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Immersed in Movies: Ren Klyce Talks Sound and Subways for Fincher's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

For David Fincher, the sounds of silence are equally as disturbing as loud noises. This is clearly evident in sound designer Ren Klyce's Oscar-nominated work for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Indeed, the underlying soundscape is a freezing, unsettling horror that perfectly complements the disturbing, graphic imagery.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 22, 2012 1:29 PM
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'The Island President' Profiles Maldives' Ex-President Nasheed's Fight to Save Drowning Country

"The Island President," director Jon Shenk's political documentary about one politician's crusade to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on his country, might need a new title before it opens in theaters on March 28. The fate of Mohamed Nasheed, who until Feb. 7 was indeed an island president but is now an island ex-president, demonstrates just how quickly political fortunes can change.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • February 22, 2012 1:43 AM
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Keeping Hope -- and Magic -- Alive as the Curtain Falls on Awards Season

The magic of movies hasn't gone anywhere, but disillusionment comes with that dream. We all have to grow up, and for some of us that means having to learn that movie magic -- like all magic -- looks different from behind the curtain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 10:00 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Interviews, Festival Updates, Post-BAFTA Oscar Analysis, In the Works and More

  • By TOH!
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  • February 18, 2012 12:44 PM
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David Bowie vs. Hollywood: A Marvelous Poster Mash-Up

Have you ever been casually watching a movie and thought: This film could use a little more David Bowie? This collection of mock-up movie posters is for you!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2012 4:28 PM
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Titles in Search of a Script: from the Stanley Kubrick Archives

During their 34-year relationship, Stanley Kubrick and his personal assistant Tony Frewin developed a collection of potential movie titles under the headline: "Titles in search of a script." Lists of Note selected several of their wittiest ideas, with commentary from Frewin following each idea. Some of their most droll titles include:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2012 1:53 PM
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Bingham Ray Memorial, UPDATED Clips: Jarmusch, Turturro, Clarkson, Platt

The Bingham Ray memorial in New York last Friday was an extraordinary event. Sure, the Paris Theatre was packed with a generation of people who care deeply about independent film, but it was more than that.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2012 4:23 PM
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The Career Progression of Freida Pinto, From 'Slumdog' to 'Trishna': Auteur's Leading Lady or Shallow Ingenue?

Since Freida Pinto and Dev Patel broke out with Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire," the real-life couple have had slightly different career paths. Pinto's had the boost of beauty endorsements (L'Oreal) and magazine covers, and it's easier to find roles for a beautiful ethnically-ambiguous ingenue than a quirky Indian man.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 4:21 PM
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What If You Could Tip a Filmmaker?

Over at the Tribeca Film Festival's excellent "Future of Film" blog, its editor, internet expert Chris Dorr, asks: "What If You Could Tip a Filmmaker?" Here's the piece, in full:
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 15, 2012 3:54 PM
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Oscar Watch: Casarosa Talks 'La Luna,' Pixar's Longest Short

Pixar, of course, cut its teeth on shorts, winning its first Oscar for "Tin Toy" (1989), which paved the way for "Toy Story." Since then, Pixar has continued to regularly leverage its shorts program as a training ground for directors and incubator for technology.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 12, 2012 11:51 PM
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