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Watch: Heart Smashing End Credit Sequence To 'Blue Valentine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 6:59 AM
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Okay, so after all the NC-17 hoopla and some fantastic critical praise, "Blue Valentine" only walked with one Oscar nomination this morning for Michelle Williams (though Ryan Gosling is every bit as deserving as the co-star). No matter, it doesn't change the fact that the film is one of the rawest depictions of relationship in decline to hit the screen in some time, and if you haven't seen the film, by all means seek it out. Drive to the next town over if you have to.

Sundance '11: 'Submarine' Director Richard Ayoade Responds To Wes Anderson Comparisons

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 25, 2011 6:52 AM
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Cites 'The Ice Storm,' 'Flirting' & 'Show Me Love' As InfluencesWe promised you’d be seeing a lot more about Richard Ayoade’s debut “Submarine” on the site. Over the weekend the poster for the film was released and while we’re still waiting on that trailer, the director has been busy at the Sundance Film Festival doing press for the film where it screens all week. The film, a coming-of-age tale of an awkward Welsh teenager trying to save his parents’ marriage while falling for his pyromaniac girlfriend, has been picking up pretty stellar reviews. Despite our excitement for the project, one of the things that has us a slight bit worried are the comparisons to Wes Anderson. We love Wes but generally only when he’s the one making the films. In an interview with Gordon and The Whale (full video below), Ayoade addresses some of these comparisons.

Rising Director Tom Green To Make Feature Debut With Film Set Against Legendary Stone Roses Gig

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2011 6:27 AM
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This writer went to university for four years in Manchester, England and, as such, is still physically unable to listen to one of the seminal bands from the city, The Stone Roses. Despite only recording two albums, one of which is rubbish, the band seemingly soundtrack every bar, club and restaurant in the city, and, even as a one time fan of the band, if we go the rest of our lives without ever hearing "I Am The Resurrection" again, we'll be delighted.

Terry Gilliam's '1884' & Patrice Leconte's In Progess 'Suicide Shop' To Screen At Cartoon Movie

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • January 25, 2011 6:09 AM
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Production forum Cartoon Movie will take place March 2-4 in Lyon, France. The conference is a place for European animated films to find financing for the in-progress movies and distributors for the completed ones. Among the films unspooling at the forum this year are Tim Ollive’s “1884,” Patrice Leconte’s “The Suicide Shop” and Fernando Trueba’s “Chico and Rita.”

Summit May Pick Up Emma Watson Starrer 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2011 5:59 AM
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Plus Sundance Flicks 'Silent House,' 'Bengali Detective' & 'Circumstance' Find HomesWith Sundance on, it's sales time for studios and distributors, as everyone in town competes to pick up the next would-be indie phenomenon. In what's been a more lively market for acquisitions than in recent years (albeit with few "Happy, Texas"--style big money sales), pictures such as "Like Crazy," "Homework," "Marcie Martha May Marlene" and "The Ledge" have all found homes, along with documentaries "Life in a Day" and "Page One."

10 Pleasant Surprises From The 2011 Oscar Nominations

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 25, 2011 5:44 AM
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Alright, the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations are in. Now it's time to analyze, bitch and moan, celebrate, postulate and what have you, depending on your subjective opinion of the way the noms turned out (it's honestly amusing watching the Oscar "expert" bloggers quiver in their boots about the diminishing shine on "The Social Network" even though it still has a great shot at Best Picture; worlds have been accordingly rocked.).

Oscarbation: 11 Oscar Nominee Snubs That Agitate Us

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 25, 2011 4:32 AM
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Every year, we wake up for the Academy Award nominations expecting a surprise, hoping the same ten or fifteen movies don't keep getting referenced, honored, what-have-you. Last year, the Academy did a decent job as the field of Best Picture candidates swelled to ten, allowing for more exposure for films from different categories. We're not going to go around endorsing "District 9" as one of that year's finer films, but we were happy it got to sit at the table.

James Franco In Talks, Offer Out To Kate Hudson For Linda Lovelace Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 4:22 AM
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Yes, its yet another project linked to James Franco who seems to be spending his time between classes, just calling up producers in Hollywood and chatting with them about projects that pique his curiosity.

Ken Howard Joins The Cast Of Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 25, 2011 2:11 AM
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Veteran thespian and Screen Actor's Guild president Ken Howard has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood's upcoming J. Edgar Hoover biopic, which will see Leonardo DiCaprio take on the role of the infamous FBI director, in the Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black-scripted tale.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

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