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    Di Bonaventura Sees Old People; Scores with Red

    The beauty of success in the movie industry is that it often comes to people who zig when others zag, who have the balls to call something and fight for it. Recession times don't encourage risk-taking, so I am happy to report that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has not given up the maverick streak ...

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    "Adios" & "Bomb" Take Top Austin Fest Honors

    Simón Saavedra's "Adios Mundo Cruel" and Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's "Louder Than a Bomb" took top honors at the Austin Film Festival, winning Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature respectively. Set in the Chilean capital, Santiago, "Cruel," written by Jack Zagha Kababie and Enrique C...

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    What I'm Watching: "The Best Thing I Ever Done"

    What I'm Watching: "The Best Thing I Ever Done"

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    For Colored Girls Early Reviews are Mixed

    If you're serious about an Oscar campaign, you don't hesitate to show your movie. I have yet to see For Colored Girls, which is why Lionsgate's "award season push" for Tyler Perry's reach toward mainstream credibility reeks of a distributor making nice to a favorite house director. Nothing new, and ...

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    Video: An Angry Peter Jackson Vents His 'Hobbit' Frustrations, Wants The Film To Stay In New Zealand

    Director Clearly Wants The 'Lord Of The Rings' Prequel To Stay In His Homeland; "We've Got To Fight Like Hell"You've already heard several reports that Peter Jackson has been upset over the labor dispute and blacklist of "The Hobbit" and nowhere is that more clear than in this video from New Zealand...

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    Is "Borat" the Most Powerful Movie of the Past 25 Years?

    It's hard to tell if the list is numerical for the purpose of value, but in the new issue of Mental_Floss, writers Carina Chocano (formerly of the LA Times) and Mangesh Hattikudur (the magazine's co-founder) place "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" ...

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    'Megamind' Soundtrack Features Elvis Presley, George Thorogood & Lots Of Hans Zimmer

    "Megamind" will hit theaters next month, giving parents a new option to take their kids to and is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit considering the currently barren selection of kids' flicks at the box office (and no, "Secretariat" doesn't count; kids don't want to see Olds in weird clothes talking...

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    Scorsese and DiCaprio: A Retrospective

    As part of Paramount's Shutter Island awards campaign, the American Cinematheque is mounting a two-day (Nov. 13-14) retrospective of director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio's partnership, from Gangs of New York and The Aviator to The Departed and Shutter Island. All four films will scre...

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    Five Notes After A Rough Cut Screening

    Five Notes After A Rough Cut Screening

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    The Hobbit's Cast, And A Good Day for New Zealand Cinema

    While Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. deal with the issue of whether or not to shoot The Hobbit in New Zealand, the director has confirmed the casting of the film. (UPDATE: Video of Jackson and co-producer and co-writer Philippa Boyens' NZ TV interview below.)

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