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Venice Opener The Reluctant Fundamentalist Takes On Culture Clash

Venice Opener The Reluctant Fundamentalist Takes On Culture Clash

Indian-born filmmaker Mira Nair said that 9/11 formed part of the inspiration for her latest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which kicked off the Venice Film Festival Wednesday evening. Just days before the attacks, Nair won the festival's top prize, the Golden Lion, for her much praised Monsoon Wedding and she left the fabled Italian city for the Toronto International Film Festival to promote the film when the attacks happened. Like other New York residents, she was stranded in the Canadian city following the tragic event, taking her a week to get back to NYC and her husband and son. When she did make it back, she felt an "otherness" in the post-9/11 period, a theme she explores in her latest feature.
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Mariah Carey Joins The Butler; Lionsgate Aims for Time and Again: Biz Break

Mariah Carey
Operation Smile's 5th Annual Smile Event
Skylight Studio, NYC 15/05/08

Also in Thursday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, audiences came out in droves for the first weekend of The Dark Knight Rises, but a sizable number are still hesitant to head to theaters in its second round. Terrence Howard and Dawn Olivieri board a Schwarzenegger pic and a doc about an unlikely Filipino turned U.S. rock star heads to the States.
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REVIEW: Hockey Comedy Goon Doesn't Sermonize About Violence, And That's a Good Thing

REVIEW: Hockey Comedy Goon Doesn't Sermonize About Violence, And That's a Good Thing

Michael Dowse’s hockey comedy Goon is crude, violent and deeply enjoyable. It also offers the chance to see Liev Schreiber — a guy who’s played Hamlet, ferchrissakes — living it up as a bloodthirsty minor-league thug in the kind of ’70s eight-track-guy mustache that only hockey players, bless their hearts, still try to get away with. That, to me, is catnip in the form of a hockey puck.
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