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    criticWIRE This Week: "A Single Man" Leads Anticipated Field of Debuts

    A super low budget entry from Werner Herzog, a not-so-low budget Alice Sebold adaptation care of Peter Jackson, the directorial debut of Tom Ford, and Clint Eastwood taking on Nelson Mandela. Only in December would we get all of these films coming at us on a single Friday. And to make your decisio...

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    British Independent Film Awards: Moon Wins Best Film

    Getting the British Independent Film Awards. Full list at IndieWIRE.

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    Criterion's 'The Golden Age of Television'

    Criterion's 'The Golden Age of Television'

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    'Jersey Shore' = all killer, no filler

    'Jersey Shore' = all killer, no filler

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    20 Questions for District 9's Sharlto Copley

    One Oscar long-shot is South African actor Sharlto Copley, who made an astonishingly assured acting debut in District 9, written and directed by his old friend Neill Blomkamp. Historically, the Academy has been biased against science-fiction. (I assess the Peter Jackson-backed film's Oscar chances.)...

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    mumblecore = fashionable?

    mumblecore = fashionable?

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    Friday Night Cocktails and Docs

    Friday I interviewed It's Complicated writer-director Nancy Meyers by phone, Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner by Flip Cam, and went to a Paramount Lovely Bones cocktail party at the Four Seasons. There I talked to Stanley Tucci and photographed him with Peter Jackson, who I will talk to later this weeken...

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    "Anvil" Leads IDA Winners

    Sacha Gervasi's "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" led the winners of International Documentary Association's 2009 IDA Documentary Awards. The story of the band hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal," which was received snubbed by the Academy's shortlist, received IDA's awards for both overall featur...

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    Things I Heard on the Oscar Party Circuit

    'Tis the season for Oscar parties. They come in different shapes and sizes.

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    Poster of the Week

    What tot or teenager of a certain generation wasn't tantalized by this naughty number? When I first saw this poster for 1991's sensitively titled Whore (it should come with an explanation point, like Oliver!), I didn't know who the hell Ken Russell was (and I still kind of don't) and Theresa Russell was not that chick from the Nic Roeg movies, but rather that dead-eyed lady from Black Widow and Physical Evidence (not the Kent Jones collection but the low-simmer Burt Reynolds vehicle). With her narcotized come-hither glance, given from that dingy bed seemingly perched in the middle of a back-alley urban wasteland, Whore's whore was a sweet and...

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