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    Watch: Unexpectedly Beautiful Trailer For Michael Polish's Sundance Entry 'Big Sur'

    The Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner, and for fans of the Beats who didn't get their fill with Walter Salles' "On The Road," two more movies are being unveiled at Park City that will be trying to capture their spirt. A bit more high profile is "Kill Your Darlings," with an all star cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Ben Foster, David Cross, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh and more. But one flying under the radar is Michael Polish's "Big Sur," an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's famed book - and this trailer should bring it fresh attention.

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    Roger Ross Williams Talks Inspiration, Motivation, Lessons In His Doc 'God Loves Uganda'

    Roger Ross Williams Talks Inspiration, Motivation, Lessons In His Doc 'God Loves Uganda'

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Jennifer Lawrence Calls Acting Stupid, Stares at Meryl Streep, Remains Insanely Likeable

    Another day, another reason to want to be best friends with Jennifer Lawrence. With Oscar nominations looming on January 10th, Lawrence, who is a nomination shoo-in for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, recently deemed acting “stupid” in her upcoming Vanity Fair cover story.

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  • The Playlist
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    Oscar Show Will Feature Tribute To James Bond Franchise

    Right next to discussing the performance of the Oscar host (this year it's "Family Guy" creator and "Ted" director Seth MacFarlane), the post-show conversation usually oscillates around the ratings. While the Oscars are second most-watched annual TV event behid the Super Bowl (seriously), the demographic that continues to be elusive are those all important youngsters, but this year it seems a push is being made not only to snare teens (again, MacFarlane) but hopefully some of the people around the world who helped make "Skyfall" a $1 billion dollar global success.

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    More Concept Art From Pixar's Canceled 'Newt' Emerges

    Of course it’s a crying shame whenever a Pixar project gets put into turnaround because of the obvious potential that any Pixar project inherently has. What’s even more disappointing about the cancellation of “Newt” (which was originally scheduled to hit cinemas in 2012) was brought about due to similarities with Blue Sky Animation’s crushingly mediocre “Rio.” Even if narratively the two films would have been similar, we’re convinced that the Pixar effort would have had more to offer than "Rio" did, and see if you can disagree based on this latest batch of concept art that was created for the film.

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    When Are Films Political? This is Not a Film

    After a successful theatrical run that began with exclusive engagements in late February at New York's Film Forum and Laemmle's Music Hall in Los Angeles, This is Not a Film, co-directed by Jafar Panahi and Motjaba Mirtahmasb, remains one of the best-reviewed films of the year and is now the Official Documentary Shortlist for the 2013 Academy Award.

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    David Cronenberg Calls Awards Season Process "Bullshit, Annoying & Problematical"; Weighs In On 48fps

    When David Cronenberg talks, it’s obligatory to listen, and when he describes the awards process as “all bullshit” well, quite frankly it’s hard to disagree. Sure, we all have a load of fun watching the awards from the outside but there’s always that nagging feeling that we shouldn’t really be ranking art. Cronenberg was asked by Movieline whether or not it bothered him that “Cosmopolis “isn't being discussed more as a contender" for the Oscars, and here’s what he had to say:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Are You Ready For The 'Best Funeral Ever' Reality TV Show?

    I don't know about you, but I'm getting the queasy feeling that this new TLC reality show is going to be all kinds of ratchet.

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    Exclusive: Wood Harris Confirmed for 'Sweetwater' Biopic; 2014 Playoffs Target Release Date

    Written and directed by Martin Guigui, award-winning filmmaker who has helmed several shorts and films, along with music themed documentaries about Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Sun Ra's, the long-in-gestation screen biopic titled Sweetwater seems to be moving full speed ahead.

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    Review: 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Is Flatter Than Texas Roadkill

    Carl Mazzocone, the producer of the new horror remake/sequel "Texas Chainsaw 3D" (yes, the word "Massacre" isn't even part of the title – more on that in a minute), a former executive who oversaw the lucrative "Saw" series, has made it a point of saying how this is a true follow-up to Tobe Hooper's watershed original (1974's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"). The first part of a proposed six-film franchise (yes, seriously), Mazzocone and his confederates have also chosen to bypass every entry in the series since the original, including Hooper's own, highly underrated sequel, two additional films (one by original co-writer Kim Henkel), and a pair of glossy remakes shepherded by that king of the understatement, Michael Bay. But what makes "Texas Chainsaw 3D" so striking is that for a movie with such clear reverence for the original, it fundamentally misunderstands (or simply ignores) what made the first film such a groundbreaking classic.

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