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Should we rebuild post-Sandy? “Shored Up” poses the big question

Philly filmmaker Ben Kalina says barrier islands, like those along the Jersey shore, are little more than “a moving pile of sand in the ocean.”

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Rainn Wilson: Does That Turn You On?

It’s easy to assume, or at the very least, hope that Rainn Wilson is exactly like his Office alter ego Dwight Schrute. But don’t hold your breath beet farming enthusiasts, the authoritative attitude, terrible haircut and, heck even the signature glasses get left behind at Dunder Mifflin.

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A Short History of…

With his new film Rescue Dawn opening this weekend, we take a look back at the eccentric director’s most outlandish moments. 1970: Made Even Dwarfs Started Small, a film with an all-dwarf cast. 1…

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Ben Kingsley, You Kill Me

Ben Kingsley, You Kill Me Deserves props for: Gandhi, Schindler’s List, Sexy Beast, House of Sand and Fog and of course BloodRayne. In You Kill Me he plays an alcoholic hitman. This is the first t…

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Oliver Dahan, La Vie en Rose

Deserves props for: Directing La Vie en Rose, a biopic on French chanteuse Edith Piaf. What made you want to make a movie about Edith Piaf? “A photograph. I was in a library, and I found a book on he…

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Chris Eigeman, The Treatment

Deserves props for: Being a regular for cult filmmakers Whit Stillman and Noah Baumbach, including a role in the latter’s brilliant Kicking and Screaming. He’s also had lengthy stints on Malcolm in th…

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Chris “Kazi” Rolle, The Hip Hop Project

Deserves props for: Heading up the film, album and nonprofit program aspects of the Hip Hop Project, which teaches inner-city teens to channel their energy and time into rap music. Did you always int…

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Paul Laverty, Screenwriter, The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Deserves props for: Collaborating with Ken Loach, Britain’s foremost working-class/socialist filmmaker, on such films as My Name Is Joe, Bread and Roses and Sweet Sixteen. Their latest, the IRA period…

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Mark Fergus, First Snow

Deserves props for: Co-writing, along with longtime writing partner Hawk Ostby, Children of Men and First Snow (which Fergus also directed). The pair also worked on the upcoming films John Carter of M…

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Lance Weiler, Head Trauma

Deserves props for: Co-directing, along with Stefan Avalos, the pre-Blair Witch Project horror fake-doc The Last Broadcast. His latest is the psychological horror film Head Trauma, which will screen w…

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