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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Margin Call—movie review

    Margin Call manages to put a human face on the current economic crisis—but I wish it was as good as its trailer, which is forceful, well-edited, and dramatically scored. The film itself has many good qualities, and an exceedingly strong cast, but it’s a bit dry.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie's In The Land of Blood and Honey

    Here's a first look at Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, Graham King-produced In The Land of Blood and Honey, to be released by FilmDistrict December 23. A love story set during the Bosnian War (which caused concern early in the shoot), its plot remains unclear. Love, war, explosions, conflicting feelings: the trailer doesn't offer enough to gauge whether this emotional, European-looking film will be a win for Jolie. The actress-turned-director, who does not appear in the picture, shot her actors in both English and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian: “I wanted to make it as accessible as possible for people.”

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Oranges and Sunshine

    I walked into Oranges and Sunshine (written by Rona Munro and directed by Jim Loach) not knowing much about the story except thinking how glad I was to see Emily Watson back on screen in a starring role. I walked out incredibly moved and shocked by this true story.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Images Of ‘The Lorax’ Revealed Including First Look At The Once-ler

    Unfortunately for legendary author Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Suess, as he is so lovingly known, his classic children’s books have never properly been adapted to film. With two live action blockbusters, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Cat and the Hat,” ruining both the message and ambiguity of Suess’ best work, it looks as if animation was the only way to turn in order for Hollywood studios to continually plunder the author’s goldmine of an imagination.

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  • The Playlist
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    Carey Mulligan Joins Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & Spike Jonze's New Film Starring Joaquin Phoenix

    It's hard to believe that just two years ago the world was waking up to Carey Mulligan. The actress seemed to come out of nowhere with her turn in Lone Scherfig's "An Education," and rather than try and go for big paydays in tentpole or franchise movies, Mulligan has wisely opted to work with filmmakers instead. Jim Sheridan ("Brothers"), Oliver Stone ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"), Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go"), Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") and Steve McQueen ("Shame") now grace her filmography, with Baz Luhrmann being added this fall as she shoots "The Great Gatsby." And Mulligan isn't stopping there, as Variety report, she's adding two more helmers to the list.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Spielberg's Tintin, Gothams, NY vs. LA Critics Votes, Animation and Foreign Debates

    In Contention's British correspondent Guy Lodge reports on his viewing of The Adventures of Tintin during this week's Oscar Talk with Kris Tapley. "The action sequences are more fluid," Lodge says, than anything else in Steven Spielberg's work. A downhill chase through the streets of Morocco is "jaw dropping...it's such a ride." We debate how the Academy's animation branch will regard this motion capture adventure. Is Spielberg an interloper in their ranks? Will the mainstream Academy take the movie, which has been compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark, seriously? (Here's TOH's London review.)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Darryl Roberts' "America The Beautiful 2" Held Over And Opening In More Cities

    Filmmaker Darryl Roberts' follow-up to his highly successful and self distributed 2007 documentary America the Beautiful, entitled America The Beautiful 2 :The Thin Commandments (which we told you about HERE and HERE) in which he further explores this country's obsession with youth, beauty and image, and how it affects women (and guys as well) has been a success so far in its limited opening release.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Blood-Spattered Red Band Trailer For 'The ABCs Of Death' Horror Omnibus Contenders

    As we’ve previously mentioned, “The ABCs of Death” is an intriguing little omnibus horror anthology project that Drafthouse Films and Magnet are putting together, featuring a bold mix of modern horror talent like Ben Wheatley (“The Kill List”), Ti West (“House of the Devil”), Jason Eisner (“Hobo With a Shotgun”), Nacho Vigalando (“Timecrimes”), Srdjan Spasojevic (“A Serbian Film”), and twenty others. The concept is simple, the film will feature 26 vignettes from 26 directors each dedicated to a letter describing a manner of dying, while “a linking device will open, connect and close” each short, according to the official website. However, one slot has been left open for an amateur filmmaker to get their claim to fame.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch For The South African Film "A Million Colors"

    Here's a trailer for the upcoming South African dramatic film A Million Colors, which will open the Hollywood Black Film Festival next Thursday, and is scheduled for release in early 2012.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Bayaka Women in OKA! by Lavinia Currier

    Shooting the feature OKA! in the Central African Republic with the Bayaka pygmies of the forest was about as far from Hollywood as one can imagine, our ‘sets’ were forest camps of huts built by the Bayaka women and our art department.

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