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  • iW NOW
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    True/False Names 2010 True Vision & True Life Honorees

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    American Cinematheque Honors Matt Damon

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    #Sundance: Weinsteins Buy Blue Valentine, Chase The Tillman Story

    #Sundance: Weinsteins Buy Blue Valentine, Chase The Tillman Story

    Harvey Weinstein, who has been ubiquitous at Sundance, has finally bagged a big catch: Derek Cianfrance's $5-million Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a married couple on the rocks. As Disney closed the doors Friday on the Weinsteins' old company Miramax (named after their parents), the newly invigorated TWC is also nearing a deal on Sundance doc fave The Tillman Story. TWC was also in the bidding for The Kids Are All Right, which went to Focus Features.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Full Stride: Nicole Opper's "Off and Running"

    Off and Running, the feature debut from documentary filmmaker Nicole Opper, jumps right into the existential crises of its heroine, Avery Klein-Cloud, dispensing with the introduction of background information before delving into conflict. Here, in the same breath that she tells us her name, Avery confesses with frank, articulate anxiety that she has decided to contact her birth mother for the first time, and proceeds to read to us from the letter she has agonized over for so long. The fifteen-year-old African American track star was adopted at a very young age by a lesbian couple who are raising her in Brooklyn with her likewise adopted brothers Rafi, a mixed-race child born of a substance-abusing mother, and Zay Zay, a much younger Korean boy. While the family is obviously close, there is an immediate sense that they are about to enter a period of great tension. The suddenness with which we are thrust into the action is refreshing, as is Opper’s refusal to milk the complex situation for emotional effect, but these instincts also underscore a persistent predilection to tell rather than show.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Reservoir Mongrels: Malcolm Venville's "44 Inch Chest"

    About three quarters of the way through 44 Inch Chest, a battered and bloodied Melvil Poupaud, sitting handcuffed in a chair, looks at the camera for the first time. The expression on the art-house heartthrob’s face betrays fear, bewilderment, and possibly a tinge of regret. It's almost as if he's thinking: “I was in Rohmer's Conte d'été, I was in Desplechin's Un Conte de Noël, now I've got a wordless part, tied to a chair, in Un Cunt de Londres . . .”

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    @Sundance 2010: 'Kids' sells and our new Web site

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  • The Lost Boys
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    R.I.P. J.D. Salinger

    I know it's a cliche, but "The Catcher In The Rye" is my all-time favourite book and I can easily bring myself back to the act of reading it for the first time. So I figured a small tribute was more than worthwhile, so after the jump I present some of the lines from that book that will continue to have a place in my soul for the foreseeable future. R.I.P., J.D. Salinger.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review - Edge of Darkness

    Let’s deal with the elephant in the room right away: I wasn’t sure how I would respond to seeing Mel Gibson on screen for the first time since his public embarrassments and utterances. Like many of you, I have felt ever since queasy about the man. I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to like his new starring vehicle. But minutes into Edge of Darkness I forgot about all that;

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  • iW NOW
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    Schumacher's "Twelve" Gets Picked Up

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Academy Launches "College Oscar Party Contest"

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