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Silent Film Trend: 'The Dance' Wins National Screen Institute of Canada's Best Comedy Award

The National Screen Institute of Canada has selected Pardis Parker's short "The Dance" for their Best Comedy award. The dialogue-free love story has won several awards, and signals the continuing trend of silent films following "The Artist"'s Oscar win in 2012 and "The Paperman"'s Oscar win for best Animated short in 2013. "Blancanieves," Spain's Goya-winning entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language film, was a silent black-and-white rendition of Snow White. In 2008 it was Pixar's "WALL-E" that found mainstream adoration with twenty minutes with almost no dialogue at all.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 4, 2013 2:53 PM
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Watch: Adorable Clips of Cesar-Winning 'Ernest & Celestine,' Possible 2014 Oscar Animation Contender

Check out these adorable clips from the Cesar-winning French animated feature "Ernest & Celestine." The film is co-directed by Belgian team Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar, who gave us 2009's hilariously nutty "A Town Called Panic," and Benjamin Renner.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 1:03 PM
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New Clip and Stunning Images From Cianfrance's 'Place Beyond the Pines' with Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes

Check out a new clip from Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to "Blue Valentine," "The Place Beyond the Pines." The film inspired critics' raves from its Toronto debut...
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  • March 4, 2013 1:27 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Roger Corman's 'Tomb of Ligeia,' Starring Vincent Price

Vincent Price Week concludes at Trailers from Hell with "Tomb of Ligeia," which director and TFH creator Joe Dante calls "an intelligent and satisfying climax to the [Roger] Corman/Poe saga."
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  • March 1, 2013 11:17 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Exclusive Design Video on Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

With "Stoker," acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-Wook ("Oldboy") riffs on Alfred Hitchcock in his own artsy and oppressive way. It's a chilly reworking of "Shadow of a Doubt," (with nods to "Psycho" and "The Birds" along the way), that eventually takes a turn into Brian De Palma territory.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 28, 2013 3:34 PM
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Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary 'Maidentrip' Chronicles Teen Laura Dekker's Record-Breaking Sail Around the World

Check out this exclusive clip from Jillian Schlesinger's SXSW documentary "Maidentrip," following Dutch 14-year-old Laura Dekker's seabound excursion to become the youngest person to sail around the globe solo.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2013 3:05 PM
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New Clips from Steve Carell's SXSW Opener 'Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

Check out two new TV spots and the trailer for "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"; it will have its world premiere at SXSW when it opens the festival on March 8. The film opens in theaters March 15.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 27, 2013 2:54 PM
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Watch: "Lena Dunham" (Comedian Chelsea Davison) Auditions for 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Check out this video of comedian Chelsea Davison doing a spot-on impression of Lena Dunham eating a muffin, over-analyzing the situation -- oh, and auditioning for an interrogation scene in "Zero Dark Thirty." Her main concern is that torturing a POW might lead to 30 years of therapy, which as a New Yorker she can't really afford.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2013 12:47 PM
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First Look: Kristen Stewart's Mom Jules Makes Directorial Debut with Prison Drama 'K-11' [Trailer]

Jules Stewart (mother of "Twilight" star Kristen) makes her directorial debut with prison drama "K-11," centering on one man's saga after landing in the transgender inmate unit of the L.A. County jail. The film hits theaters and VOD on March 15. Trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2013 12:32 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Mick Garris on 'Twice Told Tales,' Starring Vincent Price

Vincent Price Week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Mick Garris introducing "Twice Told Tales," adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne and a "budget-minded rip-off of the Corman omnibus" of Poe adaptations starring Price.
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  • February 27, 2013 11:06 AM
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