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Halloween Video: Nosferatu with New Graham Reynolds Score

Check out this special Halloween video from the Alamo Drafthouse and Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds. The video features an exclusive track from an original score Reynolds composed for F.W. Murnau's 1922 German Expressionist classic Nosferatu, which will be performed live by Reynolds and The Golden Arm Trio at a screening of the film in Austin on October 30. Here's more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2011 5:29 AM
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First Look: Cianfrance's Place Beyond the Pines Stars Badass Ryan Gosling and Cop Bradley Cooper

Check out the leading men of Blue Valentine writer-director Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, currently in post. Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper co-star as a motorcycle-badass/bank robber and a cop/politician, respectively. Their lady loves are played by Eva Mendes and Rose Byrne. Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom) and Ray Liotta also co-star. It almost sounds too good to be true, but Gosling's hair brings us down to reality.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2011 5:00 AM
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Oscar Talk: Shame's NC-17 and Fassbender, Whither Clooney, Chastain, Doc Race, Year-End Critics

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I debate the Shame NC-17 issue. Will Fox Searchlight be able to push Michael Fassbender for an Oscar nomination? (I weigh in on this here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2011 4:00 AM
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Relativity Starts Production on First Chinese Joint Venture: Comedy 21 and Over

Relativity Media's landmark alliance with China's Huaxia Film Distribution Company could make all the difference for the company's success going forward. That is if they make the right movies. Low-budget comedy 21 and Over is the first of many projects that Relativity plans to shoot and co-finance in partnership with Sky Land, their new production and distribution entity run by Relativity, SAIF Partners and IDG China Media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2011 12:33 PM
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Brad Bird Talks Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol: IMAX vs. 3-D, Animation vs. Live Action, Trailer

Several animation directors are trying their hand at live action of late, most notably Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), who talks to Bill Desowitz about Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which boasts a new trailer and featurettes starring daredevil Tom Cruise (below).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 27, 2011 12:11 PM
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Academy Celebrates 40th Last Picture Show Anniversary with Restored Definitive Director's Cut

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Last Picture Show with a digitally restored "Definitive Director’s Cut" on Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. After the screening the Academy is hosting a cast and crew reunion including director (and indieWIRE blogger) Peter Bogdanovich, his one-time romantic muse Cybill Shepherd and Cloris Leachman. Sadly, Ben Johnson as well as Bogdanovich's ex-wife, the film's production designer Polly Platt, are no longer with us. And where are Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms and Ellen Burstyn?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2011 11:15 AM
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IDA 2011 Nominees and Hononory Awards; Les Blank Gets Career Award

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has voted its nominations and honorary awards for their December 2 event at Los Angeles' Directors Guild. The Career Achievement Award will go to filmmaker Les Blank. Past recipients of the award include Barbara Kopple, Errol Morris, and Michael Moore. The Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award will go to Danfung Dennis, director of Afghanistan war doc Hell and Back Again (pictured), which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and won the fest's World Cinena Jury Award and the World Cinema Cinematography Award.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 9:54 AM
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Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander Inspires Halloween Costume, H&M Clothing Line

Trish Summerville, costume designer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is teaming up with Swedish clothing giant H&M to bring Lisbeth Salander-esque clothing to a store near you. Beat-up black jeans, leather and bad-ass hoodiess (yes, they existed before Stieg Larsson wrote the Lisbeth Salander character) will be new again when the film hits theaters this December. So, here's what Lisbeth would look like if she was a supermodel who gave a shit about accessorizing.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 8:08 AM
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Academy's Rise of Non-Fiction Film: Golden Age of Documentary, Embracing Distractions, Oprah Wrong

Beth Hanna reports back on the Academy's "Rise of Non-Fiction Movies" panel, considers the Golden Age of focumentary film, embracing the distractions, and why Oprah gets it wrong:
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 27, 2011 7:20 AM
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Poster Watch: We Need To Talk Abou Kevin Poster is Dark, Eery, Atmospheric & Perfect

The new poster for Lynn Ramsay's We Need To Talk About Kevin is exactly what it should be for this dark, unsettling and--believe it or not--beautiful film about a mother's disparate relationship with her disturbed son. The film will have its Oscar qualifying run in LA and NYC starting December 9, followed by a limited theatrical release January 27 (through Oscilloscope). Watch the trailer here, and our interview with Swinton and Ramsay here. Full poster is below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 7:19 AM
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