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With Four Indie Spirit Nominations, Rabbit Hole Debuts New Poster and Clips

Lionsgate's Rabbit Hole opens December 17 and just released a new poster and clips (below). The film has just been nominated for four Indie Spirit Awards, including John Cameron Mitchell (Best Director), David Lindsay-Abaire (Best Screenplay), and Nicole Kidman (Best Female Lead) and Aaron Eckhart (Best Male Lead), boosting its Oscar buzz. I listened to Mitchell and Eckhart's Q & A at the AFI's enthusiastically applauded screening on November 8. Mitchell said that if a piece of art deals with a heavy subject matter, it ideally should contribute to someone’s ability to deal with - not just reinforce - the misery of the situation. “Hopefully this [film] is a set of tools in learning how to deal with this,” he said, hoping that none of us experience the loss of a child but recognizing that we all inevitably deal with death. “That’s what art is for,” he said, “you watch someone else going through it and you’re able to purge it by proxy. Art can cleanse you by going through the rabbit hole and coming back to the light.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 1, 2010 6:54 AM
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True Grit Early Review: Coens Deliver PG-13 Classic Western, Bridges Owns Cogburn

True Grit Early Review: Coens Deliver PG-13 Classic Western, Bridges Owns Cogburn
Finally, the last anticipated Oscar contender has been screened and Wednesday, reviewed. The question is whether expectations of the Coens' True Grit have been overblown. Reaction at one New York screening was mixed. It's not surprising; pure westerns do not play in some quarters. Younger moviegoers don't get the genre; westerns are set in a past that is too distant and foreign. But the Academy, which trends older and male, will be far more receptive, so this well-mounted movie may well hit their soft spot. (The Gurus 'O Gold weigh in). Here is our round-up of True Grit's other early reviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2010 5:58 AM
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Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk

Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk
Amy Dawes reports on what she saw and heard at Inception's DVD and Blu-Ray release (read Oscar) party Tuesday night in the Hollywood Hills. Leonardo DiCaprio smokes a cigar and worries about African lions, Nolan talks The Dark Knight Rises (and wants everyone to stop trying to figure out the ending of Inception) and composer Hans Zimmer talks the score that's "Better than drugs":
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • December 1, 2010 4:42 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack Photo Diary

EXCLUSIVE: George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack Photo Diary
Director George Hickenlooper was working at the time of his tragic death (via accidental overdose) in Denver on October 30 at age 47. He was premiering his latest film, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey in a story inspired by true events that is "so Gothic that at times," according to Hickenlooper, "if it were fiction, you would never believe it really happened."
  • By George Hickenlooper
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  • December 1, 2010 3:59 AM
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The Fighter's Amy Adams Talks Holding Her Own with Russell, Bale, Wahlberg and Leo

The Fighter's Amy Adams Talks Holding Her Own with Russell, Bale, Wahlberg and Leo
We've seen Amy Adams grab an Oscar nom for her breakout role in June Bug, steal scenes from the likes of Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War, hold her own with Leonardo di Caprio in Catch Me If You Can, and earn a surprise Oscar nom along with Meryl Streep and Viola Davis for Doubt. She can be sexy or innocent, a girlfriend or a nun, a girl-next-door or vamp. But given that range, The Fighter's earthy, beer-drinking, tough, Boston-accented Charlene is still a shocker. And by following David O. Russell's direction to play the yin to her showy castmates' yang, she could wind up stealing another supporting actress nomination. In short, Adams stands up to the power of Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo by being as quiet as they are noisy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2010 10:46 AM
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All Good Things Early Reviews: "Fascinating," "Scrambled," "Uncompelling Psychological Portraiture"

Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things, inspired by the true story of New York's infamous Durst family, finally found distribution with Magnolia Pictures back in August, and opens with a limited released December 3. Starring Ryan Gosling, who is generating more complimentary buzz for popular and controversial Blue Valentine (opening December 31), and Kirsten Dunst, in her first outing in two years, All Good Things is decidedly flawed while still riveting for some. Early reviews are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 7:25 AM
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Interview Watch: All Good Things' Gosling on Dunst, Foster Interviews Jennifer Lawrence

- All Good Things, Kirsten Dunst's first film in two years, opens December 3, and she delivers one of "three riveting performances" according to THR, and "the best performance in the film by far" says ThePlaylist. Her co-star, Ryan Gosling tells NYMag that while filming, “Whatever dragons she’d been chasing, she chased them and trapped and slew ’em between action and cut…You weren’t watching somebody who was unlocking something in themselves, and then because they’d finally exposed it maybe they could retire. You felt like you were watching somebody unlock something, and now that it had been exposed they could get started.” Gosling also confirmed that Dunst had a 2008 stint in rehab (for depression) because she "definitely had OD’d on Hollywood and needed to get away." Update: Here is Vanity Fair's interview with Dunst, in which she talks bad boys nude scenes (i.e. in Lars von Trier's upcoming Melancholia).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 6:27 AM
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Academy Shortlists Ten Animated and Ten Live Action Shorts

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces ten Animated Shorts, of thirty-three qualifying entries, and ten Live Action shorts, of seventy-six entries, that will move on to the voting process for the final Academy Award nominations to be announced on January 25 for the 83rd Annual Oscar presentation on February 27.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 6:09 AM
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Independent Spirit Nominations: Winter's Bone, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right Head for Oscars

Independent Spirit Nominations: Winter's Bone, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right Head for Oscars
"See you at the beach," said Jeremy Renner after announcing the Independent Spirit nominations. To the relief of Indie Spirit regulars, the annual Independent Spirit Awards will be returning to a tent in Santa Monica on February 26.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2010 3:56 AM
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Gotham Award Winners: Winter's Bone, Robert Duvall, Waiting for Superman, The Oath

Who came out ahead at the 20th Gotham Awards (see them here)? Winter's Bone, which won best feature and best ensemble, now gets a huge boost toward landing in the Best Picture Top Ten. Critics groups should continue to push this film up the awards hill.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2010 3:18 AM
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