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Scorsese’s favorite gangster movies

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As the premiere date for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire approaches, The Daily Beast has Martin Scorsese give us an annotated list of his 15 favorite gangster movies. (Before I even look at the list, I can tell you my list will be different from Marty’s by listing Casino, Goodfellas and The Departed). Scorsese writes: Here are 15 gangster pictures that had a profound effect on me and the way I thought…


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Passion Play, clip

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Fair Game gets a new improved poster

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The second poster for Fair Game corrects all the problems with the first one. (Disproportionate heads, fixed. Penn’s inappropriate expression, fixed. Absence of slightest clue what the movie is about, fixed.) Much better. See it full-sized after the cut.


Stephen Holt’s Montreal Film Festival wrap-up

Stephen Holt’s Montreal Film Festival wrap-up

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Gerard Depardieu Quips, David Arquette Breaks Out at the Montreal Film Festival 2010! by Stephen Holt Iconic French film star Gerard Depardieu literally stole the show at this year’s Montreal Film Festival, but he wasn’t there on film. He was there live – onstage! The mountainous Gallic actor, 62, who is now weighing in at around 300 lbs. and uses a cane,”because of his many motorcycle accidents,” upstaged tous le…


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Hereafter, trailer

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(Thanks to Craig Kennedy at Living in Cinema, where I also lifted this iTune synopsis:) Hereafter tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Matt Damon stars as George, a blue‚Äìcollar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (C√©cile de France), a French journalist, has a near‚Äìdeath experience that shakes her reality. And when…


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The Conspirator and the 9/11 Angle

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The LA Times’ Patrick Goldstein goes digging into the Conspirator – and why all of the lack of excitement and/or buzz around the film. His solution? Tie it in with 9/11: It is definitely a sign of the times that this¬†Hollywood icon,¬†who once had studios at his beck and call, is now feeling the need to beat the drums to get some attention for his new film, “The Conspirator.”¬†The movie,…


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Ebert Revives At the Movies for PBS with Elvis Mitchell and Christy Lemire

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No one else but Ebert would do something this cool. Because it’s PBS, he doesn’t have to go the traditional route of “two white guys,” he can change it up and hire those who do the job well. This will be on my must-watch list, as it is with Anne Thompson, who just wrote about it on Thompson on Hollywood. Elvis Mitchell and Christy Lemire will be interesting to watch,…


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TIFF reviews in the mix for Never Let Me Go

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Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir says Never Let Me Go is “meticulous and devastating”: Romanek does so many difficult things beautifully in this movie, which richly deserves the Oscar consideration it will surely receive. He handles a literary adaptation, he re-creates a lost world that is partly imagined but mostly real, he manages a group of characters from childhood through adulthood, and he gets haunting, underplayed performances from both Mulligan — the…


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Screenplay Watch: Will This be Sorkin’s First Oscar Nod?

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The Oscar race is a funny thing. I’m sure you’ll be as surprised as I was to learn that Aaron Sorkin, one of the best writers working in Hollywood, has never been nominated for an Oscar. The Oscar race is about timing, the skill of publicists, and the popularity of the stars involved … but usually it’s about the heat of the moment. In short, Oscar is a one-night stand.


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Vintage poster art for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

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Get some Directv packages to get all the channels you want. jennybee finds these swell hoofers and hoods engaging in enticing vices on HBO’s flapper-era series Boardwalk Empire, premiering Sept 19. See this spiffy pair bigger along with another one after the cut.

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(thanks to Jazz for contributing to this post) Beyonce sings a new version of her hit single, ‘Crazy in Love’ as Christian Grey and...