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    Willow Smith & Jay-Z's Annie Remake, Pattinson & Knightley for Cosmopolis, Cusack "Bad-Ass" Poe

    - The question is, will Willow Smith in a remake of (Little Orphan) Annie turn out to be a box office hit that plays like an extended music video proving that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith turned out some cute money makers? Or will it be a gritty, creative and inspired re-telling of the outdated musical and 1982 John Huston film? Jay-Z signed Willow Smith (so thank him for "Whip My Hair") and is in talks to do the music on the remake. If Jay-Z's 1998 Annie-theme-song-inspired "It's The Hard Knock Life" is an indication of how the film would feel, we'll support it all the way. If the remake is heading for Whip My Hair Annie we'll pass. Vid...

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  • The Playlist
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    Clint Eastwood & Beyoncé Team For 'A Star Is Born'

    Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Hamm, Rihanna and Alicia Keys have all been linked at various points recently, but now the director and star for the long gestating "A Star Is Born" have been revealed and it's a surprising pairing.

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    "Chico & Rita" to Open Internationally-Oriented 2011 Miami Film Festival

    Fernando Trueba's animated musical "Chico & Rita" will open the 28th Miami International Film Festival. This year's festival will have four world and international premieres along with fifteen North American and U.S. Premieres.The films are all divided across MIFF's three principal categories: the I...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Feminists Characters Fall Out of Contention for Awards Consideration

    In early October I wrote a post talking about all the great feminist characters that were going to be seen on screen throughout the fall. I was really hopefully that several of them would make it through to awards season so that we could talk not only about the great women playing these characters,...

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    Phelps: "God hates fag enabling perverts at the Sundance Film Festival."

    The ridiculous crazies at the Westboro Baptist Church are heading Sundance way! With one of their nice little quotes seen in the title of this entry sure to be eagerly chanted, the Kansas "church" is planning two demonstrations during the festival: One at 2:45pm on Sunday, and another at 6pm the sa...

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    Sundance Day 1: Minute By Minute

    Each day at the Sundance Film Festival (January 20-30), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Park City.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Official Video For A.R. Rahman & Dido's "If I Rise" From '127 Hours'

    Though it has unfortunately and undeservedly fallen off the awards season radar, "127 Hours" still remains one of 2010's best films, a frenetic, energetic and harrowing piece of work that uses the story of a man losing his arm to weave a larger thematic web about the importance of human connectivity...

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  • The Playlist
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    The Films Of Peter Weir: A Retrospective

    Lord knows, we Playlisters love a cinematic polymath: a director whose interests seem unconstrained by the strictures of any one particular genre and who instead leaps nimbly, if not always successfully, from sci-fi to epic to thriller to comedy -- think Steven Soderbergh, Michael Winterbottom or Ang Lee. Peter Weir is almost one of these -- his feature film resume boasts everything from mystery to horror to romcom to historical epic, but he falls just short of true all-rounder status because a glimpse at his back catalogue really suggests that while he has dallied with various genres, he’s more comfortable staying within shouting distance of...

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  • The Playlist
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    Albert Maysles Says He Has An Unreleased Grand Funk Railroad Documentary In The Can

    And 4 Other Things Learned From The Filmmaker Who Talks The Fine Line Of Documentaries, Michael Moore's Ethics, And Whether Jackie Kennedy Onassis Actually Saw 'Grey Gardens' Documentary kings Albert and David Maysles started off small, making travelogue documentaries in foreign countries before landing their first notable output "What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A." This strong, humanistic look at some of the most popular musicians of all time paved the way for their magically consistent output of the late '60s and '70s, from the cinema verité non-intrusional epic "Salesman" to the subject of politics and legal obstructions of art i...

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    Watch: New 'Red Riding Hood' Trailer Is Basically 'Twilight' In Olden Times

    We're beginning to lose faith in you Catherine Hardwicke. You came on the scene with a one-two punch with "Thirteen" and "Lords of Dogtown," took a paycheck gig directing "Twilight" and yes, we understand that your musical "Hamlet" with Emile Hirsch didn't come together, but surely you can do more t...

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