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    Sundance '11: Isiah Whitlock Jr From 'The Wire' Does His Best Omar Impression In 'Cedar Rapids' Clip

    "Cedar Rapids" opens in a couple of weeks, but Fox Searchlight is feeling pretty good about the film, and not without reason. The first trailer for the film was a winner and with a cast featuring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Sen. R. Clayton ‘Clay’ Davis from “The Wire”) Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry, Stephen Root and more, you'd have to fuck up pretty hard to mess it up. So no surprise that the studio has taken the film to Sundance to get some good buzz building in advance of its release, and have also given MTV an exclusive, and pretty amusing, clip.

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    Sundance '11 Review: 'I Saw The Devil' Is Ugly, Gratuitous, Sad, Brutal, Complex, And Terrific

    Revenge flicks are generally easy for audiences to get behind -- show a person devastatingly wronged and we're down to see him get some payback. The directors, just like us, don't necessarily take a deep look into the utter meaninglessness of violent retribution, that is aside from some thrown around lines like "It won't bring her back, Michael!" Instead, we're all more interested in the thrill. There's been a few pictures to examine its fruitlessness, (Jeff Nichols's "Shotgun Stories" comes to mind) but leave it to Ji-Woon Kim, the Korean director who somehow is responsible for one of the best Westerns in the last decade (TIFF 2008 hit, "The Good, the Bad, the Weird"), to really critique the genre and give it some depth with the hearty punch to the face titled "I Saw The Devil."

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    Video: Kevin Smith Introduces "Red State" At Sundance

    Video of what happened after the movie coming soon.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    German Film History Uncovered

    A beautiful poster for Das alte Gesetz (The Old Law), from 1923, a seeming precursor to The Jazz Singer about a rabbi’s son who becomes a successful stage actor.

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    Duncan Jones Admits He Was Intimidated By 'Superman' Scale; Backed Out Of Talks On His Own

    'Moon' Director Also Talks Turning Down 'Dredd'What would you rather have: a filmmaker who's aware of his experience and limitations, but doesn't want to take a risk? Or a director who seizes an opportunity despite what might be a lack of skill-set self-awareness? Is the former just a move by a wise and mature filmmaker? Is the latter simply having self-confidence? Both obviously have their drawbacks, but self-awareness is an unusually new and cognizant level of consideration that sometimes doesn't register in careerist Hollywood.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sundance is Here and The World Discovers Women Can Direct

    It feels like "Groundhog Day." The most visible film festival in the US and one that showcases independent films and SURPRISE there are women making great films around town. It's not news that there is a disparity between the movies released around the country on a weekly basis and the films that appear at film festivals, including Sundance. The local multiplexes are dominated by big action thrillers, sequels, romantic comedies, animated fare, 3-D extravaganzas - you get the drift. They try and target these to the widest audience to make the most bang for the buck before the next film comes along to take over.

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    Watch: Teaser For Haunted Little Boy Flick 'Insidious' Starring Rose Byrne & Patrick Wilson

    From the makers of "Paranormal Activity" and "Saw" -- yeah, not exactly the greatest selling points for a movie (at least for us) but at least the latest from director James Wan isn't a shaky cam thriller or torture porn flick.

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    Kevin Smith & The Westboro Church Protest Of "Red State" In Videos

    Here's a bunch of videos from the Westboro Baptist Church's protest of Kevin Smith's "Red State" and Smith's own counter-protest, the last of which involves Smith himself:

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    Kevin Smith & The Westboro Church Protest Of "Red State" In Photos

    I only have a second, but here's a bunch of photos from the Westboro Baptist Church's protest of Kevin Smith's "Red State" and Smith's own counter-protest (the counter-protest probably had 100+ participants, Westboro had 6). I have to say seeing the fierce and evil insanity that is Shirley Phelps in person (she even stared at me at one point) was pretty intense. I have loads of videos from the protest and from Smith's 30 minute rant after the movie (which was pretty mediocre) where he announced he was self-distributing it... and will get those all up tomorrow. But in the meantime, here's a preview:

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    Review: Spanish Oscar Submission 'Even the Rain' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

    The film about filmmaking is a theme that has certainly been visited before -- as visual mediums go, movies seem to love taking the opportunity to talk extensively about their glamorous selves -- but “Even the Rain,” a picture that could easily fall into the action genre as well, takes its navel-gazing to a bit of a deeper level; not so much a send up of the truly ridiculous elements that go into the making of any film (see our coverage of The Envelope’s Director’s Roundtable for proof of that) but more of a motif and palette from which to explore two different times, but with eerily similar injustices towards basic human rights.

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