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  • Caryn James
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    'Beautiful Creatures': Smarter, Wittier, Better Than 'Twilight'

    Beautiful Creatures, the story of high-school students in love – only one of them with supernatural powers – is bound to be compared to the Twilight movies, but that’s just wrong. Richard LaGravanese’s sumptuous-looking film is crisply directed, wonderfully cast and far wittier than the drippy, earnest Twilight Saga. Better to think of Beautiful Creatures as a Harry Potter substitute with wizards and muggles facing adulthood, a film smart enough to have fun with its magical premise.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mads Mikkelsen Hangs Out With A Skull In New Pic From 'Hannibal'

    Cable networks are free to drop in all the sex and violence that their national broadcast competition can't, which certainly makes it a challenge when competing for viewers. But even so, NBC is hoping they can push the envelope by bringing Hannibal Lecter to the small screen. And they've got a helluva lead in Mads Mikkelsen.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    On the Ground in Berlin

    I arrived in Berlin two days ago from NY after the huge success of The Athena Film Festival.  Did you hear we had a blizzard and people still came.  I missed the opening weekend craziness and after the insanity at the beginning of Sundance, I was really glad not to have to deal with it.  To be honest, this festival has a completely different feel than Toronto and Sundance.  It's just more mellow.  Granted, as I mentioned, I did miss the first weekend when all the industry folks are here so I can't compare apples and apples, but this is way more low key.  I am not innundated with press releases and with events, and I really am ok with that.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    VALENTINE’S DAY PIN-UPS 2013

    With Cupid on the wing, it’s time to show off some vintage Hollywood stills promoting Valentine’s Day—and the movie studios who had their prettiest contract stars pose for these shots. The earliest example features an ingénue whom many of us cherish from her recurring role as Miss Crabtree, the most idealized schoolteacher of all time, in the "Our Gang" comedies of the early 1930s.

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  • The Playlist
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    Who Do You Think He'll Play? 'Game Of Thrones' Star Peter Dinklage Joins 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

    The way things are going, either everyone is going to be on screen for two minutes or "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" is going to be four hours long, as the cast keeps growing and growing. With Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore among the cast already, now another name is coming on board.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Vincent Cassel Is Missing Half His Head In Trippy Red Band Trailer For 'Trance'

    After taking a siesta from movies to go to the stage with "Frankenstein" and tend to the London Olympics, Danny Boyle is coming back hard, and he's keeping it lean and mean. Leaning more towards his early thrillers than his later crowdpleasers, "Trance" is a heist film with an intriguing psychological bend, and apparently a bit more blood than we would have expected. A new red band trailer has arrived and the nervy pic just got even more interesting.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Wolfe Releasing Picks Up 'Four' For Theatrical, VOD, DVD (Wendell Pierce Stars)

    It screens at the at the 3rd annual New Voices In Black Cinema Festival, presented by BAMcinématek and ActNow Foundation, which runs from February 15 - 18, at BAM Rose Cinemas, but ahead of that news, announced this evening, Joshua Sanchez's Four, an adaptation on an off-Broadway play by Christopher Shinn, has been acquired for distribution by Wolfe Releasing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: It's Ad Men vs. Bad Men In Pablo Larrain's Exciting, Funny, Moving 'No' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

    "No" is exactly the kind of film you hope to stumble across -- a film that hadn't been on your radar until buzz from too many quarters too diverse to be ignored made you seek it out, discovering a film that's extraordinarily well-made, superbly acted, funny, human, warm, principled and, yes, as enthrallingly entertaining as it is fiercely moral and intelligent. Set in Chile in 1988, "No" stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Réne, a "creative" at an ad agency. At the start of the film, he's explaining to a group of clients how this spot he's about to show them represents the new, young feeling of Chile, and how it's in tune with the youth of that country and their needs. And then he rolls … a soda commercial, full of shoulderpad-wearing rockers, exultant crowds of youth, and a mime.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Annual Toronto Black Film Festival Announces Line-Up (Runs From February 13th - 17th)

    It started today, but I'm only just learning about the Toronto Black Film Festival, which is why this press release is being posted on the day the festival begins.

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  • The Playlist
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    Abbas Kiarostami Wants To Reteam With Juliette Binoche, Talks 'Like Someone In Love' & Working In New Locations

    Perennial Iranian director/legend Abbas Kiarostami’s second filmmaking-holiday (the first being the wonderful “Certified Copy”) finds him in Japan, observing two days in the life of an unlikely trio: a student moonlighting as a call girl, her aged, patriarchal client, and the woman’s hot-head boyfriend. “Like Someone In Love” contains many of the auteur’s persistent fascinations -- long car rides, lengthy conversation, numerous off camera actions and characters, leisurely pacing -- but has the unfortunate position of coming directly after a very unique, wonderful piece of cinema. Reactions have been quite mixed since its first festival appearance early this year (our man at Cannes was not as impressed while this writer thought it was lovely) but most can agree that it’s a visually stunning film with plenty of substance to ruminate on.

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