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Spirit Awards Nominations Announced, 'Take Shelter' And 'The Artist' Lead The Pack

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2011 12:06 PM
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You know it's the start of the awards season when two big groups are announcing their awards simultaneously, and despite the NYFCC's attempts to gain attention of late, the big news of the day is the nominations for the 27th Film Independent's Spirit Awards, which were unveiled by Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale this morning.

'Elizabeth' Helmer Shekhar Kapur Replaces Michael Winterbottom On Adaptation Of Martin Amis's 'London Fields'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2011 11:26 AM
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Exclusive: Earth 2 Emerges In Deleted Scene From 'Another Earth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2011 11:07 AM
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If you've paid any attention to movie news this year, you've undoubtedly heard the name Brit Marling. The actress, writer and producer was one of the darlings of the Sundance Film Festival in January, arriving with two films that both played to strong reviews: "Sound Of My Voice" directed by Zal Batmanglij and "Another Earth" helmed by Mike Cahill. No only did Marling star in both films, she co-wrote them as well, marking her as a unique talent to watch, not solely for the multiple hats she wears both in front and behind the camera, but for the original, unique concepts she helped dream up for these movies.

Long Lost Walt Disney Cartoon 'Hungry Hobos' Uncovered In U.K. Archive

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 29, 2011 10:54 AM
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Before there was Mickey Mouse, there was a plucky, similarly styled character that Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. While not as widely known as Mickey Mouse, since Disney recently reacquired the rights to the character (more on that in a minute), he has been sneaking into the atmosphere (most notably appearing in last year's wonderful "Epic Mickey" Wii game) and one day should be a fully integrated member of the all-star Disney roster. And over in England, one of his very first appearances has finally been uncovered.

Theo Angelopoulos' New Film 'The Other Sea' With 'Il Divo' & 'Gomorrah' Star Toni Servillo Starts Shooting In December

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 29, 2011 10:33 AM
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Italian heartthrob Toni Servillo (“Gomorrah,” “Il Divo”) announced at the Turin Film Festival this week that he will be starring in the new film from Palme d’Or winning Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos. Principal photography on the picture, titled “The Other Sea (L’altro Mare)” begins on December 26th (way to tip off the paparazzi, guys).

Review: Steve McQueen's 'Shame' A Fascinating Follow-Up To 'Hunger,' With A Tour-De-Force From Michael Fassbender

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2011 10:01 AM
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As English-language directorial debuts of the last few years go, Steve McQueen's "Hunger" ranks up there as one of the most uncompromising. An award-winning, sometimes controversial British artist, McQueen chose to move into feature films by examining the life of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, managing not to flinch from any of the grim details, using takes of up to 20 minutes in length, and showcasing a blazing performance from the now firmly-planted-on-the-A-list Michael Fassbender. It picked up an enormous amount of critical support, including the Camera D'Or at Cannes in 2008, and signified both director and star as major talents to watch.

Sam Riley Joins Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' Starring Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 29, 2011 9:39 AM
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Seventeen years after tackling the vampire flick "Interview With A Vampire," Irish writer-director Neil Jordan is now returning to the genre that has a newfound popularity, with an upcoming female-led story that has two of the biggest rising thespians across the pond in Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan already attached to star. Titled "Byzantium," the film has now also managed to add another promising talent in the form of Brit actor Sam Riley to its ranks.

Watch: Red Band TV Spot For 'Young Adult' Promises A Damn Entertaining Performance From Charlize Theron

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 29, 2011 9:24 AM
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After turning his back on his usual fall festival unveilings which worked so well for him with his first three films, Jason Reitman is set to finally unleash "Young Adult" on the world next week and we, for one, can't wait. Whetting our appetities now though, is the release of a red band TV spot which seemingly provides a little more insight into the twisted mind of Charlize Theron's protagonist, Mavis Gary. 

Mike Mills Says Winning Best Feature For 'Beginners' At Gotham Awards "Trippy, Weird Icing On The Cake"

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • November 29, 2011 9:03 AM
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'The Tree Of Life' & 'Beginners' Tie For Best Feature At The 2011 Gotham Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 10:59 PM
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With the New York Film Critics Circle set to announce their award winners tomorrow morning over Twitter (guys, way to make it less meaningless, how about an actual webpage?) and the Gotham Independent Film Awards just wrapped, the fall awards season has officially kicked off. And already, we've got some surprises.

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