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    "Neighborhood Watch" Now Retitled "The Watch" In Light Of Trayvon Martin Shooting

    So a few weeks ago, I posted an item about the controversy regarding Fox's big summer comedy Neighborhood Watch about a bunch of schmucks who form their own neighborhood crime watch group, only to encounter some aliens living in their town intent on conquering the world.

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    EXCLUSIVE CLIPS: 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Sets Brit Seniors in India

    Fox Searchlight is cheered indeed by the unexpected global performance of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," starring a cast of high-end Brits, from Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith to Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson. John Madden ("Doubt") brings a rag tag band of retirees together in a broken-down hot...

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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #34: John Cook's SLOW SUMMER Revisited

    The online video essay format opened a new playing field for critical and scholarly analysis of movies, providing opportunities for innovative explorations of films while also challenging the established conventions and limitations of text-based film criticism and scholarship.

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    Trailer Watch: Beast of the Southern Wild

    This is the film that won the top narrative prize at Sundance.  It stars newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis.  I don't think I've ever seen a trailer quite like this.  I am looking forward to this one.  It will also play in Cannes this month.

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    In Her Own Words: Anne Renton Shares a Scene From 'The Perfect Family' Starring Kathleen Turner

    Below director Anne Renton shares a scene from her dark comedy "The Perfect Family," which sees Kathleen Turner turning in her first on-screen lead performance in almost two decades. The film opens in select theaters and hits VOD today.

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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #33: Touching the Film Object?

    The Oberhausen International Short Film Festival presents "Film Studies in Motion", a Web Series curated by Volker Pantenburg and Kevin B. Lee. This series, available on the festival's website and Facebook page, presents weekly selections of analytical video essays on the web, in ...

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    BFI Takes on Alfred Hitchcock in Snappy, Vivid Trailer

    The British Film Institute just issued a graphic-heavy trailer as a way to promote their upcoming celebration of master auteur Alfred Hitchcock from June to October. The short is an unexpected twist on Saul Bass-influenced credits -- clever and pert. In semi-related news, check out our update of G...

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    VIDEO: Motion Studies #32: David Bordwell on OXHIDE II

    The online video essay format opened a new playing field for critical and scholarly analysis of movies, providing opportunities for innovative explorations of films while also challenging the established conventions and limitations of text-based film criticism and scholarship.

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    Johnny Carson Honored as 'King of Late Night' in American Masters PBS Documentary

    In the mood to look backwards to the early days of late night TV? To mark the the 50th anniversary of Johnny Carson taking over the 'Tonight Show' from Jack Paar, as well as the 20th anniversary of Carson's retirement from television, this coming Monday, PBS will honor Johnny Carson as the "King of...

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    Trailer Watch: Sony Targets Adults with 'Hope Springs' and Streep, Carell, and Jones

    One of the movies that popped at the theater owners' convention CinemaCon was Sony August release "Hope Springs," starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a middle-aged couple married for 30 years who are utterly bored with each other. They are running on fumes. So Streep drags re...

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