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    Soderbergh Hits Promo Circuit for Contagion, Talks Man From U.N.C.L.E. and New Film

    Steven Soderbergh has been around the industry long enough to know the signs of a project that isn't firing on all cylinders. And he knows that once you go down the road of making too many compromises, the chances of turning out a movie you can be proud of are pretty slim. Better, he told me Friday night at an Academy-invited screening and cocktail promo party for "Contagion," his best-received movie in a while, to let "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." go before it really was too late. He doesn't regret losing out on "Moneyball" either, he says. If he hadn't been fired from the baseball picture, he says he wouldn't have gotten to make "Haywire" (January) with Channing Tatum, which led to stripper movie "Magic Mike." But not to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

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    Cameron Says Hugo "is the best 3-D photography I've seen," Corliss Raves in Time, Scorsese Talks to NPR

    It's no secret that James Cameron is an advocate--even missionary--of 3-D. And as the number of 3-D screens in the U.S. starts to take over the number of 35 mm screens, some of us are looking back to the good old days with some nostalgia. The NYT's A.O. Scott assesses the changes brought not only by digital cinema but the kinds of movies being made today. On my rounds lately I keep meeting more filmmakers who are struggling to get quality films made or heading straight for the door to HBO.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dwayne Johnson Will Give You 'The Monster Hunter’s Survival Guide'

    Remember when we said yesterday that monsters were going to make a comeback on the big screen? Well, we weren't kidding around. Another creature oriented movie is in the works with a guy who knows his way around kicking ass and CGI effects.

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    Clooney, Payne and Cast Talk The Descendants: Real is Funny, Stealing Clooney's Wife

    Last week Film Independent screened "The Descendants" at LACMA with George Clooney, director Alexander Payne, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges and Nick Krause on hand for a Q & A afterward. Highlights from the conversation with Elvis MItchell are below.

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    Video: Watch Rooney Mara Turn into Lisbeth Salander

    Brit illustrator Kyle Lambert can do amazing things  ("with one finger") on his iPad. Check out how he "paints" actress Rooney Mara, then morphs her into her "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" character, Lisbeth Salander.

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  • Caryn James
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    Dominic Cooper's Stunning Dual Role: The Devil's Double On DVD

    Dominic Cooper’s amazing dual performance in The Devil's Double – as Saddam Hussein’s evil-incarnate son Uday, and as Latif Yahia, the Iraqi soldier forced to act as Uday’s lookalike double – arrived too early in the year to attract much awards buzz now. That’s too bad, but you can catch up with his thrilling performance in Lee Tamahori’s intense drama on DVD (arriving Tuesday).

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    Talking the Silence of The Artist: Hazanavicius, Dujardin, Bejo

    Cannes The Artist Reviews: "A Triumph of Artistic Teleportation, A Big Blast of Pure Delight"

    "The Artist" gang is in high spirits--their $14 million silent movie has steadily built awards buzz since Harvey Weinstein liked what he saw pre-Cannes and nabbed it before anyone else could. He knew that older Academy voters would eat up this nostalgic movie. Best picture, director, writer, actor, cinematography and possibly supporting actress nominations are in the cards. (A best picture nomination would mark the first silent film since 1928's "The Patriot.") And the dog Uggy almost steals the picture.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Matthew McConaughey In Jeff Nichols' 'Mud'

    In case you haven't noticed, Matthew McConaughey is done being your buffed and tanned rom-com boy toy. Though he's still as handsome as ever, he's been putting his underrated acting skills first in a number of movies that have stepped away from the persona that made him famous. He led an unexpected box office hit earlier this year with "The Lincoln Lawyer," gives a memorable turn in Richard Linklater's upcoming "Bernie" and he will truly astonish everybody with his perverse performance in William Friedkin's amazingly wicked B-movie, "Killer Joe." Well, the actor is continuing his streak of Interesting Work against Easy Paydays, taking a role in "Take Shelter" director Jeff Nichols' next effort, "Mud." And even though it only started filming this fall, Empire has nabbed the first official look at the film.

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    Jeffrey Wright Joins The Population Of 'Broken City'

    There is perhaps no actorly presence more reassuring in Hollywood than that of Jeffrey Wright. An excellent actor, as capable of channeling Basquiat as hanging out with James Bond, it's no surprise he's been courted by a number of high-profile directors over the years including Oliver Stone, Jim Jarmusch, Jonathan Demme, Ang Lee and this year alone, both George Clooney and Stephen Daldry. Well, Wright will once again class up another movie that is already boasting a pretty strong cast.

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