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Columbia's Women Filmmakers, from Holofcener to Cholodenko: Not as Easy As It Looks (Video)

The elephant in the room at last week's oddly titled Columbia University Film Festival panel "What Glass Ceiling? The Remarkable Success of Columbia's Women Filmmakers," showcasing filmmakers Lisa Cholodenko, Nicole Holofcener, Shari Springer Berman and Cherien Dabis was how tough it is for these indie filmmakers to be successful at all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2012 6:42 AM
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Magnolia's on a Roll, from 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' and 'Marley' to Twisty Stylish Thriller 'Headhunters'

"Headhunters" is a smart pick-up. It's basically the most commercial movie Norway has to offer, based on Joe Nesbo's global detective bestseller, starring rising star Aksel Hennie ("Max Manus") and Danish "Game of Thrones" baddie Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and directed with style by top commercial director Morten Tyldum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2012 10:41 PM
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Career Watch: Scarlett Johansson, Beyond the Black Bodysuit

Scarlett Johansson's role as Black Widow in "The Avengers" would be unnecessary if the superhero rulebook didn't require at least one buxom babe in black spandex. Thus secret agent Johansson plays a distant fiddle to Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans et al's super-human powers. Although her assassin has no superpower--other than outsmarting, interrogating and shooting and beating people to death ("looking puzzled or confused")--thanks to Joss Whedon's box office hit, attention is back on Johansson the kick-ass action babe rather than Johansson the nude-photo-hacking-scandal babe. But is Black Widow the best Johansson can do?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 3:40 PM
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Cannes: Wicks and Fisher Explain How John Hillcoat's 'Lawless' Went Indie

One of the many Weinstein films on parade at Cannes this year, John Hillcoat's "Lawless" (August 31), started out its life in development with husband-and-wife producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher's Red Wagon shingle at Sony. They brought in Hillcoat and Nick Cave, who wrote Hillcoat's Aussie western "The Proposition."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 12:17 PM
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'Fifty Shades of Grey': What Kind of Movie Could It Be, With What Cast?

The only way EL James' notoriously erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" will ever wind up a half-way decent movie will be if the filmmakers take the high road. Going with Focus Features was a step in the right direction.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 10:26 AM
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Immersed in Movies: It's All About the Hulk in 'The Avengers'

Leave it to Joss Whedon to round up the Avengers in rip roaring fashion and momentarily stave off superhero fatigue as we head into the summer season. He certainly knows how to handle ensemble pieces...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 3, 2012 11:20 AM
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'It's Still About Nudity': VF's Marilyn Monroe Nude Outtakes, GQ's Interview with 'The Man Who Hacked Hollywood'

Marilyn Monroe is the gift that keeps on giving. Vanity Fair's June issue features outtakes from her last photo-shoot. Photographer Lawrence Schiller (aka Larry Wolf) was to take nude photos of the star (in the pool with a suit, out of it naked) and guarantee that they would appear on magazine covers that made no mention of Elizabeth Taylor...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 1, 2012 3:14 PM
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Tribeca 2012 Wrap, Must-Sees and Avoids: 'War Witch,' 'Una Noche,' 'Francophrenia' Come Out on Top; 'Lola' on Bottom

Tribeca 2012 is over. Here's my list of what was memorable out of this year's programme --and not. RECOMMENDED
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 30, 2012 4:27 PM
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SFIFF 55: Judy Davis, 'Women with Cows,' "The Giants,' Rissient on Hawks

I have viewed myself into a corner; there’s practically nothing playing this afternoon that I haven’t already seen. I have prepared for this by checking out press screeners, despite my internal script that runs: “you don’t go to film festivals to watch movies on DVD.” So I choose either talking heads docs or movies with less than epic sweep.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 30, 2012 3:21 PM
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Sean Penn's Peace Summit Award Acceptance Speech: Haiti, Systemic Moral Corruption, A Sacred Debt

On April 25, Sean Penn accepted the Peace Summit Award at the twelfth annual Nobel Peace Laureate's World Summit in Chicago. The award was given to him by Nobel Peace Laureate president Mikhail Gorbachev and Mr. Udo Janz. His Holiness The Dalai Lama was also present. Penn's acceptance speech is below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 26, 2012 2:52 PM
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