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2011: A Year in Review Part I

30 December 2011 7:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2011 was one of the best years for film in recent years.  There are about 25 films that could have made my top ten list and each film in my top 5 could be my number one.  I saw about 100 films this year and I still wish I could have seen more.  I feel very comfortable with my top ten and I feel like it was a good representative of the year in film.  However I do feel that people looking at this article should go over to Sound On Sight and see all the staff’s individual lists, as well as the honorable mentions that just missed my list.  You will find a great collection of films on those lists.

1. Martha Marcy May Marlene

Directed by Sean Durkin

I saw Sean Durkin’s directorial debut in August and knew as soon as the last frame came up that this was the best picture of the year. »

- Josh Youngerman

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 Featurette: The Irish Countryside of Westeros

22 December 2011 6:51 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

[Warning!!! This Post Contains Game of Thrones Season 1 Spoilers!!!]

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Today we have news on the second season of Game of Thrones, HBO’s Golden Globe-nominated television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s popular fantasy series.

Season One of HBO’s break out hit was filled with intrigue, adventure, beautiful women, dashing men, and a turn by Golden Globe nominee Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent) as the irascible yet lovable imp, Tyrion Lannister. It also included controversial moments of incest, child murder, brother-sister love and the eventual shocking (and some would say infuriating) beheading of the show’s star, Sean Bean.

Unsurprisingly, expectations are incredibly high for season two. How will show-runner David Bennioff and his team ...

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- Sulai Sivadel

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Michelle Williams won this year’s Best Dressed – My Week with Marilyn

19 November 2011 12:11 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: This year’s winner of the Hollywood Fashion Awards – Best Dressed at Gala Ceremony was actress Michelle Williams.

Michelle dressed in a blue chiffon Nina Ricci gown. See video below:

Michelle Williams – See Photo Gallery Below

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Michelle Williams in "My Week With Marilyn Monroe"

Last month, Academy Award-nominated Michelle Williams was also honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award,” for her performance in “My Week with Marilyn,”at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which took place October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Michelle Williams’ performances have established her as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning her two Academy Award® nominations.

Williams was last seen in Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine opposite Ryan Gosling. Williams’ captivating performance earned her an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress as well as Golden Globe and Broadcast »

- Josh Abraham

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Tom McCarthy Photo: Academy Award-Nominated Screenwriter (Up)

15 November 2011 11:16 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tom McCarthy Oscar-nominated screenwriter (and actor) Tom McCarthy on the red carpet at the 2011 Governors Awards ceremony, which took place in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood on Saturday, Nov. 12. The evening's honorees were James Earl Jones, who had to accept his Honorary Oscar from London, makeup artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather), and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Oprah Winfrey. Thomas McCarthy has four screenplay/story credits: Up, The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win. He directed the last three. As an actor, his movie credits include Meet the Parents, Syriana, Michael Clayton, Baby Mama, The Lovely Bones, and Little Fockers. Tom McCarthy photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S. »

- D. Zhea

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Todd McCarthy for first-look deal with OddLot Entertainment

14 November 2011 11:34 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

OddLot sets up two-year first-look deal with Win Win director Todd McCarthy The deal will apparently cover film as well as TV and all media outside of McCarthy's acting work, reports Variety. OddLot Entertainment is to provide overhead and development fund for McCarthy and they are looking at his next directorial project as the first one under the new agreement. McCarthy's helmed and directed The Visitor starring Richard Jenkins, as well as The Station Agent. He also developed the story for Disney/Pixar's animated family adventure Up. McCarthy's acting credits include roles in Meet the Parents, Syriana »

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Todd McCarthy for first-look deal with OddLot Entertainment

14 November 2011 11:34 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

OddLot sets up two-year first-look deal with Win Win director Todd McCarthy The deal will apparently cover film as well as TV and all media outside of McCarthy's acting work, reports Variety. OddLot Entertainment is to provide overhead and development fund for McCarthy and they are looking at his next directorial project as the first one under the new agreement. McCarthy's helmed and directed The Visitor starring Richard Jenkins, as well as The Station Agent. He also developed the story for Disney/Pixar's animated family adventure Up. McCarthy's acting credits include roles in Meet the Parents, Syriana »

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Todd McCarthy for first-look deal with OddLot Entertainment

14 November 2011 11:34 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

OddLot sets up two-year first-look deal with Win Win director Todd McCarthy The deal will apparently cover film as well as TV and all media outside of McCarthy's acting work, reports Variety. OddLot Entertainment is to provide overhead and development fund for McCarthy and they are looking at his next directorial project as the first one under the new agreement. McCarthy's helmed and directed The Visitor starring Richard Jenkins, as well as The Station Agent. He also developed the story for Disney/Pixar's animated family adventure Up. McCarthy's acting credits include roles in Meet the Parents, Syriana »

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Los Angeles. "Human Zoo" + "Pete Smalls Is Dead"

12 November 2011 11:49 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Bearing a 2008 copyright, the film Human Zoo pops up for a one-week run at the New Beverly, presented by the theater's benefactor, Quentin Tarantino," writes Mark Olsen in the La Weekly. "Best known to moviegoers as the star of Luc Besson's Parisian fantasy Angel-a, model/artist Rie Rasmussen is here writer, director, star and even co-editor, with the story apparently based on the experiences of her adopted sister." Tarantino, notes Jeff Otto at the Playlist, calls Human Zoo "an electrifying directorial debut. It's as shocking and violent as it is moving and charming." Olsen, on the other hand: "Incoherent and self-indulgent, the film can't even manage to be particularly fun — even the supermodel sex scenes are disconcertingly disengaged, and everything is shot with a dingy patina that parades about as gritty realism."

Back to Otto: "Tarantino and Rasmussen have become good chums. She visited the set of Inglourious Basterds »

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2012 Sundance Predictions: Joshua Zeman's The Best Man for the Job

7 November 2011 2:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#08. The Best Man for the Job - Joshua Zeman Indie producer stalwart (The Station Agent, Mysterious Skin) Joshua Zeman made his directing debut in 2009 with the docu Cropsey (here's our interview with Zeman) and it now appears that he has the directing bug. Earlier in the year he financed and filmed The Best Man for the Job starring Two Gates of Sleep's David Call. I'm not in the habit of predicting Short Film selections for the festival, but this would be a no-brainer inclusion. Here's the short's Kickstarter page which includes a video intro from the filmmaker. Gist: When a hostage negotiation turns personal, a cop with a secret is forced to make a choice between his partner and the woman he loves. (IMDb Link)   »

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Peter Dinklage Talks Acting & Producing Alexandre Rockwell's Indie Comedy 'Pete Smalls Is Dead'

4 November 2011 1:26 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Actor Also Talks 'Knights of Badassdom' & 'Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage – he of the recent Emmy win for the HBO series “Game of Thrones”--has been in his fair share of indie films (“The Station Agent,” “Living in Oblivion,” “Human Nature,” “Saint John of Las Vegas”). So when his friend Alexandre Rockwell ("In the Soup," "Four Rooms") approached him to star in his new film, the noir-ish dramedy “Pete Smalls Is Dead”--which hits VOD today, November 4th--the actor offered to take on an additional role as a producer. “Producer titles kind of get handed out like candy a little… »

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Interview: 'Win Win' director Tom McCarthy

1 November 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As I've frequently mentioned, because of my job and because I have young kids, I don't go to the movies very much anymore. But one of the directors whose films I've learned to make an effort to get out of the house to see is Tom McCarthy, the man responsible for "The Station Agent," "The Visitor" and, most recently, "Win Win." (In terms of this blog's area of interest, McCarthy also played the fabulist reporter Scott Templeton in the final season of "The Wire" and directed the original version of the "Game of Thrones" pilot, some scenes of which were incorporated »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 5)

22 October 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...

“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys [2000] is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood, »

- flickeringmyth

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Academy Award-Nominated Michelle Williams to be Honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award”

28 September 2011 9:40 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams will be honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award,” at the festival’s Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. “It is a privilege to honor Michelle Williams for her excellent talent and remarkable career,” said Mr. de Abreu.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season. In the past eight years a total of 73 Oscar nominations and 27 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Awards.

The 2011 Hollywood Film Festival has also announced that they will honor Academy Award-nominated actor Christopher Plummer with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for “Beginners,” actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt »

- Josh Abraham

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

17 September 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Attack the Block; Arthur; Cedar Rapids; Win Win; Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

Horror comedy is a notoriously difficult genre to crack and anyone coming to British film-maker Joe Cornish's ambitious first feature, Attack the Block (2011, Optimum, 15), expecting either belly laughs or shrieky scares is likely to be disappointed. Despite Edgar Wright's crucial role in getting this made, tagging the film "from the producers of Shaun of the Dead" probably does it few favours in terms of audience expectations, forcing an unfortunate comparison with the superior Pegg and Frost hit.

Yet for all its flaws, there's still plenty to admire in this ballsy tale of extraterrestrials crash-landing on Earth and finding themselves no match for the kids from a housing estate. Having lost one of their number on the mean streets of London, the space invaders mount a rescue party, laying siege to a tower »

- Mark Kermode

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Win Win

3 September 2011 10:26 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

As the end credits rolled, the first thought that occurred to me was that Win Win felt real. These were basically good people trying to do what is right but imperfections spoil any hope for total bliss. Heroes prove to have feet of clay and monsters don’t seem so monstrous once you get to know them.

The film, out on DVD from 20th Century Home Entertainment, is another terrific showcase of the wonderful Paul Giamatti. He’s become the everyman of his generation, infusing his characters with traits and flaws’ that make them feel real enough you’d expect to find them living down the block. Here, he’s private lawyer Mike Flaherty, suffering from a decline in business thanks to the economy and he is presented with a short-cut so grabs it. He has a court appoint him as guardian to Leo (Burt Young) so he could collect »

- Robert Greenberger

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Win Win Blu-Ray Review

31 August 2011 6:41 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Win Win Blu-Ray Review

Tom McCarthy is a writer/director that, sadly, most people have probably never heard of. After starting his career as an actor, he took a chance by writing and directing The Station Agent, which won him lots of critical acclaim. A few years later, he wowed critics again with The Visitor, a film about a very unusual relationship. Now, McCarthy returns with his next touching story in Win Win.

Thanks for reading We Got This Covered »

- Jeff Beck

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Blu-Ray Review: Excellent ‘Win Win’ With Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan

30 August 2011 6:17 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The best film of the first quarter of 2011 was a sublime little gem from the great Thomas McCarthy (“The Station Agent,” “The Visitor”) called “Win Win.” The clever, character-driven dramedy with Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan was recently-released on Blu-ray and DVD, and it deserves to find (and very likely will with word-of-mouth) a loyal audience on the home market. This is a great movie.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

Mike (Giamatti) is an everyman for the days of the economic crisis. He struggles to keep his business together in the face of rising bills, pending expenses, fewer clients, and even an about-to-explode hot water heater. He worries every day about losing the financial backbone of his family (which includes two daughters and his wife Jackie, played in another lovely performance from the always-great Ryan). Mike sees an opportunity in Leo (Burt Young), an older client on the edge of dementia. He »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Even Athletes Get the Blues: in Stellar Win Win and Hoop Dreams, Sports Aren't Just About Victory

29 August 2011 7:28 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This week in "Now and Then," Matt Brennan writes about two sports movies — Win Win, now on DVD, and Hoop Dreams , the classic documentary from 1994 — that are about a lot more than sports. Watch the trailers below: In the weird and wonderful films of writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor), everyone’s running from something. With a homey, lived-in style and a strong command of performance, his three films behind the camera capture the particular anxiety of suburban life. And though he’s never lost his sense of humor, McCarthy’s progression from oddball character study to fully conceived narrative depicts real people and real worries. Win Win only amplifies the trend: without quite meaning to, McCarthy has emerged as a master »

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David Thomson on Patricia Clarkson

25 August 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The picture business regards Patricia Clarkson as not content to mouth the stupid lines beautiful women are expected to believe in

For more than 20 years, a piquant added pleasure in film-going has been waiting for Patricia Clarkson to turn up for a few scenes, or even more. It's a rare thing for her to coast or do anything other than suggest an untidy life in wild bloom behind her few lines. And not many actresses of any age can shift from amiable to crazed, or from kind to intimidating, so fast. So, in Lone Scherfig's One Day, we sigh with gratification when we realise that the hero's mother, dying of cancer and having to be carried to bed, is Clarkson. We are not let down; even in her crisis, this mother has the lemon gaze and the fond but astringent voice that can survey her son (Jim Sturgess) and »

- David Thomson

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Exclusive: Director Thomas McCarthy Talks Win Win Blu-ray

24 August 2011 3:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Thomas McCarthy takes us behind the dramatic comedy Win Win starring Paul Giamatti, on Blu-ray and DVD today!

Struggling attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), who volunteers as a high-school wrestling coach, takes on the guardianship of an elderly client in a desperate attempt to keep his practice afloat. When the client's teenage grandson runs away from home and shows up on his grandfather's doorstep, Mike's life is turned upside down as this Win Win proposition turns into something much more complicated than he ever bargained for.

Co-written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, Win Win is an inspirational comedic drama that shouldn't be missed. The film makes its Blu-ray and DVD this week. In honor of this release, we caught up with Thomas McCarthy to chat about Win Win's home video debut.

Here is our conversation.

Can you take me through some of these special features and why you included them on this disc? »

- MovieWeb

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