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    Sundance: Katie Aselton & Kate Bosworth Talk Realism Vs. Horror In 'Black Rock'

    While the subject of women in peril is about as old as the horror/thriller genre itself, director Katie Aselton, who also stars alongside Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell, is hoping to change the equation a bit with "Black Rock." The movie, which premiered over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, presents a trio of women who retreat to an island for a weekend, only to wind up fighting for their lives. As our review of the film notes, unlike standard movies in the genre, which give little substance to the women who are the victims of the tale, in "Black Rock" we get much more characterization, which in turn makes the audience far more invested in their plight.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    But Does Anyone Really Care About The Oscars?

    I mean that. Does anyone really care anymore about them? And I'm not just talking about black people. I mean ANYONE? Black, white, male, female, gay, straight, Christian, Jew, Muslim. Anyone who thinks that the Oscars are still that important, raise your hands.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Oscar Welcomes Newcomers

    Oscar voters always have some surprises up their collective sleeve, and today was no exception. The actors’ branch is especially welcoming to new talent, as witness the nominations of first-timers Demián Bichir, Rooney Mara, Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, and Melissa McCarthy. That such relative newcomers are standing toe to toe with the likes of George Clooney and Meryl Streep is a tremendous achievement—and honor.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Review Round-Up: Fox Searchlight Pick-Up 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Stuns and Impresses

    The breakout hit of Sundance, Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," has critics gushing. After acquiring potential Academy contender "The Surrogate" for a cool $6 million for worldwide rights, Fox Searchlight closed a deal for "Beasts of the Southern Wild"as well. (Review round-up below.)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    An Evening With Pam Grier & Jennifer Beals, Presented By Clement Virgo January 24th (Details)

    IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH TD, CFC AND CLEMENT VIRGO PRESENT: ‘AN EVENING WITH PAM GRIER & JENNIFER BEALS’

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  • The Playlist
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    Joe Carnahan Wants Liam Neeson To Play Blake Morrow In 'Nemesis'; Old 'Dark Knight Rises' Rumor Gains New Heat

    To call Oscar winner Liam Neeson's recent surge of genre material something new would be to forget that many years ago, he starred in Sam Raimi's "Darkman" as the titular hero, and also suited up for George Lucas' "Star Wars" prequel trilogy. The only thing that has changed is, aside from the no brainer success of Lucas' franchise (which is not dependent on stars, but on lightsabres), Neeson's forays into pulp fare (remember "The Haunting"?) have only been a recent thing, with "Taken" blowing the doors off. This weekend, Neeson's growl will come face-to-face with those of some very mean wolves in Joe Carnahan's "The Grey," and if things go the way the director wants, it won't be the last time he hooks up with his "The A-Team" star.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    A Little Something to Brighten Your Day: The Athena Film Festival Trailer

    Suck it to all of you who don't think women are strong leaders in every aspect of life.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Oscar Nominations 2012 Announced: "The Help," Viola Davis And Octavia Spencer Make The List

    Oscar nominations were announced earlier and The Help scored well getting a "Best Picture" nomination as well as garnering a "Best Actress" nomination for Viola Davis and "Best Supporting Actress" for Octavia Spencer.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance: 'Liberal Arts' Director Josh Radnor Talks The Influence Of Richard Linklater, Working With Elizabeth Olsen & More

    While it's fairly easy (and somewhat lazy) to toss Josh Radnor into the Zach Braff category of sitcom-actor-turned-screenwriter-and-filmmaker, the association is reductive of the talents required on both the small and big screen. As the star of "How I Met Your Mother," Radnor has displayed a very different set of tools than those utilized for his debut feature "Happythankyoumoreplease." And while that Sundance Audience Award-winning film didn't quite break out the way one might expect, Radnor has soldiered on, and now, two years later, has arrived with "Liberal Arts." Starring rising actress Elizabeth Olsen, the film centers on Jesse (Radnor), a 35-year-old man who can’t leave his college life behind as he comes to grips with the responsibilities of adulthood. Olsen plays Zibby, a 19-year-old college student who falls for Jesse over their mutual love of music and literature, but their difference in age starts to get in the way as Jesse moves farther away from a hedonistic lifestyle.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Video: The Hilarious Q&A At The Sundance Premiere of the Pretty Amazing "Bachelorette"

    It's not going to be for everyone, but I really got into Leslye Headland's "Bachelorette" at last night's premiere.  A sort of "Bridesmaids" meets "Mean Girls" by way of John Hughes, its darker and more cynical than I expected (though honestly my major complaint is that it wasn't quite dark enough). It's also probably going to offend or at least put off a lot of folks (and did last night), particularly those outside the demographic the film is significantly geared toward (gays and gals in their 20s). But I actually found it depressingly authentic in its unlikeable characters, and felt that its entire cast - Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzie Caplan and breakout Rebel Wilson - were across the board stellar. Wilson was also fucking hilarious on stage afterwards at a rather riotous Q&A, the entire video from which is available below:

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