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    NYFF '11: Pedro Almodóvar Talks The Identity And Gender Themes Of ‘The Skin I Live In’

    Director Discusses Finding Humor In Tragedy, Differences Between Men And Women, And MoreWhen we first laid our eyes upon Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In" at Cannes, we called it a film that "snaps between bright glittering glamour and dark, doomed horror," and emerges largely triumphant, "uniquely beautiful and distinctively imperfect." The reception for Almodóvar's latest in the Big Apple has been similarly apprehensive and appreciative; the audience's reaction at last Tuesday's press screening was a testament to the polarizing nature of the film. Almodóvar and stars Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya were present with a translator in tow, and the conversation was by turns amusing and laid-back, touching on themes and concepts native to the story. While our own Jen Vineyard turned in an excellent piece digging deep into the specifics of the production, this time most of the questions were addressed to Almodóvar, who fielded them with ease, occasionally utilizing the translator for particularly verbose answers.

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    Watch Trailer for New British Thriller 'Top Boy'

    Starring Ashley Walters, written by Ronan Bennett​, and directed by Yann Demange, UK Channel 4's forthcoming seriesTop Boy is a gritty drama centered on East London youth and their struggles with poverty, drugs and gang culture.

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    NYFF '11: Eddie Redmayne Says 'My Week With Marilyn' A Celebration Of Old School Filmmaking

    Rising British actor Eddie Redmayne has packed a career’s worth of activity into a short time. He's already won a Tony Award, is well regarded for his stage efforts and is quickly making headway on both the small and big screen. He features in the mini-series "The Pillars Of Earth," has appeared in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and "The Other Boleyn Girl," however, “My Week With Marilyn” is where he’s got his biggest, showiest role to date. As third assistant director Colin Clark, he’s not only got to manage the egos on the set of “The Princess And The Showgirl,” he’s also tasked with being Marilyn Monroe’s unofficial “handler.” And like anyone else who orbited the star, he winds up falling for her.

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    The Hollywood Jazz Connection

    The L.A. Jazz Society held its 28th annual awards dinner Sunday night, which I was pleased to host…but chances are you didn’t read or hear about it, in spite of the presence of Quincy Jones, Arturo Sandoval, and other musical heavyweights, along with such music fans as Andy Garcia and Beau Bridges. It’s further evidence that jazz has been marginalized by the mainstream media; you won’t find it on the Grammy Awards telecast or in the pages of the Los Angeles Times, which no longer officially covers it.

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    Watch Now - Futurestates Short Film "Digital Antiquities"

    We've covered some great short films in the past under the Futurestate series. More recently, Remigration by Barry Jenkins and White by Sayeeda Clarke have been highlighted and are a "must-see" if you haven't seen them. Below is the short Digital Antiquities, starring Jo Mei and Corey Hawkins, by director JP Chan.

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    'Thor 2' Changes Dates, Will Now Land In Theaters On November 15, 2013

    Update: Patty Jenkins has been formally announced by Marvel to direct "Thor 2."

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    Cinematographer Bradford Young ('Pariah', 'Restless City') to Speak at Howard University

    A graduate of Howard University’s MFA Program, cinematographer Bradford Young will speak to students, faculty, alumni and the public next Tuesday, October 18th at the C.B. Powell Building, as part of homecoming week festivities.

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    Review: 'The Thing' Lamely Inhabits John Carpenter's Original & Turns Into A Generic Monster Movie

    "The Thing" arrives this weekend as a prequel to John Carpenter's masterful 1982 film, that aims to theoretically expand on the story presented nearly three decades ago by telling us what happened at the Norwegian compound that first housed the alien infection that then spread to the American base. But perhaps it should be no surprise that screenwriter Eric Heisserer, the man behind "Final Destination 5" and the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" reboot, has little imagination or ability to bring anything new to the table. So what we end up with is a strange hybrid of a movie, one that is oddly slavishly devoted to Carpenter's original, but when given the chance to put its own stamp on the material, falls back on tried and true genre antics. To put in perspective just how at odds this prequel and Carpenter's film really are, the 1982 film starts in a panic in a sequence that ends up with a guy getting dramatically shot in the face -- Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s movie kicks off with crude sex joke.

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    Rosie O'Donnell And Chorus Sing Poniewozik (Video)

    Monday’s premiere episode of The Rosie Show, Rosie O’Donnell’s new nightly talk show on Oprah’s OWN network, didn’t inspire me to write about it, or watch again: a little so-so standup, Russell Brand in his inspirational cleaned-up mode, a game show that was funnier than expected only because it looked like such a horrible idea in the first place. But I might have to reconsider, because she has now done something that will endear her to me probably forever – a major production number praising a TV critic, Time magazine’s great James Poniewozik.

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    Magnolia Will Take On Fernando Meirelles’ '360' But Don't Expect An Awards Season Push

    One of the bigger disappointments of the festival season this fall was Fernando Meirelles' "360." The drama boasts a terrific ensemble including Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Foster, in a retelling of the classic Arthur Schnitzler play “Reigen” that chronicles the simple decision by one man to remain faithful to his wife and how it creates a ripple effect on various people worldwide, opening a window into modern relationships. But unfortunately, the promising concept failed to deliver, with the movie premiering at TIFF to mostly lukewarm reviews from audiences and critics alike. It wasn't immediately picked up in Toronto, but with the film opening the BFI London Film Festival yesterday, a deal is in the works with Magnolia to distribute the movie in the U.S.

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