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    Watch: Björk Co-Directs Video For 'Moon' In Which She Has Orange Hair & Plays A Belt Harp

    The other day a friend told us that they would be interested in Lady Gaga if her music was anywhere near as ambitious as her outrageous clothing. Certainly, for someone like Björk -- who famously made a statement with her swan dress at the Oscars and released an album of ambitious acapella jams -- a lack of adventurousness in both clothing and songwriting, is not an issue.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    On Film Criticism And Moving The Conversation Beyond Words (A History Lesson)

    From time to time, I like to dig into the S&A archives and dig up old items (usually op-eds/editorials/interviews) to repost, often because the content of those entries still apply, are still relevant, or call for a reposting due to a recent conversation, debate, or other related recently-posted item.

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    LIFE'S WORK: THE FILMS OF ROMAN POLANSKI - Chapter 1: Polanski's God

    I think people who go to see [Roman Polanski's films] for escapism are not going to be necessarily disappointed, but they're going to have to tweak their understanding of what entertainment is. When you watch a Polanski film, you're watching this sense of abundance in them. They have very cheerful settings — deceptively cheerful. You get the sense that you're watching the seasons change from this brightness to this inner gray that takes over. Violence in Polanski's film is psychological. It's largely implied and it's rarely explicit, and when it is explicit, it's for comedy's sake. When Jake gets his nostril slit in Chinatown, he looks ridiculous for the rest of the film, with the bandage on his nose.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Pink Ribbons, Inc. - Directed by Léa Pool

    Next week starts the annual pinkification of cancer -- breast cancer awareness month. Now I don't want to take anything away from any woman who is figuring out a way to fight and survive this horrible scourge, but don't you think that this whole happy pink cancer world has just gone too far? Talk to any woman who actually has had breast cancer and you will learn very quickly that this is nothing pretty or pink about it.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Napa Valley Film Festival Inaugural Fest Announces Star Studded Films

    November 9 – 13 Napa Valley Film Festival's first edition looks like it will be a big beautiful event.Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer have announced a roster of high profile films to be screened at the inaugural film festival. Showcasing the best of new independent cinema along with the Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality, NVFF makes its debut with a five-day festival spanning the Valley’s four postcard-perfect towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga.

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  • The Playlist
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    Christian Bale Looks Pensive In Poster For Oscar Contending 'The Flowers Of War'

    While Christian Bale has taken a break from the big screen in 2011, that's only because he's been busy getting some more movies in the can. Of course, there is next summer's blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises" which is currently filming but before he headed back to Gotham this summer, Bale took an interesting detour that found him starring in the latest from Zhang Yimou, "The Flowers Of War."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Game of Thrones, Season Two Teaser: Full of Terrors, Not Footage

    Don't hold your breath; the premiere date for HBO's Game of Thrones season two hasn't been set. But the cast and crew have been shooting since late July and the "Battle of the Blackwater," as chronicled in the novels, is expected to take arms by episode nine. THR has more details, and so do we (from Comic-con).Season 2 - Terror Tease

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Michael K Williams Might Have Some "Sparkle" In His Future...

    From AICN (via The Playlist), posted yesterday - an interview with Michael K. Williams, who Monique also recently interviewed and got the scoop on his potential participation in Django Unchained:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Bounce TV Launches Today - 9/26! Will You Be Watching?

    Oh snap... time flies!

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    Review: British Urban Melodrama 'Broken Lines' With Paul Bettany Falters, Fails To Convince

    There’s a familiar, some would say endless, argument about the British film industry: that the films it produces are essentially afraid of tackling the present and pressing contemporary issues. British directors, or at least the companies that finance their films, have rarely tried to engage with the shock of the now, and instead remain happy to retreat into a comfortable, mindless and nostalgic past that probably never existed in the first place. The recent riots that rocked the capital, for instance, or the fall-out from the News International hacking scandal are subjects less likely to be turned into a feature film than, say, something like “Notting Hill 2,” or any another mythological and monocultural representation of London or -- God forbid -- one of the country's other major cities. Occasionally someone comes along with a stick and pokes the ruling classes in the eye (think “The Shooting Party” or “Gosford Park”) but screenplays penned by Julian Fellowes can hardly be considered the stuff of breath-taking dynamism. When the Brits aren’t churning out benign pictures about a benign royal dynasty (hello, “The Queen” and “The King’s Speech”) or enlisting scads of former theatre directors (Richard Eyre, Stephen Daldry, Nicolas Hytner, Sam Mendes) to blandly recreate their deferential attitude towards bland material, they make shockingly poor gangster pictures that would make even a hack like Guy Ritchie blush.

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