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    Stop The Presses: The 13 Best Newsroom Movies

    Just as soldiers devour war movies and cops are always the first to pipe up about the latest police thriller, journalists have a soft spot for films focusing on the fourth estate. At their most positive, they can show the kind of crusading, truth-seeking journalists that the embittered hacks wanted to be when they started out (as Aaron Sorkin recently said, "'All The President's Men' made journalists want to be rockstars"), and at their most negative, they provide a certain catharsis.

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    film review: Tiny Furniture

    film review: Tiny Furniture

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    Pie In The Sky Rumor: Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci To Reteam For David O. Russell's 'Uncharted'

    Mark Wahlberg May Be Interested As WellSo bear in mind, this is from Roger Friedman, the same guy who saw Tony Gilroy at a screening for "127 Hours" and spun a haphazard rumor that he wanted James Franco to lead "The Bourne Legacy."

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    Binger Institut and Thomas Mai

    Binger Filmlab is an Amsterdam based international feature film and documentary development center where talented writers, directors, producers and script editors from around the world can place both their projects and their usual working practices within an inspiring environment of fellow filmmakers, to be coached and supported by internationally acclaimed mentors and advisors. When it began in 1996, my partner, Peter Belsito and I would coach there, especially concentrating on the art of the pitch. While it has been many years since we've attended, it always retains a special place in our "cosmos" and we are happy to see how far it has progressed in its 14 years of existence.Binger opened its doors in 1996 as a post academic training facility for film professionals and now has matured into a challenging and unique film lab with intensive five-month programs that focus on the development of projects and the individual talents that create them. The world film community discovered this rich resource and they have welcomed to their global crossroads, filmmakers from Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Asia, Latin and North America, and the Australia/ Pacific region.Binger has also discovered its other natural allies in this work of supporting the brightest emerging talents; the Sundance Institute and its Labs in the US, The Nipkow programme residencies in Berlin, and Paris' Cinéfondation (Cannes Film Festival) residence.In September of this year Thomas Mai spoke on the current hot topic, the crisis in distribution. Below is Binger reporter Matthew Curlewis's account.Watch here for YouTube video summation of the Social Media Revolution.

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    In Theaters: 'Unstoppable,' 'Morning Glory,' 'Skyline'

    Three movies open wide today, two of them headlined by superstars marking the beginning of the holiday season at the box office. The Denzel Washington runaway train flick "Unstoppable" has great buzz and very solid reviews leading into the weekend and should make its way to the top of the heap, but will still face serious competition from last week's winner "Megamind." The star-studded "Morning Glory," gaining a headstart on the competition by opening on Wednesday, will skew to an older crowd and should draw solid numbers overall, while "Skyline" will appeal to sci-fi fans starved for something new, and with a minuscule budget, should have no trouble making a tidy profit in the long run. As for the art-house this week, things are quiet with just a few low key releases making their way to screens in major markets.

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    Home Fires: Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture"

    Resist the urge to check out of Tiny Furniture after the first twenty minutes. The winner of Best Narrative Feature at this year’s SXSW Film Festival (natch), writer/director Lena Dunham’s second film begins with enough self-satisfied tics to make even the hardiest filmgoer break out in indie-smirk hives. As Teddy Blanks’s (admittedly catchy) score wafts by, we open with a cross-cut sequence between our heroine’s post-college journey home and credits that share the screen with little floating icons of the film’s titular household accoutrements, which glide across the frame with studied listlessness, presaging the film’s aesthetic. Aura (Dunham) finally arrives at the Tribeca studio still occupied by her distracted conceptual-artist mother, Siri (Laurie Simmons), and overachieving high school sister, Nadine (Grace Dunham). Her anxieties about life after undergrad, however, fall largely on deaf ears, with Siri assembling new pieces and Nadine juggling an extracurricular load ranging from track to poetry writing. Read Matt Connolly's review of Tiny Furniture.

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    That Was Fast: New & Totally Different International Trailer For 'Battle: Los Angeles'

    We're not movie marketing experts or anything but something tells us it's probably not the best idea to start the rollout for your alien invasion flick on the same weekend another invasion alien flick hits theaters with a similar premise and directed by the same guys who did the visual effects work for your film. Just saying.

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    Dear Albert Maysles, what are your guidelines for making a documentary?

    Dear Albert Maysles, what are your guidelines for making a documentary?

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    Bryan Singer OK With Being Off 'Superman'; Jon Hamm Laughs Off 'Man Of Steel' Rumors

    Patrick Wilson Says He Wouldn't Mind A Crack At Supes RoleThe last few days have landed a few interesting bits of "Superman"-related news.

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    Industrial Light & Magic Documentary Premieres on Encore Tonight

    Given that my two primary cinematic loves are documentaries and special effects, I get very excited in the rare times the two come together (like when Industry Light & Magic showed up in "The Cove" to be employed for a real-life mission impossible). It's as if the Lumieres had not denied Georges Méliès the purchase of one of their cameras during their famous meeting, and instead of seeming to divide in two separate directions motion pictures evolved from a fusion of actuality and fantasy. Okay, that sounds exactly what happened anyway, but still there is a certain wall between true nonfiction films and effects spectacles. And the few times there is a relationship between the two it's usually for the former documenting the making of the latter.

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