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    Immersed in Movies: Editor Christopher Tellefsen Pitches Moneyball

    Editing is all about internal rhythms for Christopher Tellefsen, and "Moneyball" fit like a glove. On the surface, it's a David & Goliath sports movie. But it's really about the struggle against conventional wisdom for the fast talking and even quicker thinking Oakland A's general manager Billy Bean...

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    WGA Nominee John Logan Talks 'Hugo,' 'Rango,' 'Coriolanus,' 'Skyfall' and Patti Smith's 'Just Kids'

    John Logan is smiling today, as he just earned a Writer's Guild Nomination for adapting the novel "Hugo Cabret" for Martin Scorsese. If his other scripts had been eligible, he could just as well have sewn up three spots this year.

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    Kevin Spacey Talks 'Margin Call,' 'Richard III' and Fincher's 'House of Cards'; Silent Boardroom Clip

    So where is "Margin Call" in the awards derby? Roadside Attraction's surprise hit of the fall season (86 % on Rotten Tomatoes) offers a new indie distribution paradigm as it reached consumers simultaneously via both VOD and theaters ($5 million gross).

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    Farhadi Talks Oscar Front-Runner A Separation; Divorce Drama Questions Iran's Future

    Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation" was the final film shown at Sneak Previews this year; we went out on a high note. The film has been winning prizes since it was first shown in Berlin and won the Golden Bear. It has landed on many ten best lists and is a likely foreign film Oscar nominee.

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    SAG Nominee Demian Bichir Landed A Better Life By Playing Castro for Soderbergh: But Will Tom Hanks Watch It?

    Demian Bichir, scion to a theater family in Mexico City, was at the height of his fame 20 years ago when he decided to come to the States, first to New York and then L.A., to find his way in Hollywood.

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    'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo': Zaillian Streamlines, Improves on Detective Duo in Larsson's Neo-Noir

    Hollywood studio execs consider Steve Zaillian to be their number one literary adapter. He won the Oscar for "Schindler's List," after all, and could wind up with an Oscar nomination for "Moneyball" as well this year, which he serially co-wrote with another alpha Oscar-winner...

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    Kenneth Branagh Asks: Would Marilyn Tweet? Talks Movies of Wallander and Shakespeare

    It makes sense that Kenneth Branagh idolizes Sir Laurence Olivier. After all, both actors have directed themselves in Shakespeare's plays on stage and screen, including "Henry V."

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    Video: Max von Sydow Talks the Silence of The Renter

    I first encountered Max von Sydow on the big screen playing chess with Death in Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" at The New Yorker in Manhattan when I was a teenager. He's surprised that I've seen it. "You watched black and white films?" he asks, admitting tha...

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    Wenders Gets Out of His Own Way with Stunning 3-D Tribute To Pina Bausch

    A hand caresses dirt, sheer curtains billow in your face in 3-D. From the first frames of "Pina," you know you are in the hands of a master. With this documentary Wim Wenders deploys his arsenal of skills learned over 40 years of filmmaking, freed from the constraints of the narrative fict...

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    Indie Spirit Nominee 'Without' Team Talk Micro-Budget Filmmaking, Distribution

    Writer-director Mark Jackson is up for the “Someone to Watch” award at the Indie Spirits, to be held in Santa Monica on February 25, for his micro-budget "Without." The film is a quiet character study featuring a daring performance by the newcomer, Joslyn Jensen.

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