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    Tribeca 2011: "Saint" Puts Some Bloody Vengeance Under the Mistletoe

    “Your parents told you he doesn’t exist,” and boy were they wrong. “Saint” opens with a pretty strong sense of doom. Following this comically foreboding quote is an almost completely wordless sequence set in an abysmally bleak Amsterdam in the year 1492. St. Nicholas, at this point a bloodthirsty bishop, leads his men through the town murdering and pillaging, mostly because he’s is in a bad (or good?) mood. The harsh landscape is appropriately dim and grim, pervaded by the classic misty gloom of medieval movies. When the villagers rise up against this wicked marauder, they have no idea what they’re getting themselves into: centuries of violence and terror on every December 5th coinciding with a full moon (so, every 30-odd years). Scary stuff.

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    Rewind: The Week In Movies, April 18-23rd

    Even though it’s almost summer, the movie industry doesn’t stop in April. This week came news of a potential paradigm shift in VOD releasing and plenty of filmmaker gossip to follow guiltily, while we mourned the loss of a promising documentarian.

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    Cameron Crowe's 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Doc Will Receive A September Release

    Previously MIA Director Releasing Three Films This Year In Burst Of CreativityAfter a possibly unintentional six-year hiatus Cameron Crowe is coming back in a big way in 2011. After his 2005 dramedy "Elizabethtown," (which ironically was about a guy dealing with a colossal failure), Crowe's own career went quiet for a few years. He wrote a supernatural romantic comedy called "Deep Tiki" that was to star Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon but that project fell apart sometime in 2008. He also tried to get a Marvin Gaye biopic off the ground, but that proved difficult as well and he shelved it in the meantime.

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    Tribeca 2011: "Angels Crest" is a Meditation on Grief, Guilt and Parenthood with a First-Rate Cast

    It takes a village to mourn a child. That’s a sort of thesis for “Angels Crest,” which takes a panoramic view of how a town reacts to the sudden death of a three-year-old boy. The entire community is brought into focus, its ensemble cast gathering around the bereaved father and his sorrow while simultaneously grappling with his negligence in the matter. Adapted from the novel by Leslie Schwartz, the film feels very much like a work of literature with its wide scope and thematic breadth. Yet this seems to be both a strength and a weakness, and its rich shared emotions occasionally give way to awkwardly under-developed characters and rushed editing between component storylines. It’s a difficult balancing act for director Gaby Dellal and scriptwriter Catherine Trieschmann.

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    Steve Coogan Says The 'Alan Partridge' Movie To Shoot Next Year

    British Comedian Says 'In The Loop' Director Armando Ianucci & 'Borat' Co-Writer Peter Baynham Are Helping Him Pen The ScriptKnowing me knowing you, aha.

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    Ian Holm Officially Confirmed For 'The Hobbit'

    Even though it has been expected for months now, and with official word merely a formality, Peter Jackson has confirmed that Ian Holm is indeed returning for his two-part "The Hobbit."

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    Spurlock Picks the 5 Most Absurd Product Placements

    Spurlock Picks the 5 Most Absurd Product Placements

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    Sam Raimi Wants Hilary Swank, Disney Eyes Michelle Williams For 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

    While Sam Raimi and Disney are walking together down the yellow brick road to "Oz: The Great and Powerful," it looks like the director and studio may start picking up those bricks and throwing them at each other.

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    Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini Talk 'Cinema Verite,' Reality TV & Ethics In Filmmaking

    Husband and Wife Directing Duo Also Give Details On Upcoming 'Imogene' Comedy With Kristen WiigIn 1971, PBS and documentarian Craig Gilbert inadvertently birthed reality television thirty years before the culture was ready for it with the 12-episode-long documentary series, "An American Family."

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    NFF 2011 Preview - Music Documentary Selection "Broke*"

    Here's the trailer for music documentary Broke*, a film examining the music business and the artist ability to maintain a livelihood in it. It just premiered at this year's Nashville Film Festival and took home the "Special Jury Prize for Most Original Vision" Award.

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