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Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?

Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?
- Black Swan offers fuel for an Art vs. Science debate. Consider these professional-opinion-posturings on Black Swan ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) and her mental state. Nadine Kaslow (Dept. of Psychiatry, Emory University) says: "It was intense and disturbing and fascinating and mysterious…What was a hallucination and what was real? When people are psychotic, it's difficult, even as a therapist, to know what's real and what's not."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 21, 2010 4:42 AM
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Scott's State of Cinema, Firth's King George Speech, Franco Fights Boredom

A year from now, most 2010 releases will be forgotten, to be replaced by sequels and flashy remakes. As the first decade of the twenty-first century closes, the NYT's A.O. Scott explores the themes of 2010 (defining the first year of the new decade, perhaps). He shares thirty examples of films from 2010 that "defy expectations and break patterns." 2010 will only become the "answer to a trivia question" for films that maintain their relevance over time, he asserts. Was 2010 a good year in film? "Who cares?…The movies — good and bad alike — shed a blinking, blurry light on the times, illuminating our collective fears, fantasies and failures of will." Below, a sampling of his postulations on the Cinematic State of Things:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 20, 2010 5:35 AM
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Weekend Box Office: TRON: Legacy Scores Big, How Do You Know is Non-Starter

Disney scored a big, not boffo, opening with 3-D sequel TRON: Legacy, which delivers a level of 3-D VFX not seen since James Cameron's Avatar. Clearly, the wow factor still puts butts in seats, but the movie cost more than $150 million. Who knew Jeff Bridges would win an Oscar and become a star in his 60s? He plays two roles in TRON, including his digital younger self. Stumbling out of the starting gate is James L. Brooks' $110 million not-so-romantic comedy How Do You Know, which was savaged by critics. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • December 19, 2010 4:43 AM
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Cameron Mitchell and Lindsay-Abaire Talk Rabbit Hole

There are so many ways for a movie to go wrong, especially a grief-stricken family drama like Rabbit Hole. It could easily have become emotionally overwrought, too sincere or depressing, or been-there predictable.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2010 10:56 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Awards Season Heats Up, Mirren Speaks, The Breathtaking Tree of Life, Miramax Sequels

AWARDS
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 17, 2010 10:11 AM
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Oscar Watch: Adams, Bale, Wahlberg Promote The Fighter with Brio and Charm

-The award season is in full flurry, with Golden Globes nominations Tuesday and SAG's own announcement Thursday. Among the stars on the promo circuit are the cast of underdog contender The Fighter.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 15, 2010 6:30 AM
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Beauty Watch: Theron vs. Roberts as Evil Queen, Portman and Cassel Talk about Women

Beauty Watch: Theron vs. Roberts as Evil Queen, Portman and Cassel Talk about Women
We've been tracking the rival Snow White projects since September, and the latest is that Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts are both being wooed to play (beautiful) Evil Queens. Theron is in negotiations for Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman, with director Rupert Sanders (Michael Fassbender is currently rumored to be in the lead for the Huntsman, and four unknowns for Snow White, including The Tempest's Felicity Jones), while Roberts is Relativity's choice for The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, to be directed by Tarsem Singh. No word on whether Natalie Portman is still Relativity's choice for Snow White, or if Disney's Snow and the Seven is still planned (our guess is no).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 14, 2010 5:05 AM
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The Fighter's Success Has Many Fathers

Careful what you wish for.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2010 4:18 AM
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Helen Mirren Talks The Tempest, RED, The Debt, Shakespeare

Helen Mirren Talks The Tempest, RED, The Debt, Shakespeare
On Friday, I conducted a Q & A with Helen Mirren after an opening night showing of Julie Taymor's The Tempest at the Arclight. Dame Mirren earned a rousing round of applause at the packed house.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2010 1:30 AM
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Critics Choice Awards Nominations; Black Swan Leads With 12; Women Directors Snubbed

The largest film critic group (of which I am a member), the Broadcast Film Critics Association, provides a handy window into where the award season is heading. (The New York Film Critics vote Monday.) The full list of nominations, led by Black Swan (12), The King's Speech (11), True Grit (11), Inception (10) and The Social Network (9) is below. The awards will air live at 9 PM ET/PT on January 14.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2010 6:20 AM
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