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Soderbergh goes for a ‘Knockout’

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Gina Carano is set to star in Steven Soderbergh’s action thriller Knockout. Craig Kennedy pulls the best bits from the Empire story, so I’ll skip the heavy-lifting and simply quote the quotes from Living In Cinema: Soderbergh describes Knockout as ‚Äúa combination of a Bond movie ...

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The Messenger

New on the radar (for me, anyway), The Messenger gets our attention on the basis of an interesting cast (Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone), and the two Golden Bears it won at the Berlin International Film Festival for Best Screenplay and the Peace Film Award. IMDb says ...

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“Some Sort of Reckoning is At Hand”

Jim Emerson on the Polanski case: What I found most provocative and disturbing about “Wanted and Desired,” though, was its depiction of the ways in which Polanski’s perverse playboy image, his work, and his lifelong proximity to horror, also weighed into his prosecution. His mother had died at Auschwitz. His ...

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Matt Damon Helps Promote Entourage

This video is making the rounds — what’s funny about it, of course, is that Matt Damon isn’t the type to go nuts on anyone. And it’s Entourage-esque anyway. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF2WaXeluPk[/youtube] Hat tip, JJ. Speaking of Entourage, it has gotten off to a better start recently, after sputtering a bit at ...

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Scorsese, Allen, Aronofsky, Mendes, Nichols, Soderbergh, Rushdie, Almodovar, Cuaron, Demme, Gilliam, Schnabel, Wong, Lynch, Swinton, Tykwer, Jordan, Schnabel, Frears

Those are a few of the names on the Petition for Roman Polanski, spotlighting the precise reason this incident is important to the international film community: By their extraterritorial nature, film festivals the world over have always permitted works to be shown and for filmmakers to present them freely and ...

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My Final Word on Polanski

I was sorry to see this all dredged back up again. This site fell into the same trap back when Polanski’s The Pianist was up for Oscars. Many of those hellbent on punishing Polanski did not want to see him win any awards. They were here then and, it appears, ...

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Guest Review: That Evening Sun

Review: That Evening Sun (2009) by Jennifer Boulden If we all, as Thoreau wrote, live lives of quiet desperation, there are times in any life when the desperation comes to a head and ceases any pretense of quietude. The events in the small film That Evening Sun transpire at just ...

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Typhoon Ondoy Relief

We don’t often do this sort of thing here, but our friend and reader from the Philippines wrote and asked for help and aid. This is from a Google page set up to aid rescue efforts and gather donations and help – here you can find out how to help ...

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Nightmare on Elm Street, trailer

Three words explain why this trailer is worth a look: Jackie Earl Haley. These kinds of movies stopped being scary to me ages ago, and it’s not because I outgrew them. This looks pretty dang creepy and stylish. Also interesting to note the beboot was written by Wesley Strick — ...

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Where the Wild Things Are, TV spots

Like all the other exceptional marketing we’ve seen for Where the Wild Things Are, the latest batch of TV spots are just splendid. There’s an extended promo running on Sundance Channel this week, but I haven’t been able to find a get a copy to embed yet. In the meantime, ...

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Roman Polanski arrested attending Swiss Film Fest

Slow crime day in Zurich? Academy-Award winning director Roman Polanski was taken into custody in Switzerland Saturday on a 31-year-old U.S. arrest warrant stemming from Polanski’s alleged unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl, organizers of the Zurich Film Festival said early Sunday morning. Polanski, who won a Best Director ...

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Book of Eli, new trailer

Not Oscar material and not intended to be. Posting this trailer out of respect for the Hughes brothers, Allen and Albert, and for those of us who would like to see Mad Max again but can longer stand the sight of Mel Gibson. I really really like the look of ...

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Michael Moore & Bill Maher: A Love Story

Maher to Moore: “I think this is your magnum opus.” And from Michael Moore’s email newsletter tonight: I’ve spent nearly two years on this new movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” and have poured my heart and soul into this project. Many early critics and viewers have called it my “best ...

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