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Can Tap Dancing Save Your Life? Whit Stillman On The Retro-Utopia of Damsels in Distress

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  • April 6, 2012 9:00 AM
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Once glance at Damsels in Distress reminds you that Whit Stillman is a true original. This delicious, sharp, sometimes daffy film give us a benign coven of flower-named college students - Violet, Lily, Rose and Heather – in a story that is technically set in the present but actually exists in a pastel-colored throwback to an earlier era when even students were well-dressed and polite (except for those clods at the Roman-letter, rather than Greek,  fraternity; one of them can’t even name colors, but that’s what higher education is for).

Brad Pitt Reveals Oscar Plan On The Daily Show

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  • February 2, 2012 11:07 AM
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Brad Pitt knows he doesn’t have much of a chance to win the Oscar this year. He actually says so during this campaign stop on The Daily Show last night.

Dog Wars: Scorsese Defends Blackie

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  • February 1, 2012 12:48 PM
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I’m not a dog person, so I don’t really have an animal in this fight. But I have to agree with the Uggie backlash, which took off when Christopher Plummer pointed out – quite rightly I think – that Cosmo from Beginners is a much cuter dog. Now Martin Scorsese is getting into the act, defending Blackie from Hugo on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch Sundance Panel "The Power of Story ..."

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  • January 30, 2012 6:42 PM
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If you missed the Sundance panel “The Power of Story: In the Beginning” – my conversation with four terrific screenwriters who also direct, produce and perform – you can watch the entire lively, witty discussion here.

Please Join Me for Live Streaming Sundance Panel, "The Power of Story."

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  • January 25, 2012 2:21 PM
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Have you ever wondered how a writer's artistic vision survives the journey from page to screen? Please join me - in person if you're in Park City or right here through this live video stream - when I moderate a Sundance panel with four terrific writers. "The Power of Story: In the Beginning . . ." will happen Friday, Jan 27th at 5:30 ET (3:30 MT in Sundance). The panelists, with widely varying but equally strong voices, include:

Why Brave "The Grey"? Millions of Dollars, Says Liam Neeson (Video Interview)

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  • January 23, 2012 9:00 AM
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What would entice Liam Neeson and director Joe Carnahan to endure the camera-and-butt-freezing conditions of a frigid shoot in British Columbia?  “Well, it was the millions I was paid,” Neeson laughed, which has to be one of those jokey answers with more than a hint of truth. The Grey is an adventure story about  men who survive a plane crash in a desolate snowy area, then have to figure out how not to be eaten by wolves – exactly the kind of high-voltage physical action movie Neeson has specialized in lately, following the mega-success of Taken.

Watch the Enticing Trailer for Keanu Reeves' New Documentary (UPDATED)

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  • January 17, 2012 11:30 PM
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UPDATE: In a great, forward-looking match, Tribeca Film has just acquired Side By Side, and plans a summer release.

Watch The Best And Worst From The Golden Globes: Gervais, Depp, Firth

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  • January 16, 2012 10:44 AM
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If you missed the Golden Globes and Ricky Gervais’ disappointing, toothless job as host, take a look at the best and worst clips, from his uninspired monologue to his sharp-edged, tongue-in-cheek introduction of Colin Firth, a segment that seemed like a rare throwback to last year’s edginess.

Video Interview: Edward Burns On His Small-Budget Charmer, "Newlyweds"

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  • December 21, 2011 10:25 PM
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Edward Burns’ latest film, Newlyweds, is a delightfully witty, sharply observed romance that comes with its own amazing origin story. Although you wouldn’t guess it from the film’s clear, bright look, it was shot for a pittance -- around $9,000, yes that’s thousand – in recognizable locations around Tribeca (that's the Franklin St. subway stop in the background of the photo above). Shoestring budgets don’t get stringier.

Colin Firth Talks About "Tinker, Tailor" and The Oscar (Video Interview)

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  • December 9, 2011 9:10 AM
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Colin Firth signed on for his role in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy long before winning his Oscar for The King’s Speech. Even so, it’s a little jolting to find him in a relatively small role as one of a half-dozen British intelligence agents and possible moles being investigated by George Smiley (Gary Oldman, the film’s center of gravity). But Firth gives a typically shining and sly performance as the dapper Bill Haydon, ever-so-much more sophisticated than his drab colleagues. And if casting is destiny, this teasing film makes you wonder: is there some big payoff coming for his character or is he the ultimate red herring?

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