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    Dog Wars: Scorsese Defends Blackie

    I’m not a dog person, so I don’t really have an animal in this fight. But I have to agree with the Uggie backlash, which took off when Christopher Plummer pointed out – quite rightly I think – that Cosmo from Beginners is a much cuter dog. Now Martin Scorsese is getting into ...

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  • The Playlist
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    'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley Talks Sneaking In Script Rewrites, Influences & How Hard It Is To Make Naked People Scary

    When we saw "Kill List" back at South by Southwest last year, well, we almost pooped ourselves in fear. Not really. But it was close. The movie, a clever-as-fuck mash-up of suburban domestic drama, hitman thriller, and occult horror film, really left an impression on us (one Playlist team member was...

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    Minnelli, Grey, Reynolds to Attend 2012 TCM Classic Movie Festival

    Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Debbie Reynolds and "Baby Peggy" Diana Serra Cary will be attending the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival, scheduled to take place in Hollywood from April 12-15. Film noir actresses Peggy Cummins, Rhonda Fleming and Marsha Hunt will also be on hand.

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    How Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' Was Almost Named 'Without a Trace'

    When Alfred Hitchcock began work on a film adaptation of the French novel, "D'entre les Morts" in the late 1950s, Paramount did not like his selected title: "Vertigo." Studio executives sent the director a list of strongly suggested alternatives that includes a bevy of melodramatic choices:

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    New On DVD/VOD This Week - Jamie Foxx-Produced Award-Winning Doc "Thunder Soul"

    Out on DVD and VOD this week is the Jamie Foxx-exec produced documentary Thunder Soul, which follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old Conrad “Prof”...

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    Academy Launches Pre-Oscar Week Screenings Hosted by Bird, Moore, Oswalt

    If you're champing at the bit for Oscar night to arrive, the Academy has plans to tide you over during the last week of waiting. If you can get to Beverly Hills, the Samuel Goldwyn Theater's screenings and discussions from February 21-25 feature director Brad Bird, Michael Moore and producer Mark J...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Game Change

    This movie looks so much better than the book and I really loved the book.  Julianne Moore is totally rocking as Sarah Palin.  Love it!

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    "Soul Train" Creator Don Cornelius Dead In Apparent Suicide

    Whoa! From the LA Times just minutes ago...

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    MORE: RIP
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    OSCARS 2012: PRESS PLAY'S staff picks their favorites

    After last week’s announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees, a handful of Press Play contributors gathered together via email to discuss the highs and lows in some of the major award categories. Below are some of the highlights of the conversation, and as always, we encourage you to keep the discu...

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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: UNDEFEATED

    It's not generally a compliment to say that a film reminds you of other films, or has the DNA of other films; the phrases "a poor man's" or "but with less" seem inevitable. To call a documentary "well made" isn't the highest of praise, either, suggesting as it does the absence of anything extraordin...

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