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    Sign The Online Petition To Free Jafar Panahi

    Read what's below, and then please click here and sign (and consider a small donation). This is a horrible tragedy that deserves significant, devoted attention from the world film community.

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    Exclusive: Olivier Assayas' 'Carlos' Headed To The Criterion Collection In 2011

    Release Will Contain Both The Extended Television & Theatrical CutsYesterday, we spoke with Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, where he shared with us plans for the new Sundance Selects distribution arm and SundanceNow online rental service. We took the opportunity of our conversation with Sehring to ask about the company's current relationship with with The Criterion Collection which has seen them license a number of titles to the boutique label including "Hunger," "Che," "Gomorrah," and "Fish Tank." Sehring said IFC will continue to work with Criterion Collection saying, "Our relationship with Criterion has been a very good o...

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    Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?

    - Black Swan offers fuel for an Art vs. Science debate. Consider these professional-opinion-posturings on Black Swan ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) and her mental state. Nadine Kaslow (Dept. of Psychiatry, Emory University) says: "It was intense and disturbing and fascinating and mysterious…What w...

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    Trailer Watch: Saorise Ronan Stars as Assassin Hanna

    The film tradition of young women killers is long: from Natalie Portman in The Professional and Anne Parillaud and Bridget Fonda as Femme Nikita to Jennifer Garner in Alias and Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass. Now we have a new entrant in the category: Saorise Ronan in Hanna (April 8), a Focus Features fil...

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    Video: 1982 "TRON" Holiday Special

    I posted that last video too soon. If you want to really laugh today, this is the thing to watch. Obviously modeled after the cheesy "Star Wars" holiday special, the guys at Funny or Die give us an idea of what a "TRON" special might have looked like back in 1982. It starts out good and then keeps g...

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    A Petition for Panahi.

    Yesterday's news about the enslavement of Jafar Panahi -- for the second time this year -- must be seen one of the biggest tragedies of the year. Panahi's absence at Cannes this year, where he was technically part of the jury headed by Tim Burton, did not receive proper coverage from the mainstream media: The oppression of Panahi by the Iranian government has not been widely understood as the chief representation of contemporary fascist censorship, but that's exactly what it is. Outside of fellow Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's public statements at the festival on his colleague's behalf, the most significant actions taken at Cannes were ...

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    First Look: Jonah Hill In David Gordon Green's 'The Sitter'

    David Gordon Green is a machine (best rhyme ever). The director spent the last year putting the finishing touches on his upcoming medieval stoner comedy "Your Highness," acting as a producer on the cult hit comedy show "Eastbound & Down" (sorry, we actually don't understand the appeal here) and this...

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    My 20 Best Films of 2010

    It's finally comes down to the time to make a top ten list of the best films of 2010. In fact, my list has already been up on indieWIRE for a few days. But instead of reiterating it here, I've decided to blog against character and remove the numbers and let not just 10 but 20 films speak - alphabeti...

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    Academy Disqualifies Scores For 'Black Swan,' 'True Grit' and Others From Oscar Consideration

    The trouble with the Academy awards, and indeed in putting too much stock in them, is that you're relying on the decisions being made by a relatively small, aging group of people. In many ways, things are improving -- Academy membership is getting younger, and it's starting to show: we can't imagine...

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    Watch: Trailer For Teenage Assassin Flick 'Hanna' Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana & Cate Blanchett

    The trailer for Joe Wright's teenage assassin picture "Hanna" just dropped. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett, the film centers on a 14-year-old (Ronan) who was raised by her father (Bana) to be a coldhearted killing machine and then connects with a French family who look to help ...

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