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    Oscar Contenders 'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within' & 'Monsieur Lazhar' Get U.S. Distribution

    Unless you've been a regular at a few film festivals or happen to be from the native country, it's pretty hard to stay on top of all the foreign film Oscar contenders before they get whittled down to the eventual five. But two more movies looking for Oscar gold have just picked up U.S. distribution, giving you a shot to check them out for yourselves.

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    First Poster For Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' Arrives

    Get ready, because the Oscar campaign and marketing push for Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is about to begin. While we got a teaser trailer for the film this summer, "War Horse" is one of the small handful of awards season pics that has yet to be screened for anybody at all. Spielberg doesn't need the reassurance of the fall festival circuit or any early thumbs up from critics because his track record stands on its own. But will audiences want to deal with a WWI movie during the holiday season? We're betting that since it's coming from Spielberg, they won't mind one bit.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Kevin K Shah on "Making A Contemporary American Art Film"

    We make films to have a dialogue with our audience & communities. Our viewers, and how we connect with them, is such a bit part of the equation, that we spend a TREMENDOUS amount of time discussing the business: how do we discover films? how do we aggregate audiences? how do we achieve a sustainable career? And so on and so on and so on.The answer always remains the question of "How do we make better films?". I am a big believer that all filmmakers need to know what they love (and how to strive to achieve it). I am also a believer that audiences benefit from the same knowledge. I know we don't discuss this enough. It's personal. It is difficult to articulate. But we must make the effort. It's worth it. We can build it better together. Thankfully Kevin Shah has stepped forward; someone always needs to get on the dance floor first!

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  • Caryn James
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    Breakout Director Jeff Nichols on "Take Shelter" and Fear Fatigue (Video Interview)

    Jeff Nichols may not be a familiar name, but no young writer-director - he's 32 - is better poised to make a leap from the unknown. His second film, Take Shelter, which Sony Pictures Classics will release on Friday, is simply one of the smartest, most gripping indies to come along in a while.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Restored Print Of Seminal South African Realist Classic "Come Back, Africa" To Be Released

    This I need to see... because I've actually never seen it. From Africa Is A Country:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch A Recap Of "Luther" Starring Idris Elba Before Wednesday's Season Debut

    The new season starts tomorrow for an S&A favorite, Luther. The show stars Idris Elba as maverick Det.John Luther and in each episode of this suspenseful series, the murderer's identity is known from the start, focusing the drama on the psychological duel between predator and prey.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Box Office Scandal: Circuit Dealing Pervades Small Towns, Flagship vs. Century Theatres

    In a David vs. Goliath face-off, indie-owned Flagship Theaters recently won an appeal in its crusade against Cinemark’s Century Theatres. Does the age-old practice of circuit dealing — an unethical way for chain exhibitors to muscle studios — still persist? Anthony D’Alessandro digs further into this taboo topic: What is circuit dealing, exactly? It’s a predatory film booking practice whereby multiplex chains strong-arm studios for product in a specific market. If a studio decides to book with the competition in a given community, usually a Mom-and-Pop venue, then the exhibitor will threaten to bar that film (or future films) from playing the entire chain.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rewriting "Sparkle" - Whitney Houston's "Effie" Will Not Be A Maid

    The remake of “Sparkle” is on the road to starting next month. Whitney Houston, already announced, will play Jordin Sparks‘s mother. In this version, Whitney’s character will not be a maid but a former R&B star who’s gone back to the church. I am told that Whitney will sing two gospel songs in the film.

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    LIFE'S WORK: THE FILMS OF ROMAN POLANSKI - Chapter 2: Spaces

    Roman Polanski has been making films for five decades now. His latest film Carnage is yet another of his works that takes place within a single, confining location, the better to allow Polanski to explore social, political and sexual issues. From his student shorts at the National Film School in Łódź to his early features Knife in the Water and Repulsion through his more recent films The Pianist and The Ghost Writer, Polanski has consistently explored how a physical space can affect a character's mental state.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Lineup; "Shame," "Le Havre," "Being Elmo" & Others Make The Cut

    I don't think we've ever really covered the Philadelphia Film Festival, so this might be our first mention; maybe because, this year, they'll be showing a number of films we've highlighted on Shadow And Act; which means, if you live in the Philly area, you'll get your chance to see them all, before much of the rest of the country does.

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