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    Trailer Watch: Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce

    One of the great, satisfying page-turners is James M. Cain's 1941 Mildred Pierce, which was turned into an excellent 1945 movie starring Joan Crawford. (Several of Cain's hardboiled novels worked as films, including The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity). Well, the Killer team of Chris...

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    Does "The Town" Contribute Positively or Negatively to Boston's Image?

    If there hadn't already been the "Beanstreets" films thirty years ago, branded as such for taking after Scorsese's work, I'd think Boston was currently having its equivalent of NYC's "horror city" era of the 1970s and '80s (and what L.A. subsequently had in the '80s and '90s). What used to be in my mind a city primarily used for college films, specifically Harvard (though it's in Cambridge, which as an outsider I always include as a necessary if not official section of Boston), now seems to only hit the big screen for crime thrillers. Some are even made by Scorsese, though "The Departed" is kind of like a child of both Boston and NYC, where ...

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    "Precious" Producer and Time Warner to be Honored by Reel Works

    Producer Lisa Cortes ("Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire") and Time Warner will be honored at an upcoming gala to benefit Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, an organization that pairs at risk teens with New York filmmakers. Cortes will receive the Visionary Filmmaker Award, while Time Warner ...

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    Will MGM Go Asian?

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Indian conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar is in exploratory talks to buy MGM for more than $2 billion, according to one source:

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    maltin on movies: Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

    Mesrine: Part II - Public Enemy 1 | Leonard Maltin | Maltin on Movies | Movie Trailer

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    O-Scope Lands "Rare Exports" in Toronto

    North American rights to Jalmari Helander's Toronto debut, "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" have been acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories, the company said Sunday. Oscilloscope plans a December release and the film will have its U.S. premiere next weekend at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. It marks ...

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    Boardwalk Empire: Best TV Pilot of 2010 and Third-Best Scorsese Movie of This Century

    I have ordered my TiVo Season Pass to Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter's Boardwalk Empire, which starts on HBO tonight. TOH critic Tim Appelo has already seen it. "(Steve) Buscemi and (Michael) Pitt have roles to kill for, their best career catapults yet," Appelo writes in his rave review:In the S...

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    "King's Speech" Wins Toronto's Audience Award; "Incendies" Takes Canadian Prize

    Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" and Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies" were among the big winners at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival's awards ceremony. At a brunch at the Intercontinental Hotel on Front Street this afternoon, a variety of prizes were announced, with "Speech" taking the to...

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    In Defense of Wikipedia's "Catfish" Plot Spoilers

    Another "twist movie" out in theaters, another obnoxious debate about movie spoilers. Funnily enough, despite there being a new M. Night Shyamalan story opening this weekend, that is not the impetus for the New York Times article about Wikipedia's controversial allowance of full plot details. including "spoiled" endings without warning. In fact, "Devil," which Shyamalan conceived but did not direct, has only a basic premise listed on its Wikipedia page. No mention of which character is revealed to be Satan. Rather, film-wise, it's the documentary "Catfish" that is central to the piece, which also addresses entries for the Agatha Christie play...

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    Flurry of Deals As Toronto Fest Winds Down

    As the Toronto International Film Festival enters its final hours, a flurry of deals have continued to make this a very successful year for the festival's marketplace. Last night, indieWIRE reported that Oscilloscope had picked up Kelly Reichardt's acclaimed "Meek's Cutoff," while by midnight Deadli...

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