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Bening Talks Vanity-Free Roles in Mother and Child, The Kids Are All Right

Bening Talks Vanity-Free Roles in Mother and Child, The Kids Are All Right
Sony Pictures Classics has a good eye for awards contenders. They scooped up Get Low and Mother and Child out of Toronto, and it's likely that we will see both Robert Duvall and Annette Bening in the awards race this fall.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2010 1:08 AM
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Please Give Nicole Holofcener More Money

Please Give Nicole Holofcener More Money
Please Give, writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s thoughtful, well-observed portrait of neurotic, flawed New Yorkers, stars her alter-ego Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt as husband and wife, and Rebecca Hall and a bronzed Amanda Peet as sisters caring for their aging grandmother (Ann Morgan Guilbert), who lives next door. Holofcener gets better with every film--all of which are must-sees, from Walking and Talking to Lovely and Amazing and Friends with Money. Holofcener plans to work again with Frances McDormand on a book adaptation.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2010 1:29 AM
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SNL Presidents Reunion Funny or Die Video

If you missed this Funny or Die Presidents Reunion video starring Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd as ex-presidents lecturing Obama, it is hilarious (one reason why it's so good: it's directed by narrator Ron Howard):
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2010 7:22 AM
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More: Video

Promo Reel: John Woo's Reign of Assassins

Currently filming Reign of Assassins looks like a robustly commercial action epic for John Woo and co-director Su Chao-Pin. The way to go these days for Woo and producer Terence Chang is to line-up production finding from several Asian countries, as they did on Red Cliff. (Fortissimo Film Sales is selling the world.) This one stars Michelle Yeoh and Jung Woo-Sung, the hunky action star of The Good, The Bad and the Weird and lots of aerial wire combat--one scene is shot in the dark with flaming swords. Yes!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2010 7:04 AM
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Kick-Ass Rides Buzz for OK Opening, Reveals Critics' Divide

Kick-Ass Rides Buzz for OK Opening, Reveals Critics' Divide
Controversy sells, and Lionsgate rode a swell of debate over the R-rated superhero action comedy Kick-Ass to a robust box office lead on Friday, an estimated $7.5 million in 3,065 runs. It may or may not make the $20 million opening benchmark some predicted; Date Night could wind up number one. This is the sort of movie that is banking on a core fan following--the folks that responded enthusiastically to early footage at Comic-Con last year--but needs to widen its appeal in order to really score. Lionsgate only invested $15 million to acquire it plus some $25 million in marketing, so it should come out ahead.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2010 5:04 AM
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You Don't Know Jack Trailer: Pacino, Sarandon, Goodman, Vaccaro, Huston

HBO is churning out movies that I want to see, including Barry Levinson's You Don't Know Jack: The Life and Deaths of Jack Kevorkian. Otherwise known as Dr. Death, Kevorkian went to jail on a murder charge for assisted suicide; he was released in 2007.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2010 2:14 AM
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More: Video, TV, Trailers, HBO

Netflix's Sarandos Talks Streaming, Recommendations, Set Top Boxes

Scott Kirsner, author of Fans, Friends and Followers and the Cinematech blog, recently interviewed Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at his office in Beverly Hills for Kirsner's "CONVERSATION" series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2010 8:31 AM
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IPad: Even a Cat Can Do It

Iggy plays the iPad: but is all the YouTube love worth the claw scratches?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2010 4:41 AM
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Google's Schmidt Talks to Newspaper Editors

Too few newspapers ask the question "what would Google do?" So the man many consider to be journalism's nemesis, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, addressed the American Society of News Editors in Washington, D.C. this week. While he wants Google to be helpful to the news profession, Schmidt said that the Internet has “replaced the economics of scarcity with economics of abundance and all of us are dealing with the consequences of that.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2010 11:38 AM
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U.S. Army Closes Afghanistan Outpost Restrepo

The U.S. Army has finally closed the remote Afghanistan Restrepo outpost in the deadly Korangal Valley, where some 42 American service men have died. Named after a soldier who died in Afghanistan, the post was the setting for Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's unforgettable documentary Restrepo, which debuted at Sundance and will be released in July by National Geographic Films under new president Daniel Battsek.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2010 8:41 AM
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