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    This Year's Foreign Oscar Snubs: "Separation" In; "Bala" Out

    Oh, why do I even still bother? Predictably disappointing, but still somewhat grating, the Academy Awards have announced their short-list for the Best Foreign Language Film of the year, and the resulting 9 films aren't going to surprise anyone--except for the few noteworthy omissions that sho...

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    Sundance's Distribution Contingency Plan Announces First Set of Films

    Thanks to a deal between New Video and Sundance Institute's Artist Services program, Sundance filmmakers may be able to rest easier this coming week.  It was announced that thirteen titles from the Sundance archive have signed deals with New Video to be available on digital distribution pla...

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    Rising Stars Tahar Rahim & Lea Seydoux To Star In Nuclear-Powered Romantic Drama 'Grand Central'

    Two of our favorite breakouts of international cinema of the last few years have been Tahar Rahim and Lea Seydoux. The former made a scorching debut in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," followed up swiftly with "The Eagle" and "Black Gold," while the latter won a C&eac...

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    Does Digital Spell the End of the Art House?

    I did not attend Art House Convergence, the annual event in Park City, Utah that precedes Sundance and gathers together the leading lights of community theaters and small art house venues around the country. But it seems as if a post I wrote last week, Indie Theaters Left in the Dark by 3D Boom, set...

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    IN THE WORKS: Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Chris Evans in Talks to Star in 'Snow Piercer"

    White-blonde actress and probable Oscar nominee Tilda Swinton might reprise her Ice Queen role in an upcoming feature--just not as Narnia native Jadis the White Witch. Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") and Jamie Bell ("The Adventures of Tintin") are in talks to join Chris Evans ("Captain Ameri...

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    Producer Rick McCallum Reveals 'Red Tails' Was Originally Conceived As A Trilogy

    It was 1984. In a studio in England, a small film called "Dreamchild" was shooting under producer Rick McCallum, with a crew of only twenty people. While they only used one room of the studio space, the rest of the area was taken over by the potential blockbuster "Return To Oz," ...

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    2012 Full Frame Tribute Will Honor Documentary Filmmaker Stanley Nelson ("Freedom Riders")

    Award-winning producer/director/writer Stanley Nelson, who won 3 Emmys last year for his documentary Freedom Riders, will be celebrated at this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Tribute.

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    Film Society and MoMA Reveal 7 Titles for New Directors/New Films 2012

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art have announced the first seven film selections for the 41st edition of New/Directors/New Films.

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    Aretha Franklin Biopic Apparently Has Director & Financing + Its Official Title & Her Dream Cast

    Well, good luck to her! This biopic of hers has been "in development" for sometime now, and we've documented every major progression, most notably the casting kerfuffle between her and Halle Berry (she said Halle was a shoe-in to play Aretha Franklin in the film; Halle said, I don'...

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    'Gossip Girl' Star Aaron Tveit Lands Role Of Enjolras In Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

    It might still be coming together, but the cast of the long-awaited film version of "Les Miserables," directed by "The King's Speech"'s Oscar winning director Tom Hooper, is what can politely be described as 'eclectic.' Two burly Australian leading men, Hugh Jackm...

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