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    Exclusive: Olivier Assayas' 'Carlos' Headed To The Criterion Collection In 2011

    Release Will Contain Both The Extended Television & Theatrical CutsYesterday, we spoke with Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, where he shared with us plans for the new Sundance Selects distribution arm and SundanceNow online rental service. We took the opportunity of our conversation with Sehring to ask about the company's current relationship with with The Criterion Collection which has seen them license a number of titles to the boutique label including "Hunger," "Che," "Gomorrah," and "Fish Tank." Sehring said IFC will continue to work with Criterion Collection saying, "Our relationship with Criterion has been a very good one. It is something that I know they're pleased with as are we. We work very closely with them." Sehring, then revealed some very exciting news about a future Criterion title that also happens to be one of IFC's most highly regarded and acclaimed films of the year.

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    Exclusive: Jessica Alba Talks 'Fockers,' 'Spy Kids 4' & Hints At 'Sin City 2' Return

    Actress Says 'Sin City' Sequel Is "Only A Matter Of Time"Jessica Alba, the newest addition to the "Little Fockers" cast, is a little loopy and a little candid. Maybe she was just channeling her goofy character in the movie. Maybe she needs to have a talk about inside voice/outside voice. For example, here's one exchange Playlist writer Kimber Myers had with the actress unadorned.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Brits Weigh In: King's Speech, Another Year Lead London Critics

    Don't underestimate the Brit factor when it comes to Oscar influence. There are many Brit voters in the Academy. The London Critics Circle just gave boosts to two Brit films, The King's Speech (seven nominations, including Film of the Year, Brit film of Year and Actor of the Year, Colin Firth) and Another Year (six, including British Director, Mike Leigh, British Actress, Lesley Manville and British Actor, Jim Broadbent). The Social Network nabbed five noms, while Brit debut featureThe Arbor got four, along with Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit. Full list below.

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    Dustin Hoffman Says He Took 'Little Fockers' Gig For The "Back End" Money & 9 Other Things Learned

    Jessica Alba Denies Screenwriters Diss Comments, Ben Stiller Talks 'Zoolander 2,' & MoreFamily patriarch Jack Byrnes wants to appoint a successor. Does his son-in-law, the "male nurse," Greg Focker have what it takes? Yup, it's "Little Fockers," the third film in the "Meet The Parents" trilogy. This time, director Jay Roach sat back as a producer and Paul Weitz ("American Pie," "About a Boy") took over the filmmaking reigns. All the old gang returned: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo plus some new additions in Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, and Harvey Keitel. And yes, Owen Wilson reprised his role from the first film.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    My Top Ten Cinematic Experiences of 2010 | #6 The Home Consumer, Finally

    My Top Ten Cinematic Experiences of 2010 | #6 The Home Consumer, Finally

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?

    Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?

    - Black Swan offers fuel for an Art vs. Science debate. Consider these professional-opinion-posturings on Black Swan ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) and her mental state. Nadine Kaslow (Dept. of Psychiatry, Emory University) says: "It was intense and disturbing and fascinating and mysterious…What was a hallucination and what was real? When people are psychotic, it's difficult, even as a therapist, to know what's real and what's not."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Saorise Ronan Stars as Assassin Hanna

    The film tradition of young women killers is long: from Natalie Portman in The Professional and Anne Parillaud and Bridget Fonda as Femme Nikita to Jennifer Garner in Alias and Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass. Now we have a new entrant in the category: Saorise Ronan in Hanna (April 8), a Focus Features film that reunites the star with her director on Atonement, Joe Wright. The trailer is below. Eric Bana plays her father; Cate Blanchett co-stars.

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  • Spout
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    Video: 1982 "TRON" Holiday Special

    I posted that last video too soon. If you want to really laugh today, this is the thing to watch. Obviously modeled after the cheesy "Star Wars" holiday special, the guys at Funny or Die give us an idea of what a "TRON" special might have looked like back in 1982. It starts out good and then keeps getting better. Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise in glowing versions of their "Cannonball Run" outfits with light cycles! Finally Rip Taylor comes in and tosses around glowing confetti. That in particular got me.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    A Petition for Panahi.

    Yesterday's news about the enslavement of Jafar Panahi -- for the second time this year -- must be seen one of the biggest tragedies of the year. Panahi's absence at Cannes this year, where he was technically part of the jury headed by Tim Burton, did not receive proper coverage from the mainstream media: The oppression of Panahi by the Iranian government has not been widely understood as the chief representation of contemporary fascist censorship, but that's exactly what it is. Outside of fellow Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's public statements at the festival on his colleague's behalf, the most significant actions taken at Cannes were Juliette Binoche's tears:

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    First Look: Jonah Hill In David Gordon Green's 'The Sitter'

    David Gordon Green is a machine (best rhyme ever). The director spent the last year putting the finishing touches on his upcoming medieval stoner comedy "Your Highness," acting as a producer on the cult hit comedy show "Eastbound & Down" (sorry, we actually don't understand the appeal here) and this fall, he's been shooting yet another comedy, the very fun sounding "The Sitter."

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