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    That Really Was Aaron Sorkin Defending "The Social Network" in a Blog Comment

    I stand corrected. For the past 24 hours the film blog water cooler has been populated with chatter about Aaron Sorkin's response to the sexism criticisms against "The Social Network." But I was very skeptical, for a few reasons. Even after I was told the blog belonged to a fellow TV writer it still didn't make sense to me. Sorkin hates the Internet. He writes "final clubs" instead of "finals clubs." And, most importantly, why would anyone feel the need to defend his work, let alone actually do so, on a relatively random Blogspot blog, to another commenter on that blog? Especially when every other outlet on the web has had some commentary abo...

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    Brief, Belated Thoughts on "The Town."

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    Video: Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in "Back to the Future"

    Any true "Back to the Future" fan is aware that the role of Marty McFly originally went to and was initially performed by Eric Stoltz. The actor was let go, however, after five weeks of shooting because his "comedy sensibilities were very different" from what Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale intended when they wrote the character. So Marty was recast with original choice Michael J. Fox in the part, film history was made, and Stoltz at least had his supporting part in Peter Bogdanovich's "Mask" (filmed prior to and somewhat the reason for him being cast in "BTTF"), for which he earned his only Golden Globe nomination -- meanwhile, Fox also got a n...

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    Oscar Watch: Vitagraph to Release Spanish Oscar Entry Even The Rain, Starring Garcia Bernal

    Vitagrah Films has acquired North American rights to Spain's Oscar submission for best foreign language film, Tambien La Lluvia (Even The Rain), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Five Things We Learned from Romantic Comedies

    HuffPost's The Frenemy shares 14 Things We Learned From Romantic Comedies. Our five favorites are below. Check out their complete list with photos for each point.

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    "Secretariat" - Horse Race War?

    I'm pretty disappointed that "Secretariat" doesn't open with long, rotating shots of Ancient Greek horse statues, one of which would transform into a real thoroughbred via camera dissolve, as if to imply the titular 1973 Triple Crown-winning stallion was born of marble and god-like perfection. I expected something akin to "Olympia" -- more than "Triumph of the Will" -- after reading Andrew O'Hehir's review at Salon, with its well-circulated and well-criticized pull-quote saying thus: "in its totality 'Secretariat' is a work of creepy, half-hilarious master-race propaganda almost worthy of Leni Riefenstahl." But there really aren't enough slow...

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    Looking Back: Top Ten of 2010 So Far

    While many moviegoers are at sea as they read about supposed Oscar contenders they still haven't seen, the LAT has the temerity to look back at the best of the what the year has had to offer so far. We will open up our Netflix queue for the ones we've missed:Animal Kingdom: "manages to be both lacon...

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    Spain's Foreign Language Oscar Hopeful Lands at Vitagraph

    North American rights to Spain's official entry for best Foreign Language Film for the 2011 Oscars, Icíar Bollaín's "Tambien La Lluvia" (Even the Rain) have been acquired by Vitagraph Films. An official selection of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal, ...

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    Bang Bang Bang

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    First Look: Mara and Craig in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The first photos from the Stockholm set of David Fincher's currently filming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have popped up revealing A Social Network star Rooney Mara in character as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as muckraking journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Mara looks about right to me.

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