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    And the Oscar Goes to... Godard!

    "Let's be clear, this ain't the Hersholt Humanitarian Award," screenwriter Phil Robinson clarified last night, standing to salute Jean Luc-Godard and carefully noting that the Swiss director was being awarded the honorary Oscar for his artistic achievement.

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Megamind' Continues Dominance Of CGI Toons

    If you market them well enough (hint: firebomb children's shows) and have a decent release date, really any CG-toon can bring in the business. It doesn't help if your premise is obscured by ads ("Legend of the Guardians," "Planet 51") but as long as you have a clear concept that makes sense for kids...

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    Weekend Box Office: Megamind Slows Unstoppable; Morning Glory Stalls in Fourth Place

    Mighty Megamind held off all takers with an estimated $30-million on its second weekend, while well-reviewed Denzel Washington actioner Unstoppable followed behind with $23.5 million, and newsroom comedy Morning Glory took a miserable fourth place--after raunch-fest holdover Due Date and VFX-crammed newcomer Skyline. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Superhero toon Megamind put the brakes on runaway train movie Unstoppable at the weekend box office.  The Paramount/DreamWorks animated title remained more powerful than a locomotive in its second session, maintaining first place with $30.1 million at 3,949 theaters while Tony Scott’s choo-choo action...

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    Carl Rinsch Drops Out Of 'Logan's Run'; Directing '47 Ronin' With Keanu Reeves Instead

    10 Million Screenwriters On 'Logan' Project Might Not Have Helped Its ChancesWhere do you know the name Cark Erik Rinsch? He was a commercias director and Ridley Scott protege that had made such an impression on Scott with his sci-fi short "The Gift" that the director originally wanted him to helm t...

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    'Wolverine 2' Now Simply Called 'The Wolverine'; Darren Aronofsky Calls Film A "One Off"

    Aronofsky's Regular Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Will Lens FilmA few new details on the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" sequel have emerged. Yes, we're still wrapping our heads (in disbelief) around the fact that Darren Aronofsky ("The Fountain," "The Wrestler") is going to be directing this thing, ...

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    Five Easy Pieces

    Heralding the explosion of the New Hollywood—-half a decade after the conclusive fall of the old studio system—-were three successful, independent, small-budget, personal films of a kind not seen before in American pictures: In 1968, John Cassavetes’ brilliant Faces, shot in his own house and backyard in grainy black-and-white with explosively real and honest performances; in 1969, the Peter Fonda-Dennis Hopper counter-culture triumph, Easy Rider, which first set up Jack Nicholson, and which became an enduring pop-culture icon; and in 1970, the movie that not only assured Nicholson’s ascendance to major stardom but made him an emblem of his ...

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    Todd Haynes Talks Creation And Legacy Of Debut Feature 'Poison'

    Almost 20 years later, Todd Haynes's debut feature is still a sucker punch to the gut. Erratic and experimental, playful and dark, IFC is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a week long exhibition of a new 35mm print at their theater in New York City. Probably the strangest (and strongest) first impression to give to the film world, "Poison" follows three interwoven stories, done in completely different styles to best illustrate the issue at hand. "Hero" is an extremely 90s faux TV documentary consisting of talking head townsfolk, the subject being the recent murder of a man by his son, who flew away after the crime. "Horror," a B-movie dri...

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    Ryan Reynolds Has Gangrene In Sneak Peek Of 'Green Lantern'

    We've seen Superman and Batman from the DC Comics stable, so who's next? The ringed hero of "Green Lantern" has emerged with a first look, courtesy of "Entertainment Tonight," and they've provided a tease of new footage ostensibly for the film's trailer to be seen in front of next week's "Harry Pott...

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    Review: 'Tiny Furniture' Is A Verbose Mess

    This is a reprint of a review we originally ran during the Independent Film Festival Boston.

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    Rachel McAdams Embraces Her Funny Side In 'Morning Glory'

    Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna Also Talks Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'The last time director Roger Michell was in New York, it was to shoot “Changing Lanes,” a dark character drama about two men who find themselves tragically intertwined after a car accident. So how did he get to “Morning Glory,” the new comedy from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production house? “It had to rain every day on the film, we have to make it really rainy and dirty,” Michell recalls of the shoot. “Our strategy for this film was that, while you’re inside in these claustrophobic offices, you have to make the film really breathe, to make the film kind of have a spring...

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