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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Bloody Good By Katie O'Grady

    What’s the worst thing a woman can do to another woman in a grocery store? Nope. You can’t guess, but our film opens with it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Bin Laden Drama Now Set For December 19, 2012

    If you thought next month's calendar of movie releases was tight, you ain't seen nothing yet as December 2012 is already shaping up to be veritable car crash of Oscar contenders and blockbusters movies, with one more now stepping into the fray.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Muppets' Is Inspirational, Celebrational & One Of The Year's Best Films

    Watching "The Muppets," the Jason Segel-spearheaded effort to re-launch Jim Henson's furry friends and familiar faces into the new millennium after years of corporate tussling and fallow creative hibernation, I wasn't pulled in by having emblems of my youth shoved down my throat with the sickly-sweet toxic oil of retrograde fond remembrance and fuzzy post-modern self-awareness. Instead, I was engaged by the characters, the plot, the message and the medium of the Muppets themselves -- decidedly low-tech puppets in an age when computer-generated imagery makes the imagination both limitless and, too often, lifeless on-screen.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Claymation T is for Toilet Wins Next Great Horror Filmmaker Contest, Joins The ABCs of Death

    Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have named Lee Hardcastle's "T IS FOR TOILET" (watch it below) the winner of their “next great horror filmmaker” contest, which now finalizes the lineup of "The ABCs of Death," their film anthology with segments directed by over two dozen filmmakers. With 26 chapters each designated to a letter of the alphabet, the film was inspired by children's education books and allows each filmmaker to chose a word to represent a form of death based on their given letter. Magnet Releasing will debut the film in 2012.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Google Opens Digital Music Shop

    In order to compete with iTunes and Amazon, Google has boldly launched a series of music features, including a digital music downloads store, reports NYT's Media Decoder. This marks Google's intention to expand as a social network and entertainment source.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    24 Hour Plays: Eisenberg, Crudup, Krasinski, Silverman and Bettany Act Impulsive, Giddy and Charming

    Audiences flock to see the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway (a fundraising benefit for Urban Arts Partnership) for the same reason people watch NASCAR: the hope of a disaster. “No, there will be no art here tonight,” declares 24 Hour Plays veteran Billy Crudup in the first of six productions. “But you know what can happen in the blink of an eye? A train-wreck.” Just the evening before, on the upper floor of the American Airlines Theater, a throng of celebrity actors, writers, and stage directors met to brainstorm. The 2011 crew -- Jesse Eisenberg, Sarah Silverman, John Krasinski, Megan Fox, Gabourey Sidibe, Rachel Dratch, Paul Bettany, and Tracy Morgan, among others--were given one full day to script, stage, rehearse, and produce a short play. With such eminent reputations and so little time, there is imminent risk.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    WATCH: More on Kristen Wiig's Global Ban on Breathing

    Who doesn't love Kristen Wiig? Here is Funny or Die's addendum to A Global Ban on Breathing and Other Initiatives from Clinton Foundation's Bickering Celeb Division.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Happy Feet Two

    I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of ‘Happy Feet’, which had many good qualities but got bogged down by its ecological message (worthy though it was). The sequel still tries to tell too many stories, and winds up being a long string of dramatic climaxes, but it also plays to the first movie’s strengths: music, dance, and dramatic staging on an enormous canvas. (It’s even more impressive in IMAX 3-D, as I viewed it.) The end result may not win any prizes for narrative but it’s consistently entertaining, and a feast for the eyes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Spies Other Plans, Won't Direct 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

    Breaking news: after a long, drawn-out casting process between Warner Bros. and Steven Soderbergh, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker has decided to opt out and will not be directing "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," a project he and writer Scott Z. Burns have been developing since early 2010. Soderbergh was in meetings with WB brass this evening in Los Angeles and could not come to an agreement over casting and budgets and decided to part ways on the project.

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  • Caryn James
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    "Silver Tongues," Twisty Psychological Thriller

    There are so many festival films that slip from sight, it’s great when one circles back and has a chance to find its audience. "Silver Tongues" is a sharp-edged psychological thriller, written and directed by Simon Arthur, that won the Audience Award for Narrative Feature at least year’s Slamdance and is having its New York premiere now.

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