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    Melancholia

    I had really no desire to see Melancholia the new film by Lars von Trier because the guy is such an ass and every time he opens his mouth he inserts his foot into it.  But when Kirsten Dunst won best actress at Cannes I was intrigued, and then when other smart folks whose opinions I value also mentioned the film, I decided to suck it up and try and see it which I was able to do last month when I was traveling in Berlin.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Darryl Roberts' "America The Beautiful 2" Opening In More Cities

    Filmmaker Darryl Roberts' new documentary America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments, the sequel to his earlier successful 2008 doc in which he took on the plastic surgery and cosmetic industry, is opening in more cities across the country after its sold out runs in N.Y, L.A., New Canaan CT, Dallas and other cities.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Yes, That's A Penis In The First Clip From Guy Maddin's 'Keyhole'

    Well, if anything, Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin is anything but predictable. The filmmaker has been carving out his own little corner in the film world, with movies that play like a hybrid of classic cinema of the past poured through David Lynch's fever dreams and then spun by Maddin into something uniquely his own. His is a particular flavor to get attuned with, but once you do, you definitely want to drink deep.

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    Review: 'Pete Smalls Is Dead' A Caper Comedy That Doesn't Quite Cut It

    Review: 'Pete Smalls Is Dead' A Caper Comedy That Doesn't Quite Cut It

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Athena Film Festival Trailer Contest

    The Athena Film Festival, a celebration of women and leadership, held from February 9-12, 2012 at Barnard College in New York today announces a competition for the creation of a film festival trailer. The 30 second to one-minute trailer will be used to promote the festival on-line and in other media and will run prior to the screening of festival films.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Traffic' Oscar-Winner Stephen Gaghan Polishes M. Night Shyamalan's Will Smith Vehicle 'One Thousand A.E.'

    Of the many, many problems of the recent output of M. Night Shyamalan, perhaps first among them is that he's simply not as good a writer as he is a director. He handles the early parts of "Signs" with a disciplined tautness worthy of Spielberg, but throws it away on a teeth-grittingly nonsensical 'God has a plan' ending. He writes himself into "Lady in the Water" as a soon-to-be-martyred author whose work will eventually lead to world peace. He printed out "The Happening" and sent it to his agent, rather than putting it in a box, setting fire to the box, taking the ashes and putting them in a lead-sealed concrete vault a mile underground, as he should have done.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Gemma Arterton

    This is the third time that Gemma has gotten this mention. This young woman talks about being a feminist in her interviews and embraces it unlike any other high profile female actresses. She talks about feminism because it is so comfortable to her. She talks about it because that is who she is. And let's be real. It doesn't necessarily help her career to talk about these issues which include her criticizing the industry. But she does it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Max Irons Lands Other Male Lead Opposite Saoirse Ronan In Andrew Niccol's 'The Host'

     "In Time" didn't quite provide the comeback that some were hoping for for writer/director Andrew Niccol, who penned "The Truman Show" and directed "Gattaca." Despite playing in the helmer's wheelhouse of big-idea sci-fi, the film was poorly received, more "S1mone" than "Lord of War," and a damp squib at the box office. Fortunately, Niccol already had his next film lined up, and it's something with an built-in fanbase that should make it a better bet, commercially at least.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Gayle King To Join CBS' "The Early Show" As Co-Host

    I've always thought that Gayle King was one of the luckiest persons on the planet.. Someone with no real discernible talent who's rich and famous and who has had a couple of TV shows, and one currently on the Oprah Winfrey Network, only because she's someone's friend. That friend of course being the Big O.

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  • The Playlist
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    It's More 'CSI' For Quentin Tarantino As Rex Linn Joins 'Django Unchained'

    In case you forgot, Quentin Tarantino, among many other things, is a "CSI" fan. You may remember that a few years ago, Tarantino made a rare TV venture, directing "Grave Danger," the two episode season five finale of show. Well, it appears he watches the spinoff shows as well.

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