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Michelle Williams, Derek Cianfrance Talk Surprise Improv, MPAA & Sex Scenes On 'Blue Valentine'

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • December 28, 2010 11:20 AM
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The devastating but beautiful love/breakup story mashup "Blue Valentine" has taken a long time to come to fruition. When we recently sat down with star Michelle Williams, who gives an award-worthy performance in the film, she spoke of her passion for the project, and how she wanted to make it for more than six years after reading the script by co-writer and director Derek Cianfrance (two other writers are credited, Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne). But Cianfrance had other plans once shooting began.

U.S. Postal Service To Issue Pixar Stamps

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2010 10:07 AM
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For those of you too young to remember, "mail" is something that people used to take time to write on real paper. They would then place it inside an envelope, go outside (hard to believe, we know) and place it in a steel, blue box and in a matter of days or weeks (depending on where it was going) it would arrive at the home of the person you sent it to. Really. That's how people used to communicate. But now with email and texting the mail service has largely been reduced to delivering Victoria's Secret magazines, Amazon orders and those Publisher's Clearing House contests.

Stay Calm Nerds: Demi Lovato Won't Be In 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2010 9:46 AM
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Geeks have been worried over the past few days as gossip site Radar Online revealed that Demi Lovato was up for a role in Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" that will be shooting in the spring. "'The Avengers' is ruined!" comic nerds cried, but as it turns out and as we pretty much figured, there isn't much truth to the rumor.

Diane Kruger Replaces Eva Green In 'Farewell, My Queen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2010 9:15 AM
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Man, can Eva Green get a break these days? Gemma Arterton has taken over the role previously slotted for the actress in Michael Mann's gestating "Capa" and now, Diane Kruger has stepped in for the actress in Benoit Jacquot's adaptation of Chantal Thomas' novel, "Farewell, My Queen."

Clint Eastwood Reveals Judi Dench Cast In 'J. Edgar'; Charlize Theron Looking Likely

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2010 8:50 AM
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The cast for Clint Eastwood's forthcoming biopic "J. Edgar" continues to build in fits and starts. Leonardo DiCaprio is already on board, and he'll be joined by Armie Hammer and as we exclusively revealed Aussie actor Damon Herriman and now, the director himself has confirmed a very big name for the cast.

Amnesty International, Paul Haggis, Sean Penn & Harvey Weinstein Team To Support Iranian Filmmakers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2010 8:02 AM
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Director Paul Haggis, actor Sean Penn and super producer Harvey Weinstein have teamed with British-Iranian actress and Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) spokesperson Nazanin Boniadi to raise awareness and speak out against the harsh sentences recently imposed on Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof.

Music Box Films Picks Up Venezuela's 'Hermano'; Kino Acquires China's 'City Of Life And Death'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2010 6:48 AM
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Some foreign films are getting nice holiday season surprises from indie distributors. Music Box Films and Kino are in a buying mood, as they have picked up Venezuela's Oscar contender "Hermano" and China's box office hit "The City of Life and Death" respectively.

27 Of The Most Underrated & Underappreciated Films Of 2010

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 28, 2010 6:17 AM
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Each year sees hundreds of movies released into theaters and inevitably, some will fall through the cracks. Our list of the underrated and underappreciated films this year not only highlights the solid, critically acclaimed pictures that for whatever reason never got a fighting chance, but also the imperfect pictures that still had a lot to admire, as well as the straight up guilty pleasures that, despite ourselves, put a smile on our face. At any rate, if you managed to catch up with all the Oscar pictures already and are wondering if there is anything else this year you missed that is worth catching up with, this is a handy guide to those films that deserved a bit more attention or recognition than they got.

First Look: Jessica Chastain & Michael Shannon In Psychological Thriller 'Take Shelter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2010 6:02 AM
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While most cinemagoers became acquainted with the insanely talented Michael Shannon from his turn in "Revolutionary Road" or more recently, in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," indie film fans have been singing the actor's praises ever since his performance in the little seen picture "Shotgun Stories." That film was a sharp exploration of sibling rivalry at its most harrowing and now director Jeff Nichols has re-teamed with the actor for his sophomore effort.

The Best Scores & Soundtracks of 2010

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 28, 2010 4:35 AM
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While 2009 seemed to burst at the seams with numerous ace soundtracks -- largely thanks to new films from Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Jim Jarmusch, Greg Mottola and Quentin Tarantino -- unless you were a “Twilight” fan, pickings were a lot slimmer this year for well curated songs in films (though, as you’ll see, there were some definite standouts). However, as if to compensate, composers stepped it up considerably with old reliables like Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, Carter Burwell and Michael Giacchino delivering the goods while left field surprises like Daft Punk and Trent Reznor shook up the stodgy old boys club with compelling, highly original work. Here’s the music from films that rocked our iPods in 2010.

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