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    Watch: What Remains Of Quentin Tarantino's First Film, 'My Best Friend's Birthday'

    This week, the film world got a little bit of a treat as what's left of Quentin Tarantino’s first feature film, “My Best Friend’s Birthday” hit the web. Tarantino started work on the 16mm film in 1984 on a $5000 budget, and shot it over the next four years. The incomplete film (more on that in a sec...

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    Fox Marketing Shuffle Signals Management Turmoil

    Pam Levine is out, ex-Disney exec Oren Aviv is in at Fox Marketing. Veteran industry watchers know that this means that studio co-chairmen Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos are under duress. When a major studio suffers a bad run at the box office and then lets go of a top marketing exec, it's considere...

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    Olivia Newton-John Joins Stephan Elliot's Road Comedy 'A Few Best Men'

    Rising 'Twilight' Star Xavier Samuel To Star As Male LeadAfter starring in the embarrassing TIFF-opening "Score: A Hockey Musical", iconic "Grease" star Olivia Newton-John has now also joined Stephan Elliott's latest project, the road trip comedy "A Few Best Men."

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    Frances McDormand Must Be Building A Summer House, Signs To Voice Villain In 'Madagascar 3'

    It's pretty much safe to call Frances McDormand a national treasure at this point. Whether in her reliably fantastic work with husband Joel Coen in films like the Oscar-winning "Fargo" or "The Man Who Wasn't There," or in supporting roles for other filmmakers, like her memorable turns in Curtis Hans...

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Happythankyoumoreplease' Combines Every Indie Movie You've Ever Seen

    This was the Audience Award winner at last year's Sundance Film Festival and well, we're still trying to figure out why. Maybe it's the way the trailer is cut but "Happythankyoumoreplease," the writing and directing debut of actor Josh Radnor, seems like an amalgam of every indie movie we've seen in...

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    Oscar Votes Due Friday, Packed Golden Globes Party Weekend

    My pals in the Academy are filling out their ballots. One costume designer has already sent hers in. Ira Deutchman, in New York, anxiously hopes that his mailed ballot gets to PricewaterhouseCoopers on time, by 5 PM Friday, January 14 (nominations will be announced January 25). Which raises the ques...

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    Why Is Justin Timberlake An Honorary African-American?

    And why is "The Kids Are All Right" nominated for best picture over "Night Catches Us"? Because of the brief appearance of Mark Ruffalo's African-American girlfriend (a character I thought was actually questionable representation after Mia Wasikowska's friend makes those racist comments at dinner)? ...

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    Awesome: Electronic Musician Dan Deacon Scoring Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt Now And Sunrise'

    Well, it's now a bonafide trend. With Daft Punk tuning up "Tron: Legacy," Basement Jaxx working on "Attack The Block" and now Dan Deacon scoring Francis Ford Coppola's "Twixt Now And Sunrise" it looks like electronic beatmakers are the new go-to musicians for ambitious soundtrack work. What's next? ...

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    Hollywood's Creme de la Creme Memorialize Class-Act Agent Ed Limato

    Long-Time ICM agent Ed Limato--who forged the careers of Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and Michelle Pfeiffer--stood out among Hollywood's agent elite as a class act. He was old-school, yes, and he cared deeply about his clients. Agenting wasn't so much a business to him, although he was competitive: I remember him hanging late at a Twentieth Century Fox premiere party, hoping to catch a word with the recently agentless Kevin Costner. Limato looked after Robert Downey, Jr., for years, and Winona Ryder, too. He loved his exotic fish, and his white patent leather shoes. He was tickled pink when Vanity Fair did a photo shoot. Here's...

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    Peter Weir Teases 3 Projects That Fell Apart In The '00s; Here's What They Might Be

    In two separate Q&As in New York this past weekend (that Playlist members attended), Australian director Peter Weir ("Witness," "The Year of Living Dangerously" among many others) mentioned three failed projects he was working on in-between "Master and Commander" (2003) and "The Way Back" (2011). Ho...

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