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Variety’s take on Somewhere

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Don’t want to seem to be obsessing but as these reviews trickle the reactions are all over the map, so here’s another perspective from Variety: Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” is a quiet heartbreaker. Trading “Lost in Translation’s” Tokyo hotel for Beverly Hills’ Chateau Marmont, the ever-perceptive writer-director further hones her gifts for ruefully funny observation and understated melancholy with this low-key portrait of a burned-out screen actor. Steeped in morning-after regret…

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Venice Film Fest: First Review of Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere

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Telluride – A Preview of “The Show”

Telluride – A Preview of “The Show”

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Diverse as always, the Telluride Film Festival presents its usual eclectic mix of standout films, foreign gems, and old classics. Documentaries look to have a major focus this year in Telluride. Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones will be premiering A Letter to Elia, a full-length documentary about the late Elia Kazan. Errol Morris and Ken Burns will also be premiering their documentaries, Tabloid and The 10th Inning. Tabloid is about…

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Off To Telluride

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[note]Eric Bialas is covering the Telluride Film Festival for AwardsDaily![/note] Venice. Toronto. Telluride. All three cities have their film festivals within two weeks of each other, and the result leads to an unofficial start to Oscar season. Great buzz out of these three festivals can immediately bring an unknown movie to the front of the pack. Nobody heard of Slumdog Millionaire before “The Show” (Telluride’s title of its festival). After…

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Black Swan wows critics at Venice premiere

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Black Swan had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last night, and many critics are leaping around in grand jet√©s of praise: Todd McCarthy, Indiewire: As a sensory experience for the eyes and ears, ‚ÄúBlack Swan‚Äù provides bountiful stimulation. Aronofsky and cinematographer Matthew Libatique choreograph the camera in beautiful counterpoint to Portman‚Äôs dance moves, especially in rehearsals, and the muted color scheme on rather grainy stock look like…

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Beautiful Boy, trailer

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Venice Film Fest: Sofia Coppola on Somewhere

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As Sofia Coppola prepares for her film’s debut in Venice. She talks at length with MTV’s Josh Horowitz and reveals that Papa Coppola didn’t help her at all with Somewhere: Coppola: I always am glad to have my dad when I need advice or mentoring. Sometimes I’ll show him [something] earlier on, but this one I had a more specific idea of how I wanted it to be and then…

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Toronto Must-Sees

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Nancy Kriparos will be covering Toronto for Awards Daily in the coming weeks. She asked me which films I was most interested in seeing and/or having her cover. Toronto can be an unwieldy beast. I think it’s important to always remind you, and myself, that it is not the one-stop shopping for Oscar that many people wrongly assume it is. In fact, a film can get better traction at fests…

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Springsteen to Re-Release Darkness in Time for Documentary

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Bruce Springsteen – “The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’” Sneak Peek from Columbia Records on Vimeo. The Toronto Film Festival goers will get a look at the Springsteen doc in a few weeks. On November 16, Bruce and the E. Street Band will release the long-awaited boxed set from the Darkness on the Edge of Town era. Songs include, “Someday (We’ll Be Together),” “The Brokenhearted,”…

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Spitballing Best Actor

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Cinematical’s Erik Childress has done another early Oscar article focusing on who’s here, who’s coming and what the Best Actor race might shape up to look like eventually, you know, if all goes well. As bloggers and critics sharpen their knives and their crystal balls for the upcoming Toronto, Telluride and Venice film fests, we’ll hear a word here or two about this or that performance. At some point, though,…