Jack Egan

Serious money

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Movies of a more intellectually demanding stripe have become a niche genre in the final months of the year, a period that also has become a time for screenwriters of such serious fare to shine.

Expansion plans

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The Art Directors Guild has been filling out the frame for the upcoming Ninth Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards with a more festive and elaborate scene.

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It’s all on the screen

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In a year in which several studios gave big-name directors enough budgetary rope to hang themselves, Alexander Payne, Clint Eastwood, Marc Forster and Taylor Hackford -- all up for Oscar's best pic…

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Construction site

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Move over computers -- the large and lavish movie set, built the expensive and the old-fashioned way by squads of artisans, made a big comeback in 2004.

  • Film

Color schemes

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Digital intermediate has been called the most revolutionary tool for cinematographers since the advent of color film. If this year's crop of high-profile films is any indication, the process of…

  • Film

Keir Pearson & Terry George

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Set during the Rwandan genocide, when 1 million Tutsis were killed by Hutus and their militias, the movie tells the true story of Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), manager of a posh tourist hotel in…

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Lives in the balance

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A bumper crop of movies based on the lives of the famous has turned 2004 into the year of the biopic. It's not so much the number of productions based on life stories that's significant -- it's the…

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Laughing on the margins

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Cries from the critics bemoaning the demise of traditional situation comedies now that "Friends" and "Frasier" have finished their long network runs seem somewhat beside the point. These days the…

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