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HBO’s ‘Casting By’ Highlights Film’s Creative Rapports

"I don't like casting," says Woody Allen, in his version of how crucial he finds his longtime collaborator, casting director Juliet Taylor, "I don't like to meet people in any area."

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It Must Feel Good to Be as Bad as Gordon Gekko

Why are bad guys like Gordon Gekko, Tony Montana and Patrick Bateman so beloved? Because we can’t act without guilt, and what’s worse, we can’t even admit that we want to.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 6: Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli

Today runs the gamut. Hollywood to indie art house, female perspective to male, screwball comedy to chamber drama. The odyssey from Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli will provide illumination on how film's first special effects were used, how two brothers presciently preceded reality TV in the Hamptons, and why some directors prefer to work about once a decade on average...

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14 Apr 2011 // 8:30 AM

How Sidney Lumet fought the showbiz blacklist

LOS ANGELES — I’d almost forgotten what an unabashed liberal Sidney Lumet had been until I read an essay by New York Post critic Kyle

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23 Jun 2010 // 9:08 AM

Al Pacino makes a welcome return to the New York stage

NEW YORK — There was a time, not so long ago, when Al Pacino was a regular presence in New York theater. From the 1970s through

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Part 4: All About My Mother to Sleepy Hollow (October - November 1999)

Outsiders and oddballs make up Part Four's formidable filmmakers, an idiosyncratic collection of dreamers and visionaries.

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4 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Righteous Kill

This movie boasts a tired and generic script and achieves a weird sort of harmonic convergence of forgetablilty.

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OMG - The 20 Worst Films of 2008

There's bad, and then there's 2008 level bad. You know this list is looking down into a deep dark bottomless pit of cinematic despair when Mike Myers' shameful Love Guru didn't even make the Top 20!

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.

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‘Righteous Kill’: Attacked on All Sides

Righteous Kill uses Karen (Carla Gugino) both to critique the male cops' sense of self-righteousness and be the victim.

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11 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

‘Kill’ is Substandard Suspense

Sometimes, an excess of talent can lead to very little in evidence. Put another way, you can overload a film with artistic aspirations, failing to

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

What a quirky pair of brothers do Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke make.

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18 Apr 2008 // 4:49 AM

88 Minutes

In 88 Minutes, Gramm's carelessness is increasingly annoying, less a characterization than a function of slack scripting.

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9 Nov 2007 // 4:08 AM

Sidney Lumet knows how to get some satisfaction

“It’s not one of your average feel-good movies,” says Sidney Lumet with a satisfied grin, speaking of his latest—the ferociously dark, wildly entertaining, “

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Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Family tensions run high throughout Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

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Paul Newman’s Influential, Classic Performances in The Hustler and The Verdict

In an era of relatively reserved American cinema, when most actors would be concerned with their images as leading men, Newman was not afraid to experiment and go with his artistic impulses.

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2 Jul 2007 // 10:58 PM

The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

Al Pacino's performance in The Panic in Needle Park launched his stardom.

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Jerry Weintraub is the ‘heart and soul’ of the ‘Ocean’s’ trilogy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Frank Sinatra lived two doors down. Cary Grant dropped by regularly. Tom Cruise just bought the house next door. George Clooney sits

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8 Jun 2007 // 6:00 AM

Oceans Thirteen (2007)

Every time George Clooney or Bernie Mac admits to the lameness of Number Two, the third film in the franchise can't help but promise improvement.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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