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    First Look At Newcomer James Howson In Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights'

    Andrea Arnold seems to enjoy working with raw, unpolished talent. She directed the completely unknown Katie Jarvis to huge critical praise in "Fish Tank" and the director is hoping to repeat that success with James Howson, another newcomer who landed the lead role in the forthcoming adaptation of "Wuthering Heights."

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    REVIEW: ATTACK THE BLOCK has swagger and brains

    By Simon AbramsPress Play Contributor

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: 'The Guard' Star Brendan Gleeson Says The McDonagh Brothers Have a Friendly Rivalry

    Fueled by an Ennio Morricone-style score by Calexico, "The Guard" is essentially a classic Western set in Connemara, Ireland. If "The Guard" is "High Noon," then that makes star Brendan Gleeson the (much fouler) equivalent of Gary Cooper. Gleefully provoking with comments like, "Why don't you fuck off to America with your Barack O'Fucking Bama?" Gleeson's Gerry Boyle may say--and do--villainous things, but he's the good-hearted soul of this black comedy from director John Michael McDonagh, brother of Martin McDonagh of "In Bruges" fame. Surrounded by corruption, Sergeant Boyle is forced to pair up with a visiting FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to investigate murder and drug trafficking in his small Galway Country town.

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    L.A. Shorts Fest On Now

    LA Shorts Fest is going on now!!! This is a great place to find great shorts for the web, the mobile, films to motivate in business, school, social groups, social networking. It is quite a prestigious festival; the winners are sent to the Academy Award selection committee.

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    Watch: Ryan Gosling Tries To Find Integrity In Politics In Trailer For 'The Ides Of March'

    In this weekend's "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Ryan Gosling plays a super-confident, smooth-talking, charming ladies' man and it looks like he's reprising that role again only this time, his easy smile and perfect hair will only go so far.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    A December to Remember

    I know that December seems really far away, especially since most of the country is sweltering, and while I'm sure I will hate my winter coat and my boots by December, I sure won't hate the AMAZING women that are going to onscreen that month.

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    Review: 'Point Blank' Is An Energetic, But Utterly Pointless French Thriller

    "French thriller" is one of those phrases, like "German chocolate" and "Swedish pop record," that inspires enthusiastic excitement even when, perhaps, it shouldn't. Take, for example, this week's "Point Blank," directed by Fred Cavayé (whose "Pour Elle" was remade as Paul Haggis' pitiable "The Next Three Days"), which from the outset seemed to carry with it all the trademarks of a great French thriller – energetic, stylish, edgy. It's being marketed as the next "Tell No One," Guillaume Canet's massive crossover hit. But unlike that film, "Point Blank" isn't based on a best selling American novel and also, it's just not very good.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: David Geertz "Are Indie Filmmakers Slave Drivers?"

    How do we truly think about film? Do we ignore the truth even when it is right before our eyes? Are we sometimes willing to compromise our ethics in order to achieve our creative goal? Would we be willing to defer that goal in order to maintain the ethical standards that we otherwise embrace?I named David Geertz as one of Hope For Film's Brave Thinkers (2009 Edition) for a new start up he had then. That venture may now be gone, but David is still very much a Brave Thinker, as his guest post below, and his commitment to more, attests.

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    If You Missed It...Listen To The S&A Season Finale Podcast With Special Guest Melee Entertainment

    Guess what? If you missed the season finale podcast with the S&A crew yesterday, you get to listen now! We talked about the cancellation of Monique's BET talk show and Sergio gave us a hot tip on her possible replacement. We also chatted about Zoe Saldana's recent comments.

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    Brendan Gleeson Brings His Best Filthy Irish Cowboy Act to "The Guard"

    “The Guard” is not a fish-out-of-water buddy cop comedy. It sure looks like one on the surface and that’s certainly how it’s being advertised. Yet John Michael McDonagh’s new crime flick is really marvelously gray character study, led by one of the best character actors working today. Brendan Gleeson’s Sergeant Boyle is one of the most intriguing and well-constructed onscreen policemen we’ve seen in the last few years. Thematically dark and morally ambiguous, “The Guard” creates a richly inflected portrait of a lawman standing alone in the gloomy Galway landscape.

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