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    Ethiopia's First Academy Award Submission

    This year for the first time in history, an Ethiopian film, The Athlete aka Atletu (ISA: Arrow), has been submitted to the Academy for consideration for the Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film. Over the years, the Best Foreign Language Film Award has been given almost exclusively to European films: out of the 62 awards handed out by the Academy since 1947 to foreign language films, fifty-one have gone to European films, five to Asian films, three to films from the Americas, and three to African films (1969 Z from Algeria directed by Costa Gavras who is French, 1976 Black and White in Color directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud who is F...

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    'Made In Dagenham' Soundtrack Features James Brown, Dusty Springfield, The Kinks & More

    "Made In Dagenham" is the story about the fight for women's rights set against the backdrop of 1960s England, and as we noted in our review, the film features "a solid soundtrack that is interesting, largely because it doesn’t feature songs that are overused for the period." And as the official rele...

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    Neil LaBute May Direct Film Version Of Stephen Sondheim's Musical 'Company'

    For a man who's long been a giant in the field of musical theater, it's somewhat surprising that Stephen Sondheim hasn't been more of a feature on the big screen. Sure, there was his score for Alain Resnais' "Stavisky," a few original songs for Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy" and co-writing the script ...

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    Mark Wahlberg Attached To Star In Black Listed Neo-Noir 'Broken City'

    Plan Is For Allen Hughes To Direct The week leading up to Thanksgiving is always a quiet one, and this week was no exception -- there's been very little news to go round. So thank the god of movie blogs for Mark Wahlberg, who seems to have caused about 75% of all news stories this week. He's not in...

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    Review: 'Burlesque' Is Trashy Fun, Until It's Not

    In "Burlesque," the gaudy new movie musical, Christina Aguilera plays a buxom nobody from Iowa who comes to the big city in search of fame and money, although she's such a cipher that this might be the audience projecting motivation on a character that simply seems to glide through whole sequences, sometimes quite literally. After a painfully inept "looking for a job" montage that gives the term "workmanlike" a bad name, she comes across a squat building on Sunset Boulevard that promises "The Best View on the Sunset Strip - Without Any Windows." Inside, Alan Cumming, grabbing every second of screen time he has and devouring it carnivorously, ...

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    Alternate 'Inception' Poster Revealed, Christopher Nolan Talks Theories About The Film's Ending

    An alternate poster for "Inception" has been revealed and well, it's pretty clear to see why it was an alternate. The stars remain figures in the distance as the cityscape curls up around them and really, it's not as striking as the official one sheets and character posters that got the thumbs up. B...

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    Liam Neeson Means Business On Poster For 'Unknown'

    Liam Neeson holding a gun on a blue tinted poster only means one thing: it's yet another vehicle for the thespian to show that if push comes to shove and somebody kidnaps his daughter or frames him for a crime he didn't commit or in this case, steals his identity, he is going to unleash some serious...

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    Emma Stone Won't Be Hanging Out At '21 Jump Street' With Jonah Hill

    Shooting On 'Spider-Man' Starts In 2 WeeksBummer. Once the rising Emma Stone signed on for "Spider-Man" we sort of figured this would happen but held out a glimmer of hope that with "21 Jump Street" shooting early-ish next year (filming was pushed back slightly on the film), somehow she would be abl...

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    2010 Box Office Turkeys and Why They're Important

    The annual Thanksgiving-themed look at the biggest box office "turkeys" of the year is up at Forbes.com, and in order the major flops of 2010 are as follows: "Jonah Hex," "Extraordinary Measures," "Repo Men," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," "Let Me In," "Splice," "MacGruber," "Green Zone," "Furry Vengeance," "From Paris With Love," "Charlie St. Cloud" and "Edge of Darkness." Interestingly enough, many of these have their own significant followings. "Scott Pilgrim" is the geek favorite of the year. "MacGruber" has been (wrongly in my opinion) deemed a new comedy classic by many. "Let Me In" tops a best of 2010 list compiled by Stephen King, who...

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    Exit Through The Gift Shop Now On VOD; DVD December 14

    The mysterious Exit Through The Gift Shop--the story of how a shopkeeper-filmmaker (Thierry Guetta) tried for five years to make a documentary about street art, only to meet British stencil graffiti artist Banksy, who turned the camera on Guetta instead--has been full of surprises from the start.

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