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    Variety Loses Two Players in One Week, McClintock and Harris

    Pamela McClintock was in a good mood the other night at a Sundance holiday party at the Soho House, and now I know why. McClintock, with whom I worked at Variety for two years, is one of the paper's senior reporters, a veteran pro who can report, break news, write fast, and get anyone on the phone on any topic. The Hollywood Reporter has hired her away as a senior film reporter, which is a serious loss for Variety, which over the past year has seen vet reporters Michael Fleming defect to Deadline, Tatiana Siegel move to Providence, and Dana Harris move to indieWIRE. Variety has let other talent go in a series of layoffs. Critic Todd McCarthy ...

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    Watch: 'Thor' Trailer Arrives And It's A Shorter Version Of What You Saw Last Summer

    The first trailer for "Thor" has landed and if you saw the widely circulated, decent quality Comic-Con clip that made the rounds last summer, you've pretty much seen this one as well (granted, there are some new, brief scenes of the hammer and Thor flying around and a couple fresh peeks of Destroyer...

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    Oscar Watch: Visual Effects Branch Narrows List to 15

    Fifteen features have made the semi-finals for the Visual Effects Oscar. In early January, the visual effects branch executive committee members (who selected the semifinalists) will trim the list to seven. At the VFX bakeoff on January 20, the VFX teams screen 15-minute show-reels that show how the...

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    Can't Wait To See 'True Grit'? Here's Four Clips From The Film

    While all the Oscar prognosticators are spit shining "The Fighter" this week and trumpeting it as the Best Picture winner, that sentiment will pretty much change next week when "True Grit" starts screening en masse and every crystal ball awards season genie will switch up their tune.

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    DreamWorks Animation Announces New Film 'Me And My Shadow,' Will Hit Theaters In March 2013

    Even though DreamWorks Animation honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg is content to keep the money train rolling on the studio's tried and true franchise (there are plans for half a dozen "Kung Fu Panda" movies), the studio will get to some more original content. Eventually.

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    9 Other Actors Acting

    9 Other Actors Acting

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    Pete Doherty & Charlotte Gainsbourg To Star In 'The Confession Of A Child Of The Century'

    The NME is gonna love this. Libertines rocker, Kate Moss ex-lover, fashion model, drug addict and a total mess Pete Doherty is set to make his acting debut opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg in an adaptation of the 1836 work "The Confession of a Child of the Century" by Alfred de Musset.

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    First Look: Emma Watson In 'My Week With Marilyn'

    Harvey Weinstein Compares Emma Watson To Jean Shrimpton (Yeah, We Had To Look That One Up Too)So this is what Emma Watson looks like when she's playing someone other than Hermione.

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    Oscar Talk: 2010 Ten Best Lists, from "Another Year" to "Winter's Bone"

    On Oscar Talk this week, as promised, Kris Tapley and I count down, defend and debate our rather diverse and distinctive top ten films of 2010. While we both include The Social Network and Toy Story 3, we agree to disagree on one of my faves, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right and Martin Scors...

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    Ten Dead Projects We'd Like To See Resurrected

    With John Hillcoat's 'The Promised Land' Back From The Dead, We Look At Other Films Currently In The Studio GravesLast year, pre-production was halted immediately on “The Wettest Country” -- aka John Hillcoat's "The Promised Land" starring Amy Adams, Shia LaBeouf, Ryan Gosling, Paul Dano, possibly Scarlett Johansson, Michael Shannon, etc. -- potentially killing a film we were all very excited to see. But, stunningly, the film has found a new lease on life with the involvement of Tom Hardy (Hillcoat and LaBeouf are the only other principal talent that's back so far), warming our hearts considering since we were ready to cast it onto the pile o...

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