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    Tell Me a Story: Raul Ruiz's "Mysteries of Lisbon"

    Thanks to his towering 1999 adaptation Time Regained (a film that seems more and more like a mirage the further away we get from it), the Chilean-born Raúl Ruiz is one of the few filmmakers whose work truly earns the term Proustian. He has the perfect artistic temperament for the kind of epically layered filmmaking necessitated by his latest project: a film version of Camilo Castelo Branco’s 1852 novel The Mysteries of Lisbon, a beloved Borgesian classic of Portuguese literature little known to English-language readers. His tendency toward the baroque is tempered by a literate approach to character and a stately aesthetic. This is not the sort of film that one would normally call “fun,” but the 69-year-old Ruiz, who has stated that the film might be his last, seems to be having a ball. From the first strings of the swoony, old-fashioned score by veteran composer Jorge Arriagada over the opening credits, it’s clear that Ruiz wishes to envelop the viewer in lush, traditional storytelling; this being wily Ruiz, though, The Mysteries of Lisbon foregrounds that storytelling to a nearly absurd degree. Read Michael Koresky's review of The Mysteries of Lisbon.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Sophie Okonedo In 1st Trailer For Upcoming High-Profile Australian Drama "The Slap"

    Here's one black British actor who's apparently keeping busy, despite recent articles that suggest otherwise for the lot... and she's working on almost every continent now it seems :)

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  • The Playlist
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    Gareth Edwards Pitching Film That Seeks Mankind's Origin In Space With Robots & A Kid

    Gareth Edwards had a pretty big 2010. His low-budget, and very clever alien invasion flick "Monsters" turned out to be a genre hit and his calling card to Hollywood, allowing him to bag the director's chair for the upcoming "Godzilla" redo. "Monsters" has also made a star out of one of it's leads, Scoot McNairy who has Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade" and Ben Affleck's "Argo" on his calendar. And while a "Monsters" sequel is moving ahead with Edwards producing, he's got another original idea for a movie that he wants to bring to the big screen.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry, Episode 13: "Post Production Wk 1" (VIDEO)

    Here's the latest - episode 13 - in our ongoing filmmaker diary series featuring writer/director Matthew Cherry, as he moves into post-production on his feature film debut, The Last Fall, with an ensemble cast that includes Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Keith David and Harry Lenix.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Teaser For "The Mountaintop" Starring Samuel L. Jackson & Angela Bassett

    As we already know, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett will soon star as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the mysterious Camae respectively, in the Broadway production of the new play, The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, directed by Tony Award-nominee Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

    A movie that opens as well as this one does—and draws you in so effectively—ought to have a finale that doesn’t remind you of cheesy monster movies from years past. On the other hand, the visual effects in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' are so astonishing that I have to cut the movie some slack.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Response to Ratner, Who Wants More Laughs in Kudocast

    Oscar Watch: Response to Ratner, Who Wants More Laughs in Kudocast

    Thursday we brought you the surprising news that Brett Ratner, of Rush Hour fame, would be producing the 84th Academy Awards alongside veteran Don Mischer. Ratner swiftly got on the phone with various outlets to spin the news. But first, the award for best Twitter reaction to Ratner's new gig (and there were plenty to choose from) goes to MadisonMathews: "Sponsors include Axe, Ed Hardy and Four Loko."

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    More: Awards, Oscars
  • Shadow and Act
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    AMPAS Defends Giving Oprah An Oscar

    In case you haven't heard, a whole bunch of people for some reason are upset that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is giving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Oprah Winfrey.

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    More: FYI
  • The Lost Boys
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    "Ace of Base" Performs at the Queer Beer Fest in Toronto

    Last night in Toronto, hundreds of queers gathered for the first annual "Toronto Queer Beer Festival," which I headed into pretty enthusiastically. A festival of alcohol exclusively for queers? Toronto's War on Fun: 878, Fun: 1! Not to mention the kicker: The headliner at the event, which basically saw 100 or so beer vendors surrounding a big stage at Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition grounds, was none other than ACE OF BASE.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    50 Cent/Bruce Willis/Ryan Phillippe Heist Film "Setup" Gets Red-Band Trailer & Official Release Date

    A red-band trailer, and official release date for that 50 Cent/Bruce Willis pairing that I know you all have been waiting anxiously for, titled Set Up, are now public.

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