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Sundance Trailer Watch: Bier's In a Better World

Sundance Trailer Watch: Bier's In a Better World
One of the films I most look forward to catching at Sundance is Susanne Bier's Danish entry for the Oscars, In a Better World (Sony Pictures Classics). Bier directed Brothers (remade by Jim Sheridan) and After the Wedding, which was nominated for the foreign Oscar. In a Better World is about a Danish doctor who must deal with conflicts at home as well as at an African refugee camp.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 5:41 AM
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Young Hanks and Aykroyd Rap and Dance in Dragnet Video

Universal invested serious coin in this 1987 Dragnet MTV music video for the hit hip-hop single City of Crime (which played over the closing credits), starring the rap-and-dance team of Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd (below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 5:20 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro and Monica Bellucci Kiss in Italian Ages of Love Teaser Trailer

Check out Robert De Niro and Monica Bellucci (and a handful of Italian co-stars) in this lip-locked teaser trailer for Giovanni Veronesi's The Ages of Love, which opens in Italy February 25. De Niro plays Adrian, an American Art History professor who has been living the loner life in Rome since divorcing his wife years ago. His limited and tranquil existence is disturbed when he meets his doorman's daughter, played by Bellucci...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2011 8:59 AM
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White Material: Denis Dissects Black and White in Africa

Claire Denis' White Material is no Out of Africa. Take away the Hollywood studio gloss, the romance, the carefully framed vistas at magic hour. None of that. This is another look at Africa, up close and personal, a stripped down movie that manipulates you by withholding information and playing with your sympathy toward beautiful French actress Isabelle Huppert. White Material often frustrated me while I was watching it--who's that? What is their relationship? Is he/she crazy?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2011 2:50 AM
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Best Scenes of 2010: Salon Names The Social Network, Let Me In, Shutter Island, Winter's Bone

- Getting more specific than the average "Best of" list, Salon posts video of their picks of 2010's best scenes (Let Me In, The Social Network, and Shutter Island are below). Also on their list are Toy Story 3, Dogtooth, The Ghost Writer, Somewhere, Winter's Bone, Solitary Man, and Ne Change Rien.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2011 6:07 AM
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Guillermo del Toro's 1991 Alka Seltzer Commercial

Guillermo del Toro started out working in Mexican television, with a specialty in makeup effects. He puts his skills to good use in this 1991 Alka Seltzer commercial, and stars himself as a werewolf.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2011 7:54 AM
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Popular Videos of 2010: How Tos, Cats, Keanu Reeves, Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson

What makes us click on a video? Well, according to Business Insider's list of the top 50 most viral posts of 2010, we couldn't get enough of:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 1, 2011 2:56 AM
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Blizzard Video Goes Viral

Thanks to the promo efforts of critic/tweeter Roger Ebert, Jamie Stuart's Idiot with a Tripod New York blizzard short has gone viral; Ebert deemed the film worthy of an Oscar. Inspired by Dziga Vertov's must-see 1929 silent classic Man with a Movie Camera (below), Stuart captured Astoria, Queens during the December blizzard of 2010. TODAYshow.com's Dara Brown interviewed the filmmaker.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2010 8:59 AM
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Trailer Watch: Unstable Elements Focuses on Beleaguered Belarus Free Theater Group

Madeleine Sackler (director of the 2010 Oscar short-listed documentary The Lottery) recently shot footage of the Belarus Free Theater group in the hopes of making a feature documentary highlighting the human rights infractions that are happening in Belarus. Last July, Sackler and cinematographer Daniel Carter interviewed Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kolyada, the husband and wife team that leads the group, among others.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2010 8:47 AM
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Beauty of Pixar Reel, Stamps

Beauty of Pixar Reel, Stamps
Leandro Copperfield cuts together some 500 scenes from Pixar movies--he sampled one a day for eleven days. The splendid result, The Beauty of Pixar, is below. I was taken aback when a critic I respect, LA Weekly's Karina Longworth, dissed Pixar recently on Twitter. When asked why she voted for Tron: Legacy over Toy Story 3 as best animated movie in the Village Voice/LA Weekly poll, she responded: "Tron is animated in the same sense that Mary Poppins is. And fuck Pixar, basically."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 29, 2010 8:41 AM
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