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    Star Watch: Pitt, Penn in Tree of Life Trailer, Winslet on Mendes' Bond, Depp On Jolie and Paradis

    - Stay calm, Terrence Malick fans. The LAT says there's truth to the hype. They provide a sneak peak at the film's trailer (which Fox Searchlight is attaching to Black Swan Friday) and debuted several stills. The trailer suggests a "mystical, rich and satisfying film…a big-canvas movie in the best s...

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    Lesley Manville Talks Another Year, Mike Leigh

    Of all the descriptions I've heard from various folks about the famed Mike Leigh process--whereby the writer-director starts at zero with a troupe of actors and winds up after a lengthy workshop period with a solid character-driven screenplay--long-term Leigh veteran Lesley Manville (All or Nothing,...

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    Michelle Williams Talks Blue Valentine, Meek's Cutoff, Playing Marilyn Monroe, Female Directors

    Michelle Williams has a lot going on. Not only is the actress enjoying her Indie Spirit nomination for Sundance/Cannes/Toronto fave Blue Valentine (while decrying her co-star's Ryan Gosling's omission), but she's fearlessly stepping up to playing icon Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming My Week with Mari...

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    The Social Network Gets Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay at National Board Of Review Awards

    And the award goes to…The Social Network, The National Board of Review's pick for Best Film, Best Director (David Fincher), Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg). Full list and and analysis below.

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    Inception Leads Satellite Award Nominations; Surprise Omissions

    IndieWIRE's Peter Knegt looks at the Wacky Satellite Award nominations, led by Inception with eleven (including Best Picture, Director, Actor [DiCaprio] and Supporting Actress [Marion Cotillard]). Knegt notes that these often inexplicable and "generally disregarded" as Oscar precursor awards do inc...

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    True Grit Early Reviews: "Accessible, Simple, Mythic and Beautiful," "Thirsting For More" [Updated]

    Anne Thompson's True Grit review headline is: Coens Deliver PG-13 Classic Western, Bridges Owns Cogburn. Here's a round-up of other early reviews [Updated with more]:

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    With Four Indie Spirit Nominations, Rabbit Hole Debuts New Poster and Clips

    Lionsgate's Rabbit Hole opens December 17 and just released a new poster and clips (below). The film has just been nominated for four Indie Spirit Awards, including John Cameron Mitchell (Best Director), David Lindsay-Abaire (Best Screenplay), and Nicole Kidman (Best Female Lead) and Aaron Eckhart (Best Male Lead), boosting its Oscar buzz. I listened to Mitchell and Eckhart's Q & A at the AFI's enthusiastically applauded screening on November 8. Mitchell said that if a piece of art deals with a heavy subject matter, it ideally should contribute to someone’s ability to deal with - not just reinforce - the misery of the situation. “Hopefully th...

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    True Grit Early Review: Coens Deliver PG-13 Classic Western, Bridges Owns Cogburn

    Finally, the last anticipated Oscar contender has been screened and Wednesday, reviewed. The question is whether expectations of the Coens' True Grit have been overblown. Reaction at one New York screening was mixed. It's not surprising; pure westerns do not play in some quarters. Younger moviegoers...

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    Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk

    Amy Dawes reports on what she saw and heard at Inception's DVD and Blu-Ray release (read Oscar) party Tuesday night in the Hollywood Hills. Leonardo DiCaprio smokes a cigar and worries about African lions, Nolan talks The Dark Knight Rises (and wants everyone to stop trying to figure out the ending ...

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