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Gold Derby nuggets: Steve Pond reveals Oscars ballot secrets | 'Up in the Air' covers EW | 'Avatar' sexy extras

30 December 2009 4:04 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

• Steve Pond continues his crackerjack reporting on the secrets behind the secret ballot at the Oscars. "All the ballots come with an attached letter from AMPAS president Tom Sherak briefly explaining the voting process. The acting ballot comes with a separate letter from branch governors Annette Bening, Tom Hanks and Henry Winkler, which lays out 'a circumstance [that] exists in no other area of Academy Awards voting,' in which voters not only select the work they deem the best, but also the category, leading or supporting, in which it belongs." As Steve notes, "The note tells actors to place each performance into the category in which they 'genuinely believe it belongs,' and includes two »

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

- Garth Franklin

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Sundance 2010: The Romantics, The Kids Are All Right, It’S A Wonderful Afterlife

22 December 2009 11:01 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Three more world premieres to be screened out of competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right (above), starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson; Galt Niederhoffer’s The Romantics, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong, and Dianna Agron; Gurinder Chadha’s It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, with Shabana Azmi, y Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Sally Hawkins. The film information below is from the Sundance festival’s website. The Kids Are All Right A couple, Nic and Jules (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore), live with their teenage children, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson), in [...] »

- Anna Robinson

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Three More Films At Sundance 2010

21 December 2009 11:26 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Sundance Institute has announced that three further world premieres will screen out of competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. These additions include:

"It’s a Wonderful Afterlife"

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sally Hawkins

Director: Gurinder Chadha

A comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. World Premiere

"The Kids are Alright"

Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening

Director: Lisa Cholodenko

The story of two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life. World Premiere

"The Romantics"

Cast: Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood

Director: Galt Niederhoffer

A zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding. World Premiere »

- Garth Franklin

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Three More Films At Sundance 2010

21 December 2009 11:26 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Sundance Institute has announced that three further world premieres will screen out of competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. These additions include:

"It’s a Wonderful Afterlife"

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sally Hawkins

Director: Gurinder Chadha

A comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. World Premiere

"The Kids are Alright"

Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening

Director: Lisa Cholodenko

The story of two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life. World Premiere

"The Romantics"

Cast: Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood

Director: Galt Niederhoffer

A zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding. World Premiere »

- Garth Franklin

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Katie Holmes Joins Lesbian Moms Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as Late Sundance Adds

21 December 2009 3:30 PM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

If you thought the original Sundance 2010 program announcement was just a tad lacking in star power (sorry, K-Stew!), then hopefully the organizers' latest additions will settle at least some of those cravings. Among them: A Katie Holmes-led, Big Chill-style ensemble comedy and the Annette Bening/Julianne Moore sperm-donor drama that was all but made for Park City. And another Sundance alum is coming along for the ride as well. »

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Three More Titles Added To Sundance Lineup

21 December 2009 1:52 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

I'm not entirely sure why there are films added to the Sundance lineup after the official announcement is made-- don't they all has a submission deadline or something?-- but there's nothing wrong with adding to the riches. Three new films have been added to the competition lineup, all of them coming with big names attached. First up is the next film from Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, It's A Wonderful Afterlife, another comedy about Indian family life in which a mother tries to find a perfect son-in-law using... murder? Not sure how that one turns out to be a comedy. Also on deck are The Kids Are Alright, a family drama starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening and rising it-girl Mia Wasikowska, and The Romantics, a "zeitgeist love story and generational comedy" featuring Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Elijah Wood and lots of other names you've heard »

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Three Films Added to 2010 Sundance Film Festival

21 December 2009 1:32 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Sundance Institute announced today the addition of three world premieres which will screen out of competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: It's a Wonderful Afterlife: Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha and co-screenwriter Paul Mayeda Berges return to Sundance with a comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. Staring Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Sally Hawkins. The Kids are Alright: Laurel Canyon director Lisa Cholodenko returns to Sundance with a soty of two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life. Written by Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo, and Annette Bening. Cholodenko received the 1998 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance for High Art. The Romantics: Director and screenwriter Galt Niederhoffer returns to Sundance with an adaptation of her novel, »

- Peter Sciretta

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Sundance Adds Three Last-Minute Titles

21 December 2009 1:19 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In a surprise last minute move, Sundance programmers have announced the addition of three world premieres to the January indie fest. Gurinder Chadha’s It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, starring Sally Hawkins, Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids are Alright, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as gay parents, and Galt Niederhoffer’s wedding film The Romantics, starring Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, and Josh Duhamel, will screen out of competition at the Utah fest, which opens January 21 and runs through January 31. Here’s Sundance Director John Cooper’s statement: “When the opportunity to screen the latest films from three extremely innovative storytellers presented itself, we knew we could not deny our … »

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Linka Linka-Ma, GaGa Link La La

20 December 2009 7:58 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Popnography reveals the inspiration for Avatar. Hee!

/Film plays defense for the critical attacks on AvatarWordastic on the language of stressful holiday exchanges (with movie referencing)

Zach Young does a pretty great 2009 at the Movies montage but it's very very guy focused. Even when Nine enters in it's pretty much just Dd-l

Culture Monster Annette Bening is really making a habit out of this Los Angeles stage star thing. Next up "Female of the Species" in February

Awards Daily "State of the Race" is Best Picture really anyone's game?

Cinematical For Your Consideration's post-nomination scene. I love it too. Catherine O'Hara is a genius. It's too bad about the rest of the movie though. Given the golden subject matter it should have been my favorite Christopher Guest movie but it's not even close.

In Contention Maggie Gyllenhaal switches to a "supporting" campaign for Crazy Heart. Wise move but I'm »

- NATHANIEL R

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Julianne Moore to Be Honored at the 2009 Santa Barbara Film Festival

12 December 2009 7:13 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced one more 2009 honoree: Julianne Moore, a potential Oscar contender for her performance as a married alcoholic yearning for a gay man (fellow Santa Barbara honoree Colin Firth) in Tom Ford’s A Single Man (above). Moore will receive the festival’s Montecito Award, which recognizes "a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances in his/her career," on Thursday, February 11, at the historic Arlington Theatre. Previous Montecito Award winners are Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening. Among Julianne Moore’s credits are Jeremiah S. Chechik’s Benny & Joon; Robert Altman’s Short Cuts and Cookie’s Fortune; Louis Malle’s Vanya on 42nd Street; Todd HaynesSafe, [...] »

- Anna Robinson

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Sundance 2010 Spotlight: Sundance Showcases Cannes, Tiff and Venice

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Spotlight section (replacing the awkward Spectrum sidebar) is a place where the festival will showcase some great finds on the festival circuit. And let me tell you, there is some great stuff here especially with Tiff/Venice titles such as I am Love, Lourdes, Mother & Child, A Prophet and Women Without Men. - The Spotlight section (replacing the awkward Spectrum sidebar) is a place where the festival will showcase some great finds on the festival circuit. And let me tell you, there is some great stuff here especially with Tiff/Venice titles such as I am Love, Lourdes, Mother & Child, A Prophet and Women Without Men. The list includes some Cannes fair in Safdie Bros.' Daddy Longlegs (formerly known as Go Get Some Rosemary) and Noe's Enter the Void. Having already seen a good number of these pics, also means, less films for me to worry about. »

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Hopkins is Ernest about Playing 'Hemingway'

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Anthony Hopkins has been flirting with the idea of portraying Ernest Hemingway for some time now. He was originally attached to play him in Papa Hemingway which would look at his relationship with A.E. Hotchner, instead Hopkins looks set to play the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner during his friendship years with Gregorio Fuentes (who served as the protagonist model for the lead character in Hemingway's famous The Old Man and the Sea). - Anthony Hopkins has been flirting with the idea of portraying Ernest Hemingway for some time now. He was originally attached to play him in Papa Hemingway which would look at his relationship with A.E. Hotchner, instead Hopkins looks set to play the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner during his friendship years with Gregorio Fuentes (who served as the protagonist model for the lead character in Hemingway's famous The Old Man and the Sea). From the Afm, »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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Spc Adopts 'Mother and Child'

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With the kind of Best Actress buzz that An Education's Carey Mulligan is receiving, its no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics didn't speed up the adoption process on Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child. - With the kind of Best Actress buzz that An Education's Carey Mulligan is receiving, its no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics didn't speed up the adoption process on Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child. A late deal and a 2010 release is exactly what might help Annette Bening's own chances at repeat wins. You see, there is a group of people (including myself) that think that her take as a bitter, angry, old hag is a winning performance. I thought that the character initially came across as a facile and one dimensional but a little bit past the point where Jimmy Smits' character enters her life, her part gets tweaked ever so »

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Honors Julianne Moore

11 December 2009 11:37 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Lisa Horowitz

Julianne Moore will receive the Montecito Award at the 25th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 4-14.

Sbiff executive director Roger Durling announced the honor Thursday. He said the tribute to the four-time Oscar nominee, whom he called "a cinematic treasure, will take place Feb. 11 at the historic Arlington Theatre.

The Montecito Award honors a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances in his or her career. Previous recipients include the first winner, Annette Bening in 2005, as well as Kate Winslet, Javier Barde »

- Lisa Horowitz

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Las Vegas: where celluloid dreams meet the Mirage

10 December 2009 7:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Traditionally, the desert city has been synonymous - both on screen and off - with sin, tragedy and despair. But as this year's smash comedy The Hangover, now out on DVD, highlighted, it's increasingly an arena for a new, Disneyfied version of vice. Paul MacInnes reports

There are lots of tigers in Las Vegas. But, try as you might, it's hard to coax one back to your hotel room. Mainly, they live in zoos; zoos like the one in the Mirage Hotel that's named after Siegfried & Roy, the German-born magicians who became inextricably linked to the beasts after a seven-year-old called Montecore bit Roy on the neck. Sometimes the tigers live in private homes. But, either way, they're not for hire. And you try lifting one out of its cage.

The sight of a roaring tiger in a bathroom at Caesar's Palace is one of the most memorable moments in The Hangover, »

- Paul MacInnes

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2010 Sundance Film Festival Spotlight: First Images from Mother & Child Starring Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Jimmy Smits, and Samuel L. Jackson

4 December 2009 6:10 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Yesterday, we reported the list of films playing in the Spotlight category at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  As we approach the beginning of the festival, first images and additional images are coming online for the films which playing in-and out-of-competition.  Today, the first images for Rodrigo Garcia’s (Passengers) new film Mother & Child came online and we’ve put them after the jump.

Mother & Child stars Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, and Samuel L. Jackson, and tells the story of three women - a physical therapist, the daughter she gave up at birth three decades ago, and an African American woman seeking to adopt a child of her own - and how they intersect in surprising ways.

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 21-31st.

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- Matt Goldberg

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Sundance Reveals 2010 Non-Competition Slate

4 December 2009 5:24 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

On Wednesday the Sundance Film Festival unveiled the films competing in late January 2010.  Yesterday they announced the rest of the line-up of independent films vying for attention for industry types and the curious public.

The entire list of 53 films is below, but here are a few that stood out to me from the premieres alone:

Mumblecore directors the Duplass Brothers, have a new, untitled movie starring an unusually high-profile cast compared to their usual improvisational crew.  John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener.  Reilly and Keener are actually in two films at the 2010 festival.

The Company Men, starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Rosemarie DeWitt about corporate downsizing.

Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds as a man buried alive in a coffin.  I’ve read the script and its great.  More on that as soon as I can.

The Runaways, the »

- Jeff Leins

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