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Eastward Ho! How Marvel's 'Iron Man 3' Met China UPDATE

UPDATE: As new "Iron Man 3" scenes were added for specifically Chinese audiences upon the boffo film's release, the re-release of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," featuring three minutes cut from the original (including nudity scenes), is flopping in China. The film originally hit Chinese theaters April 11, and was pulled within "minutes of its opening screenings... without official explanation," per Deadline.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • May 13, 2013 12:48 PM
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Academy Opens All 24 Categories to All Voting Members

The rule change dictates that prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2013 4:16 PM
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Belgium's 'Broken Circle Breakdown' Wins Europa Cinemas Label Prize at the Berlinale

Belgian film "The Broken Circle Breakdown" has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Berlinale's Panorama section. It is directed by Felix van Groeningen, and centers on the stormy relationship between a bluegrass musician and a tattoo artist. Synopsis below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 15, 2013 12:33 PM
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Now and Then: The Dardenne Brothers' Lost Boys

From the first minutes of "The Kid with a Bike," marked by an energetic shot of its young protagonist, Cyril, careening through a field and climbing over a fence, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's latest is an exercise in kinesis. It's not just that Cyril's always running: he's running away.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 14, 2013 1:56 PM
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Interview: 'Lore' Director Cate Shortland Explores World War II Landscape of Identity and Sexuality

Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland's "Lore," which was shortlisted for the foreign Oscar, is now playing in limited release. After her 2004 debut "Somersault" broke out Sam Worthington and Abbie Cornish, Shortland took her time coming back to helm another film. Set in vastly different territory, World War II drama "Lore" made its debut in Toronto. It was worth the wait.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 12, 2013 4:25 PM
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Catherine Deneuve's Road Trip Film 'Elle s'en va' Goes to Cohen Media Group

Cohen Media Group has picked up US rights to "Elle s'en va" ("On My Way") prior to its Berlin premiere. The film, directed by Emmauelle Bercot, stars Catherine Deneuve, Mylene Demongeot and Claude Gensac.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 11, 2013 1:27 PM
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Scandinavian Directors Form Creative Alliance for Six English-Language Films; Thomas Vinterberg and Lone Scherfig On Board

Six Scandinavian directors, including Lone Scherfig ("An Education") and Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt"), have joined forces to form the co-op Creative Alliance. The alliance will serve as a development company for each director to make a film in English for the international marketplace.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 28, 2013 1:36 PM
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'Chile, Happiness Is Coming!' - Watch the Trailer for Larrain's Cannes Favorite 'No' with Gael Garcia Bernal

"No" is Pablo Larrain's surprisingly entertaining chronicling of the political campaign that took down Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, focusing on Gael Garcia Bernal's advertising exec who leads the charge in the "No" campaign.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 18, 2012 1:40 PM
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Review: Czech Oscar Entry 'In the Shadow,' Sleek Neo-Noir and Gorgeously Old-Fashioned Policier

“In the Shadow,” the Czech Republic’s official Oscar entry, takes place in 1953 Prague, during the currency reform. World War II has been over for the better part of a decade, but the stench of anti-Semitism is still thick in the air, and a tightly controlled police state looms. Detective Jarda Hakl (Ivan Trojan) falls upon a seemingly routine burglary case -- a safe broken into, jewelry missing -- that leads him down a labyrinthine rabbit hole with murder, lies and relentless surveillance in its cavernous depths.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 1:53 PM
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Trailer Watch: Ken Watanabe in Japanese Remake of Eastwood's 'Unforgiven'

Check out the first teaser trailer for the Ken Watanabe remake of Clint Eastwood's classic 1992 Western "Unforgiven."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 12:36 PM
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