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Bingham Ray Memorial, UPDATED Clips: Jarmusch, Turturro, Clarkson, Platt

The Bingham Ray memorial in New York last Friday was an extraordinary event. Sure, the Paris Theatre was packed with a generation of people who care deeply about independent film, but it was more than that.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2012 4:23 PM
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The Career Progression of Freida Pinto, From 'Slumdog' to 'Trishna': Auteur's Leading Lady or Shallow Ingenue?

Since Freida Pinto and Dev Patel broke out with Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire," the real-life couple have had slightly different career paths. Pinto's had the boost of beauty endorsements (L'Oreal) and magazine covers, and it's easier to find roles for a beautiful ethnically-ambiguous ingenue than a quirky Indian man.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 4:21 PM
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Watch: First 12 Minutes of Brit Marling Starrer 'Sound of My Voice'

Zal Batmanglij's Sundance 2011 Fest entry "Sound of My Voice," which he co-wrote and produced with the film's star, Brit Marling, who plays a charismatic cult leader, opens April 27. (Batmanglij's follow-up with Marling, "The East," is already in the can and will also be released by Fox Searchlight.) Take a look at the film's eerie first chapter.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 4:17 PM
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SAG Awards Set Date for 2013

Next year's 19th Annual SAG Awards will take place on January 27, 2013, at Los Angeles' Shrine Exposition Center. For the eighth year running, the show will be simulcast on TNT and TBS. Here's a recap of the 2012 show and winners, which boasted 5.2 million viewers.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 1:57 PM
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Oscar Nominees Talk Favorite Movie Moments: 'Network,' 'Sound of Music,' 'Wizard of Oz,' Brando

Check out Oscar's acting nominees talking about their favorite movie moments here, and in the mashup below. So what movies do the stars love?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 1:41 PM
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Weekend Preview: Brutal & Heartbreaking Oscar Nominee 'Bullhead' Is Must-See

If you live in New York, Los Angeles or Austin, get yourself to a theater for "Bullhead" (it expands February 24). The Belgian film, nominated for a Best Foreign Language film Oscar, may not take home the big prize on February 26 ("A Separation" and "Monsieur Lazhar" are custom-made to the academy's taste), but the brutal, heartbreaking parable and gangster-neo-noir can count two wins already: rookie director Michael R. Roskam and star Matthias Schoenaerts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 1:09 PM
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Brit Comedy 'Reuniting The Rubins' Debuts March 23

Timothy Spall (“The King's Speech”) stars in “Reuniting The Rubins,” a British family comedy debuting from Monterey Media March 23 in Los Angeles.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 16, 2012 11:00 AM
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PGA Sets 2013 Awards Date

The Producers Guild of America has landed on January 19 2013 for the 24th Annual PGA Awards, which honor excellence in motion picture and television production.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 16, 2012 8:00 AM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest Screenwriters Panel: Personal Experience Informs Both Adaptations and Originals, from 'The Help' to 'Margin Call'

Per usual, this year's screenwriters delivered at my "It Starts with the Script" panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Both Writers Guild nominee Will Reiser ("50/50") and Indie Spirit nominee Mike Mills ("Beginners") were digging into their own lives for their often painful and self-revelatory fictionalized stories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2012 7:08 AM
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IN THE WORKS: TWC Casts Streep, Roberts To Lead Adaptation of 'August: Osage County'

Coming off a strong year and an even hotter awards season, with “The Artist,” “My Week With Marilyn” and “The Iron Lady” already awarded and still in contention for Oscars, The Weinstein Company (TWC) today confirmed casting for the film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Tony-awarded play, "August: Osage County."
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 16, 2012 12:52 AM
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