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    Father of the Bride

    One of the most difficult things to pull off in a movie is having a character talk directly to the audience, looking into the camera lens as they do. The suspension of disbelief for the rest of the film is heavily imperiled by so blatantly breaking the fourth wall and including us, the usually unacknowledged watchers. Whereas the device has widespread and easy currency in the theatre—-from the Greek’s Chorus to the Elizabethan’s, from Feydeau’s farcical asides to Thornton Wilder’s Stage Manager in Our Town—-the movies being a far more realistic medium, I can only think of four instances when this has worked with complete success: In the ve...

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    Jessica Alba Is Basically 'A Beautiful Mind' In 'An Invisible Sign' Picked Up By IFC

    Ok, so even though she was awarded a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress, we'll give Jessica Alba some credit here. While the quality control was off, we can't think of any other actress last year whose resume was as varied as Alba's that had "Valentine's Day," "The Killer Inside Me," "Machete" and ...

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    Oscar-Winner Portman "Proud to be Jewish," Speaks Against Galliano's Rant, Gitai's Free Zone Screens

    Natalie Portman may start wearing and selling another perfume. She's standing up for Israel and Judaism as a proud Jewish woman who debuted as Anne Frank on Broadway in 1997. Oscar-winning Portman has cut her ties to Dior's now-fired chief designer John Galliano after his anti-Semitic rant (he'll ha...

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    Review: 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives' Is A Very Difficult, But Deeply Rewarding Film

    The following is a reprint of our review from the Cannes Film Festival.

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    Marketing Is King (Yes, It Is Still So...)

    Today marks the final installment of Orly Ravid's 3-part "If I Was A Filmmaker Going To Sundance..." series. I have been fortunate to have been able to host Orly's look at filmmaker options, both before Sundance, afterwards, and now in reflection. Whereas Part One considered the DIY approach, and ...

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    2011 (Or 12): The Year The Vampire Film's Brain Gets Eaten By The Zombie Genre?

    With Over 20 Zombie-Related Films In Production In Hollywood, Humanizing The Undead Appears To Be The Next TrendSick of bloodsuckers and woe-is-me vampire tales? Inundated by the genre, its addiction and immortality themes that played out in "Twilight" and that are ubiquitous in TV on "True Blood," ...

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    The Playlist Foolishly, and Prematurely, Tries To Predict Best Actor & Actress At The 2012 Oscars

    Yesterday, we took a look at the 10 films we think will be battling it out at the Kodak Theatre for the Oscar roughly 11 months and 3 weeks from now. Today, we've made our picks for the acting categories. In this piece: Best Actor and Actress, and coming up tomorrow, Supporting Actor and Supporting ...

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    SXSW 2011: Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Nelson Doc King of Luck To Close Fest, New Titles

    The SXSW Film Fest closer on March 19 is Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck (pictured), a documentary about country actor/singer/activist Willie Nelson.

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    Disney Teams Tom Hanks & Tim Allen For 'Jungle Cruise'

    With the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise already making Disney a kajillion dollars, the studio has been eager to turn another theme park ride into a movie with a number of projects in the works, however, none have had names of his caliber attached yet.

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    "Dog Sweat" Goes to IndiePix

    Hossein Keshavarz's look at Iran's rebellious youth culture, "Dog Sweat," has been picked up by IndiePix for distribution. Recently nominated for the Acura Someone to Watch Award at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards, the drama has played at festivals worldwide, including in Los Angeles and Tok...

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