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    It's Official! Eddie Murphy Will Host 2012 Oscars

    When I reported the news a few days ago I stated that talks were still going on. But now those talks are over and now it's official - Eddie Murphy will host the 2012 Academy Awards show, with the official announcement from the Academy coming any minute now.

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    RECAP: BREAKING BAD, Season 4, Episode 8: "Hermanos"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: In a powerful Breaking Bad, Gustavo "Gus" Fring, bold businessman and master liar, is "explained" -- sort of. The following recap of contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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    All This And George Clooney, Too!

    George Clooney poses with his director, Alexander Payne, at the world premiere of The Descendants.

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    Venice '11 Review: Mary Harron's 'The Moth Diaries' Is A Teen Vampire Tale Without Any Fangs

    It's remarkably tough to get any film financed, at least one that doesn't have 3D talking animals from a popular cartoon series. So it's no surprise that some filmmakers, for all their best efforts, can go three, four, five or more years between pictures. Worryingly, it seems to be doubly true for female directors. Look at Kimberley Pierce, who's only made one film in the twelve years since "Boys Don't Cry," or Tamara Jenkins, for whom nearly a decade separated "Slums of Beverley Hills" and "The Savages," or even Kathryn Bigelow, who might be an Oscar-winner now, but had a six-year break before "The Hurt Locker." One of the key examples here ...

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    Public's Choice for "Pariah" Movie Poster Announced, and Official Release Dates

    The people have spoken. Focus Features has revealed the moviegoing public’s choice of the official theatrical release poster for Dee Rees' Pariah.

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    The Guy Behind 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' & 'Dark Shadows' Is Making A 'Beetlejuice' Sequel

    It's been nothing but high-brow festival movies for the past little while, hasn't it? Well, here's some news from the Hollywood we know and love, as yet another '80s movie is going to get dusted off and updated or whatever.

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    Simply the Worst: Woody Allen's "Anything Else"

    We’re some forty years into the career of Woody Allen, America’s most consistent—and perhaps consistently undervalued—filmmaker, and it’s become almost impossible for cinephiles, and even casual movie connoisseurs, to abstain from participating in the annual combing-over of his oeuvre that accompanies his each new release. Which one’s the best? Which one’s the worst? How about a complete ranking from #1 to #41? (Spend five seconds on Google, and you’ll find a few.) It’s almost a sport. I recently passed a soused evening at a party separating the wheat from the chaff via pithy one-liners with a group of similarly Allen-versed comrades. It took...

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    Sexism Watch: NY Times Piece on Toronto Docs Includes No Women Directed Films

    It's so fascinating how a genre supposedly equally divided between males and females can be made to seem so completely dominated by men. For those people who don't know much about documentaries and the great, amazing women who make films you'd think we lived in a world where only men directed docs....

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    Today's Birthdays - 9/06/11 (Idris Elba, Anika Noni Rose, Naomie Harris and Rosie Perez)

    Idris Elba welcomes 39 today. The London native, who also deejays under the name "Big Driis the Londoner," has appeared in numerous film and tv productions which include Family Affairs, Ultraviolet, Law & Order, Dangerfield, CSI: Miami, Soul Food, The Wire, Sometimes In April, The Gospel, The Reapi...

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    New Photos of David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

    There is probably no film this fall hitting the festival circuit harder than David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method." Having already screened at Venice and Telluride, the film will play TIFF and NYFF next for what Sony Pictures Classics hopes will result in some kind of awards season recognition.

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