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Polanski's Ghost Writer Scores Six at European Film Awards

Polanski's Ghost Writer Scores Six at European Film Awards
The European Film Awards are not predictive of Oscars. But six wins for The Ghost Writer moves the film to the top of the screener pile. Maybe some folks will watch it now. One of my favorite films of last year, it shares with Shutter Island and The Town a formal elegance and control. These films are well-made across the board. But they are also genre films, accessible and fun--as opposed to high art. That is the question. This is no The Pianist. Summit is pushing the movie for awards consideration.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2010 9:52 AM
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International Documentary Award Winners Are "Waste Land,""Women Rebel"

International Documentary Award Winners Are "Waste Land,""Women Rebel"
Lucy Walker's Oscar short-list documentary Waste Land took two top honors as distinguished feature as well as the previously announced Pare Lorentz Award at the 2010 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards Friday night, hosted by Morgan Spurlock. Waste Land follows artist Vik Muniz on a journey from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil to visit the world's largest garbage dump.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2010 6:00 AM
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TRON: Legacy Early Reviews: "Visually Stunning," "Flimsy," "Sloppy," "Immersive"

TRON: Legacy Early Reviews: "Visually Stunning," "Flimsy," "Sloppy," "Immersive"
Well, someone let the cat out of the bag on Disney's Tron: Legacy sequel: reviews weren't supposed to to go live until after the London premiere (the Livestream December 5 is here). A sampling of reviews is below. Some like it, some don't.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2010 2:21 AM
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New Godard Font in Honor of 80th Birthday

Download the new Jean-Luc Godard font to commemorate the Oscar-winning auteur's 80th birthday Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2010 1:33 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Award Circuit Winners and Nominees, Interviews, Actors and More

Weekly Wrap: Award Circuit Winners and Nominees, Interviews, Actors and More
AWARDS
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 4, 2010 12:21 AM
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Star Watch: Pitt, Penn in Tree of Life Trailer, Winslet on Mendes' Bond, Depp On Jolie and Paradis

- Stay calm, Terrence Malick fans. The LAT says there's truth to the hype. They provide a sneak peak at the film's trailer (which Fox Searchlight is attaching to Black Swan Friday) and debuted several stills. The trailer suggests a "mystical, rich and satisfying film…a big-canvas movie in the best sense, one with both cosmic significance and intimate drama," writes Steven Zeitchik. The shots in the trailer include "visual poetry --  shots of vast landscapes and religious half-light and spinning planets," and declares a resulting "sense of excitement about what Malick has just shown you and a sense of curiosity about what lies behind it."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 3, 2010 7:47 AM
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Lesley Manville Talks Another Year, Mike Leigh

Lesley Manville Talks Another Year, Mike Leigh
Of all the descriptions I've heard from various folks about the famed Mike Leigh process--whereby the writer-director starts at zero with a troupe of actors and winds up after a lengthy workshop period with a solid character-driven screenplay--long-term Leigh veteran Lesley Manville (All or Nothing, Topsy-Turvy) does it best. The actress is celebrating her first win, from the National Board of Review, for the role of a boozy sad-sack in Leigh's latest, Another Year. More may follow: the Academy voters have rewarded Leigh and his actors many times in the past.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2010 7:24 AM
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Oscar Watch: Documentary Race Heats Up with IDA Awards, PGA Nominations

Oscar Watch: Documentary Race Heats Up with IDA Awards, PGA Nominations
The documentary race is heating up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2010 7:00 AM
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Oscar Talk: What's Up, Down After Gothams, Indie Spirits, National Board of Review

Oscar Talk: What's Up, Down After Gothams, Indie Spirits, National Board of Review
This week Kris Tapley, indieWIRE's Peter Knegt and I analyze the impact of the Gotham Awards, Indie Spirit noms, the National Board of Review and the Coens' finally viewed and reviewed True Grit on the awards race. Kris went to the Inception DVD/Oscar party (so did Amy Dawes). It's a contender--but 127 Hours could be a little shaky.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2010 6:12 AM
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Michelle Williams Talks Blue Valentine, Meek's Cutoff, Playing Marilyn Monroe, Female Directors

Michelle Williams Talks Blue Valentine, Meek's Cutoff, Playing Marilyn Monroe, Female Directors
Michelle Williams has a lot going on. Not only is the actress enjoying her Indie Spirit nomination for Sundance/Cannes/Toronto fave Blue Valentine (while decrying her co-star's Ryan Gosling's omission), but she's fearlessly stepping up to playing icon Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming My Week with Marilyn. She's enjoying working with two women directors, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Me Lucy, Meek's Cutoff, which goes from Venice and Toronto to Sundance) and Sarah Polley (the upcoming Take This Waltz). UPDATE: Blue Valentine's NC-17 rating has been overturned and the American Cinematheque is honoring Williams with a tribute on December 11 at Los Angeles's Aero Theater, to include clips of her films, a discussion with moderator Timothy Blake and a screening of Blue Valentine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2010 4:42 AM
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