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    Exclusive: Kazakh Director Akan Satayev Says Kevin Coster In Talks For Upcoming Historical Epic

    We recently talked with director Akan Satayev, the helmer behind the Kazakhstan official foreign language film entry "Strayed." The picture is a unique entrant in the foreign language race, an unusually genre based film that's a little hard to explain and falls somewhere between David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock; telling the enigmatic, very visual story of a man who gets stuck on a country road with his wife and son only to encounter something far stranger than he ever expected. It's a film we never would have thought to come from Kazakhstan as it has much more in common with European arthouse fare, but when we asked the director what he was up to next, we got a little bit of a surprise.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    E Film Critics' Top Ten Quote Whores

    E Film Critics' Top Ten Quote Whores

    E Film Critic's Erik Childress continues to wage war against critics who he deems "whores." They consistently deliver the film quotes that the studios love to include in their ads. Finally, I don't know who most of these people are.

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    All Good Things: The Coen's "True Grit"

    The early teaser of True Grit that played before last summer’s Inception presented staccato shots of glowering cowboys raising heads and six-shooters from the shadows, cocking them at quivering defenseless victims, and muttering cryptic macho dialogue. It promised “retribution” come Christmas, and seemingly a return to the godless, pitiless worldview of No Country for Old Men. Obviously trailers can’t be trusted, especially when tailored to the audience of the accompanying feature, but if True Grit ended up as mean-to-the-bone as advertised, it seemed a counterintuitive choice for Paramount to release during a holiday week. Yet True Grit is the Coens’ straightest adaptation yet, and the original Charles Portis novel is both a comedy and young adult adventure story before it is a violent revenge tale or even a western. And while fingers do get sliced off and characters are shot point blank in the face, the well-meaning True Grit is a surprisingly principled and square family option for the holidays.

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    Trailer & Poster For 'Cedar Rapids' Starring Ed Helms & John C. Reilly

    Hot off the presses as a 2011 Sundance Film Festival entry arrives the trailer and poster for "Cedar Rapids," Fox Searchlight's new salesman roadtrip film with "The Hangover" star Ed Helms in his first big shot since that 2009 breakout movie. Directed by Miguel Arteta ("Youth In Revolt," "Chuck & Buck"), the film also co-stars John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis from "The Wire") Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry, Stephen Root and more.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominees

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominees

    The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has posted its nominees for the 2010 AWFJ EDA Awards (full list is below). Nominated for Best Film are Black Swan, Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network and Winter's Bone. Oddly, The Kids Are All Right received 16 nominations-- but not best picture. Helen Mirren (RED) got five.

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    New Look At 'The Smurfs' Reveals Stone Cold Thuggin' Gangsta Smurf

    Here's a new look at a probably terrible movie and no, that's not Gangsta Smurf standing to the right of Papa Smurf, but probably Grouchy Smurf. But doesn't it look like he's about to whip out a gat and bust a cap in yo ass? We don't want to run into that guy in a dark alley.

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    Review: 'Gulliver's Travels' Another Big Budget Comedy With A Cast Showing Up & Cashing Paychecks

    Either it's a trend or a freak coincidence (or some mixture of both), but December has found A-list stars cashing paychecks and slumming it in sub-par material. Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and their silly putty faces floated through the turgid romantic thriller, " The Tourist," that was neither sexy nor exciting, and audiences smelled their half-hearted participation from a mile away. Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicholson failed to convince anybody to see James L. Brooks' over-populated, people-talking-on-telephones comedy "How Do You Know." Opening this week is "Little Fockers," the terrible forthcoming installment in the Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller franchise that only seems to have gotten made because of contractual obligations and a senior production executive who tittered at the punny title. And now, we have "Guillver's Travels" arriving on Christmas weekend with a starry cast -- Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Billy Connolly -- and pays them for doing a bunch of reaction shots against a green screen.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Goodbye 2010

    I've exhausted my 2010 blogging capabilities 9 days early. 'Tis time to have a complete internet shut down after an ultra busy month or two to spend some much need time with the loved ones.

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    Watch: Trailer For The Newly Restored Classic 'Battleship Potemkin'

    Hot on the heels of their widely celebrated and acclaimed restoration of "Metropolis," Kino Lorber is once again exciting classic film enthusiasts as they prepare to release the newly refreshed "Battleship Potemkin."

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    SILVER TONGUES at Slamdance

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