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    Review: 'The Forgiveness Of Blood' A Tight, Taut, Grounded Dramatic Thriller

    Despite this country being home to a number of diverse cultures and ethnicities, American cinema (both indie and Hollywood) skews heavily toward the Exciting Stories Of The White Man. Of course, some of our favorite films fall into this extremely vague category, but it certainly would be nice to see different individuals represented on the silver screen. Filmmaker Joshua Marston seems to recognize this issue and does one better -- Los Angeles-bred, the director has journeyed to completely different countries for his feature films: Ecuador for "Maria Full of Grace" (story set in Colombia) and Albania for his latest, the taut and quiet thriller-drama "The Forgiveness of Blood." He's not simply given a pass solely for venturing out of the safe confines of home (in that sense, anyone with a plane ticket and a Canon 7D would be knighted); his work successfully showcases the life of each respective country without ever feeling exploitative, melodramatic or false. The years in between the two projects have allowed the director to sharpen his skills considerably, and “The Forgiveness of Blood” is an astute, finespun film with plenty of substance in its lean script.

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    The 2011 Best Picture Oscar Lineup in Terms of Race, Class, Gender and (Subjectively Speaking) Quality

    Winter's Bone

    Yesterday I took on this year's best picture Oscar race, concluding the obvious in its pathetic representation of race, class, gender and (from my own perspective, at least) quality filmmaking. To follow up -- and show in retrospect just how shitty this year's lineup is -- I've done the same for last year's lineup, which relatively looks downright progressive.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Black Race Trophy - Black Brazil's "Oscar"

    News to me, and therefore news you can use...

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  • The Playlist
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    New Posters For 'Men In Black 3,' 'Frankenweenie,' 'Lockout' & 'Bel Ami'

    From a costume to drama to a mega-sequel to an animated reboot and a big dumb popcorn movie, there's something here for everybody, so let's get started, shall we?

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    'Electrick Children' Stars Rory Culkin & Liam Aiken On Their Roles In The Film & Growing Up Onscreen

    A small, indie, debut film from writer/director Rebecca Thomas, "Electrick Children"'s trio of young central performances really caught our eye in Berlin last week. Having spoken to the film's lead and potential break-out, Julia Garner, we then got to sit down with the other two, both of them child stars turned promising young actors, Rory Culkin and Liam Aiken.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Chicken and Egg Pictures Hits $2 Million in Grants

    This is one of the places for women filmmakers to get money to get their films done. The list of films they are funding is incredible. I want to see them all. The descriptions are directly from the press release. For more info on Chicken and Egg and how to apply for grants, click here.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Comcast Launches 'Streampix' to Challenge Netflix

    Cable behemoth Comcast, which owns NBC Universal, has broken into the streaming platform business with its launch of Xfinity Streampix. StreamPix offers previous seasons of shows including "The Office," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," and "30 Rock," as well as such movies as "Brokeback Mountain," "Ocean's Eleven," "The Big Lebowski" and "When Harry Met Sally," with more titles planned.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TV Watch: Betty Is Back With a Vengeance in New 'Mad Men' Teaser

    Filling out their "Mad Men Is Back" campaign, AMC launched a "Betty Is Back" teaser. In just thirty seconds, the spot highlights moments of Betty's pearl-clutching, martini-swilling, child-slapping, cigarette-puffing style.

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    Geoffrey Rush Sought To Take Over Lead In Former Marlon Brando & Johnny Depp Project 'Divine Rapture'

    At the best of times, particularly in the latter stages of his career, Marlon Brando was pretty unpredictable; you never knew what you might get from the mercurial actor once he was on set. But in the case of the never-made "Divine Rapture," the filmmakers never got a chance to see what might happen out of their starry production. Set to star Brando, his friend Johnny Depp (they worked together on "The Brave" and "Don Juan DeMarco") and Debra Winger, the film was all set to shoot in Ballycotton, Ireland (indeed, you can see the cast in costume above) when producers CineFin failed to secure the $4 million they needed to make the movie, leaving the movie and many villagers in the lurch. This was back in 1995, however producer Barry Navidi (Al Pacino pics "The Merchant Of Venice," "Wilde Salome" and the upcoming "King Lear") has stuck with it and it looks like nearly two decades later, the movie will be made.

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    The 100 Greatest Nicolas Cage Quotes

    A comprehensive masterclass in Nouveau Shamanic™ acting courtesy of the one and only Nicolas Cage:

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