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Review Roundup: 3-D 'Life of Pi' Dazzles Critics, NYFF Rothman Panel [VIDEO]

Critics are eating up Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" following its NYFF debut on Friday. Raves praising the film's immersive, spectacular use of 3-D, its inspirational pantheistic message and strong performances from the three actors playing Pi are in the majority, with a few outliers wishing for heftier substance over CG smoke and mirrors. Review roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 1:16 PM
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Academy Chases Young Male Demo with Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane [VIDEO]

At the HBO Emmy party last weekend, Seth MacFarlane was in good spirits as the question of his hosting the 85th Oscarcast made the rounds. He's a hit on TV ("Family Guy") and as host of several awards shows around town, including the WGA Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2012 12:52 PM
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'Paranormal Activity 4' Invites Fan Participation

When found-footage movie "Paranormal Activity" premiered in 2009, Paramount digital marketing started engaging with movie fans in a direct way. They encouraged viewers to create their own spoofs and renditions of the D-I-Y film.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 7:01 AM
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Watch: Title Mash [Video]

Begin your week with a gorgeous mash-up of opening titles. Edited by Ian Albinson, the films and TV series, all produced since 2000, include some of the most recognizable of film credits ever (no "Touch of Evil," folks).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 6:46 AM
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Watch: Reel Geezers Return with Review of PT Anderson's 'The Master' [Video]

Video reviewers Reel Geezers, the self-described "dynamic octogenarian duo," are back on YouTube after a hiatus. What brought them back? "Yeah they didn't die!!!" wrote one commenter. Not to mention Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 6:17 AM
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China and Uruguay Pick Contenders for Foreign Language Oscars

On the eve of the Academy's October 1 foreign film submission deadline, both China and Uruguay selected films to vie for a Best Foreign Language nomination.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 5:28 AM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 2: A Deep Specificity of Culture

Decades ago, I'd heard that Eric Overmeyer and the wonderful actress Ellen McElduff had begun living part-time in her native Louisiana. This is obviously well before Katrina, but even then, New Orleans was in need of support. Cajun culture was having its brief moment in the sun, but the city and state were already in severe economic distress...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 1, 2012 2:00 AM
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