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new DVD releases in Region 2, May 25

green light (definitely check it out): The Reader: Kate Winslet likes books and teenaged boys. [Amazon U.K.] [now available at Amazon U.S.] Tokyo!: Think Tokyo je t’aime, but weirder. [Amazon U.K.] [preorder at Amazon U.S.] Pushing Daisies: Complete Season 2: How come England gets an American TV show on DVD before we do? No fair! … more…

Oscar after party

My luck at predicting the Oscar may not have been so hot this year — though I’m not sure it ever is — but I did get one thing sorta right. I said over at Film.com on Friday that if there was going to be an upset this year, it would be in the Best … more…

movie posters in London (part 2)

More movie posters spotted around London these last ten days. (Part 1 is here.) Very different from the ads I’ve seen at home for Push, and also: did they make Dakota Fanning’s head freakishly large, or what: Not a movie, of course, but what the hell. I get the sense that this is part of … more…

question of the day: Should cinematic Nazis speak English?

As BBC News noted this weekend, the recent films The Reader and Valkyrie have raised some questions about how accents should be handled on film, particularly by how these two films handle the same matter very differently. In The Reader, German characters who are supposedly speaking German to one another speak English with German accents. … more…

North American box office: audiences say no to ‘Yes Man’

Just a quick look at last weekend’s number as we head into the long holiday stretch, which will, in effect, be one long “weekend” starting tomorrow, Christmas Day, and running through Sunday, January 4: 1. Yes Man: $18.2 million (NEW) 2. Seven Pounds: $14.9 million (NEW) 3. The Tale of Despereaux: $10 million (NEW) 4. … more…