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    A Tale of Two Speeches, President Obama vs. King George VI

    King George VI vs. President Barack Obama. The Huffington Post pegs both men's speeches against one and other and considers how they fared:"President Obama is facing a very hostile House of Representatives, and a country that is torn on the efficacy of his presidency, though they all knew he could s...

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    Updated: Kristen Stewart Sought & Viggo Mortensen In Talks For 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

    Emily Browning Has Also Tested For Snow White RoleUpdate: Deadline reports that Kristen Stewart "looms large as a potential lead" in the role of Snow White in "Snow White And The Huntsman." But nothing is quite certain as Emily Browning -- set to appear in Zack Snyder's forthcoming "Sucker Punch" --...

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    Peter Jackson Hospitalized With Perforated Stomach Ulcer, 'Hobbit' Start Likely To Be Pushed Back

    Possibility Increasing That Hobbiton Was Built On Sacred Indian Burial Ground Man, can a multi-billion dollar franchise not catch a break? After years of delays, following the financial uncertainty over rights holders MGM, followed by the bailing of original helmer Guillermo Del Toro, and controversial labor issues in New Zealand, the two-part adaptation of "The Hobbit," the prequel to "Lord of the Rings" finally seemed to be moving ahead. Original cast members like Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis were finally locked in, and they were joined by new additions like Martin Freeman, in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins along with an extens...

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    The Trailer For Robert Redford's 'The Conspirator' Arrives

    The trailer for Robert Redford's Civil War-era drama, "The Conspirator," has arrived. The drama, set in 1865, centers on the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. She is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

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    "Take Shelter" Q&A With Jeff Nichols

    Definitely one of the frontrunners for the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" had its second screening in Park City last night and continued to win over audience members. Acquired by Sony Pictures Classics just prior to the fest, Nichols' psychological drama depicts Curtis, a thirtysomething family man who encounters a sudden struggle with mental illness. Starring Michael Shannon (who also starred in Nichols' previous film, "Shotgun Stories") as Curtis and Jessica Chastain (likely one of 2011's big breakouts between this and "The Tree of Life) as his wife, "Shelter" is a haunting and tense portrait of a family unravelling...

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    ‘True Blood’ Star Joe Manganiello Once Again Rumored For Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman’

    Back in the fall, rumors cropped up that "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello was in talks to put on the tights in Zack Snyder's forthcoming "Superman." At the time, Manganiello addressed the rumors by hitting Twitter and saying, “just to be clear… as of today, I am not 'negotiating' to play SuperMan… ...

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    'Black Swan' Scribe Mark Heyman To Write 'Age Of Rage' For Marc Webb

    Something we've been chasing the last few weeks, but could not seal the deal on. Hat tip to THR, who pulls it off first. "Black Swan" writer Mark Heyman has been tapped to write "Age Of Rage," a project that Marc Webb had been attached to since 2008, but has almost been forgotten since it was announ...

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    Development Watch: Franco and Hudson For Deep Throat Lovelace, Gandolfini Gets Busy

    - Kate Hudson and James Franco are in talks to star as porn star Linda Lovelace and her pornographer husband, Chuck Traynor, in an adaptation of Eric Danville's book The Complete Linda Lovelace. After Lovelace and Traynor's notorious Deep Throat became a porn classic, she left her husband and accuse...

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    Michael Fassbender Joins Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' With Noomi Rapace

    Breaking. Michael Fassbender has joined Noomi Rapace as the second official star of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus." Fassbender's devastating turn in the 2008 drama "Hunger" still keeps paying dividends for the 34-year-old of German/Irish descent. After smaller 2009 turns in "Inglourious Basterds," and "Jonah Hex," plus the lead in "Centurion," Fassbender's career has finally hit top speed in the last six months landing the lead in "X-Men: First Class," a coveted part in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire," and now a major spot in Ridley Scott's sci-film that was once set to be a prequel to his 1979 classic "Alien," but now seems to have morphed into s...

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    When Strangers Click: HBO's Doc on Online Dating Premieres Valentine's Day

    HBO is premiering When Strangers Click--a documentary from Food Inc. Robert Kenner about the online search for human connection-- on (how fitting) Valentine's Day.

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