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    Eddie Murphy is Not Nervous About Hosting The Oscars

    Eddie Murphy talked a little bit about his Academy Awards hosting gig early next year during a press conference for his upcoming comedy thriller Tower Heist. The actor says, "I'm looking forward to doing it and I promise I'll stay there all night, Oscars is a fun thing to do. I don't feel the pressure. I get to introduce people and stand up straight. Maybe I'll be in a couple silly sketches or something."

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    Review: 'The Double' Is A Moth-Eaten Bag Of Cold War Clichés & Implausible Plot Twists

    There are few movies whose tone, intent, and general content can be easily discerned from the front chosen for the opening title cards. But by the end of the title cards for "The Double," a new spy thriller starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace, you know what kind of movie you're in for: the blocky font flicks by, as if being decoded by some unseen force.; it's such a hackneyed stylish tic for this kind of enterprise, used in everything from direct-to-video thrillers to episodes of "24," that it was effectively lampooned in the Coen Brothers' send up "Burn After Reading" as yet another goofy aspect of the genre (watch them below).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Aisha Tyler To Join CBS' "The Talk" As Co-Host

    Still smarting from their bonehead decision to dump Holly Robinson-Peete, CBS is desperately trying to make things right on their show mid-day gabfest The Talk before they lose all their viewers.

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  • The Playlist
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    Disney Would Prefer 'The Rum Diary' Didn't Exist, Bans ABC Networks From Talking About It

    'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' Apparently Aiming To Start Production In Summer 2012It's easy to forget what a roll of the dice Marvel took in casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in "Iron Man." At the time, the actor was still best known for his checkered and controversial past, and the studio was concerned about attaching Robert Downey Jr. to one of their centerpiece franchises as any bad behaviour would put not only the box office into jeopardy, but sequels, licensing opportunities and more. And while Johnny Depp certainly isn't a bad boy, it's that kind of thinking that still dominates the executives overseeing lucrative, four-quadrant franchises, and they will do anything to protect the wholesome, family image that has allowed them to print money.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    New Iron Lady Picture

    As they keep rolling them out, I will keep posting them. This comes via the Daily Mail in the UK.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce Hired To Pen Third 'Sherlock Holmes' Movie

    Drew Pearce has been having one helluva year. This man best known for his work on the U.K. superhero series "No Heroics" as well as penning the currently shelved Marvel flick "Runaways," was tapped this spring to co-write "Iron Man 3" with Shane Black. Paramount also snagged Pearce to adapt the DC Comic “The Mighty” as well. And the big jobs just keep on coming.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: In the Land of Blood and Honey Written and Directed by Angelina Jolie

    An impressive trailer from first time writer and director Angelina Jolie.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gary Oldman & Helena Bonham Carter Offered Roles In 'Akira' Remake

    Whether you like it or not, Warner Bros' "Akira" remake is now greenlit and moving ahead. With “Unknown” and “Orphan” director Jaume Collet-Serra set to direct and "Tron: Legacy" star Garrett Hedlund ahead of the pack to take on one of the lead roles, it seems the filmmakers are actively looking to cast up the film and are looking to get some big name talent on board. Though this shouldn't be a surprise (more on that in a moment).

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    TIFFCON at the Tokyo Film Festival

    Pusan International Film Festival and its content market has wrapped and TIFFCOM 2011, the content market affiliated with the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival, has begun today.

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    Review: Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous' Still Manages To Destroy Something -- Its Own Authenticity

    Combining the life-meets-art origin stories of “Ray” with the history-as-high melodrama of “Braveheart,” “Anonymous” marks a departure from director Roland Emmerich’s previous work as a purveyor of blockbuster destruction, but he still manages to destroy any credible sense of history with his speculative portrait of the man who might have been responsible for the works of William Shakespeare. Emmerich, casting his vote for the “Oxfordian” view of the playwright’s actual identity, turns what could have been an intelligent and provocative examination of fact and fiction into an overwrought and cretinous historical thriller that’s too busy disappearing into flashbacks and other frivolous digressions to bother discovering any actual truth.

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