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    New 'True Grit' Character Posters Demand Retribution

    Some new "True Grit" characters posters have landed today and they keep up the solid tone the film's marketing team have evinced thus far, that of a gritty, no holds barred western from the Coen Brothers. But as it's pretty much the last holdout to screen for critics, is it going to be the Oscar contender everyone thinks it is?

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    Alejandro González Iñárritu Says The Somber 'Biutiful' Is Actually About "Life"

    When "Biutiful," Alejandro González Iñárritu's searing and deeply-moving (and, granted, at times painfully difficult-to-watch) new film debuted at Cannes this past summer, it was almost universally cut down to size. People said it was too bleak, too hopeless, and no matter how stellar and immersive a performance lead Javier Bardem provided -- and, trust us, it's spectacular; the film's one element that was unanimously praised -- most critics couldn't get behind it (Bardem would go on to win the Best Actor prize in Cannes). Maybe it was the heat stroke, the film festival nature of cramming in four or five films a day, or the looking-for-the-next-big-thing attitude that permeates Cannes, but the film was, at best, unfairly overlooked and, at worst, almost universally derided.

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    Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' Set For April 22, 2011 Release

    No, in case you were wondering (or didn't hear the news), Steven Soderbergh's forthcoming spy action/thriller "Haywire" did not receive an Oscar qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles in October. That was basically an AMC ticketing snafu, but the news did create a ruckus on the web for a minute.

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    Review: 'Made in Dagenham' is Your Standard Pre-Oscar Crowd Pleaser

    Unlike its bold heroines, "Made in Dagenham" doesn't break any new ground. But just because it's treading the familiar waters of "Norma Rae," "The Full Monty," and director Nigel Cole's own "Calendar Girls" and "Saving Grace," doesn't mean that it's not an enjoyable diversion, particularly if you're looking for something to watch with the middle-aged woman in your life. "Made in Dageham" is inspiring in that (wo)man-against-the-world sort of way, and its talent and historical basis are compelling enough that you don't have to feel guilty. Sally Hawkins (so great in "Happy-Go-Lucky" and, well, everything) is sympathetic but strong as Rita O'Grady, an amalgam of several women who led the strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, England in the 1960s.

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    Contest Giveaway: 5 Copies Of 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' On DVD

    Update: Contest is closed. Winners will be contacted via email.

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    Martin Scorsese Talks 'Hugo Cabret,' Hints At Struggles With 3D

    'Hugo Cabret' To Cost More Than 'Inception'?For better or worse, it could be argued that Martin Scorsese's been operating within his comfort zone in recent years: "The Departed" and the HBO pilot "Boardwalk Empire," while both terrific, were both within the gangster genre that Scorsese's always been most at home in, and the divisive psychological thriller "Shutter Island" wasn't too far off either. But the director's next film, the book adaptation "Hugo Cabret," marks a real stretch for the filmmaker -- not only is it his first family film, but it's also his first to be shot in 3D.

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    Mark Ruffalo Talks 'The Avengers'; Wouldn't Have Taken It Without 'The Kids Are All Right'

    Awards season is firmly underway now, and the calendar of dinners, drinks and screenings held by studios to pimp their hopeful nominees is already filling up. But if you're not an Academy voter, what does this mean for you? Surely it's just a bunch of actors talking about lame things like motivation and craft, right? No talk of superhero movies of any kind, presumably...

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    Counting Down The Best Songs From Robyn's "Body Talk" Trilogy, Part 1

    In just five days, my favourite Swede Robyn will complete what at one point I wondered was even possible: the "Body Talk" trilogy. At the beginning of this year, the singer announced that in addition to some rather extensive touring, she would release THREE albums over the course of 2010, each one part of the "Body Talk" trilogy. It began in April, and now next week it will come to a close with the third and final album (as well as a singular album "Body Talk" which features 15 of the best songs from the three).

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    'Black Swan' Soundtrack Featuring Score By Clint Mansell Hits Stores November 30th

    This writer, to his eternal shame, has something of a tin ear for classical music. Generally speaking, if a piece of music doesn't have at least one chorus, or is part of a film score, we tend to glaze over a little bit. So it's a credit to Clint Mansell's work on "Black Swan," which mostly appropriates elements from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," the ballet at the center of the film, that after our screening, we went home and listened to Tchaikovsky fairly solidly for about a week.

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    Oscar Watch: Ed Harris Talks Challenges of The Way Back

    Oscar Watch: Ed Harris Talks Challenges of The Way Back

    The Race thinks Ed Harris has a shot at a supporting actor Oscar for his role as the sole American Siberian Gulag escapee in The Way Back. So do I---as I told Kris Tapley in our recent Oscar Talk (I have now added Harris to my Oscar Predicts Chart).

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