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  • Shadow and Act
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    Filmmaker John Akomfrah Awarded Routes Laureates Award

    The European Culural Foundation of the Netherlands has unanimously voted to award Ghanaian/British filmmaker John Akomfrah with their 4th Routes Princess Margriet Award of 25,000 Euros.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Chuck' Star Yvonne Strahovski Will Stitch Up Aaron Eckhart's Heart In 'I, Frankenstein'

    We have to admit, we had to look up to see if the NBC comedy "Chuck" was still on (for the record, it is). Anyway, it looks like one of the stars, Yvonne Strahovski, is making the big screen leap having taken a mostly thankless role in the mostly thankless "The Killer Elite," and now signing on to stitch together Aaron Eckhart's heart. Let us explain.

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  • The Playlist
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    Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola & Jane Campion's Daughter Alice Englert To Star In Sally Potter's 'Bomb'

    There aren't many experimental video and performance artists who can also say they've directed a film starring international megastar Johnny Depp, but Sally Potter is one of them. Well, the only one. Making her feature debut with the 1983 Julie Christie film "The Gold Diggers," she came to international attention with her excellent 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf's "Orlando," starring Tilda Swinton, before going on to make "The Tango Lesson," "The Man Who Cried" (which starred Depp and Cate Blanchett), and the underrated, spoken-entirely-in-iambic-pentameter "Yes," with Joan Allen.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Catching Up: Brief Thoughts on Soderbergh's "Contagion."

    Catching Up: Brief Thoughts on Soderbergh's "Contagion."

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  • Press Play
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    Eastwood's "J. Edgar" takes few risks with its controversial subject

    You'd think Clint Eastwood would be the right guy to direct a movie about J. Edgar Hoover. After all, who better to tell the story of the 20th century's most influential law enforcement officer, the man who wrote the rule book on fighting crime only to disregard those rules when they prevented him from getting his man, than Dirty Harry himself? Or, to be less obvious, what would the man responsible for White Hunter Black Heart, A Perfect World and Million Dollar Baby — movies about men who defied authority, be it Hollywood, the law or God — bring to the life story of the man who held authority over the country for nearly 50 years? Alas, Clint Eastwood's stately biopic J. Edgar is a frustrating experience. For nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes we are held captive by the possibility of a major revelation or insight into a man whose obsession with cataloging every single detail of a person's personal and professional lives foretold the collapse of privacy. We get hints, intimations and suggestions of darker urges that shaped Hoover's behavior, but nothing concrete about the man's personality, and no attitude whatsoever toward his actions. Eastwood mistakes vagueness for ambiguity and puts us in the position of being armchair psychiatrists.

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  • Caryn James
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    Martin Scorsese and Jon Stewart: Thomas Edison Invented Movie Piracy

    Martin Scorsese talked to Jon Stewart last night about Hugo – a truly magical film about a boy and the love of movies. And, as Stewart pointed out, a film with a much lower body count than he expected from Scorsese.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Bloody Good By Katie O'Grady

    What’s the worst thing a woman can do to another woman in a grocery store? Nope. You can’t guess, but our film opens with it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Bin Laden Drama Now Set For December 19, 2012

    If you thought next month's calendar of movie releases was tight, you ain't seen nothing yet as December 2012 is already shaping up to be veritable car crash of Oscar contenders and blockbusters movies, with one more now stepping into the fray.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Muppets' Is Inspirational, Celebrational & One Of The Year's Best Films

    Watching "The Muppets," the Jason Segel-spearheaded effort to re-launch Jim Henson's furry friends and familiar faces into the new millennium after years of corporate tussling and fallow creative hibernation, I wasn't pulled in by having emblems of my youth shoved down my throat with the sickly-sweet toxic oil of retrograde fond remembrance and fuzzy post-modern self-awareness. Instead, I was engaged by the characters, the plot, the message and the medium of the Muppets themselves -- decidedly low-tech puppets in an age when computer-generated imagery makes the imagination both limitless and, too often, lifeless on-screen.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Claymation T is for Toilet Wins Next Great Horror Filmmaker Contest, Joins The ABCs of Death

    Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have named Lee Hardcastle's "T IS FOR TOILET" (watch it below) the winner of their “next great horror filmmaker” contest, which now finalizes the lineup of "The ABCs of Death," their film anthology with segments directed by over two dozen filmmakers. With 26 chapters each designated to a letter of the alphabet, the film was inspired by children's education books and allows each filmmaker to chose a word to represent a form of death based on their given letter. Magnet Releasing will debut the film in 2012.

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