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Autism Society Partners with Wurzburg's Wretches & Jabberers for National Autism Awareness Month

On Wretches & Jabberers, Oscar-winning documentary director Gerardine Wurzburg (short Educating Peter, 1993) is partnering with the Autism Society for its theatrical release in April, which is National Autism Awareness month.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2011 7:25 AM
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The Coen Brothers Talk True Grit

The Coen Brothers Talk True Grit
As western True Grit has taken off as the surprise hit of the Christmas season (topping a field of weak contenders), and has emerged a strong awards contender (with recent PGA and WGA nods), the usually taciturn Joel and Ethan Coen are on the promo trail. Here's a taste of their sound bites from various interviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 6:56 AM
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Development Watch: Arterton for Gretel, Jolie's Cleopatra Director, Clooney's Monster of Florence

- Jeremy Renner's Hansel has found his Gretel. Gemma Arterton will star alongside the rising Hurt Locker and Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol star in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which sets the fairy tale duo fifteen years later, chasing witches. Despite having suffered three less-than-stellar films in 2010 (Tamara Drewe, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Clash of the Titans), Brit Gemma Arterton beat out Diane Kruger, Eva Green and Noomi Rapace to fill these fairy tale shoes. Director Tommy Wirkola wants to shoot in Berlin starting March 7. Let's hope this fairy tale update rises above the pack.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2011 6:29 AM
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Sundance Trailer Watch: Bier's In a Better World

Sundance Trailer Watch: Bier's In a Better World
One of the films I most look forward to catching at Sundance is Susanne Bier's Danish entry for the Oscars, In a Better World (Sony Pictures Classics). Bier directed Brothers (remade by Jim Sheridan) and After the Wedding, which was nominated for the foreign Oscar. In a Better World is about a Danish doctor who must deal with conflicts at home as well as at an African refugee camp.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 5:41 AM
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Young Hanks and Aykroyd Rap and Dance in Dragnet Video

Universal invested serious coin in this 1987 Dragnet MTV music video for the hit hip-hop single City of Crime (which played over the closing credits), starring the rap-and-dance team of Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd (below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 5:20 AM
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Tarantino Regrets Leaving Coppola's Somewhere Off His Ten Best

One significant omission on Quentin Tarantino's Ten Best List was ex-girlfriend Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, which the jury headed by Tarantino awarded the Golden Lion in Venice.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 4:52 AM
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Cinema Eye's Heterodox Award Nominees Straddle the Documentary-Fiction Line

Filmmaker Magazine is sponsoring Cinema Eye's new Heterodox Award as part of their Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking which are presented taking January 18 at New York's Museum of the Moving Image. The Heterodox category is created for films that "imaginatively incorporate nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production. These films illuminate the formal possibilities of nonfiction filmmaking while raising provocative questions about on-going documentary orthodoxy and the perceived boundaries between narrative and nonfiction filmmaking."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2011 10:05 AM
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Underrated, Underdog and Misunderstood Films of 2010

Underrated, Underdog and Misunderstood Films of 2010
Who doesn't like an underdog? They're not asking to win the Oscar for Best Picture, but these under-appreciated films deserve to be seen by wider audiences than their box office numbers, critics or lack of awards talk would suggest. After the jump is a sampling of the worthy films singled out by The New York Times, The Atlantic, Moviefone, The Playlist and Associated Content. Our adds to your bucket list of films to watch when awards season is over (or now, if you're caught up) are:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2011 9:20 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro and Monica Bellucci Kiss in Italian Ages of Love Teaser Trailer

Check out Robert De Niro and Monica Bellucci (and a handful of Italian co-stars) in this lip-locked teaser trailer for Giovanni Veronesi's The Ages of Love, which opens in Italy February 25. De Niro plays Adrian, an American Art History professor who has been living the loner life in Rome since divorcing his wife years ago. His limited and tranquil existence is disturbed when he meets his doorman's daughter, played by Bellucci...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2011 8:59 AM
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Mo'Nique and Sherak Announce Oscar Nominees January 25

On January 25 AMPAS president Tom Sherak and actress Mo'Nique, who won the supporting actress Oscar last year for Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, will announce the nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards. The pair will be wide awake at the 5:30 am news announcement at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills in order to name nominees in 10 of 24 Oscar categories. Check out Oscar.com for a simultaneous posting of the complete nominees list.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2011 7:09 AM
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