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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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    Actress Watch: Dark Knight Rises Tests; Coppola and Portman's Dior Ad; Williams Gives Sage Advice

    Christopher Nolan is checking out the ranks of Hollywood's starlets to join Christian Bale and Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises. Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs), Jessica Biel (The Illusionist, The A-Team), Kate Mara (127 Hours, Iron Man 2), Charlotte Riley (fiance of Hardy and his co-star in the UK's Wuthering Heights TV mini-series) and Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia, and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) are all scheduled to test. Scheduling seems to be an issue for Naomi Watts and Eva Green, who were previously mentioned. Two roles need to be filled: a love interest and a villain. Wh...

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    Social Network Update: Winklevosses Lose Settlement Appeal

    In a follow-up to the behind-the-scenes power drama revealed in The Social Network, the Winklevoss twins (the movie's Armie Hammer) have lost the appeal of their 2008 $140-million Facebook settlement.

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