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Oscar Poker, Episode 8

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Later today or tonight, our Moveiegasm podcast will go up. But here is the 8th episode of Oscar Poker. Jeff Wells, Phil Contrino, Scott Feinberg and I discuss many things. Our podcasts, both of them, keep going up in length of time.¬† But there isn’t any point in cutting in. ...

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Like a Hurricane: The Actresses Own 2010

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It’s been said before, but let it be said again, 2010 is marked by an uncharacteristic tsunami of women. Sure, there are still some male-driven films that have risen to the top of the pile, namely Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech, Jessie Eisenberg/Andrew Garfield/Justin Timberlake in ...

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Bening’s Time

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It took me a while to finally see The Kids Are All Right. I knew the movie would be good, and I followed the trail of buzz that has it continually landing on lists of films that might make the cut for the Oscars. Some have asked why the film ...

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Checking in with the Santa Barbara Film Festival

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The SBIFF already has a star-packed lineup slated for their fest, which takes flight January 27, through February 6. Just announced, Annette Bening will be the recipient of the American Riviera Award, which was “established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Bening will ...

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The women of ‘The Help’

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First stills from The Help, Dreamworks promising adaptation of one of last year’s most significant literary events. Kathryn Stockett’s novel chronicling small town America in the throes of the Civil Rights Movement rose to top bestseller charts and capped off its popular success with appearances on many year-end best lists. ...

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Rabbit Hole Belongs to Kidman

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ICS’ Erik Anderson reviews Rabbit Hole: Eckhart does very good work, running the gamut¬†from subtle to (sometimes a bit too) explosive. Wiest is gentle here, offering sage advice in the face of her daughter‚Äôs nastiness. I was reminded of her character in Edward Scissorhands, a bit hopeful, a bit na√Øve ...

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Rabbit Hole poster

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Looking back over the year in posters, does it seem to you there’s been a nice spike of imagination at upper end of the quality scale? First-class posters for Inception, 127 Hours, The American, True Grit, and even Inside Job have striking designs that stick in our minds. It should ...

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Oscar Bits and Bites

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Jeff Wells and Kris Tapley sit on opposite ends of the teeter-totter with their opinion on Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs. Jeff lays into Kris and his ilk pretty hard, writing, “In my initial 10.20 review of Love and Other Drugs, I predicted that it would run into trouble ...

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Jennifer Lawrence is named Palm Springs Festival’s Rising Star

Jennifer Lawrence has been quietly accumulating an array of¬†festival honors for her strong performance as Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone.¬†Now she is¬†tapped¬†to receive the Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 2011 awards gala.¬†Last year this¬†award went to Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air. ‚ÄúCall it ...

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Rabbit Hole Trailer

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Thanks to Monica for the embed. Here is the trailer and screen caps for Rabbit Hole – you can view it now on Apple. Got to say, it looks really great. I am rooting for John Cameron Mitchell to make it into the big leagues. Kidman, Eckhart and Wiest all ...

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2010 Gotham Independent Film Award Nominations

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Debra Granik‚Äôs Winters Bone Receives Three Nominations: Best Feature, Breakthrough Actor (Jennifer Lawrence) & Best Ensemble Performance The Kids Are All Right and Tiny Furniture both receive two nominations Best Feature: Black Swan Blue Valentine The Kids Are All Right Let Me In (!) Winter’s Bone Best Documentary: 12th & ...

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