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  • Caryn James
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    Rosie O'Donnell And Chorus Sing Poniewozik (Video)

    Monday’s premiere episode of The Rosie Show, Rosie O’Donnell’s new nightly talk show on Oprah’s OWN network, didn’t inspire me to write about it, or watch again: a little so-so standup, Russell Brand in his inspirational cleaned-up mode, a game show that was funnier than expected only because it looked like such a horrible idea in the first place. But I might have to reconsider, because she has now done something that will endear her to me probably forever – a major production number praising a TV critic, Time magazine’s great James Poniewozik.

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  • The Playlist
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    Magnolia Will Take On Fernando Meirelles’ '360' But Don't Expect An Awards Season Push

    One of the bigger disappointments of the festival season this fall was Fernando Meirelles' "360." The drama boasts a terrific ensemble including Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Foster, in a retelling of the classic Arthur Schnitzler play “Reigen” that chronicles the simple decision by one man to remain faithful to his wife and how it creates a ripple effect on various people worldwide, opening a window into modern relationships. But unfortunately, the promising concept failed to deliver, with the movie premiering at TIFF to mostly lukewarm reviews from audiences and critics alike. It wasn't immediately picked up in Toronto, but with the film opening the BFI London Film Festival yesterday, a deal is in the works with Magnolia to distribute the movie in the U.S.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Dragon Tattoo' Writer Steve Zaillian Was Considering Directing American 'Red Riding' Remake

    Film Will Likely Condense Trilogy, Could Be Set In PennsylvaniaSomewhere near the very top rung of recent crime movies, along with "Zodiac" and "A Prophet," is the "Red Riding" trilogy. Three films, from three different directors, based on David Peace's quartet of crime novels, and starring a who's who of British acting talent including Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, Mark Addy, David Morrissey and Peter Mullan, they were originally made for British TV, but were so well received that they rightfully found their way into movie theaters in the U.S.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" Finally On Blu-ray In January

    The motto being "if at first you don't succeed try again"... As you may recall, Spike Lee's Malcolm X was scheduled to come out earlier this year in January 2011 on blu-ray DVD, but was suddenly pulled out from the its announced release date because of a music rights clearance problem.

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  • The Playlist
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    Awards-Emboldened 'My Week With Marilyn' Moves To Thanksgiving Weekend Release

    This writer had a hunch. Even though I didn't care for the Lifetime-movie like qualities of the slight "My Week with Marilyn" -- and let it be said two other Playlisters in attendance felt pretty much the same way -- you could tell some of its MOR crowd-pleasing characteristics would appeal to the same Academy Members who flipped over “The King’s Speech” (personally, ‘Speech’ was much more charming IMO, even if it wasn’t anything to write home about either).

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    NYFF: Gerardo Naranjo's "Miss Bala"

    Up until now, Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo’s movies have seemed more devoted to energy than content. Earlier efforts like I’m Gonna Explode were brash and callow little things, translating the primal diegetic rebellion of Jean-Luc Godard into Spanish, enchanted by method, indifferent to message, positing his characters in a guerrilla war against the echoes of a distant history. But Naranjo’s new film, Miss Bala—among the toasts of this year’s Cannes Film Festival—may reveal his early work as the efforts of a revolutionary filmmaker killing time until his revolution.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Ami Canaan Mann - Director of the Texas Killing Fields

    The Texas Killing Fields opens in the US tomorrow fresh off its debut at the Venice Film Festival. It tells the true story of the investigation of women who have gone missing in Texas. Ami Canaan Mann directs the film and answered some questions by email about it.

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  • Caryn James
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    Jimmy Fallon's Republican Tryouts (Video)

    The best part of all those Republican debates – really the only bright side - is that they give late-night some great fodder. Here’s Jimmy Fallon’s latest batch of commercials from some high-profile would-be presidents.

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    Review: Byzantine, Bloody Almodóvar Takes A New Direction With 'The Skin I Live In'

    The following is a reprint of our review from Cannes.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Europa, Europa

    For the third year in a row I've headed over to London for the BFI London Film Festival, where I'll be for the next 10 days. Though in a twist over previous years, I've decided to stay in Europe for a bit afterwards, and will be working from all over my favourite continent for the next two months. So for what it's worth, this blog will reflect that over the next little while in a throwback to the hobo tours of yore. Frankly, I'm a bit concerned my mind, soul and liver are no longer capable of these kind of aimless traveller shenanigans (I'm getting frighteningly domestic in my old age), but there's no going back now, so...

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