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    Review: 'This Is Not A Film' Is Jafar Panahi's Highly Moving Depiction Of His Own House Arrest

    The title of Jafar Panahi's "This Is Not A Film" is a nod to the fact that the 75-minute feature is shot on a DV camera and an iPhone, and consists mostly of Panahi and his collaborator and friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb hanging out in the former's high-rise apartment over the course of a day. But it's a...

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    Dwayne McDuffie's Final Movie JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM Out Today on DVD

    It is exactly one year and a week since the passing of media maestro Dwayne McDuffie, known more widely for his writing on the various Justice League cartoon series of the past decade as well as for Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien, but more prominent as a comic book writer, enthusiast and ad...

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    AARON ARADILLAS: Jagger and Byrne Define and Redefine the Rock and Roll Frontman

    VIDEO: Watch the two embedded clips to compare the performance styles of two iconic front men: The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and The Talking Heads' David Byrne.

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    REVIEW: The Trials of (Not) Making a Movie in THIS IS NOT A FILM

    In the past two years, the Iranian government has moved from merely banning films (most of which were allowed to be released internationally) to arresting actors and filmmakers. Jafar Panahi is the highest-profile director to suffer such treatment. In 2010, his request to travel to the Berlin F...

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    Why Masterpiece Classic's 'Downton Abbey' Season 2 Was Such a Smash

    A few months ago, who would have bet that 5.4 million people would watch the two-hour finale of the second season of Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton Abbey?”

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    Book Review: 'Tales From Development Hell' An Uneven Look Behind The Curtain At Getting A Film Made

    Hollywood churns out roughly 400 movies per year, which is already a mind boggling figure, but becomes even more impressive when you think about the many hoops that need to jumped through just get a camera rolling. The vagaries of financing, locking down a cast, getting a script approved, protecting...

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    Review: 'No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos' An Inspiring & Moving Story About Friendship & Cinema

    Generally speaking, stories about Hollywood personalities tend to focus on players with larger than life egos, who used their bravado to make things happen. Or the tales center on the stars who luminous quailty made them legends. There is nothing that makes for a page-turning read or compelling docu...

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    Now and Then: Gay Biopics 'J. Edgar' and 'Milk' Reveal How History Is Made

    "We must never forget our history," growls aging anti-Communist lion J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) near the end of "J. Edgar." "We must never lower our guard." Here, Janus-like in their fusion and opposition, lay the film's two faces: To narrate the past and hopefully to redeem it.

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    'The Walking Dead,' Episode 3 Review: What About the Women?

    “The Walking Dead” made an attitude adjustment this week. The episode, written by Scott M. Gimple & Glenn Mazzara and directed quite beautifully by Ernest R. Dickerson, was all about Shane and Rick together.

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    Review: Tyler Rides, Dances To 2Pac & Brawls But Still Fails To Convince He's "Good" Enough For The Job!

    Tyler Perry’s new film Good Deeds opened in theaters yesterday; it stars Perry in the lead role with Thandie Newton, Brian White, Gabrielle Union and Phylicia Rashad. I caught one of the earlier showings here in Chicago, but before I get into my critique of the film, I supposed a brief summar...

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