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Anglophile Alert: Brit DVD Retailer Acorn Media Streams Shakespeare, Rereleases Tinker Tailor

Acorn Media, well known for its DVDs of classic British television programs, has carved out a new presence for itself as the first streaming service that specializes in British television.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • December 22, 2011 1:59 PM
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Wenders Gets Out of His Own Way with Stunning 3-D Tribute To Pina Bausch

A hand caresses dirt, sheer curtains billow in your face in 3-D. From the first frames of "Pina," you know you are in the hands of a master. With this documentary Wim Wenders deploys his arsenal of skills learned over 40 years of filmmaking, freed from the constraints of the narrative fiction film. He knows how to use spatial relationships, understands what the dramatic impact of the camera placement will be during Pina Bausch's visceral "Sacre du Printemps," which sends chills up your spine--as do shots of dancers falling hard into each other's arms, inches from the ground. (See the trailer below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 22, 2011 1:14 PM
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Aardman's The Pirates! Band of Misfits Wishes You Happy Holidays; Trailer

Holiday ecards are clogging my inbox. While it's hardly the first time a Hollywood studio has jumped on Christmas to flog their product, Sony went for broke this year, sending boxes full of gift wrapping, T-shirts and Santa hats to hype Oscar hopeful "Arthur Christmas."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 22, 2011 12:20 PM
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Fincher's Serial Killer Trilogy: Girl with Dragon Tattoo Builds on Se7en and Zodiac's Lone Rangers

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" opens this week, marking David Fincher's third obsessive film about an intense hunt for a serial killer. What are Fincher's cinematic fixations when dealing with the pathology of murder?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 22, 2011 10:29 AM
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Deal Update: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Woody Allen's 'Nero Fiddled,' 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' Moves Up, 'Outrun' Gets Date

With Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" the year's highest-grossing independent film (almost $60 million domestic) and a strong Oscar contender with four Golden Globe nominations, it's no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics will release his next indie funded film, "Nero Fiddled."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2011 7:52 PM
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Athena Film Festival Returns to Barnard; Mira Nair, Diablo Cody, Debra Martin Chase Among Co-Chairs

Athena Film Festival, 2012: Call for Submissions
The 2nd annual Athena Film Festival, described as a "Celebration of Women and Leadership,” is returning to the Barnard campus from February 9-12, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2011 5:27 PM
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Oscar Watch: Passion Votes Drive Exciting Race, Likely Eight Best Picture Nominees--Not 'Bridesmaids'

The change in Oscar voting rules, so that only films earning hundreds of number one votes will land a Best Picture slot-- leads to more speculation and excitement than ever this year. But it's already clear that there will be eight nominees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2011 3:10 PM
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'Tree of Life,' 'A Separation' Lead Village Voice Poll, 'Margaret' Lands Three Wins

"The Tree of Life" has won yet another victory, topping the annual Village Voice critics poll and winning best director for Terrence Malick. The film was followed by Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation"; Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" came in third.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2011 2:02 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Avatar' VFX Wiz Letteri Compares 'Apes' and 'Tintin,' Caesar and Haddock

It's been a great year for Joe Letteri, Weta Digital's senior visual effects supervisor, with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" as the front runner for the VFX Oscar and "The Adventures of Tintin" opening today and competing in the animation category.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 21, 2011 12:04 PM
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Indie Spirit Nominee 'Without' Team Talk Micro-Budget Filmmaking, Distribution

Writer-director Mark Jackson is up for the “Someone to Watch” award at the Indie Spirits, to be held in Santa Monica on February 25, for his micro-budget "Without." The film is a quiet character study featuring a daring performance by the newcomer, Joslyn Jensen.
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • December 21, 2011 11:47 AM
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