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    TIFF: National Geographic's Battsek Acquires The First Grader

    With his first fall festival buy since he took over National Geographic Films, ex-Miramax president Daniel Battsek has acquired U.S. rights for Toronto and Telluride title The First Grader. Battsek had been looking for just the right movie that would fit into the National Geographic mandate to revea...

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    REVIEW | Leaving New York Again, Woody Allen Does Fine with "Stranger"

    With each new movie Woody Allen directs, it grows increasingly clear that leaving New York was the best decision he made in ages. Two years ago, Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" freed the quintessentially neurotic comic from his out-of-touch depictions of American urbanity by letting Spanish flavo...

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    Abe Sylvia Talks "Dirty Girl"

    One very last morsel of coverage from the Toronto International Film Festival... Here's video from an interview I did with "Dirty Girl" director Abe Sylvia at the filmmaker's lounge. Please excuse how awkward I am, and enjoy how charming and genuine Mr. Sylvia is, a man who enjoyed a very successful...

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    Salon The Town Review Attacks Affleck for Celebrity Malaise

    While the rest of the world is restoring Ben Affleck to star status after his well-reviewed and well-attended The Town opening, Salon's Andrew O'Hehir is playing Armond White. He detects "troubling signs of celebrity malaise" in The Town, compared to Affleck's directorial debut Gone Baby Gone: "you...

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    Let Me Go

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    Contraband Stars Beckinsale, Wasikowska vs. Phoenix, Panettiere as Amanda Knox

    - Working Title is remaking 2008 thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam (Iceland's 2009 Oscar submission) for American audiences. Kate Beckinsale will reportedly star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the retitled Contraband. He plays an alcohol smuggler-turned-security guard being lured back into below-ground busine...

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    Update Your App!

    The Hurt Locker is one of 365 new entries in the 2011 Movie Guide and its app!

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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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