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    Daily Read: Shutter Island Reaction, Tarantino Goes West, Smith Fights Southwest

    In case some of these stories got past you, Amy Dawes rounds up the day's industry news: While confessing to some fatigue at its length, Screen's Tim Grierson generally raves about the pulpy thrills of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, which premiered out of competition Saturday at the Berlin film f...

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    Baumbach's "Greenberg": Lost Souls Connect in Los Angeles

    Opposites attract in Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg," the fifth feature film from Noah Baumbach ("Margot at the Wedding," "The Squid and the Whale," "Mr. Jealousy," "Kicking and Screaming"). Brooklyn native Baumbach wrote the story with his wife...

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    Taken By Trees @ Union Hall

    Taken By Trees @ Union Hall

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    Berlinale 60: Day Two, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Beautiful Darling, My Name is Khan

    Here is Meredith Brody's Berlin Diary, Day Two:

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    Screenwriters Talk Up, The Hurt Locker, Precious, Up in the Air, Star Trek

    Every writer on this year's annual Santa Barbara Film Festival "It Starts with a Script" panel wrote a screenplay that was personal, on some level--even Up writer-director Pete Docter and Star Trek's Alex Kurtzman. And they all mixed up their genres, too.

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    Berlinale Critics Notebook: The undeniable ‘find’ of the festival, so far?

    It was 106F the day I left Sydney, at the end of a four-month visit with family and friends. By the time I got home to Berlin, on the evening of January 26, it was -4F. The cold was dry and tense and lacerating; you felt hollowed out by it. But far worse were the pavements: thickened with weeks of c...

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    Scorsese's "Shutter Island" Thrills Berlinale

    The 60th Berlinale saved its star power for the Saturday night slot here in Berlin, with Martin Scorsese offering the splashy premiere of his 50s American mystery thriller, "Shutter Island." The premiere tonight packed in crowds around the fest's showcase venue, the Berlinale Palast. Despite continu...

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    Photographer Brigitte Lacombe on Charlie Rose

    One of my favorite photographers is French-born Brigitte Lacombe, who talked to Charlie Rose on the publication of her photo book: Lacombe: Anima/ Persona. It all started with Dustin Hoffman at Cannes. Great interview, in case you missed it:

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    Berlinale 60 Day One: Apart Together, Backless Zellweger

    Intrepid San Francisco film and food writer Meredith Brody will be filing daily reports from the Berlin International Film Festival (as will indieWIRE, which picks 20 films to watch). Here's diary number one:

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    Oscar Talk Episode 21: On the Campaign Trail

    This week Kris Tapley and I cover Oscar activity at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and in town, and keep debating the best actress, actor, picture and director race. Does Up in the Air or Inglourious Basterds have a fighting chance?

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