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True Grit Early Review: Coens Deliver PG-13 Classic Western, Bridges Owns Cogburn

True Grit Early Review: Coens Deliver PG-13 Classic Western, Bridges Owns Cogburn
Finally, the last anticipated Oscar contender has been screened and Wednesday, reviewed. The question is whether expectations of the Coens' True Grit have been overblown. Reaction at one New York screening was mixed. It's not surprising; pure westerns do not play in some quarters. Younger moviegoers don't get the genre; westerns are set in a past that is too distant and foreign. But the Academy, which trends older and male, will be far more receptive, so this well-mounted movie may well hit their soft spot. (The Gurus 'O Gold weigh in). Here is our round-up of True Grit's other early reviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2010 5:58 AM
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Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk

Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk
Amy Dawes reports on what she saw and heard at Inception's DVD and Blu-Ray release (read Oscar) party Tuesday night in the Hollywood Hills. Leonardo DiCaprio smokes a cigar and worries about African lions, Nolan talks The Dark Knight Rises (and wants everyone to stop trying to figure out the ending of Inception) and composer Hans Zimmer talks the score that's "Better than drugs":
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • December 1, 2010 4:42 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack Photo Diary

EXCLUSIVE: George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack Photo Diary
Director George Hickenlooper was working at the time of his tragic death (via accidental overdose) in Denver on October 30 at age 47. He was premiering his latest film, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey in a story inspired by true events that is "so Gothic that at times," according to Hickenlooper, "if it were fiction, you would never believe it really happened."
  • By George Hickenlooper
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  • December 1, 2010 3:59 AM
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All Good Things Early Reviews: "Fascinating," "Scrambled," "Uncompelling Psychological Portraiture"

Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things, inspired by the true story of New York's infamous Durst family, finally found distribution with Magnolia Pictures back in August, and opens with a limited released December 3. Starring Ryan Gosling, who is generating more complimentary buzz for popular and controversial Blue Valentine (opening December 31), and Kirsten Dunst, in her first outing in two years, All Good Things is decidedly flawed while still riveting for some. Early reviews are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 7:25 AM
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Interview Watch: All Good Things' Gosling on Dunst, Foster Interviews Jennifer Lawrence

- All Good Things, Kirsten Dunst's first film in two years, opens December 3, and she delivers one of "three riveting performances" according to THR, and "the best performance in the film by far" says ThePlaylist. Her co-star, Ryan Gosling tells NYMag that while filming, “Whatever dragons she’d been chasing, she chased them and trapped and slew ’em between action and cut…You weren’t watching somebody who was unlocking something in themselves, and then because they’d finally exposed it maybe they could retire. You felt like you were watching somebody unlock something, and now that it had been exposed they could get started.” Gosling also confirmed that Dunst had a 2008 stint in rehab (for depression) because she "definitely had OD’d on Hollywood and needed to get away." Update: Here is Vanity Fair's interview with Dunst, in which she talks bad boys nude scenes (i.e. in Lars von Trier's upcoming Melancholia).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 6:27 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Families Gobble Up "Harry Potter" and "Tangled"; "Love & Other Drugs" Stumbles

Weekend Box Office: Families Gobble Up "Harry Potter" and "Tangled"; "Love & Other Drugs" Stumbles
Families flocked to fantasy this record Thanksgiving holiday; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (on its second weekend) and Disney animated fairy tale Tangled 3-D dominated the five day frame. On the indie side, indieWIRE reports that Tom Hooper's Oscar favorite The King's Speech enjoyed a very royal Thanksgiving, breaking the 2010 record for highest per-theater-average in its massive limited debut.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 28, 2010 5:25 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Interviews & Oscars, Production & Development News, Marketing & Box Office

INTERVIEWS & OSCARS
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 26, 2010 5:51 AM
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Exit Through The Gift Shop Now On VOD; DVD December 14

Exit Through The Gift Shop Now On VOD; DVD December 14
The mysterious Exit Through The Gift Shop--the story of how a shopkeeper-filmmaker (Thierry Guetta) tried for five years to make a documentary about street art, only to meet British stencil graffiti artist Banksy, who turned the camera on Guetta instead--has been full of surprises from the start.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 24, 2010 6:21 AM
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Star Watch: Burlesque vs. Showgirls, True Grit's Steinfeld, X-Files' Duchovny and Anderson Reunite

- We made the comparison back on November 5 ("Burlesque...the bastard child of Moulin Rouge and Showgirls"), and now The Daily Beast has taken the Burlesque vs. Showgirls concept to new heights. They say that while Burlesque is not a notorious train-wreck like Showgirls (Cher and Christina Aguilera also hold more clout than Elizabeth Berkley did in 1995), it "is not without issues, the script being a big one, but it embraces campiness in a more jovial way, striving to be an updated Chicago or Cabaret, sans the heavy undertone issues, like abortion and anti-Semitism."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 24, 2010 5:21 AM
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Oscar Watch Q & A: Diane Lane Talks Secretariat, Feminism, Daddy Directors

Oscar Watch Q & A: Diane Lane Talks Secretariat, Feminism, Daddy Directors
Diane Lane submitted to my Secretariat Q & A for SAG members Friday night. The 45-year-old actress, who launched her career opposite Laurence Olivier in A Little Romance at age 13, may be coming from behind right now in the Oscar race for best actress. But she's one of those popular folks that her peers grew up with; they know the history of her Playboy centerfold mother and acting coach father (John Cassavetes stole Gena Rowlands from him) and they like this uplifting feminist true story; and she's in the nominated-but-never-won club.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 11:39 AM
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