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  • ReelPolitik
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    How Much is the WGA (Still) Ripping Off Writers?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Second War Horse Trailer is More Oscar Bait, "Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave"

    Of the first trailer, we said that Steven Spielberg's PG-13 film version of the heart-tugging Word War I drama War Horse "looks like an Academy-friendly no-brainer." We called it a "four-hankie."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New 'War Horse' Trailer Shows Off More Of The Film's Breathtaking Imagery

    Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, which has also been turned into an acclaimed stage play, "War Horse" almost seems too easy as piece of awards season bait (okay, maybe not as easy as putting Tom Hanks in a 9/11 drama, but still). The film follows a young man named Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War I. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend. Essentially, a dude goes off to rescue his equine friend, tears ensue. Right?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Joe Wright's Anna Karenina Begins Shooting for Working Title: Knightley Leads Strong Cast

    Joe Wright has begun shooting his adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's beloved classic, Anna Karenina. Shooting in the UK and Russia with a script adapted by Tom Stoppard, the film stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams and Ruth Wilson. Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing alongside Paul Webster (they successfully collaborated on Wright's Pride & Prejudice and Atonement). Wright is also bringing back his cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, costume designer Jacqueline Durran and production designer Sarah Greenwood. One thing is for sure: The film is going to look amazing. Jane Eyre editor Melanie Ann Oliver is also joining Wright's team.

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  • Spout
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    For Your Consideration: "The Lady" Trailer

    Luc Besson's "The Lady," which I caught in Toronto last month, is an okay biopic about Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese political leader and winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize (which she couldn't accept in person given she was imprisoned, under house arrest, in Burma at the time). It's Oscar bait, for sure, but I don't see the Academy taking too much notice, unfortunately. I was really, really hopeful for Michelle Yeoh's portrayal, especially given that no Asian woman has been nominated for Best Actress since 1935, when Indian-born Merle Oberon was recognized for "The Dark Angel." Yeoh is good in the role, though she isn't given enough to do that could be considered Oscar-worthy. She has very few powerful moments.

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  • The Playlist
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    Contest Giveaway: 'Submarine' DVD & Book The Movie Is Based On

    Coming hot off TIFF in 2010 and continuing that buzz right through to Sundance earlier this year, "Submarine" is one of the most talked about independent films of the 2011. Taking its cues from Lindsay Anderson, the French New Wave and even a tiny bit of Hal Ashby for good measure, the energetic, endearing and charming film about a fifteen-year-old-boy who wishes to lose his virginity and prevent his parents from divorcing, is a confident feature debut from director Richard Ayoade and is powered by strong turns from Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Treasures Of The West—dvd review

    Preserving rare old films is crucial, but the National Film Preservation Foundation believes it’s just as important to bring them to the widest possible audience. That’s why its Treasures from American Film Archives series is so valuable. Treasures 5: The West gathers an exceptionally wide range of films from 1898 to 1938, including early documentaries, promotional shorts, home movies, newsreels, cowboy yarns, and Hollywood feature films. Together they give us a compelling look at how the real West was depicted in the early 20th century, and how the mythicized West captured the public’s imagination.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hugh Jackman Trained With Sugar Ray Leonard & More You Need To Know About 'Real Steel'

    When “Real Steel” trailers first surfaced earlier in the year, it was difficult to know what to make of the robot boxing film. With Michael Bay’s triple feature letdown of the “The Transformers” trilogy and the unavoidable similarities between "Real Steel” and the kitschy Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots of yesteryear, how could this be anything more than another piece of disposable pop entertainment?

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  • The Playlist
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    Helen Hunt & Maggie Grace Join Samantha Morton & Christina Hendricks In 'Decoding Annie Parker'

    Here's a fairly strong cast conjured up for a small indie we've heard nothing about until now. Veteran Helen Hunt, Emmy-winning "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul and former 'Lost' star Maggie Grace will all star alongside Samantha Morton and Christina Hendricks in the feature directorial debut of producer Steven Bernstein, the indie-dramedy "Decoding Annie Parker."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Johnny Depp Will Take The Stupid Money, Thanks--And Will Promo Rum Diary at Columbia, LACMA

    Johnny Depp will take the money, thank you very much. “Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it,” he tells Vanity Fair in their November issue. He's more flattered by compliments from Keith Richards on his singing in Sweeney Todd, and enjoys the "stimulation to the brain," but his paychecks (his Pirates franchise tally is in the $350 million range) are "for the kids" at this point. "It's ridiculous, yeah, yeah. But ultimately is it for me? No."

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