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Brando, 1952

(click to enlarge) Marlon Brando, age 28. Brian Williams featured these photos tonight on NBC Nightly News. You can find a dozen more on the LIFE site, here and here. By 1952, Marlon Brando was well on his way in Hollywood, with three incredible roles under his belt: his big-screen ...

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Damages is BACK!

The good news is, the Glenn Close series has been renewed for two more seasons.  The bad news is, it will only be on Direct-TV, a satellite service that one must sign up for.  This might turn out to be a good incentive for people to switch to satellite, but ...

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Bill Murray Opens Up

Thanks to reader Jon for pointing us to this Bill Murray interview that is far more revealing than any he’s done lately (he never does them at all). ¬†Reading through it, it’s easier to understand why Murray isn’t Mr. Popular in Hollywood. ¬†One has to be Marlon Brando or Katharine ...

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How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3 and 3D

It's everywhere. It seems as if every film coming out these days is available with 3d glassses. This of course has a lot to do with money. Ever since that groundbreaker Avatar came out & stormed the Box Office, the studios wanted to take advantage of the 3d medium by releasing every mediocre effort with glasses. When conceived, most of these movies were not meant for 3d viewing, compared to James Cameron's Avatar which was born and bred as a 3d experience.

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Winter's Bone And Oscar

Debra Granik's second feature film, Winter's Bone, is the kind of movie that gets progressively better & better as you delve deeper and deeper into it. It is filled with humane, real characterizations of a society that is rooted in evil and people that have lost all hope in life and succumbed to shadiness & drug dealing. There are memorable scenes that linger (the gutting of a squirrel, the taking of a girl, a final -ambiguous- mumbling sentence) & a sense of dread that will turn the most primitive of moviegoers off. It is through and through a product of Independent film and we should be very appreciative of its existence.

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