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Exclusive: Trailer For Rosa Karo's Award Winning 'The Italian Key'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 11:54 AM
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While you probably already know the familiar names of the big films that have conquered Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice and TIFF this year, there are plenty more films that journey their way city to city, country to country, festival to festival charming audiences and picking up accolades that don't quite get the same attention as their starrier competition. But they are definitely worth tracking down, and one such film is Rosa Karo's "The Italian Key."

Pedro Almodovar Presents 'Law Of Desire' & Talks Life, Love & Art At AFI Fest 2011

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 9, 2011 11:12 AM
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On Monday night, AFI Fest Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodovar presented his 1987 film “La Ley del Deseo” (“Law of Desire”), a dreamy, melodramatic noir about lust, jealousy and violence, starring Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura and Eusebio Poncela. The presentation at Grauman’s Chinese Theater began with a series of clips from the past 25 years of films from El Deseo, the film company operated by Almodovar and his brother Agustin that has produced all of their films to date. During an entertaining Q and A with festival director Jacqueline Lyanga, Almodovar talked about the themes of his work, his influences, his working partnership with his brother and his longstanding relationships with actors. He also promised (and failed to deliver) on word that Antonio Banderas would "dance a tango almost naked for you."

Watch: Darren Aronofsky Makes Drugs Look Scary Again With Anti-Meth PSAs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 11:09 AM
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Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem For A Dream" is easily one of the most potent chronicles about the downward spiral of addiction, so who better to deliver a PSA about the horrors of meth use?

DOC NYC '11 Review: 'Fambul Tok' An Uneven Look At Reconciliation In Sierra Leone

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 9, 2011 10:37 AM
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The Sierra Leone Civil War was a bloody struggle that ravaged the West African country from about 1991 to 2002, ending when the Revolutionary United Front signed a peace treaty with the government that officially put the battles to an end. After a number of atrocious crimes including massacring villages and raping women, fighters awkwardly returned to their respective villages amongst the very people they scarred. A “special court” was set up to try people for war crimes, but like most legal cases, they moved along at the speed of molasses and brought a very small number of people to the stand.

Brett Ratner Says He's Remaking 'The Last American Virgin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 10:30 AM
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You're not going to have Brett Ratner to kick around anymore. At least not for the next little while. After a disastrous press tour for "Tower Heist" which found the helmer managing to offend as many people as possible, Ratner stepped down from his role as the producer of this year's Oscar ceremony in order to "learn from this experience." But he's also a busy man, and this downtime will allow him to focus on a number of projects he has in the works including a new film with Eddie Murphy and the spy drama "Hunting Eichmann," but it seems he has another we haven't heard of before.

Review: Werner Herzog Analyzes Life & Death In 'Into The Abyss'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 9, 2011 10:06 AM
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Bonbonbonbons: Peter Serafinowicz Bringing Comic Creation Brian Butterfield To The Big Screen

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2011 9:44 AM
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Who would have thought, twelve years ago, that the man voicing Darth Maul, the villain in the miserable "Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace," would turn out to be such a potent comic talent? But over the last decade or so, Peter Serafinowicz has proven himself to be one of the funniest men around.

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch & Claire Foy In Trailer For British Drama 'Wreckers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2011 9:20 AM
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Is there an unlikelier star to have emerged in the last year than Benedict Cumberbatch? The gangly British actor, who broke through to film as the rapist in "Atonement," isn't your picture of an average leading man, but thanks to his lead in the BBC's "Sherlock," and an Oscar-tipped supporting performance in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," not to mention a fervent group of fans (we swear we get more pro-Cumberbatch comments and tweets than for anyone not involved in the "Twilight" franchise), he's creeping towards the A-list. 

'Brothers and Sisters' Star Luke Grimes Has A Very Particular Set Of Skills, Joins Liam Neeson In 'Taken 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2011 9:00 AM
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We've gone on record in the past as to how baffled we are that "Taken," a borderline-racist B-movie that would have been best-suited to being a direct-to-video action movie starring Patrick Bergin in the mid-90s, is such a beloved box-office hit in some quarters. But we were slowly coming to terms with the fact that it's simply something that we'll never come to understand, like the mysteries of the cosmos, or the iTunes Terms & Conditions. And just as that was happening, Liam Neeson's schedule was worked out, and a sequel to the 2009 surprise hit was greenlit, with the amazingly-named Olivier Megaton helmer of "The Transporter 3" and "Columbiana" in the director's chair, with original writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen returning with another script.

Kristen Stewart Stands In The Light In New 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Banner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 10:33 PM
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Who's going to be the fairest of them all in 2012? We'll soon see, but the battle of Snow White movies is gearing up. In one corner, you have Tarsem's upcoming "Mirror Mirror" a comedy/adventure take on the fairy tale with Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer. In the other, you have Rupert Sanders' much more dramatic and straight-faced "Snow White And The Huntsman." So who are you rooting for?

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