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Weekend Read: 2012 Clips, FIND Conference, FTC Blog Rules, Polanski Culture Clash

Filmmaker Magazine reports from this weekend's FIND conference. So does Screen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2009 5:13 AM
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Trailer Watch: Shutter Island, Two

In case you missed it, here's the second trailer for Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, based on the Dennis Lehane mystery and starring Leonardo DiCaprio:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2009 7:38 AM
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Birthday Suit: Funny or Die Spoofs Mumblecore

Mumblecore director Joe Swanberg plays along with this Funny or Die spoof:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2009 5:26 AM
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More: Video

Jews on Film: A Serious Man and An Education; Polanski, Sellers

Jews are popping up all over. The Coens based A Serious Man, which is an affectionate yet scabrous portrait of Jewish suburban family life, on their 60s Minnesota upbringing. An Education's Nick Hornby relied on Lynn Barber's two-year old memoir and faithfully included the sleazy seducer played by Peter Sarsgaard, who is Jewish. Suffice it to say, he's a money-grubbing entrepreneur with less-than-impeccable values. Even Tim Blake Nelson includes the Jewish mafia in his midwestern comedy, Leaves of Grass, which recently played Toronto. And we must not leave out Quentin Tarantino's controversial contribution to Jewish cinema, the anti-Nazi World War II movie Inglourious Basterds, which was a sleeper summer hit. UPDATE: The NYT's A.O. Scott addresses Jewish history as interpreted by Tarantino and the Coens.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2009 5:15 AM
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An Education Clips

An Education Clips
An Education is even better the second time, when you know the motivations of everyone involved. Writer Nick Hornby (wittily adapting The Observer columnist Lynn Barber's short memoir) and director Lone Scherfig (a protege of Lars von Trier) allow the movie to seduce you as they drop hints of what's really going on. The information is all there. But the initial exhilaration of a schoolgirl's first love affair is a giddy experience indeed. Sony Pictures Classics opens the movie October 9.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2009 3:08 AM
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Jackman and the Ringing Cell Phone

Theater is hard. Hugh Jackman was in the middle of a tough scene with Daniel Craig in Broadway's A Steady Rain when a cell phone wouldn't stop ringing. "Want to get that?" Jackman asked, his concentration broken. In case you missed this, TMZ posted video from the audience:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2009 12:59 PM
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More: Video, Celebs

The Box: Does It Smell Like A Turkey?

You tell me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2009 4:32 AM
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More: Video, Trailers

Zombieland Builds Buzz: Five Clips

Zombieland Builds Buzz: Five Clips
Austin's Fantastic Fest is under way. The movie to fly out of there with the greatest buzz (besides Toy Story 3, which debuted a trailer) is Zombieland. Will this R-rated zombie parody starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson break the horror comedy curse?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2009 5:39 AM
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To Have and Have Not: Carmichael and Bacall Sing Am I Blue?

The 1944 war-time romance To Have and Have Not marked Lauren "Betty" Bacall's first movie (she was 19). Discovered by director Howard Hawks' wife Slim on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, Bacall met Hawks and after she got the part (as "Slim"), her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, busting up his third marriage. Contrary to legend--that Andy Williams sang for her in the movie--Bacall did her own singing. Here she joins in with Hoagy Carmichael on Harry Akst and Grant Clarke's "Am I Blue?"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2009 1:27 AM
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More: Video

Penn and Teller Go to the Bees

Horrifying YouTube clip of Penn and Teller unleashing hordes of stinging, real bees. The cameraman is protected. They are not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2009 4:15 AM
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