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Memo to film critics awards: You should go your own way

Memo to film critics awards: You should go your own way
Soon the year-end critics' awards may give us the first tangible indicators of where Oscar season could be going. When the New York Film Critics Circle votes on December 3, I don't want to hear just the expected names and biggest campaigners parroted back to us. I want voters to think outside the box -- because what distinguishes the top critics from other award voters is the single most important factor: they see everything. That's why relatively obscure films like "Yi-Yi" and "Waltz with Bashir" sometimes win Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics, and why great, underseen performances by Kim Hye-ja ("Mother") and Yun Jeong-hie ("Poetry") have won Best Actress from the Los Angeles critics. And was I the only one who did a happy dance when the New York critics awarded the screenplay for "The Secret Lives of Dentists" in 2002? For that matter, am I the only one still excited a.
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7 Scenes We Love From the 2003 Sundance Film Festival

While the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing this weekend, we thought it would be fun to look back a decade and remember the best films of the 2003 event. The award winners that year include American Splendor, Capturing the Friedmans, All the Real Girls, My Flesh and Blood, The Station Agent, Stevie, Thirteen, A Certain Death and Whale Rider. And other major movies premiering at the fest include The Cooler, The Shape of Things, Tupac: Resurrection, Pieces of April, The Weather Underground, Northfork and the Bob Dylan disaster Masked and Anonymous. The U.S. also got its first look at 28 Days Later, In America, Bus 174, Bend It Like Beckham, Laurel Canyon, The Secret Lives of Dentists and Irreversible. To commemorate such a great Sundance (which spotlighted some filmmakers returning this year, like David Gordon Green and Michael Polish), we’re spotlighting some of our favorite scenes from some of the movies listed above. Not
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The Amazing Spider Man 2012: The Lizard Menaces Emma Stone

The Amazing Spider-Man: Martin Sheen and Sally Field seize The Lizard‘s skateboard In this The Amazing Spider-Man clip you get to see The Lizard — well, at least his silhouette. Much more in evidence is Emma Stone, who hides under a desk (I think) so as not to be detected by the long-tailed intruder. Do things go as planned? Well, have you ever watched a movie in your life? If you have, you know where The Amazing Spider-Man clip is headed long before you finish watching it. (Please scroll down.) The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3. (500) Days of Summer’s Marc Webb directed from a screenplay by Spider-Man 2 / Spider-Man 3’s Alvin Sargent, Zodiac‘s James Vanderbilt, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Steve Kloves. In addition to Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, and Rhys Ifans as The Lizard, The Amazing Spider-Man features
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Andrew Garfield/The Amazing Spider-man Trailer 3: Haunted Son

Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man trailer "This life is not an easy one," says Andrew Garfield / Peter Parker in this latest The Amazing Spider-Man trailer. (Please scroll down.) "I’ve made enemies,” adds Parker / Garfield. “Powerful enemies. I’ve put those I love in danger. But the one thing that has haunted me my entire life is finding the truth about my parents." One of Peter Parker’s (aka Spider-Man’s) enemies is The Lizard (Rhys Ifans). Another is Emma Stone’s father, who has 500 cops looking for poor Peter. With The Lizard, the monolithic Oscorp Corporation, and the useless cops after him, what’s a DC superhero to do? Call Marvel’s The Avengers? Nope. Come and get the truth about his parents. And weave a web or two throughout New York City along the way. In addition to Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, and Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man
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New The Amazing-spider Man Trailer

The Amazing Spider-Man: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone Watching the new The Amazing Spider-Man trailer, it’s hard — make that impossible — not to compare it to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, another summer 2012 movie based on comic books, featuring a distraught superhero, terrifying villains, and a major attack in New York City aka Gotham City. So, which one comes out on top, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne / Batman or Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker / Spider-Man? Well, perhaps both, depending on who’s watching. Whereas Warner Bros.’ somber-toned The Dark Knight Rises is clearly aimed at a more adult crowd, The Amazing Spider-Man’s distributor Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures is apparently after the teenage and pre-teen crowd — notice the brighter colors, juvenile humor, emphasis on action and explosions — with just enough psychological conflict to let us know The Amazing Spider-Man is not all about big kabooms and funky costumes.
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For Hope Davis, Stage Fright Feeds Her Performances

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Although Hope Davis, star of the new comedy feature "The Family Tree," was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing Hillary Clinton in the HBO film "The Special Relationship" and an Emmy for playing Mia on HBO's "In Treatment" and was named best actress by the New York Film Critics Circle for her work in "American Splendor" and "The Secret Lives of Dentists," theater is her first love. Even after more than 380 performances on Broadway and in Los Angeles as Annette in "God of Carnage"—for which she received a Tony nomination—Davis says she was sad to see the show end. That may be surprising for someone who claims that she once had stage fright so bad, she considered quitting acting.Back Stage talked with Davis about her fear of auditioning, how she got over it, what inspired her to become an actor, what she thinks about the.
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Denis Leary Joins Spiderman Reboot Movie

Denis Leary is in talks to play the father of Emma Stone's character in the new Spider-Man movie. Emma is playing the love interest of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (portrayed by Andrew Garfield), with Denis tipped to be police captain George Stacy, who frequently comes into contact with the web-slinging superhero, said The Hollywood Reporter. It would be the first big-screen role for The Thomas Crown Affair actor in eight years, following 2002's The Secret Lives Of Dentists.
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Denis Leary cops a role in next Spider-Man

Another cast member is about to join director Marc Webb's relaunch of the Spider-Man franchise.

Denis Leary is in negotiations to play police captain George Stacy, says HeatVision. The character is the father of Peter Parker's girlfriend Gwen Stacy (to be played by Emma Stone).

The 53-year-old's credits include 1993's Demolition Man and 1999's remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.

He hasn't been seen on the big screen since 2002's The Secret Lives of Dentists, though he's been heard as the voice of sabretooth tiger Diego in the Ice Age animated movies and is on the small screen in Us firefighter drama Rescue Me.

In the comics, George Stacy is a supporter of Spider-Man but is killed when he shields a boy from falling masonry dislodged by the webslinger's battle with Doctor Octopus.

In the alternative continuity of the Ultimate Spider-Man stories, Stacy is younger (and called John, not
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Denis Leary Is Gwen's Dad In "Spider-Man"

Denis Leary has entered negotiations to join the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot at Sony Pictures says Heat Vision.

Leary will play police captain George Stacy, the father of Spidey's love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and a man who frequently comes into contact with the web-slinging superhero.

In the comics, George dies in an accident during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus - an event that leads Gwen to hate the webslinger.

The film marks Leary's return to movies, his last appearance on the big screen was 2002’s "The Secret Lives of Dentists" though he has voiced a character in the "Ice Age" film series. Shooting kicks off in December.
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Denis Leary in Talks to Join ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot

Denis Leary in Talks to Join ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot
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Denis Leary is in talks to play the father of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in Columbia’s reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise.

Gwen Stacy is a classic love interest in Spider-Man lore of the webslinging hero, best known in the comics for her untimely death at the hands of the Green Goblin. Leary will play her father, police captain George Stacy, who encounters Spider-Man on a regular basis.

In the comics, Leary’s character also meets a premature death, like his daughter, only his demise comes accidentally during a fight between Spidey and Doctor Octopus.

Columbia and director Marc Webb are staying tight-lipped about the James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent-penned script so it’s anyone’s guess if the film will be faithful to the story lines in the original Marvel comics.

“Spider-Man” will be Leary’s first big screen theatrical project since 2002’s “The Secret Lives of Dentists.
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Meet the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Jurors

Every year, the Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express®, the Founding Sponsor of the Festival, gathers a diverse group of actors, journalists, filmmakers, screenwriters, and media trailblazers to vote in six different Festival categories. The six different juries will award filmmakers a total of $130,000 in cash and prizes, as well as original art from the Tribeca Film Festival Art Awards. We'll be announcing the winners at the Tff Awards Night Party on April 29. Meanwhile, check out who will be on the jury! World Competition Categories Hope Davis: Golden Globe nominated, Emmy nominated, and Tony award nominated actress. Films include American Splendor, Synecdoche, NY, The Lodger, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Charlie Bartlett and the upcoming The Special Relationship. Aaron ...
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Meet the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Jurors

Every year, the Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express®, the Founding Sponsor of the Festival, gathers a diverse group of actors, journalists, filmmakers, screenwriters, and media trailblazers to vote in six different Festival categories. The six different juries will award filmmakers a total of $130,000 in cash and prizes, as well as original art from the Tribeca Film Festival Art Awards. We'll be announcing the winners at the Tff Awards Night Party on April 29. Meanwhile, check out who will be on the jury! World Competition Categories Hope Davis: Golden Globe nominated, Emmy nominated, and Tony award nominated actress. Films include American Splendor, Synecdoche, NY, The Lodger, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Charlie Bartlett and the upcoming The Special Relationship. Aaron ...
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Tribeca Film Festival Jurors Include Eckhart, Alba, Braff, Goldberg

Tribeca Film Festival Jurors Include Eckhart, Alba, Braff, Goldberg
The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival--which opens April 21 and runs through May 2--has selected some 35 jurors for its six juries. Jessica Alba, Selma Blair, Zach Braff, Hope Davis, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Facinelli, America Ferrera, Whoopi Goldberg, John Hamburg, Alicia Keys, Aidan Quinn, John Ridley, Gary Ross, Brooke Shields and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will vote for competition winners to be announced at the Awards Night Party on April 29. The full list of jurors and their respective categories is below: World Competition Categories: The jurors for the 2010 World Narrative Competition are: • Hope Davis: Golden Globe nominated, Emmy nominated, and Tony award nominated actress. Films include American Splendor, Synecdoche, NY, The Lodger, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Charlie Bartlett and the upcoming ...
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Jessica Alba among Tribeca jurors

Jessica Alba among Tribeca jurors
The Tribeca Film Festival announced Tuesday morning the 35 jurors for its six competition categories.

Filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, journalists and media figures such as Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Cheryl Hines, America Ferrera, Alicia Keys, Zach Braff, Hope Davis, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will participate on the juries.

"This year's jury features the same impressive range and depth as our films playing in competition," fest co-founder Jane Rosenthal said. "They are distinctive and accomplished storytellers, artists and entrepreneurs from the worlds of film, theater, culture, fashion, television and new media -- all of whom share a passion for film, a thirst for discovery and a spirit of independence."

Winners in the world narrative, world documentary, New York narrative, New York documentary, narrative short and documentary and student short film categories will be announced at the awards night party April 29. Together, the six juries will award $130,000 in cash and prizes,
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Cast Photos – Damages Season 3

Season 3 of Damages will be premiering on January 25, 2010 and several new cast members will be joining the cast (see when your other favorite shows will be returning in 2010). FX has released several photos in anticipation of the season 3 premiere. Damages is a great, dramatic show with solid performances, even if the quality did dip a bit in season 2. If you don't watch it, you still have time to catch up on seasons 1 and 2, before season 3 premieres.

Check out the cast photos below. It's all very dark and mysterious.

Campbell Scott and Martin Short Sign On as Series Regulars and Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine Take on Guest Starring Roles

FX’s award-winning legal thriller Damages is adding four superior actors to its cast with Campbell Scott and Martin Short signing on as series regulars, and Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine joining as special guest stars for the upcoming season premiering in January.
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Campbell Scott and Martin Short Join Damages

FX has announced that both Campbell Scott and Martin Short are joining their popular drama Damages as series regulars. In other casting news, both Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine will guest star during season three, which is set to premiere in January. Here is the official press release:

FX's award-winning legal thriller Damages is adding four superior actors to its cast with Campbell Scott and Martin Short signing on as series regulars, and Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine joining as special guest stars for the upcoming season premiering in January. Production of the show's 13-episode third season begins tomorrow in New York.

For the second consecutive year, +Damages received seven Emmy Award nominations and Glenn Close won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Scott, Short, Tomlin and Carradine join returning stars Close, Rose Byrne and Tate Donovan. Close, who won her second consecutive Emmy for Lead
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'Return of the King' Named Best Picture by New York Film Critics

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The New York Film Critics Circle rung out the year in movies by crowning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as its best film of the year. Though the Peter Jackson movie took the top honor, it was the only award for the epic, as a handful of smaller films walked away with two awards each. Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation nabbed the young auteur the Best Director award, and looming Oscar favorite Bill Murray was honored as Best Actor. Hope Davis was named Best Actress for two films, American Splendor and The Secret Lives of Dentists, each of which picked up a second nod . Splendor the Best First Film award, and Dentists a surprise winner for Best Screenplay. Supporting kudos went to Eugene Levy for A Mighty Wind and Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo for House of Sand and Fog. Other winners included Capturing the Friedmans (Best Documentary), Ciudad de Deus (Best Foreign Film) and The Triplets of Belleville (Best Animated Film). --Prepared by IMDb staff

Davis means business with role in 'Proof'

Hope Davis, who is garnering critical acclaim for her starring turns in American Splendor and The Secret Lives of Dentists, will join Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal in Proof for Miramax Films. John Madden is directing the Hart Sharp Prods. project. Based on David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the project is about a young woman (Paltrow) taking care of her dying father (Hopkins), a brilliant but insane math professor. Davis will star as Claire, the cynical, all-business sister of Paltrow's character who returns to her hometown.

SFIFF closes as pair of pics share audience prize

SFIFF closes as pair of pics share audience prize
SAN FRANCISCO -- As the 46th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival ended Wednesday night, the audience award for favorite narrative feature was shared by two films -- the Maori fable Whale Rider, by New Zealand director Niki Caro, distributed by Newmarket Films, and The Cuckoo, Russian director Alexander Rogozhkin's anti-war comedy distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. As the favorite documentary, moviegoers selected Lisa Denker and Charlotte Lagarde's look at female surfing pioneer and community activist Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn, titled Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai. Runner-up for documentary favorite was Franny Armstrong's Drowned Out, a study of the devastation caused by India's Narmada River dam project. The festival concluded with a screening of Mark Decena's San Francisco-based feature Dopamine at the Castro Theatre. Since its April 17 opening with Alan Rudolph's marital comedy, The Secret Lives of Dentists, the festival drew a record 94,500-plus attendants -- up 5% from last year -- to its 200 films from 46 countries.

'Dentists' to open S.F. festival

The 46th San Francisco International Film Festival will kick off April 17 with its opening-night selection, The Secret Lives of Dentists, directed by Alan Rudolph and starring Campbell Scott and Hope Davis. The festival, which runs through May 1, will screen 202 films from 47 countries, fest organizers said Tuesday. The schedule includes three world premieres, two international premieres, eight North American premieres and 10 U.S. premieres. In announcing the program, Roxanne Messina Captor, head of the programming team, said: "In this time of world turmoil, we are finding that the films deal with issues behind the unrest. Many filmmakers, male and female, are presenting us with uncensored portrayals of women's issues. Others are concerned with political upheaval, aggression and a world of contradictions.
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