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    New Images From Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects,' Scott Z. Burns Calls Film "His Attempt At Modern Noir"

    “Gangster Squad” may have earned the title of First Major DisappointmentOof 2013, but new movies from both Park Chan-Wook and Steven Soderbergh around the corner, are enough to keep morale high. Park is of course taking a gamble with his first English-language film “Stoker,” ...

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    With Oscar Nom, Will Palestinian Doc "5 Broken Cameras" Enter Mainstream Debate?

    I've been advocating on behalf of "5 Broken Cameras," Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's engrossing and intimate doc chronicle of Burnat and his village's struggles for self-determination in Occupied Palestine, for nearly a year now. I first wrote about in March, then championed it ...

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    'Beasts' Director Wants Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry For Next Film On Wacky Aging (Details)

    In light of today's Oscar news, with Beasts Of The Southern Wild contending in major Academy Award categories (Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture), I thought this was worthy of a repost/reminder, as it seems like the news (first reported last September) went somewhat unnoticed. There...

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    The Academy Snubs Kathryn Bigelow for History Making Second Best Director Nomination

    I sit here ruminating, fulminating and seething, thinking about how Kathryn Bigelow could have been overlooked for a second best director nomination.  I'm pretty sure the people who thought Ben Affleck was also a sure thing are wondering how this could have happened to him.

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    Finally, Movement On 'Y: The Last Man.' Director Hired. Again, Who Should Play Agent 355?

    A big screen adaptation of this popular graphic novel has been "in the works" since 2008 when I first wrote about it on my old blog, although little progress has been made since then, so it's anyone's guess whether it'll eventually happen.

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    Watch The Oscar Nominations: The Good, The Bad, The What Were They Thinking?

    What a relief! It looks like the Oscar show might actually be fun, thanks to Seth MacFarlane. When he and Emma Stone announced the nominees, MacFarlane commented with barbed lines that were as edgy as anything Ricky Gervais did during his controversial Golden Globes gigs. After announcing the B...

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    Michael Fassbender Gets A Makeover In First Image From 'Frank' With Maggie Gyllenhaal & Domhnall Gleeson

    Over the last few years, we've seen Michael Fassbender in a number of different guises; British agent disguised as a Nazi, Roman warrior, Gothic romantic lead, metal-bending Holocaust-surviving mutant, repressed psychotherapist, rampant sex addict, treacherous secret agent, and Peter O'Toole-ish and...

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    Ojos! 5 Hot American Latino films to discover in 2013

    Peep this and pay mind folks, especially Festival Programmers and Distributors. Here’s my list of the most exciting American Latino independent fiction films coming through the pipeline ready to break out and make noise in 2013.

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    Oscar Nominations 2013: 'Lincoln,' 'Life Of Pi' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' Lead Academy Awards Field

    So here we are. The moment that basically every film fan (even if some are openly hostile to the idea) sees as their Superbowl; the announcement of the Academy Award nominations, for the 85th time, in this case. Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone took to the stage at 5.30 PST to deliver the news, after ...

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    Watch: First Trailer For Danny Boyle's Thriller 'Trance'

    Tonight, during the closing credits of Film 2013 on BBC1, the first trailer for Danny Boyle's thriller "Trance" was unveiled. And, a few hours later, the full thing has made its way online via MSN.

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