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For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actresses Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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Received wisdom says that most years, including this one, the Best Actress field of contenders for the Oscars is "weaker" than their male counterparts, with a fairly limited group of possibilities who are plausible nominees. To which we can only say: horseshit. Every year, but this one in particular, we watch scores of fine female performances be overlooked because they're in small indie movies or because they were overshadowed in reviews by male co-stars or because they're not Meryl Streep.

Mia Hansen-Love Helming Dance World Saga 'Eden' Starring Brady Corbet and Greta Gerwig

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 4, 2013 12:15 PM
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Seemingly every generation's zeitgeist-capturing musical movement has its correlating cinematic interpretation (usually about an arty director with some experience in said movement). Whit Stillman's “The Last Days of Disco” attempted to be that film for the early '80s and the waning days of the '70s musical fad of choice; Michael Winterbottom's “24 Hour Party People” captured the Factory records heyday of the late '80s; and now, behold, Mia Hansen-Love is bringing us "Eden," a chronicle of the electronic music boom of the '90s.

5 Reasons You Should Go See Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig's 'Frances Ha,' Plus All The Music In The Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 31, 2013 11:22 AM
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It's been out for a few weeks, and has been doing very nicely in limited release (with the third-best screen average of the year so far in its first weekend), but this weekend sees Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's "Frances Ha" expand to even more theaters.

Review: Endearing & Buoyant ‘Frances Ha’ Marks A Terrific Gear Shift For Director Noah Baumbach

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 15, 2013 3:55 PM
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Loose, limber and driven by a fierce energy and staccato/pause rhythm we haven't seen previously from this filmmaker, Noah Baumbach's sublime "Frances Ha" is a fresh and vivacious near-reinvention of the director/writer's comedic milieu. An enchanting riff on friendship and the late-20-something right of passage into true adulthood, while the buoyant comedy does focus on those who still don't have their shit together, it is however, leagues more rich and emotionally layered than the average arrested development dilemma that seems to characterize 20/30-something comedies of late.

Whit Stillman Still Plans To Make Jamaican-Set 'Dancing Mood' After 'Damsels In Distress'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 9, 2011 3:04 AM
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Calls New Comedy "Jane Austen Meets Judd Apatow"While we wait with bated breath to find out if director Whit Stillman’s first film in over a decade, “Damsels in Distress,” can deliver on expectations, it would appear that the director already has his next directorial effort in mind. And for longtime fans keeping score, it's an old one that's been brewing for several years.

Rose Byrne In, Greta Gerwig Out For Derek Cianfrance's 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 10:05 AM
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Filming is already well underway but it looks like one actress wasn't able to make it to "The Place Beyond the Pines."

Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress' To Close 2011 Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2011 5:06 AM
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Frederick Wiseman's 'Crazy Horse,' Jean Marc-Vallee's 'Cafe De Flore' Head Up Venice Days Line-UpAnnoyingly, the fall film festivals seem to have gotten together and decided to release all their news at the same time, on the same day: just as Toronto was unveiling its line-up, Venice has now announced their closing film, ahead of the full line-up being revealed on Thursday. We already know that George Clooney's "The Ides of March" will open the festival on August 31st, rumors are flying thick and fast about the rest of the line-up, and now, we know the closer, which will wrap things up on September 10th. And it's a doozy.

Greta Gerwig & Alison Pill Join Woody Allen's 'Bop Decameron'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 6:01 AM
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With "Midnight In Paris" getting some of the best reviews Allen has received in years, and hitting the box office with a force the director's works haven't seen in decades, it seems like the helmer is on a new peak with his career. As per usual, he's already at work on his next film, continuing his pace of one movie per year, and today the full cast has been announced with a couple of exciting additions.

Eva Mendes Goes To 'The Place Beyond The Pines' With Ryan Gosling; Greta Gerwig Circling

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 5:14 AM
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While the two male leads -- Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper -- have been set for Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine" followup, the generational crime flick "The Place Beyond the Pines," all that testosterone is about get balanced out by some strong female talent.

Bloom! Shake The Room: 'Lord of the Rings' Star Teaming With Greta Gerwig For Rom-Com 'Lola Versus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2011 1:02 AM
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It seems like the Orlando Bloom comeback is underway in full force. For a little while after he broke through in "Lord of the Rings," the actor was the go-to-guy for period actioners, with leads in "Troy," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Kingdom of Heaven." But he never had the same success in contemporary fare, or got to grips with the tricky task of delivering his lines as anything other than a bland, smirking robot, and the actor's been essentially absent from screens since the third 'Pirates' movie.

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