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    Oscar Watch: Nominees Meet Press, Talk Awards Season, Dressing in Tutus, Butch Cassidy and Bells

    This year's Academy Award-nominated actors took to the podium moments before today's annual Nominees Luncheon to answer media questions. Judging by applause and laughter, the interview room crowd favorites were Annette Bening, Helena Bonham Carter, Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg and Ja...

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    "Paul Haggis Vs. The Church of Scientology"

    Released late last night, I've been waiting patiently for this New Yorker expose on Scientology for some time now. Via an interview with ex-Scientology member Paul Haggis (who you've really got to hand it to for being the first celebrity to speak out like this...), it's a massive piece (nearly 30,000 words), but it's still definite required reading. Shedding light on what one can only imagine is the tip of a totally fucked up Scientology iceberg, The New Yorker's Lawrence Wright should probably watch his back after painting a very well-researched and very negative picture of the "religion," and we should all enjoy the fruits of his labor and...

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    Harvey Keitel To Star In Indian Drama 'Against Itself'; 'The Last Godfather' Gets An April Release

    You know, we give Robert De Niro a lot of flack for signing on to whatever crap project comes his way, but people seem to forget that Harvey Keitel has pretty much been doing the same thing for the past couple of decades too, taking his career where the paycheck pops up next, which leads to the extr...

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    Michael Moore Takes The Weinsteins To Court Over Money Owed For 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

    It looks like the friendly relationship between Michael Moore and Bob and Harvey Weinstein -- who have been involved with the director's last three films -- has come to an abrupt halt.

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    Richard Gere Joins Nicholas Jarecki's 'Arbitrage' With Eva Green & Susan Sarandon

    Movement continues on the financial world drama "Arbitrage" as it gears up to shoot this spring. A couple of weeks ago, at the same it was revealed that the rapper Drake (who acted on the "Degrassi" before becoming a world famous hip hop artist) was in talks for a role, we learned that Al Pacino had...

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    Irrfan Khan Calls 'Spider-Man' A "Violent American Fantasy"; Says He Did It For His Kids

    So guess who just talked himself out of doing the eventual press rounds for Marc Webb's rebooted "Spider-man"?

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    Watch: Trailer For Jim Loach's 'Oranges And Sunshine' Starring Emily Watson & Hugo Weaving

    Jim Loach, the son of legendary director Ken Loach, has followed in his father's footsteps with his first feature film "Oranges And Sunshine." Aged 41, Jim has spent the last decade directing Brit TV, but his debut movie did a couple festival dates in the fall and now is being primed for the public.

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    Poster For Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire Short Film 'Scenes From The Suburbs' Unveiled

    For those lucky enough to attend the Berlin Film Festival, they will be able to catch the thirty minute Spike Jonze short film "Scenes From The Suburbs" based around Arcade Fire's latest album "The Suburbs," at one of its four screenings. The rest of us will have to wait, but for now a new poster re...

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    Academy Lunch Assembles Nominees for Portrait Monday, Livestreams Interview Room

    One of my fave events of the year, the Academy Nominations Lunch, assembles the Oscar nominees--more than a hundred--at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to celebrate, collect a certificate, and pose for a large group photo. The press corps gets a crack at the nominees on the red carpet, in the interview roo...

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    Seven Reasons To Be Excited about Abrams/Spielberg's Super 8

    There's no question that the movie spot to break out on Super Bowl night, in all its Spielbergian glory, was Super 8 (both the trailer and spot, in which a voice warns, "Do not speak of this, if you do, they will find you") are below.

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