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    Must -Sees: The Last Station, Up in the Air, Bright Star

    Must-Sees:Jason Reitman's Up in the Air has been deemed a too-dark marketing challenge. But the movie's strength is the way it skips past conventional genre cliches while deftly taking its characters through romantic escape and isolation--and the tough economy. Paramount Pictures is one of the few s...

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    Precious, Last Station Score Five Indie Spirit Noms

    It was amusing watching announcers Matt Dillon and Taraji Henson maul the global Independent Spirit Awards nominees live on UStream Tuesday morning: they couldn't wrap their tongues around many of the names. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire and The Last Station dominated with five nom...

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    Trailer Watch: The Last Station Stars Mirren, Plummer, McAvoy

    I discovered Michael Hoffman's excellent literary adaptation The Last Station at Telluride; here's my feature. Sony Pictures Classics picked it up and is mounting an Oscar campaign for James McAvoy for best actor, Helen Mirren for best actress and Christopher Plummer for supporting (that's because t...

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    Oscar Watch: Tyson Throws Oscar Nod at LAX

    Even if the legal fracas between a paparazzi and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson winds up in a likely out-of-court settlement, the evidence points to a boxer punching a photographer in the face. Here's the LAT report.

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    A Prophet Leads European Film Award Nominations

    The European Film Academy nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards were voted on by over 2,000 EFA members who will now choose the winners. They will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on December 12 in Bochum.

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    Apocalypse Hits 2012, D-BOX, Collapse

    Roland Emmerich's disaster movies Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow are guilty pleasures. I want to see 2012 (November 13) but Sony is hiding it from me.

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    Oscar Talk, Episode 7: Amelia, Precious, Awards Circuit

    Fresh off the plane from LA to London, in advance of my London Film Fest activities, I got on Skype with In Contention's Kris Tapley for our weekly kudocast. We went deep on what went wrong with Amelia, what's going right with Precious, the plethora of awards-worthy but small-scale projects from Son...

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    An Education Clips

    An Education is even better the second time, when you know the motivations of everyone involved. Writer Nick Hornby (wittily adapting The Observer columnist Lynn Barber's short memoir) and director Lone Scherfig (a protege of Lars von Trier) allow the movie to seduce you as they drop hints of what's...

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    Oscar Talk Episode 4: A Single Man, A Serious Man, Bright Star, Get Low, The Last Station

    In Oscar Talk, Episode 4, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I continue our discussion of all things Oscar. We cover the foreign language submissions (62 so far), the PGA and Oscar ten best films, the long-term forecast on Bright Star, Sony Pictures Classics’ Oscar hopefuls The Last Station and Get Low...

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