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    Oscar Watch: Animation Deadline Nears, Three or Five?

    It's coming down to the wire. Will the animation category be three or five? It all depends on whether the final animated features submitted by the November 1 deadline are eligible--and add up to sixteen, which means there will be five nominations, or less, which yields three. Did the films premiere ...

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    CMJ '10 Review: 'Circus Maximus' With Mario Cantone & Kevin Corrigan Is One Big Mess

    "Circus Maximus" is being touted as disturbingly amusing, but only one of those words suit this film and it isn't the later. The comedy sets out to tell the tale of screenwriter Cal Neros (Julian McCullough), who after receiving indie awards and accolades for his first film is struck with a crippling writers block for his next project and has yet to turn in a finished draft even though cashed and spent his million dollar advance months ago. Neros is a typical alpha male caricature of a New Yorker that seems fairly disconnected from the kind of guy who would receive accolades from a male-bonding indie film - think like a B-list version of Ed B...

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    Judd Apatow's Next Comedy Directorial Effort Slotted For June 1, 2012

    Comedy Is Untitled, Details Remain Under Wraps For NowYou could say Judd Apatow is slipping in his mainstream appeal. 2009's "Funny People" grossed $71 million worldwide, while 2008's "Knocked Up" cumed $219 million globally and 2005's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" totaled $177 million the world round. ...

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    George Clooney's 'Farragut North' Now Called, 'Ides Of March'; Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei Confirmed

    Evan Rachel Wood Also Set To Appear In Political Drama; Clooney's Next Directorial EffortIt appears that most of the casting pieces for George Clooney's next directorial effort have panned out. Or at least most of them. But first off, apparently a title change is in order. Once called "Farragut Nort...

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    First Look: Amanda Seyfried And Justin Timberlake In Andrew Niccol's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Now'

    Here's a first look at Amanda Seyfried rocking a red bob with a very un-Sean Parker-like Justin Timberlake on the set of Andrew Niccol's sci-fi thriller possibly titled "Now."

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    Noomi Rapace Says She's Not Confirmed For Ridley Scott's 'Alien' Prequel; Talks 'Sherlock 2' Role

    Swedish Actress Also Says She's Happy David Fincher Went With An Unknown For His Version Of 'Dragon Tattoo'Noomi Rapace. She's everywhere. The hottest thing out of Sweden since IKEA, Volvo and Björn Borg. Ever since her icy, steely turn as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish tele-version of "The Girl Wi...

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    Memories Under Development: Doug Block on "The Kids Grow Up"

    Back in 2005 Doug Block released a documentary about his parents, "51 Birch Street," which received raves in Toronto and beyond. His follow-up film, “The Kids Grow Up," opening this Friday at New York’s Angelika Film Center, exhibits the same deeply personal sort of narrative that fueled his last ou...

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    Simon West To Direct Shiny Action Pic 'Medallion'

    What's the secret to being a terrible director who keeps working? If you're Simon West, the answer is just to keep working.

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    Aubrey Plaza Attached To Teen Comedy 'The Hand Job'

    Still A Few Hurdles To Clear Before It Goes Into ProductionWe're big fans of comic-turned-actress Aubrey Plaza. She was a refreshingly different love interest, albeit underused, in Judd Apatow's "Funny People," she walked away with her scenes in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World," and she's shown surpris...

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    Bunk From 'The Wire,' Other People We Don't Care As Much About Cast In 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn'

    Edward Cullen, They Gonna Beat On Your White Ass Like It Was A Rented MuleNearly two years on from the end of our beloved "The Wire," actors from the show keep cropping up in odd places. Michael Williams (Omar) in "The Incredible Hulk." Seth Gilliam (Carver) in "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" Sonj...

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