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    Film Critic Karina Longworth Leaves the L.A. Weekly

    Friday December 14 is film critic Karina Longworth's last day at the LA Weekly. Three years ago she went to the Weekly, owned by Village Voice Media, to replace Scott Foundas when he split --overloaded and exhausted--to try his hand at programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It is no coin...

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    Listen: Five Tracks from Alexandre Desplat's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Score

    The complete score for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," by the prolific composer Alexandre Desplat, is now available online. This is something a little different for Desplat, melding pulse-pounding and Middle Eastern strings for the film's fraught sequences, with a lighter staccato sound for th...

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    Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces $220K in Grants to Women Documentary Filmmakers

    Non-profit Chicken & Egg Pictures, which supports women doc filmmakers, announces $220,000 in grants going to 25 filmmakers, both emerging and established. To date, Chicken & Egg has given over $2.7 million to women filmmakers since its inception in 2005.

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    Ralph Fiennes' Slate Includes Russia Cinema Fund-Backed 'Two Women,' 'Budapest' & Dickens

    The Russian Cinema Fund is co-producing several titles with monies totalling $6.5 million, among them Ralph Fiennes' "The Two Women." The film is an adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's 19th century comedy play "A Month in the Country," about a woman and her-step daughter, both ...

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    Hayao Miyazaki's First Film in 5 Years 'Kaze Tachinu' Coming in 2013

    Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki will release his first feature in five years, "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Has Risen") in 2013. The film centers on the life of Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi, and is inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel of the same title, and a manga Miyazaki created for the...

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    Saul Bass' Original Sketches for 'The Shining' Poster, with Kubrick's Handwritten Notes

    Check out these haunting, fine-point Saul Bass sketches for Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." Reportedly Bass showed Kubrick 300 different versions before the director settled on the original poster design...

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    New Mondo 'Lord of the Rings' Posters from Alamo Drafthouse -- 'Fate Has Chosen Him, Evil Will Hunt Him'

    Check out the new Mondo posters for Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings," designed by artist Olly Moss and featuring a jagged sword looming ominously over Frodo and his companions. Mondo is Alamo Drafthouse's boutique poster shop.

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    Casting Watch: Glenn Close & Nick Nolte Are 'Always on My Mind'

    Glenn Close and Nick Nolte are set to star in "Always on My Mind," which centers on an aging rock star (Nolte) as he succumbs to Alzheimers, with his wife (Close) left to navigate his steady degeneration...

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    Sundance 2013 Films Will Screen Across Country: 'The East,' 'Aint' Them Bodies Saints'

    The Sundance Institute announces titles from its 2013 edition that will screen in indie theaters across the US on January 31 as part of the Sundance Film Festival USA initiative.

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    Cinema Guild Acquires DVD and VOD Rights for Terence Nance's Gotham Winner 'An Oversimplification of Her Beauty'

    The Cinema Guild has picked up U.S. home video, digital and non-theatrical distribution rights for Terence Nance's recent Gotham Award-winner "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty." The filmmakers will release the film theatrically in 2013, followed by a DVD and VOD release via Cinema G...

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