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Wim Wenders' 'Pina,' 'Buck,' 'Paradise Lost 3,' 'Project Nim' & More Make Oscar Documentary Shortlist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 7:38 PM
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...and then there were 15. Just like that, the field for the films battling for the five slots at the Oscars for Best Documentary just got a lot smaller. The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced the shortlist for the award and once again, there is no love for Werner Herzog.

Watch: Woody Harrelson Is The Most Corrupt Cop Ever In 'Rampart' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 6:39 PM
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Race, sex, booze and scandal all come crashing together in Oren Moverman's "Rampart," a scalding slow burn portrait of an LAPD cop circling the drain of his professional career and personal relationships, and embodied by Woody Harrelson, its one of the strongest performances of the year.
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Diablo Cody Wants 'Sweet Valley High' To Be 'American Graffiti' For The '80s & Says Its "Closer To Reality Than Ever"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 18, 2011 6:18 PM
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In Theaters: 'Breaking Dawn' Sinks Its Fangs Into 'The Descendants' & 'Happy Feet Two'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 18, 2011 5:46 PM
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So many goodies in store in this pre-Thanksgiving weekend. Violent vampire sexy times! George Muthafuckin Clooney, and dancing penguins. However will we choose?! That's right, the latest "Twilight" installment opens this weekend, which means that those Occupy Twilight Twi-hards can finally go home and occupy a shower now that their desire has literally been consummated. Alexander Payne is back with "The Descendants" and for the kids and kids at heart, "Happy Feet Two" is your cinematic babysitter. Allons-y!

Exclusive: Oren Moverman Says He’s Off Deeply "Unconventional" Kurt Cobain Biopic; Says Courtney Love Was Heartbroken

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 18, 2011 5:30 PM
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Screenwriter/director Oren Moverman is having a banner year. His sophomore directorial effort, the blistering L.A.P.D. cop-drama “Rampart,” is a stunner, one of the year’s best and it features a scorching performance by Woody Harrelson. Other than Micheal Fassbender in “Shame,” it’s an unparalleled and astonishing turn into darkness (if both those two don’t get nominated, burn the Academy down).

Watch: Tom Cruise Tells Jeremy Renner To "Jump" (A Lot) In Campy 'Ghost Protocol' Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 5:09 PM
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Much to the chagrin of a certain faction of arthouse-only devotees, we've been pretty pumped about "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" for a variety of reason. It marks the live action feature debut by longtime Pixar director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles"), it boasts a pretty great cast (Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Léa Seydoux, Anil Kapoor and more) and that recent full length trailer was pretty ace. Well, a new clip has arrived for the movie over at MSN and it's a reminder that slick packaging can be deceving.

David Cronenberg Says 'Twilight' Fans Will Be 'Blown Away' By Robert Pattinson In 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 4:38 PM
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Exclusive: With "A Dangerous Method" headed into release next week, thoughts inevitably turn to director David Cronenberg's next film; unusually, the filmmaker shot two pictures virtually back to back, following his period drama with "Cosmopolis," an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel. And the film hass come with an uncharacteristic level of attention in the mainstream press.

Watch: New Trailer For Madonna's 'W.E.' Plus A Handful Of Images From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 4:13 PM
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The Amazing Race: Which Editors & Cinematographers Stand A Chance At Oscar This Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 3:19 PM
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So far in this column, we've focused principally on the acting and writing categories, in part because they're the bigger tickets; when the mainstream press cover the Academy Awards, it's the actors, directors and (to a lesser extent), the writers who get the real coverage. However, what makes cinema well, cinema, and what makes it different from any other art form, are the cinematography and editing. The former is linked to photography, but goes so far beyond that to become an entirely different craft; when the layman says a film was "well-directed," he's normally talking about how well shot it is. Of course, that's partially the responsibility of the director, but it's the cinematographer who has to work out how to achieve the shots, and oftentimes is more responsible for the look of the film than his director.

Elmo's Team Lawyered Up, Kept Him Out Of 'The Muppets'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 3:00 PM
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