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    Watch: Trailer For The Excellent Mexican Thriller 'Miss Bala'

    Cannes can be both boon and burden to filmmakers. A positive reception can see your career move forward in leaps and bounds, while a thumbs down from the critical Croisette faithful can serve as a major setback. For new rising filmmakers, the risk is even greater but for Mexican helmer Gerardo Naran...

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    Women in Hollywood: Best Body Mirren on Being Proactive, Imperfect; Fonda talks Prime Time Love, Sex

    Helen Mirren recently won a L.A. Fitness "Best Body" poll. Was she aware, asks Vulture? "I couldn’t very well avoid it, could I?" she says. She beat out the likes of Jennifer Lopez, and thinks it's a beautiful thing: "I think it was recognition of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect." Mirren's youthful attitude can't hurt. She steers clear of cliched older woman characters, preferring "any role that's proactive." That means action roles, as with The Debt and RED. "You get to do stuff. I hate sitting in a corner — I’d much prefer an action role in a popcorn movie rather than pining in a corner not doing anything." And here's 20 male rol...

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    Marshall, Reiner and Heckerling Talk Comedy and Bridesmaids Bandwagon

    Should burgeoning directors and writers chase Bridesmaids? This was one of several topics broached at Saturday’s Directors Guild panel “Make ‘Em Laugh: Game Changing Comedy Direction” featuring host Shawn Levy and laugh-meisters Garry Marshall, Rob Reiner and Amy Heckerling, who regaled the crowd with their cinematic bag of gags. Anthony D'Alessandro was there:As comedy tastes have ebbed and flowed in Hollywood, with the latest penchant being raunchy female fare, these trendsetters have stuck to their sense of humor throughout the years: Heckering continues to make young-adult comedies (her latest is the vampire knock-up Vamps), Reiner prefer...

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    Hunger Games Teaser: Thrilling or Disappointing?

    Reaction has been tepid to this Hunger Games teaser, introduced on video by a low-key Jennifer Lawrence at the Video Music Awards Sunday night, which reaches the film's teen demo. Here's more on the upcoming franchise: details, cast, pictures.Get More: 2011 VMA, Music

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    Farber vs. Olsen: Middlebrow vs. Highbrow

    I sometimes find myself defending accessible mainstream movies vs. more inaccessible, arcane fare. I often get mad at pretentious or indulgent airborne movies that never touch the ground, that don't make sense. (I embraced Miranda July's The Future but rejected The Limits of Control, from a filmmake...

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    Watch: Jennifer Lawrence Dodges Explosions, Wields A Bow & Arrow In 'Hunger Games' Teaser Trailer

    So, 'Hunger Games' fans, here is the first teaser trailer for the film and the big question is: how does Jennifer Lawrence fare as the book's hero, Katniss Everdeen?

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    Anna Faris Rom-Com 'What's Your Number' Is Much More Awesomely Titled 'Sex List' In France

    Movie titles getting translated for foreign markets is a timeless, mostly very hilarious art, which usually results in all meaning or coherence being completely stripped from the name of the film. But rarely, like an eclipse, comes a translation that not only nails the premise of the film, but is ac...

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    The Amazing Race: Is Hiding Your Films Until Dec, The New Anti-Film Festival Circuit Buzz Builder?

    Plus Why 'Apes' Actor Andy Serkis Has No Shot At Oscar & Why 'The Help' Is Not A LockSummer is fading away, and we're gearing up for festival season right now: we're packing our bags for Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York as we speak. And the inevitable consequence of the films that will be making their debuts means that the awards season will start to crystallize a little more. Up to now, most of the films have been under wraps, but we'll soon find out if heavy hitters like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Descendants" and "My Week With Marilyn" will continue to figure into the conversation. But all that is for another time. What inter...

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    David Geertz on "How To Extract The Value Of Your Film When You Need It Most"

    Metaphors reveal truths. Analogies help us have deeper understanding. Perhaps we have been looking at our business in the wrong way. Today Brave Thinker David Geertz offerrs up a fun new vision on how to see what we all are doing.

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    Watch Preview Of "Surprising Europe, the Life and Times of Ssuuna Golooba" (An African In Europe)

    Ahh yes... a familiar struggle. I appreciate the first-person POV here.

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