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    Michael Bay Does Full 180 On 3D, Says He Loves The Technology

    "I think 3-D is going to be a fad. I personally don't like 3-D. The glasses impair your peripheral vision. If the studios want to push any technology, it should be IMAX. That's much more immersive." -- Michael Bay, April 2009

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    Don't Call Me Shirley: Leslie Nielsen Dead At 84

    The Montreal Alouettes may have won the Grey Cup yesterday, but the news on the lips of every Canadian -- and everyone around Hollywood -- was that Leslie Nielsen had passed away at the age of 84.

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    Could "Harry Potter" Win Best Picture?

    The simple answer to the headline is no, neither parts of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will win the Oscar for Best Picture. And even with ten available slots, the recently released "Deathly Hallows Part 1" won't likely be nominated in the category, either. But as much as it seems a given the series isn't Oscar-caliber, I kind of feel it deserves at least the honor. Looking at the ten other most successful film franchises of all time -- of which "Harry Potter" is now THE greatest, gross-wise -- "Star Wars" was nominated for Best Picture, ditto for "Raiders of the Lost Ark," all of the "Lord of the Rings" installments got nods and the...

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    "Love and Other Drugs" is "The Social Network" for Old People

    Notes on "Love and Other Drugs," which may include SPOILERS, such as the fact that people with Parkinson's disease can laugh at themselves and look great naked. Also, we're quickly reminded that PD is only incurable, not terminal, so there's no reason to expect this is another "Love Story" wannabe.

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    Stephen Dorff Writing And Developing Comedy Script As Starring Vehicle Alongside Jack Nicholson

    Sounds like Hollywood's latest comeback kid Stephen Dorff is planning to stick around long after his starring role in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" hits theaters later this year.

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    Weekend Box Office: Families Gobble Up "Harry Potter" and "Tangled"; "Love & Other Drugs" Stumbles

    Families flocked to fantasy this record Thanksgiving holiday; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (on its second weekend) and Disney animated fairy tale Tangled 3-D dominated the five day frame. On the indie side, indieWIRE reports that Tom Hooper's Oscar favorite The King's Speech enjoyed ...

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    Miguel Arteta's 'Cedar Rapids' Starring Ed Helms Set For February 11th Release

    James Gunn's "Super" Starring Rainn Wilson & Ellen Page Slotted For April 1, 2011After the underwhelming Michael Cera-led adaptation of "Youth In Revolt" early last year, director Miguel Arteta's next directorial effort, the road-trip comedy "Cedar Rapids" starring Ed Helms of "The Office" and "The ...

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    Trailer Watch: Two in the Wave, Godard/Truffaut Documentary

    "I always thought the cinema was great but lacked sincerity and we ought to do it better," said Francois Truffaut.

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    Oscar Talk: Long Shots for Best Actress and Picture

    In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I cover the best actress race and the relative chances of long-shots The Town (we both spoke to Jeremy Renner), The Way Back (we both spoke to Peter Weir and Jim Sturgess), Secretariat and Diane Lane, and the Coens' True Grit, which should be screening soon...

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