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    VIDEO ESSAY: Robert Nishimura's THREE REASONS series is a Criterion buff's fantasy

    The Criterion Collection is known for delivering the highest quality standard in video distribution. Their mission statement says it all; it sells “important classic and contemporary films” to cinephiles of all genres and interests. For many DVD collectors, having the Criterion edition of certain titles justifies throwing other versions in the bin. From digital transferring to final package design, Criterion strives to bring the best possible elements to their buyers, often with the director’s own seal of approval. Naturally this kind of attention to detail inspires fanatical devotion among the company's audience. -- and in the sincerest form of flattery, it has inspired imitators. Part of the appeal in seeing a Criterion release is its ornate packaging. The company has an amazing team of in-house designers, as well as a keen eye for independent illustrators who are brought in to give their own unique spin on projects. It truly feels like the golden age of DVD cover design, and with that, Internet forums and tumblr blogs sprang up seemingly overnight with their own fake Criterion covers; simply typing those three words in any search engine will provide hours of visual enjoyment (or disgust, if you are a cover art snob like myself).

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    NYAFF '11 Reviews: 'Vengeance Can Wait,' 'Love And Treachery' & 'Raw Force'

    "Vengeance Can Wait"You may be fooled into thinking “Vengeance Can Wait” is another hardcore Korean revenge drama where the end features someone sobbing over another man’s corpse, both of them overcome with the loss of their souls. But no, thankfully, it’s a Japanese farce, where two roommates pretend to be brother and sister only to find themselves romantically entangled with an old school classmate, with the male roommate still nursing a crush.

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    TNT Cancels "Men of a Certain Age"

    Just a day after lead actor Andre Braugher received an Emmy nomination for his work on the series, TNT has announced that it will not renew Men of a Certain Age for a third season.

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    'Reno 911!' & 'Bridesmaids' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

    The upcoming big screen pregnancy movie keeps growing, with a cast that is getting bigger and a plot that is getting wackier.

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    Civil Rights Documentary "Freedom Riders" Earns 3 Emmy Nominations

    Missing from yesterday's post on the Emmys were the nods to documentary films, specifically that Firelight Media's gripping two-hour documentary Freedom Riders was nominated in three categories.

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    EDWARD COPELAND to Netflix: Drop Dead

    By Edward CopelandPressPlay Contributor

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    'The Descendants' Moves To November 23rd; 'Five Year Engagement' Set For April 27, 2012

    'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Moves To October 21stYou know the drill, so bust your day planner out because you're gonna have to move some things around.

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    The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (w/ Matthew Cherry) Episode 10: "On the Set"

    Here's the latest in our ongoing filmmaker diary series featuring writer/director Matthew Cherry.

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    Poster of the Week

    The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, a.k.a. Kris Kristofferson's Enormous Gumby Legs. Those shadow-puppet hands and their disproportionately large digits, those centaur-like calves, that stern Zeus-ish expression: though ostensibly a dreamlike romance (my best guess from the not-subtle "their love will arouse you" promise at the top) with Yellow Submarine overtones, the film could be mistaken for a horror experiment, based on the nightmare-inducing curves of this monstrous pastel one-sheet. Perhaps the best clue comes from the even-creepier-than-those-of-Psycho demands listed in dangerous red at the bottom: "Like the act of love, this film must be experienced from beginning to end. Therefore, no one will be admitted after the film starts." Does this mean that one won't be sufficiently aroused if he or she misses the better-be-boner-ific opening scenes, and that, more philosophically, one shouldn't be allowed entry midway into an orgy?

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    'Bridesmaids' Co-Writer Annie Mumolo & Robert Smigel Join Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

    Judd Apatow continues to keep it in the family as the ensemble cast for his "Knocked Up" spinoff just keeps getting bigger and bigger, with two more names who have worked with the writer/director/producer board his new film.

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