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    Leading Oscar Season Now: "Social Network," "Swan," "Fighter," "Speech"

    With the announcement of numerous critics awards and nominations today, Oscar season is heading into a big week. The New York Film Critics Circle will weigh in tomorrow and the Golden Globes will name their nominees on Tuesday.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Oscar Watch: When We Leave (Die Fremde)

    This past summer I spent in Berlin and was invited to the first screening of When We Leave (Die Fremde), Germany's submission for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language film. I was welcomed to the screening by a tall young man who turned out to be American but had come to Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship and stayed to enter the film business there. We became friendly and he asked my advice about going to UCLA film school where he had applied. I strongly suggested he go if accepted, telling him he would have such an advantage over others because he already had the international perspective so needed in film today. Not only is he here in at UCLA today and writing a blog about his student experiences (http://jasonbkohl.com/), but he has written about When We Leave (Die Fremde) for me. Olive is releasing it in theatres in L.A. and N.Y. January 28th, just in time for Oscar season. Enjoy!Watch the trailer here.. Facebook page is here.

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  • The Playlist
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    Miranda July's New Film, 'The Future' Heading To Sundance After All?

    When the so-far lackluster 2011 Sundance Film Festival line-up was announced earlier this month, several pictures we expected to land at the festival were missing, but topping the list was Miranda July's upcoming "The Future."

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  • The Playlist
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    Alexandre Desplat Says "Trance-like" Score For 'Tree Of Life' Will Use Cues From Ligeti & Berlioz

    Also Scoring Chris Weitz's 'The Gardener'So we are just over five months away from the likely Cannes debut and theatrical release of Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life." The film, pretty much the closest thing the arthouse world will ever get to a blockbuster, stars heavyweights Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in a decades-spanning tale about a father/son relationship and also the mysteries of the universe. The trailer for the film is currently in theaters playing in front of "Black Swan" but don't expect it go online anytime soon as Fox Searchlight plans to piecemeal stills and info about the project in the run-up to the release. So with that in mind, we'll take whatever info we can and the latest bit of news comes from the film's composer, Playlist favorite Alexandre Desplat.

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  • The Playlist
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    Did Owen Wilson Just Admit He'll Appear In Wes Anderson's Upcoming 'Moon Rise Kingdom?

    Actor Says No, Then Yes, Then Backpedals To A "You Never Know" With A WinkWes Anderson's upcoming '60s-set movie "Moon Rise Kingdom" was announced earlier this year, and apart from Bill Murray, none of the regular Anderson players (Jason Schwartzman, Angelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson) were mentioned as part of the cast. Instead a new group of actors, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton were reported to be in negotiations for the film centering on two young adults who fall in love and run away in a New England town.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'London Boulevard' A Miscast Mess

    It's quite rare for a screenwriter to become something of a brand name, particularly with fewer than half a dozen produced credits, and, while William Monahan may not mean a huge amount to the general public, his is a name that tends to make film geeks prick up their ears. In the decade since he worked on the aborted project "Tripoli" with Ridley Scott, Monahan's become one of the most in-demand writers around. Scott may have botched his excellent crusades script "Kingdom of Heaven" by casting Orlando Bloom in the lead, but the writer can't have minded too much, as only a year later he was picking up an Academy Award for his work on Martin Scorsese's "The Departed."

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  • The Playlist
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    David O. Russell Says The Making Of 'Nailed' Like A "Stillbirth," Unlikely He'll Return To Finish It

    We had the opportunity to chat with David O. Russell about "The Fighter" recently (more from that conversation soon), but during our discussion with the director, we had to ask what had he been up to since "I Heart Huckabees" hit theaters in 2004.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    An Oscar Performance I'd Like to See.

    Although many viewers may view the infamous "chainsaw" scene in the last act of "Winter's Bone" to be its most memorable bit, I consider the definitive moment to arrive much earlier. The movie follows Ree, a 17-year-old woman forced to care for her younger siblings and ailing mother while their meth-addicted father remains missing (and possibly dead) somewhere in the Ozarks. At some point, she walks into one of the many homes she visits along the murky trail to the truth of her father's fate and suddenly comes upon a bluegrass band. As she listens, Jennifer Lawrence's performance truly comes alive -- the clash between her character's enforced maturity and unrealized potential to explore the wonders of the world clash in a delicate close-up. She's staring, awestruck, at Marideth Sisco and her band perform "High on a Mountain," a lovely, expressive ode to isolation that perfectly encapsulates the movie's ghostly presence and Ree's vague awareness of the lively universe just beyond her reach. It's the finest onscreen use of bluegrass since "O Brother Where Art Thou?" and a whole lot more genuine.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Broadcast Film Critics Association Fetes 'Black Swan' With A Record Twelve Nominations

    Here's why awards prognostication is total crapshoot. This past weekend, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Society Of Film Critics all collectively creamed over David Fincher's "The Social Network" and of course, pundits used that as evidence that the film is going all the way at Oscar time. Well, until this morning, that is, when the The Broadcast Film Critics Association bestowed a record-breaking twelve nominations on the ballet world psycho-sexual thriller "Black Swan."

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  • The Playlist
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    Rumor: Anne Hathaway & James McAvoy Casting Possibilities For 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'

    It's been a few weeks since we heard any casting speculation about "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" and the paucity of talk around the film means it's time for some new rumors to begin.

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