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Watch: Not Everyone In Hawaii Is Relaxed In New Trailer For 'The Descendants'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 6:01 AM
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For anyone who has been to Hawaii, you know that the laid back attitude of the locals, while at first disarming, quickly becomes infectious. Falling into the rhythms of the island is pretty easy, but for Matt King, our hero of Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," that Hawaiian charm doesn't come easy.

VIFF '11: Paddy Considine's Directorial Debut 'Tyrannosaur' An Uneven Portrait Of A Damaged Man

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 18, 2011 5:59 AM
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The opening scene of “Tyrannosaur” is a real belter. Through near whiplash-inducing cross cuts, we are introduced to a night in the life of Joseph (Peter Mullan) as he drinks heavily and stews with unfettered rage on a barstool (and back at home with a sawed-off wood baseball bat that looks like a leftover from the “Gangs of New York” props department). Then he does something really awful: he kills his dog. He doesn’t necessarily try to do this; it’s more the product of his excessive drinking, nasty temper and hateful, cynical outlook on the world. But he still did it, and the audience will never forget this for the remainder of the film.

Michael Moore & 'The Dark Knight Rises' Inspired By The Occupy Wall Street Protests

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 5:25 AM
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Despite (some of) the mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests painting the participants as a bunch of unemployed, left wing socialists who hate America, for anyone who has actually been down to Zuccotti Park (or to the various places where demonstrations have been taking place worldwide), they know that it's a remarkably wide ranging group of people. From teenagers to the elderly, with parents bringing their young children to see free speech in action, it's pretty inspiring stuff to witness first hand and it seems Hollywood is taking notice, albeit in some completely different ways.

Review: 'Miss Representation' Exposes An Ugly Truth That Needs To Be Seen

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 18, 2011 5:01 AM
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It’s no shock to anyone who has turned on the TV, read a magazine, spied a billboard or surfed the internet that media representations of women are problematic at best. At worst, they are a both a symptom and cause of a troubled society reaching a tipping point in its relationship with sex and violence onscreen. This is the thesis set out by “Miss Representation,” a searing documentary directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, an actress, activist, and wife of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. This film, born out of anxiety about the world she was bringing a little girl into, and inspired by her past struggles in life, configures itself as a sort of “An Inconvenient Truth” of sexism in the media. Cutting together talking heads interviews with media experts, professors, actresses, and heads of state with truly shocking statistics, and a barrage of rapid fire images culled from advertising, film and TV, the amount of information and sheer scope of this project is almost too much to bear.
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Anne Hathaway Joins ‘Les Miserables’ As Fantine

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 4:12 AM
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Rumored since the end of the summer, we can now say it's official: Anne Hathaway has joined the star-studded cast of Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables."

Sean Durkin And Elizabeth Olsen Discuss The Optimism At The Heart Of 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 18, 2011 4:06 AM
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From the mind of Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is an unsettling and stunning experience (check out our Sundance review). The film follows the dual narrative of Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), a young girl who becomes absorbed into a small cult community, only to escape to the confines of her sister’s lake house. As we see both parts of this story run parallel, we discover that Martha may not be ready to assimilate back into society, as she quarrels with her sister and her sister's husband, unable to understand what could be considered a “right” way to behave. Meanwhile, we also are given a window into her life on the cult commune led by the creepily magnetic Patrick played by John Hawkes.

James Cameron Tours Future Site of 'Avatar' Land In Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 18, 2011 3:59 AM
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When it was announced almost a month ago today that Disney would partner with James Cameron to bring the seventies prog-rock album cover world of "Avatar" to its various international theme parks, beginning with Florida's Animal Kingdom park in 2014, the news was met with some confusion and a healthy dose of skepticism. Why would Disney, which has a whole host of franchises and properties that could easily be outfitted for the parks, seek an outside partner? And would the appeal of "Avatar," even with two sequels in the pipeline, continue for decades to come (a necessity given the expense and expansiveness of the project)?

By Sea, Land & Air: It's The New Trailer For ‘The Adventures Of Tintin’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 3:55 AM
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"Action-packed, gorgeous, and faithfully whimsical" "...simply amazing...""...visually alive...""...lovingly detailed..."

Watch: 3 Clips From Tony Kaye's Classroom Drama 'Detachment' Starring Adrien Brody

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 3:40 AM
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Update: Clips have been moved at the request of the Tribeca Films and Paper Street Films.

Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave & Mélanie Laurent Join Bille August's 'Night Train To Lisbon'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 18, 2011 3:23 AM
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Bruno Ganz, Christopher Lee, Lena Olin, August Diehll & Jack Huston Also In CastFor a man with two Palme d'Ors and a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, we don't hear much from Danish filmmaker Bille August these days. The "Pelle the Conqueror" director has only made two films in the last decade, potboiler thriller "Return to Sender," with Aidan Quinn, which we had no idea existed, and Nelson Mandela biopic "Goodbye Bafana," which similarly disappeared without a trace. But he's got a Danish picture "The Passion of Marie" coming next year, and his name still clearly holds enough sway to get an impressive cast for his film after that.

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