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    Oscar Powers Netflix's Top Ten Most-Rented List

    Oscar Powers Netflix's Top Ten Most-Rented List

    Netflix's ten most-rented list of all time (list below) reminds us of the long-tail Power of Oscar. And it should remind Netflix, as it splits its DVD and streaming business and alienates many of its customers who are used to relying on its deep long-tail arcania, that their solid customer base is smart adults, not the great unwashed, something they seem to be in danger of forgetting as they focus on TV and mainstream acquisitions and let smaller movies go.

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    When Bad Perfume Ads Happen to Good Actors: Melanie Laurent the Latest (Well Paid) Victim

    Melanie Laurent is the latest (well-paid) victim of perfume advertising. It's amazing how powerful (translation: $$$) the mere suggestion of celebrity sexuality or nudity can be. But we don't care how sparkly they these commercials may be; they are all wasted opportunities, and A-list directors often share the blame. The only one with an ounce of creativity is Jean-Jacques Annaud's Dior ad, in which Charlize Theron's unbridled confidence holds our interest (along with cameos by late Hollywood icons). Granted, it's hard to represent a scent with visuals, but surely they can try harder to stand out? See how many of these you can stomach:

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  • The Playlist
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    Pink To Star In Sex Addiction Dramedy 'Thanks For Sharing'

    Patrick Fugit Rounds Out The CastMark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwenyth Paltrow, Joely Richardson, Josh Gad and...Pink? Oops sorry, Alecia Moore. That's the name the pop singer is going by for her first major part in a leading film and yes, Class 5 Films and Olympus Pictures announced today that she has joined the upcoming sex addiction dramedy "Thanks For Sharing."

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    LIFE'S WORK: THE FILMS OF ROMAN POLANSKI - Chapter 5: REPULSION: The Dark Side of Desire

    A video essay written and narrated by Kim Morgan and edited by Matt Zoller Seitr Press Play Contributors Roman Polanski knows women because he understands men. He knows both sexes because he understands the games both genders play, either consciously or instinctively. He understands the perversions formed from such relations and translates them into visions that are erotic, disturbing, humorous and, most important, allegorical in their potency. One should not (as so many did with his misunderstood Bitter Moon) take Polanski's films entirely literally, for they are often heightened versions of what occurs naturally in our world: desire, perversion, repulsion.

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    Agnieszka Holland's In Darkness Gets Oscar Qualifying Run in December

    Sony Pictures Classics is giving Agnieszka Holland's Polish holocaust drama In Darkness, which played well at both Telluride and Toronto, an Oscar-qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles from December 9-15. The Polish Oscar submission should be a strong contender for the foreign film Oscar. Holland has been nominated twice, for Europa, Europa and Angry Harvest. She also co-wrote mentor Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors: Blue and directed 1993's The Secret Garden as well as some of the best shows on cable: HBO's The Wire and Treme (for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing) and two episodes of The Killing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: A Brief Look At Jessica Chastain's Audition Footage For 'The Tree Of Life'

    A couple of weeks ago when footage emerged of Terrence Malick shooting his new mysterious project with Christian Bale, devoted followers of the director were blown away to see current actual video of the notoriously private man working on a very public movie set. It was certainly a very rare sneak behind the scenes for a director who generally prefers to work, not necessarily off the radar, but with his own core of players without the attention of the outside world filtering in.

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    Owen Wilson Teases That Hansel Suffers 'Vanilla Sky' Type Injury In 'Zoolander 2'

    While Paramount has the script co-written by Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux, and are still trying to decide whether or not to go ahead with "Zoolander 2" (c'mon guys, is a decision on this one really that difficult? Hint: Do it), we'll take whatever morsels of info we can and the latest comes from Hansel himself, Owen Wilson.

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    Mark Wahlberg To Reteam With Director Baltasar Kormakur For David O. Russell Penned '2 Guns'

    Is Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur going to be Mark Wahlberg's new David O. Russell? We'll have to wait and see but it seems the two got along really well on the set of the forthcoming "Contraband" as Variety reports that Kormakur will sign on to direct Wahlberg in the action/comedy "2 Guns."

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    Werner Herzog Talks 'Into the Abyss,' Looks "deep into the heart of ourselves" (video)

    Herzog Talks Into the Abyss, Opens DOC NYC, Looks "deep into the heart of ourselves"

    One reason that Werner Herzog's docs are so compelling and entertaining is that his powerful personality is all over them, commenting, narrating, querying. Herzog's docs, as lauded as they are, are often overlooked by the Oscar documentary branch, which nominated while Encounters at the End of the World but did not recognize Grizzly Man, Into the Abyss and Cave of Forgotten Dreams (which was not screened in 3-D). (Michael Moore cites these oversights in his successful quest for changing the Academy rules.) "It's not easy to figure out how the system works," says Herzog. "It doesn't give me sleepless nights. This one is more what they think the documentary is supposed to be. It's so straightforward. No radioactive albino crocodiles. No commentary."

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    Cronenberg's Menage A Trois, Kendrick's Wet Dream, Woody Allen Talks Unsatisfying Situation of Life

    - David Cronenberg talks about his inspiration for A Dangerous Method and his upcoming Cosmopolis (in post-production) and potential future projects with ThePlaylist. He admits that he has always wanted to make a film about the birth of psychoanalysis, but didn't see a way in until Christopher Hampton's play: "Suddenly there is a structure. And this was my first introduction to Sabina and she is part of what I call an ‘intellectual menage a trois,’ and that structure was terrific—the span of it, the relationship between Freud and Jung that went over six or seven years.”

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