplistic, apples and oranges." I still haven't seen either film yet, so I can't agree or disagree, but I do wonder if that statement means to imply "Black Swan" is either "crude" or "simplistic," with "Show...

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    Oscarbation: The AFI, NYFCO, Boston And Los Angeles Critics Freak For 'The Social Network'

    Sending a signal to Oscar prognosticators, the fake-intellectuals who mock "Iron Man" and masturbate to "The King's Speech," a phalanx of critics organizations revealed their top honors this weekend, drawing a line in the sand. Their message? "The Social Network" is on one side of that line, and all...

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