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    Fourteen Questions for It's Complicated's Nancy Meyers

    During a few scenes in It's Complicated, the latest comedy from writer-director Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something's Gotta Give), I laughed so hard that tears came out of my eyes.

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    REVIEW | Lingua Romania: "Police, Adjective" Makes for Arresting Tour-De-Force

    While the pay-off in this anti-police procedural comes very late, it caps a minimalist and sardonic tour-de-force from Corneliu Porumboiu, whose "12:08 East of Bucharest" won the award for best first film at Cannes in 2006. This worthy follow-up shows an even more discerning and confident eye from t...

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    REVIEW | Low on Luster, Gilliam's "Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" Winds up a Sideshow

    Marred by shoddy special effects and half-formed fantastical conceits, Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" has the feeling of a comic fantasia desperately seeking to find its rhythm. Nearly abandoned after the sudden death of leading man Heath Ledger prior to completing production ...

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    Brittany Murphy Dies of Heart Attack at 32

    Actress Brittany Murphy has died of a heart attack. She was 32. TMZ broke the news, per usual, reporting that her husband made the 911 call. LA firefighters responded, performing CPR after she collapsed in the shower at her West Hollywood home. She was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest at Cedar Sina...

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    Brittany Murphy Found Dead!?

    Brittany Murphy Found Dead!?

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    Avatar

    Avatar is at once a fascinating and a frustrating movie. I found much of it captivating, and while I resist the hype-driven phrase “immersive experience,” I did find myself drawn into its 3-D world, an extraordinarily rich cinematic environment created, in breathtaking detail, by artists and computers. I didn’t think I could care about odd-looking humanoid characters, but I did. I didn’t think I would relate to the interaction between humans and aliens, but I did. Writer-director James Cameron has delivered on his promise to take filmmaking to another level by fully realizing his imaginative visual concepts of character and design......

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    Oscar Talk Episode Fifteen: Avatar, Nine, It's Complicated, Crazy Heart, Top Ten

    Kris Tapley and I get serious about what's going to happen in the next month. Avatar will gain momentum, we think, while Nine and Invictus could lose it. Which films will make it to the final top ten? We agree on the obvious front-runners. But what could sneak in? Quentin Tarantino likes Star Trek. ...

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    Magnet Brings "Survival" for the U.S.

    U.S. rights to George A. Romero's zombie feature "George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead" have been picked up by Magnolia Pictures' genre label Magnet Releasing. bowed at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals earlier this year. Magnolia's SVP Tom Quinn negotiated the pact with Victoria Cook for Cin...

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    Year-End Tribute to 2009

    Year-End Tribute to 2009

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    Remembering Roy Disney

    I snapped this photo of Roy when we attended the Philadelphia International Film Festival in March, 2007. The only reason he isn't wearing a Hawaiian shirt is that it was wintry that week! The last time I saw Roy E. Disney was in May, when he attended a memorial for Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse. People in the extended Disney family were delighted to see him, but somewhat taken aback at his gaunt appearance. Still, for a man who had battled cancer as vigorously—and optimistically—as he had, he seemed to be in pretty good shap...

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