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    Review: 'The Mill And The Cross' Is A Sumptuous Visual Feast

    Unlike a film, a book, or a television song, a painting has infinite life. The artist weaves his narrative with a brush, his work not a mimicry but an impression of a time that comes and goes. It’s this eternal life that enlivens “The Mill and the Cross,” a biography not of a person, but of “The Way to Calvary,” a 16th century creation detailing a crucifixion in the midst of a busy field of Flanders. The painting itself is dense with detail and incidence, and a movie capturing the context of what occurs inside would go on forever.

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    Watch: Katherine Heigl Basically Remakes 'The Bounty Hunter' With 'One For The Money' Trailer

    Katherine Heigl has never been one to push the boundaries of her acting. Ever since "Knocked Up" -- her first major big screen stint outside of her starmaking turn on "Grey's Anatomy" -- she has excelled at playing well-dressed, but frosty bitches in one film after another with a mostly successful score card. Not counting "Knocked Up," which was sold on the Apatow brand, Heigl had a major high with the $200 million worldwide "The Ugly Truth," and even supposed "failures" like "Killers" or "Life As We Know It" wound up making around $100 million each worldwide anyway. So clearly, there are people who love to see Heigl do her thing. But will they like her with a Jersey accent?

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    Orgiastic Odyssey: Mark Cousins' The Story of Film

    On the last days of the Toronto Film Festival, Meredith Brody settles into a fifteen-hour orgy of film history. If I wasn’t already a rabid cinephile, exposure to Mark Cousins' orgiastic The Story of Film: An Odyssey would turn me into one. I’d been looking forward to seeing the two-day screenings, eight hours on Saturday and seven on Sunday, since I caught a scant hour of it in Telluride, shown on an ordinary flat screen in a back room of an art gallery. But, over two days immersed in its entirety, I’m overwhelmed by its richness, depth, and philosophy. Cousins’ pleasing Irish brogue seduces as he narrates the entire 15 hours, a personal take on film history that will dazzle the neophyte but also holds surprises for the most devoted film geek. I already know I have a weakness for clip shows, but this is no mere clip show: it’s wittily written and the new footage shot all over the world (hence the “odyssey”) is meditative and cinematic in its own right.

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    Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Extended Edition Released November 22

    Music Box will be releasing the Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition on November 22.

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    Direct from Broadway: Four Filmed Musicals Heading to Cinemas in Europe and North America

    A common lament in the New York theater world is that the business has become increasing Hollywood-ized. Especially on Broadway, the prevailing trend for some time has been toward spectacles with big name stars (often from the film world) and elaborate feats of technical theater, both of which may or may not spell success—witness the not-so-stellar reception afforded 2010's The Addams Family or last year's spectacular hit/failure Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark.

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    S & A's Own MsWOO In Conversation At Cannes

    You will recall that our own London based contributor Wendy Okoi-Obuli (AKA MS WOO - Get it?) traveled to the Cannes Film Festival this past May to report on the event for us. Well, while she was there, she did a video interview for Hyphenation Nation Productions about the festival, and tips for filmmakers, so we thought we'd share it with our readers.

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    Watch: First Clip From Fernando Meirelles’ '360' Starring Anthony Hopkins

    Unfortunately, Fernando Meirelles’ "360" had a rough premiere at TIFF just a couple of weeks back. Technical glitches delayed the single press screening by more than an hour, which caused scheduling problems for many people, who had to bail on seeing the picture. And at the splashy red carpet event for the movie, screenwriter Peter Morgan reportedly bailed on the Q&A, infuriated by the sound problems during the screening. When the reviews finally came back, the response from both critics and audiences were muted at best. Well, here's hoping things go a bit more smoothly for the film when it opens the BFI London Film Festival next month, and for those of you who will be attending, here's small taste of "360," courtesy of the fest.

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    SLIDE SHOW: The overacting hall of fame

    Sometimes an actor has to go over the top to sell a performance. Here are some of the most memorable

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    Official Poster For Jennifer Hudson's Winnie Mandela Biopic

    Jennifer Hudson's long-awaited Winnie Mandela biopic, Winnie, co-starring Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela premiered at TIFF to mixed reviews as I already noted in a previous post.

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    Millennium Acquires Moverman's Rampart, Starring Harrelson

    Avi Lerner's Millennium Entertainment is not known for giving its films an aggressive theatrical release. That's because CEO Avi Lerner believes, conservatively, in the numbers. Less spending on theatrical is more. He prefers VOD and DVD. And who's to say he's wrong, unless you are dealing with a movie that needs careful handling, and with the right nurturing could thrive in art houses around the country? That Millennium will not do, unless they radically change their current M.O. New Millennium player Mark Gill is capable of orchestrating an effective release strategy for Oren Moverman's 90s period Rampart, starring Woody Harrelson as an out-of-control L.A. cop who think that he is in control.. If Lerner lets him.

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