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  • Spout
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    The Doc Option: Instead of "Chipwrecked" Watch "Chumming With Chipmunks"

    I know, you're so excited about the new "Alvin and the Chipmunks" sequel, "Chipwrecked," but the theaters are going to be packed with obnoxious children all weekend so why not wait a bit? In the meantime, I have another Doc Option for you.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Clint Eastwood's Wife And Kids To Shoot Reality Show For "E!" Network

    Legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood's family-- wife Dina, and daughters Morgan and Francesca-- are said to be shooting a reality show for the E! network, according to TMZ.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' An Awards Bait Movie Overloaded With Nostalgia & Sentiment

    If David Thomson was accurate when he said of Tom Hanks, “he carries the automatic sentiment of a dog in a film about people,” then the hero of Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” is the equine equivalent of Tom Hanks: among his human counterparts he attracts such instantaneous concern and compassion that audiences are helpless but to sympathize with him. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean you’ll care about the film itself as automatically, because here, Spielberg dials up the sentimentality to almost unbearable levels. His film version of the 1982 novel by Michael Morpungo, which became, in 2007 Nick Stafford’s stage play, comes to us overloaded with nostalgia both historical and cinematic as well as a joylessly persistent sense of nobility. “War Horse” is the type of film for which the term “Oscar bait” was invented, precisely because it feels like there’s no motivation for it to exist except to win awards.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Golden Globe Nominations: The Women

    I like the Golden Globe show cause it's always goofy.  People drink, say funny stuff and you get TV and film people in one place.  People who are awards watchers don't take it too seriously because they have two different film categories -- comedy and drama -- which no other awards do.  The also kiss a lot of celebrity butt in order to have a star ladened show rather than a serious awards show.  So you must not take anything these people do too seriously.

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  • The Playlist
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    Under Your Spell: 'The Hurt Locker' Backers Voltage Productions Acquire Heist Actioner 'The Driver'

    "Drive" might not have made too many waves at the box office, or swept the awards circuit (although it's doing rather better than expected), but it has been a critical favorite, and shows all the signs of being a cult classic, and the kind of movie that will be endlessly copied over the next few years. Indeed, we shudder to think of the number of film school students currently working on shorts with big gaudy retro fonts and French electro scores.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jessica Chastain Reportedly To Star In 'Incendies' Director Denis Villeneuve's Adaptation Of Russell Banks' 'The Darling'

    2011 certainly seems to be actress Jessica Chastain’s lucky year, as she had a series of fine performances in parts both big and small in acclaimed films ranging from “The Help” to Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Life.” Throw in turns in the apocalyptic “Take Shelter” and director John Madden’s thriller “The Debt,” and it certainly feels like it’s been the breakthrough year for Chastain’s up-and-coming career.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Michel Gondry Swedes 'Taxi Driver'

    Remember sweding? The trend that was hot for all of five minutes in the wake of Michel Gondry's underrated "Be Kind Rewind" found folks doing lovely, lo-fi remakes and sequels to their favorite movies, and that spirit also informs his upcoming, mysterious sci-fi movie (of sorts) "The We And The I." But Gondry has found time in his schedule to knock out another sweded movie, and it's pretty great.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    James Earl Jones To Receive Oscar Micheaux Awards from Chicago Film Critics Assoc (..and some trivia as well)

    When the Chicago Film Critics Assocation present their 2011 CFCA Film Awards for their choices for the best in films and performances this year on January 9th, they will also present actor James Earl Jones with their inaugural Oscar Michaeux Award in tribute for his decades long body of work.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Auteurs vs Collaborators

    When I talk to filmmakers and industry people alike this year, there has been a new emphasis on collaboration. People are trying to find new ways to work together. With this collaboration comes a new way of looking at ownership and authorship. It is no longer always "my film" but is evolving into "our project". I even hear it in how filmmakers speak of those who watch their films -- in some cases "audiences" are expanding into "community". Yet for all that speak, I don't encounter all that action.

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  • Press Play
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    SLIDE SHOW: The best TV shows of the year

    We’re living in some kind of new Golden Age of scripted TV, and this year’s best offerings were amazing. I decided to be rigorous and restrict myself to just 10 entries. It wasn’t easy. These 10 picks represent what I think were the most creative and consistently satisfying scripted comedies and dramas that aired on American TV during 2011. If I’d expanded the list to account for shows that were somewhat more erratic but that produced terrific individual episodes, this list would have had 30 or maybe even 40 titles on it. If anybody’s curious, I may post the expanded list in the comments section.

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