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Trailer Watch: The Tree of Life

For those of you who missed the trailer in theaters (in front of Black Swan) and on Apple Trailers, here is Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life trailer in all its glory. (And here is our gallery of ten stills.) I can safely predict that given Fox Searchlight's May 27 release date and the eagerness with which Thierry Fremaux pursued the movie last year, The Tree of Life will be in Cannes. And another likely Cannes entrant will be Sony's Restless, directed by fest fave Gus Van Sant, which will likely wind up at Sony Pictures Classics.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 11:02 AM
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SXSW Opens with World Premiere of Duncan Jones' Source Code, Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

The SXSW Film Festival will open on March 11 with the world premiere of Duncan Jones' ticking bomb thriller Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga. The Summit release (April 1, 2011) is Jones' much-awaited follow-up to Moon. The SXSW fest and conference runs through March 19 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 8:22 AM
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New Miramax: What Do We Know? Lang and Weinsteins Partner on Sequels

What do we know about the new Miramax, which has finally closed its $660 million deal to separate from previous owner Disney?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 7:27 AM
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Gender Watch: Geena Davis and PTC on Sexualization of Women and Girls On Screen

- Blue Valentine had to fight to get a fair R rating from the MPAA because the films shows female oral sex - female pleasure - while mainstream film and television continues to promote women and girls as objects of and targets for male desire without any examples of how to articulate or assert themselves against cultural stereotypes. The attention given to Blue Valentine's rating signifies our culture's imbalance in male vs. female sexual perspective and power. We are so used to seeing women as objects of desire, that when they are recipients of pleasure we don't know how to deal. It's not enough to show girls or women rolling their eyes in annoyance or acceptance of "the way things are" - we need to see them changing the paradigm. Below, two forces trying to do just that:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 16, 2010 6:29 AM
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Pink Panther Director Blake Edwards Dies at 88, Video Clips

I grew up on the films of Blake Edwards, who has died at age 88. He is yet another example of a director whose kind we will not see again. Just as wife Julie Andrews was schooled in vaudeville, he possessed a range of skills that few can match today. Most impressively, he knew how to get a laugh from slapstick: the well-timed pratfall, the double take. No one else could have delivered the zany laughs in the best of the long-lived Pink Panther series, A Shot in the Dark. Edwards worked with the brilliant Peter Sellers to create the unforgettable klutz Inspector Clouseau, complete with clotted French accent and killer assistant, Cato, who could pounce on him at any moment, and with composer Henry Mancini, who scored almost all of Edwards’ films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 5:46 AM
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Paul Greengrass Talks Bourne, Green Zone, Short Movie Day 8

Brit actor David Morrissey interviews director Paul Greengrass (Bourne films and Green Zone) in this short movie for Dunhill’s Day 8:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 5:18 AM
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Oscar Posters Cut To the Point

Oscar Posters Cut To the Point
The new Oscar poster-unveiled as part of the Academy's "You're Invited" marketing campaign-- is out. The Academy is sharing several pieces of artwork as wallpaper and profile icons with the public at Oscars.org, and selling posters as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 4:14 AM
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Screen Actors Guild Surprises: John Hawkes and Hilary Swank; Blue Valentine Shut Out

Screen Actors Guild Surprises: John Hawkes and Hilary Swank; Blue Valentine Shut Out
The Screen Actors Guild nominations--which actually do have some impact on the Oscar race, given that Academy actors are so dominant in the voting--were announced Thursday morning. The SAG equivalent of best picture is the ensemble award; the five nominees could well be considered the top five contenders at the Oscars as well. The King's Speech and The Fighter led the fray with four noms each, followed by Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right and The Social Network. Left off the best cast list but grabbing two acting nominations each were True Grit, which had been ignored by the Golden Globes, and Winter's Bone. Blue Valentine was shut out, with no noms for Ryan Gosling or Michelle Williams.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 2:25 AM
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How Do You Know Early Reviews: "Disappointment," "Separation From Real Life," "Purged of Charisma"

How Do You Know Early Reviews: "Disappointment," "Separation From Real Life," "Purged of Charisma"
What went wrong with James L. Brooks' latest, How Do You Know? The 70-year-old writer-director has been painstakingly crafting one brilliant confection after another ever since his film debut in 1983 with Larry McMurtry's tragicomedy Terms of Endearment, starring the great Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger and Jack Nicholson, which won five Oscars including best picture. Brooks went on to score audience and critical hits with 1987's Broadcast News (seven Oscar nominations) and 1997's As Good As It Gets (two more wins). But he did stumble with the one-time musical I'll Do Anything (he took out all the songs), and his last costly dud, Spanglish, starring Adam Sandler as a chef. And now How Do You Know is just about unwatchable. (Check out early reviews below; the movie opens Friday.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2010 9:51 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: First Athena Film Festival Line-Up: Miss Representation, Desert Flower, Mo

EXCLUSIVE: First Athena Film Festival Line-Up: Miss Representation, Desert Flower, Mo
The Athena Film Festival has lined up its first program of narrative and documentary films, which will unspool February 10 to 13, 2011 on the Barnard Campus in New York City.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2010 8:29 AM
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