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Film Comment Names Fifty Best Films of 2012, Led By 'Holy Motors,' 'The Master' & 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Film Comment announces the results of its survey on the best films of the year, as determined by critics, journalists, film section editors and past and present contributors. Topping the list are "Holy Motors," "The Master" and "Moonrise Kingdom."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 14, 2012 4:28 PM
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Film Critic Karina Longworth Leaves the L.A. Weekly

Friday December 14 is film critic Karina Longworth's last day at the LA Weekly. Three years ago she went to the Weekly, owned by Village Voice Media, to replace Scott Foundas when he split --overloaded and exhausted--to try his hand at programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It is no coincidence that Longworth is now leaving as New York-based Foundas returns to film criticism to replace Jim Hoberman, although she does not say that Foundas has anything to do with her departure.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2012 2:40 PM
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Listen: Five Tracks from Alexandre Desplat's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Score

The complete score for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," by the prolific composer Alexandre Desplat, is now available online. This is something a little different for Desplat, melding pulse-pounding and Middle Eastern strings for the film's fraught sequences, with a lighter staccato sound for the quieter moments.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 14, 2012 12:49 PM
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Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces $220K in Grants to Women Documentary Filmmakers

Non-profit Chicken & Egg Pictures, which supports women doc filmmakers, announces $220,000 in grants going to 25 filmmakers, both emerging and established. To date, Chicken & Egg has given over $2.7 million to women filmmakers since its inception in 2005.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2012 4:18 PM
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Ralph Fiennes' Slate Includes Russia Cinema Fund-Backed 'Two Women,' 'Budapest' & Dickens

The Russian Cinema Fund is co-producing several titles with monies totalling $6.5 million, among them Ralph Fiennes' "The Two Women." The film is an adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's 19th century comedy play "A Month in the Country," about a woman and her-step daughter, both of whom are in love with the same man. Russia's Horosho Productions, Germany's Film Base and France's Fluid are producing. The film will shoot in Smolensk with director Vera Glagoleva at the helm, and is slated for 2014 release.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2012 3:00 PM
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Hayao Miyazaki's First Film in 5 Years 'Kaze Tachinu' Coming in 2013

Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki will release his first feature in five years, "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Has Risen") in 2013. The film centers on the life of Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi, and is inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel of the same title, and a manga Miyazaki created for the magazine "Gekkan Model Graphics."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 13, 2012 2:55 PM
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Saul Bass' Original Sketches for 'The Shining' Poster, with Kubrick's Handwritten Notes

Check out these haunting, fine-point Saul Bass sketches for Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." Reportedly Bass showed Kubrick 300 different versions before the director settled on the original poster design...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2012 1:38 PM
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New Mondo 'Lord of the Rings' Posters from Alamo Drafthouse -- 'Fate Has Chosen Him, Evil Will Hunt Him'

Check out the new Mondo posters for Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings," designed by artist Olly Moss and featuring a jagged sword looming ominously over Frodo and his companions. Mondo is Alamo Drafthouse's boutique poster shop.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2012 12:53 PM
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Casting Watch: Glenn Close & Nick Nolte Are 'Always on My Mind'

Glenn Close and Nick Nolte are set to star in "Always on My Mind," which centers on an aging rock star (Nolte) as he succumbs to Alzheimers, with his wife (Close) left to navigate his steady degeneration...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 3:16 PM
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Sundance 2013 Films Will Screen Across Country: 'The East,' 'Aint' Them Bodies Saints'

The Sundance Institute announces titles from its 2013 edition that will screen in indie theaters across the US on January 31 as part of the Sundance Film Festival USA initiative.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 10, 2012 5:07 PM
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