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(click for supersized version suitable for printing and posting on classroom corkboards) ‚ÄúAn educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern.‚Äù Sicko (2007) ‚Äì Tony Benn [Whether they slant Left or Right, when movies are used as a tool for politics then political movies become an important topic on movie websites. That’s reason enough […]

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There was some grumbling about whether Steven Soderbergh would take his double Che pic to Cannes being that it wasn’t quite ready yet, but Variety has announced that, indeed, Soderbergh will be there and will thus send the awards machine into full throttle. Here is the full list: CANNES FILM ...

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As the microscopic film world on the web awaits the Cannes lineup, Variety’s Todd McCarthy gets a mini-scoop, the news that Clint Eastwood will be bringing his horror film, The Changeling, to Cannes. This is good news for everyone if Angelina is not too pregnant to attend. McCarthy reports that ...

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download DisneyNature is set to launch a series of glorious nature films in the tradition of March of the Penguins. They’ve sent out a press release with lavish photos from the series and are ready to release their first movie: Among the first films ...

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Variety reports that the June Edinburgh Film Fest will feature some 22 docs and has shifted its date from August to June. Errol Morris’ highly anticipated Standard Operating Procedure, Weapons of Mass Distortion, headlines, along with A Complete History of Sexual Failures. Morris’ doc, according to his website, will open ...

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Now, it’s back in the hands of the scientists who really wanted [I know I wanted] Expelled to bomb hard. Over at ScienceBlogs, there is a heated blog fight going on debating the Creationist doc’s numbers. Poland at MCN’s the Hot Blog had already talked about it yesterday and now ...

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The John Adams miniseries on HBO has been one of the best television offerings since Angels in America, an equally epic and brilliant production (in my opinion). Who knew Paul Giamatti had THAT performance in him? The final moments of the series were marvelous – beautiful, sad, profound. A few ...

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXt9BkL3NnU[/youtube] But now, sure to freak out Academy voters, here is a look at the new trailer forSavage Grace, with Julianne Moore and Stephen Dillane. Moore is always good and doesn’t shy away from complex stories like this one: The true story of the Baekeland family–the inventors of Bakelite–and their ...

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The moviebloggers were atwitter today as the Jackie Chan/Jet Li action pic edged out Sarah Marshall, which many were predicting to triumph. Forbidden Kingdom, which got a rave by AO Scott, is much more audience-friendly than the Peter Pan rom/com. We’ll see if the exuberant kung-fu flick finishes at number ...

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The Hollywood Reporters says that Red Like the Sky, inspired by the true story of a blind sound editor, won Best Feature Film, and it also won Best Director, at the 13th Palm Beach International Flm Fest in Florida. With One Voice won Best Doc, and a special jury prize ...

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJwqvyC-nWU[/youtube] Extras, the best show on TV I think. But it went out like a brilliant Phoenix and some refreshing ideas were born in its wake. Except for the fact that no one seemed to be talking about it. In the show’s final moments, Ricky Gervais delivered a devastating commentary ...

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We’re going to try an experiment and see how it works. Opening back up unregistered comments to see how fast we are killed by spam.

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JustJared has posted some snaps of Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart as she wanders Toronto. She has shaved her eyebrows, which is all she really had to do to look just like the aviation goddess. Richard Gere, who stars along with her, is also in a few pics.

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Since the thing these days seems to be to make lists when there isn’t much happening in the news, I’ve been wondering about great cinema’s worst. Who are the worst villains in the best films? Most likely, all serial killers will be left off the list because they are monsters, ...

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Women in Hollywood left a comment worthy of posting the other day about the seriously depressing state of women [not in] Hollywood: Glad that we are having this conversation but this is something that people who care about women and film have been thinking about for some time. Bottom line ...

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Daily lol – Cinematical runs down two indie movies opening this week: INDIE THEATRICAL RELEASES Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? hits about 100 theaters today after playing at Sundance and South By Southwest, among other festivals. It’s Morgan Spurlock’s attempt to summarize the War on Terror, and ...

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwBGSS63B2o[/youtube] It isn’t film related but the E. Street Band’s Danny Federici has just died. He was only 58. Mr. Federici, who was born in Flemington, N.J., met Mr. Springsteen in the 1960s. By 1969, Mr. Federici ‚Äî often introduced in concert by Mr. Springsteen as ‚ÄúPhantom Dan‚Äù ‚Äî was ...

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With his new one-acts currently on Broadway, it’s interview time for Ethan Coen who had this to say to the Canadian Press (“hosted by Google”): But ask him what his clutch of Oscars means to him, and he bursts into an asthmatic, snorting, “Revenge-of-the-Nerds” laugh and says: “That was weird. ...

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Picked this up on ONTD. It should come as no surprise that director David O’Russell pissed off James Caan so much that the actor walked off the set of Nailed and quit. O’Russell should feel lucky that all Caan did was walk off the set. He might have done this ...

The State of the Race

In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major ...
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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening ...
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The Year of the Man marches on with Bradley Cooper in Burnt. Oh look, there’s Emma Thompson propping him up – and look, there’s Siena Miller helping him out. I ...
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