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  • The Lost Boys
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    Pedro and Penelope In New York

    Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar at the press conference for "Broken Embraces" at the New York Film Festival. Poorly made videos after the jump.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Flunking Out: Lone Scherfig's "An Education"

    There is little room for palpable emotions to flourish under the gloomy, brushed steel skies and oppressively muted palette of An Education. This highly stylized tale of a naïf taken in by the lies of an older man in prefeminist, pre-Beatles England is decked out like an overlong episode of Mad Men and places stunning costumes and impeccable art direction above sympathetic characters and relatable situations. Based on an autobiographical article in a literary magazine by British journalist and interviewer Lynn Barber, the film, adapted to the screen by Nick Hornby and directed by Lone Scherfig (Italian for Beginners), was in the can before the full memoir was even published, in June of this year. The result is a story spread as thin as marmalade over melba toast in the penny-pinching Twickenham household where Jenny (Carey Mulligan), our 16-year-old heroine, is being raised by her uptight parents (Alfred Molina and Cara Seymour). Jenny is eager to escape her middle class, provincial life and get to Oxford where, she says, “I can read what I want, wear black, and listen to Jacques Brel.” Mulligan’s playful facial expressions and doughy dimples go a long way towards making such cringe-worthy dialogue bearable, but the film’s clichéd portrait of self-centered teenagehood is fairly hard to stomach overall. Click here to read the rest of Sarah Silver's review of An Education.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Four Ways to Build a New Open Infrastructure

    Digital pioneer Lance Weiler joins the fray with a modest proposal for how the film industry should embrace innovation as it faces the digital future:

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  • Week of Wonders
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    Maurice Sendak + Spike Jonze @ MoMA

    Maurice Sendak + Spike Jonze @ MoMA

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  • ReelPolitik
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    "Life During Wartime": Solondz & Works Not a Peaceful Match?

    "Life During Wartime": Solondz & Works Not a Peaceful Match?

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    New 'Bad Lieutenant' Trailer: His Soul Really Is Still Dancing

    New 'Bad Lieutenant' Trailer: His Soul Really Is Still Dancing

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    India Picks Surprise Oscar Submission: Harishchandrachi Factory

    India Picks Surprise Oscar Submission: Harishchandrachi Factory

    Only three Indian films have been nominated for the best foreign film Oscar: 1957's Mother India, Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay in 1988, and Lagaan, in 2001. This year's choice was a surprise, from 40-year-old rookie director Paresh Mokashi: Harishchandrachi Factory, the story of India's first feature film. Made in 1913, Raja Harishchandra was directed by Dadasaheb Phalke, the D.W. Griffith of Indian cinema.

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    More: Awards, Oscars
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Talking European Award and Oscar Docs

    Talking European Award  and Oscar Docs

    The European Film Academy and the European culture channel ARTE announced their nominated documentaries today. The winner will be presented at the 22nd European Film Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 12 December, in Bochum, Germany.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    "Wall Street 2" Will Involve Seals

    "Wall Street 2" Will Involve Seals

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Feel Good News Story of the Year

    Feel Good News Story of the Year

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