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    Short Starts: Watch Jim Henson's Oscar-Nominated "Time Piece"

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an early film by Jim Henson, who created The Muppets.

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  • The Playlist
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    Diablo Cody Says 'Evil Dead' Script Is "Unbelievably Scary," Reveals She'd Be Interested In Returning To The Horror Genre

    Diablo Cody Says 'Evil Dead' Script Is "Unbelievably Scary," Reveals She'd Be Interested In Returning To The Horror Genre

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Introducing "Lost Boy" Pedro Marum

    Pedro is the latest addition to this blog's list of contributors, with one or two more expected within the next week... Read more about this blog's recent evolution here.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    "Planet of Snail": The Best Documentary I've Seen at IDFA

    Seung-Jun Yi's doc "Planet of Snail" is screening here at IDFA and I have to quickly remark that it totally blew me away. And no, it's not a nature documentary about snails. It's a quietly powerful portrait of Young-Chan, a Korean man who is both deaf and blind (he calls himself a "snail" as he can only communicate through touch). At the centre of the story is Young-Chan's relationship with his wife Soon-Ho, who lovingly works as his eyes and ears.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Sankofa" Revisited (L.A. Rebellion Film Series)

    Sankofa is an Akan word meaning roughly, “We must go back and reclaim our past in order to move forward.” Haile Gerima’s cinematic rendering of this is perhaps one of his greatest filmmaking achievements. Screened this weekend as part of the UCLA L.A. Rebellion Film Series at the Hammer Museum, the film follows Shola, a black model who is transported back to a West Indian plantation after participating in a fashion shoot on shores of the slave castles in Ghana. Shola becomes a house slave alongside Shango, a militant Maroon fieldhand and love interest who resists her early warnings to ignore the brutalities committed against others on the plantation. Sexually abused by the plantation’s owner, Shola is drawn to Nunu, an African-born fieldhand and Maroon leader, who ignites her eventual rebellion.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    A Comic Master Gets His Due

    A Comic Master Gets His Due

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Oscar Doc Short-list Short on Social Issues

    When it comes to select areas of the Academy like the documentary or foreign-language branches, it's always near impossible to gauge which films will make the short-list and final cut. I was suprised not to see "Better This World" -- more than even Herzog or Errol Morris -- on the short-list, for example, with its timely social issues about the government crackdown on civil disobedience, and its engaging story and filmmaking style (and its IDA and Gotham noms). Or Steve James' harrowing and emotionally weighty examination of inner-city violence, "The Interrupters," also snubbed. So now what do we have: films about dance, photography, horse whispering, a monkey, Jane Goodall, inner-city football -- it's not exactly global warming.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now: Ari Aster's "The Strange Thing About The Johnsons" Is Short Film Gold

    I woke up early this morning and did my usual web surfing before I had to head out, just like I do most Sunday mornings.  Still somewhat sleepy, I wasn't looking for anything in particular; just something entertaining enough to provide a slight jolt of energy.  What I actually found (on WorldStarHipHop.com, of all places--shout out to them), writer/director Ari Aster's The Strange Thing About The Johnsons, woke me the hell up.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Making Marathon Boy

    Six years ago, in an impoverished corner of India, an orphanage director and a slum boy capture the imagination of their country. Plucked from obscurity and thrust into the national spotlight, Budhia Singh ran 48 marathons by the age of 4, winning hundreds of thousands of fans and making headlines around the world. But what started as a remarkable rags-to-riches saga morphed into a tale of greed, corruption and broken dreams.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Producer Graham King Says He'll Likely Wait For Director Rupert Wyatt To Make 'Londongrad'

    Exclusive: Producer Graham King Says He'll Likely Wait For Director Rupert Wyatt To Make 'Londongrad'

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