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    Writers' Panel Talk Originals 'Looper,' 'Flight' and 'Moonrise Kingdom' and Adaptations 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' and 'Life of Pi'

    Every year I conduct a Santa Barbara Film Festival ritual: the "It Starts with the Script" panel with writers of the year's best screenplays. In the 2013 group, some are up for Writers Guild awards next weekend: David Magee for his adaptation of Yann Martel's "Life of Pi," Stephen Chbosky for adapti...

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    'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Joins Usual Suspects for Six USC Scripter Award Nominations

    "Perks of Being a Wallflower" joins usual suspects "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook" as contenders for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter awards. Usually five films are nominated, but this year a tie resulted in six nods.

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    For Your Consideration: 10 Underdog Actors That Deserve Oscar's Attention This Year

    There are definitely a few good men locked into both male acting categories this year, but there's still a little bit of wiggle room. So here are 10 underdog actors for your consideration.

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    Out This Week: From a Basketball Doc to a Medical Exposé, 6 Reviews of New Indie Releases

    This weekly column is intended to provide reviews of nearly every new indie release (and in certain cases studio films). Specific release dates and locations follow each review.

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    Weekend Preview: Eastwood's 'Trouble,' Gyllenhaal's 'Watch' & 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower'

    Among the many new releases arriving this weekend, David Ayer's visceral, you-are-there LA cop drama "End of Watch" boasts outstanding performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, which may or may not support Open Road's ultra-wide (2800) theater break. The film did gain some buzz in Toronto,...

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    Ezra Miller On His New Role, Queer Representation in Cinema and the 'Perks' of Being Honest About Your Sexuality

    A year after terrifying us with his chilling performance in Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin," Ezra Miller makes his range very clear with his work in Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallfower." The film -- which debuted in Toronto Saturday night ahead ...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

    In Stephen Chbosky’s largely endearing adaptation of his own young-adult novel, nothing says “I love you” like a painstakingly crafted mix tape. The early-‘90s setting for The Perks of Being a Wallflower means that the potentially precious references to Smiths songs are appropriate to the period even if the film – which touches on issues of sexual identity and mental illness – exhibits a more contemporary sort of frankness in regards to portrayals of teens on screen. Institutionalized after the suicide of his best friend, our loner hero Charlie (Logan Lerman) is none too happy about starting high school....

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