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    'Hitchcock' Gets Nifty Old School Poster

    So, how has the Oscar race changed since last night's unveiling of the "unfinished" "Lincoln" at the New York Film Festival? Not much, except that Steven Spielberg's historical drama might not be the multiple-category, firebreathing contender some said it was on paper. Best Picture, Supporting Actor, Director and perhaps Adapted Screenplay noms seem a lock, but even they do not look guaranteed as wins, not even Daniel Day-Lewis whose subtler turn might not be the showy performance voters expect. So, who could steal this thunder? How about Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in "Hitchcock"?

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    Watch: Vintage Style Arcade Ad For 'Wreck-It-Ralph'

    With Pixar seemingly in a slump -- “Brave” had a mixed reaction, while the less said about “Cars 2” the better -- and other animation houses releasing their own solid films (last year’s “Puss In Boots” was better than it had any right to be) could the time be right for Disney to finally release something good on their own? The upcoming video-game-set (and influenced) “Wreck-It Ralph” seems like it has as much potential as anything the Mouse House has done in recent years -- again, barring Pixar -- and the studio has now released a nifty viral video to help drum up excitement in the public (read: adult) world at large.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'Winnie' Director Signs Up For Found-Footage Thriller Set In 'South African Wilderness'

    South African filmmaker Darrell Roodt (also the director of Winnie - the Jennifer Hudson Winnie Mandela film) has signed on to direct a found-footage thriller that will be set in South Africa - Johannesburg specifically, from a script penned by an American screenwriter, Tyler Hisel, titled Safari.

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    Fox & Blue Sky Animation Bringing 'Peanuts' To The Big Screen, Set For Thanksgiving 2015 Release

    Frankly, we're surprised this didn't happen sooner. After decades of franchising that has led Charlie Brown and gang to shill for insurance, greetings cards, vacuum cleaners, root beer and more -- not to mention the countless TV specials, many of which are holiday classics -- "Peanuts" is finally getting the big screen treatment for the first time in decades.

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    Interview with Liv Ullmann and Dheeraj Akolkar - Star and Director of Liv & Ingmar

    When you are given an opportunity to meet a legend in the film business you don't turn it down.  So I headed to meet Liv Ullmann who has appeared in more movies than I can count and as of late has became a great director.  She directed Cate Blanchett in the terrific revival of A Streetcar Named Desire which I saw in NY a couple of years ago. 

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    Review: Broken Souls Come Together In Contrived Melodrama 'Least Among Saints'

    There are two films at war in “Least Amongst Saints,” and neither is very compelling. The first is a faith-forward feature about redemptive spirits, where Anthony (writer/director Martin Papazian) attempts to pull himself out of a PTSD funk fueled by alcohol and bad decisions upon his return from the Middle East. The soft-gauze photography, flat storytelling and overt moralizing suggests a product straight from the Bible Belt, and even the soundtrack, both pop and orchestral, leans towards the churchy.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Kenyan Sci-Fi - Watch Muchiri Njenga's Experimental Short Film 'Kichwateli' ('TV-head')

    In consideration of recent conversations about sci-fi/speculative fiction in continental African cinema, here's an experimental short film titled Kichwateli (Swahili for TV-head) from self-taught Kenyan animator/graphic designer/film director Muchiri Njenga.

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  • Caryn James
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    Jon Stewart on The Big Bird Wars

    Who would have thought that the possible firing of Big Bird would become a topic of national debate? (Yes, it sometimes takes threatening a puppet to create a political uproar.) After Mitt Romney’s threat to cut funding for PBS, Jon Stewart took a closer look at how Sesame Street is “indoctrinating our children,” as some right-wing-nuts have claimed. Teaching kids to share? That’s just a recipe for social dependency.

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    16 Posters & A Few New Pics From RZA's 'Man With The Iron Fists'

    If you'd told us during the heyday of Wu-Tang Clan that RZA would eventually end up helming a legitimate martial-arts film, we would have called you crazy. But here we are, just under a month until the release of his directorial debut, “The Man With The Iron Fists,” and we still can’t believe it’s actually happening. To build anticipation, new artwork and stills have dropped, and they’re really cool.

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    BBC Presents - African Perspective: 'Lipstick Evangelists'

    Here's a story idea here worth exploring, for all you filmmakers, whether you work in scripted or documentary filmmaking.

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