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    DGA Award TV Nominees Include Rian Johnson, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Philip Kaufman & More

    Perhaps as further evidence that great storytelling is happening just as often on the small screen as it is in the multiplex, this year's DGA nominees for televison feature more than a few names who are seasoned in the feature film world, so let's get right to it.

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    Bryan Cranston, Lena Dunham and Rian Johnson Among DGA's 2013 TV Nominations

    The Directors Guild of America caused a stir yesterday when Tom Hooper was among the five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, while Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell missed the cut.

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    Read: Rian Johnson's Original Sketch for 'Looper' from 2002

    Check out this excerpt from Rian Johnson's original 4-page prose sketch for "Looper." It was written in 2002 when Johnson was trying to get "Brick" made -- "out of frustration," he started writing short ideas that could be filmed on a shoestring budget.

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    'Zero Dark Thirty' Wins Best Picture, Director & Actress From National Board Of Review, Leonardo DiCaprio Takes Supporting Actor

    Awards season continues on apace, and if things keep on the way things have been going this week, Kathryn Bigelow may need to enlarge her trophy cabinet. Her follow-up to the awards-laden "The Hurt Locker," Bin Laden-hunt picture "Zero Dark Thirty" hasn't even opened in theaters yet, but it already ...

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    Podcast: The Playlist Talks 'The Master' & 'Looper'

    The podcast returns this week after a long absence. We apologize for the lack of shows, but obviously we've been hella busy. This week, host Erik McClanahan is joined by regular guests Kevin Jagernauth and Rodrigo Perez for reviews of two films from American writer/directors garnering a ton of a...

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    Immersed in Movies: Talking 'Looper' VFX

    Rian Johnson, like many directors, hated CG without really understanding it. But no more, thanks to "Looper's" VFX supervisor, Karen Goulekas ("Green Lantern," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Spider-Man"). In fact, she made it her mission to turn Johnson into a convert. But then Goulekas had no choice: s...

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    Looper—movie review

    'Looper' is a rare example of ingenious science-fiction storytelling where the fundamental concepts are so intriguing that their stylish execution feels like gravy.

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    Emily Blunt Talks Keeping It Real in 'Looper,' 'Your Sister's Sister' and 'All You Need is Kill' (VIDEO)

    The performer who anchors "Looper" and turns it into something deeper than a hardboiled sci-fi actioner is Emily Blunt. (Here's my review.) I grabbed the in-demand actress between rehearsals on Doug Liman's "All You Need is Kill" for a brief telephone interview.

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    Review: Heady, High Concept 'Looper' Is A Dazzling Piece Of Sci-Fi Noir

    Welcome to 2044, Kansas. Time travel hasn't been invented yet, but in thirty years it will be. And when it is, it's immediately outlawed, with criminal organizations using it for their own ends -- namely, to dispose of bodies. In the future, thanks to the advances in tracking people, it...

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    Critical Consensus: Christy Lemire and Claudia Puig On 'Looper,' Sci Fi Movies and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Editor’s note: Critical Consensus is a biweekly feature in which two critics from Indiewire’s Criticwire network discuss new releases with Indiewire’s chief film critic, Eric Kohn. Here, AP film critic Christy Lemire and USA Today's Claudia Puig discuss Rian Johnson's &q...

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