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All Good Things Early Reviews: "Fascinating," "Scrambled," "Uncompelling Psychological Portraiture"

All Good Things Early Reviews: "Fascinating," "Scrambled," "Uncompelling Psychological Portraiture"
Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things, inspired by the true story of New York's infamous Durst family, finally found distribution with Magnolia Pictures back in August, and opens with a limited released December 3. Starring Ryan Gosling, who is generating more complimentary buzz for popular and controversial Blue Valentine (opening December 31), and Kirsten Dunst, in her first outing in two years, All Good Things is decidedly flawed while still riveting for some. Early reviews are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 7:25 AM
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Interview Watch: All Good Things' Gosling on Dunst, Foster Interviews Jennifer Lawrence

- All Good Things, Kirsten Dunst's first film in two years, opens December 3, and she delivers one of "three riveting performances" according to THR, and "the best performance in the film by far" says ThePlaylist. Her co-star, Ryan Gosling tells NYMag that while filming, “Whatever dragons she’d been chasing, she chased them and trapped and slew ’em between action and cut…You weren’t watching somebody who was unlocking something in themselves, and then because they’d finally exposed it maybe they could retire. You felt like you were watching somebody unlock something, and now that it had been exposed they could get started.” Gosling also confirmed that Dunst had a 2008 stint in rehab (for depression) because she "definitely had OD’d on Hollywood and needed to get away." Update: Here is Vanity Fair's interview with Dunst, in which she talks bad boys nude scenes (i.e. in Lars von Trier's upcoming Melancholia).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 6:27 AM
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Academy Shortlists Ten Animated and Ten Live Action Shorts

Academy Shortlists Ten Animated and Ten Live Action Shorts
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces ten Animated Shorts, of thirty-three qualifying entries, and ten Live Action shorts, of seventy-six entries, that will move on to the voting process for the final Academy Award nominations to be announced on January 25 for the 83rd Annual Oscar presentation on February 27.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 6:09 AM
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Independent Spirit Nominations: Winter's Bone, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right Head for Oscars

Independent Spirit Nominations: Winter's Bone, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right Head for Oscars
"See you at the beach," said Jeremy Renner after announcing the Independent Spirit nominations. To the relief of Indie Spirit regulars, the annual Independent Spirit Awards will be returning to a tent in Santa Monica on February 26.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2010 3:56 AM
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Gotham Award Winners: Winter's Bone, Robert Duvall, Waiting for Superman, The Oath

Gotham Award Winners: Winter's Bone, Robert Duvall, Waiting for Superman, The Oath
Who came out ahead at the 20th Gotham Awards (see them here)? Winter's Bone, which won best feature and best ensemble, now gets a huge boost toward landing in the Best Picture Top Ten. Critics groups should continue to push this film up the awards hill.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2010 3:18 AM
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Big Indie News Week: Gotham Winners, Indie Spirit Noms, Sundance Line-Up, Board of Review

Big Indie News Week: Gotham Winners, Indie Spirit Noms, Sundance Line-Up, Board of Review
It's a big indie news week. The Gotham Awards are Monday night; indieWIRE will live-blog from backstage. I'm opting to attend a screening of a highly anticipated year-end release so that I can write about it for a Wednesday embargo.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2010 9:32 AM
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Actor Watch: Award Circuit Talk from Firth, Franco, Moore and Kunis; Eyre on Good Actors

Actor Watch: Award Circuit Talk from Firth, Franco, Moore and Kunis; Eyre on Good Actors
- One thing that makes Colin Firth blush: two thousand people singing him "Happy Birthday" (on his 50th birthday, September 10, when The King's Speech first wowed Toronto). The actor considered most likely to win an Oscar this year shares more embarrassing moments with The New Yorker's Lizzie Widdicombe, who describes him as: "the British actor best known for playing variations on the repressed-but-sexy English gentleman." On the other hand, Firth himself says the English are "very paradoxical people" for whom "It doesn’t take much to get them to let their hair down—soccer, alcohol, music, or general excitement.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2010 6:45 AM
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Oscars Go Young with New Co-Hosts Franco and Hathaway

Oscars Go Young with New Co-Hosts Franco and Hathaway
Remember that electrifying moment at the 81st Oscars when Hugh Jackman plucked Anne Hathaway out of the Kodak Theatre audience onto the stage for a number? She was stunning in a white gown, sexy, funny, held her own, could trill the high notes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2010 5:59 AM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest Opens with "Sarah's Key"

Santa Barbara Film Fest Opens with "Sarah's Key"
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open on January 27 with the stateside debut of Gilles Pacquet-Brenner's film fest veteran Sarah's Key, starring Kristin Scott Thomas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2010 8:52 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Families Gobble Up "Harry Potter" and "Tangled"; "Love & Other Drugs" Stumbles

Weekend Box Office: Families Gobble Up "Harry Potter" and "Tangled"; "Love & Other Drugs" Stumbles
Families flocked to fantasy this record Thanksgiving holiday; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (on its second weekend) and Disney animated fairy tale Tangled 3-D dominated the five day frame. On the indie side, indieWIRE reports that Tom Hooper's Oscar favorite The King's Speech enjoyed a very royal Thanksgiving, breaking the 2010 record for highest per-theater-average in its massive limited debut.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 28, 2010 5:25 AM
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