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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The 2011 Black List Arrives With Very Few Women on it

    The anticipation for the Black List gets bigger each year.  It was even hard getting on the site this morning and I read it was trending on twitter in LA. 

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  • Press Play
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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: BOARDWALK EMPIRE season two finale

    “To the Lost,” the second season finale of Boardwalk Empire, may be remembered as the moment when Boardwalk finally, finally hit its stride. This isn’t the first time the HBO drama has impressed me — even the worst episodes have had great scenes or moments — but there was something special about this one. It was dead solid perfect in almost every department. I think a lot of it comes back to the episode’s consistency of tone, and the show’s comfort with having settled on it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Nanking Is On Fire In New Trailer For 'The Flowers Of War' Starring Christian Bale

    It took a bit longer than we expected, especially considering the Oscar qualifying run starts in just under two weeks, but the U.S. trailer for Zhang Yimou's Oscar contending, Christian Bale starring "The Flowers Of War" has arrived and it's a bit of a mixed bag.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now - Anika Noni Rose Haunts Pierce Brosnan In Adaptation Of Stephen King's "Bag Of Bones"

    Anyone catch part 1 of A&E's 4-hour miniseries, Bag of Bones (an adaptation of Stephen King's award-winning 1998 novel), which co-stars Anika Noni Rose, when it aired last night?

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Best Songs of 2011, Part 1

    I figured since the Grammy Awards announced their ever-lame nominations last week, it was a signal I could begin one of my very favourite annual blog entries... a countdown of the best songs of the year. I've been geekily doing this for at least 14 years, as a I-clearly-take-this-way-too-seriously excel spreadsheet I've been keeping since 1997 seems to suggest (though I'm sure it goes on before that... though I'd fear the charts from 1993 or 1994 would be filled with tracks from "The Lion King" soundtrack or something of that sort). Here's the #1s from each year, for what it's worth:

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  • Press Play
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    GREY MATTERS: Here are the top 10 beautiful ideas, people and events that defined 2011

    This is my theory and I’m sticking to it: if more things were more beautiful, everything else would be way better. Even in this age of fiscal cholera, beauty for the sake of it is it’s own sacred reward. But as Americans, we’re saddled with the Protestant curse and the attendant pathologies of fetishizing plainness, respecting the mediocre and being in thrall to outright ugliness, whether that manifests in strip malls, lip-warping Restylane or mind-rotting Rush. We could all use a bit of Stendhal syndrome, that most wonderfully strange of psychosomatic ailments that causes the individual to experience rapid heartbeat, dizziness and even hallucinations when exposed to beautiful things. And so: a list, where I don’t worry on a genre or platform and instead celebrate ten people, events or ideas whose beauty shook me of the uglies in 2011.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'Madagascar 3' Teaser Likes to Move It, Move It... to Europe

    Of all the crass DreamWorks Animation properties out there ("Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda," etc) the one that seems the most rudderless and out-of-touch is the "Madagascar" franchise. The original film had a semi-funny premise, about a pack of wild animals in a New York zoo (portrayed by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith) accidentally washed ashore on the titular island.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Scripts On Colin Powell's Iraq Problem & Racial Animus In Boston Makeup The 2011 Black List

    Hot off the presses... the 2011 Black list - aka, in, short, a list that's been compiled since 2004 of the year's best unproduced screenplays, created from the suggestions of hundreds of film executives.

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  • The Playlist
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    David Cronenberg Opts Out Of Adaptation Of Dennis Lehane's 'Animal Rescue'; Alexander Payne & George Clooney Sought To Direct

    As far as book-to-movie adaptations go, Dennis Lehane has had an enviable track record. While he's only had three novels brought to the big screen, they've resulted in both critical acclaim and box office success, with "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Shutter Island" all originating from the pages of his books. You might remember way back at the beginning of 2010, it was reported that Lehane was set to adapt this own short story (until then, he had let other writers to do the job) "Animal Rescue" featured in the anthology book he edited, "Boston Noir." That was the last we heard of it, and over the summer, David Cronenberg quietly became attached to direct, but it appears that didn't last very long.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Dean Cain: Washed Up Former TV Superman, Rick Perry Supporter

    Assuming anyone that knowingly comes to this blog loathes Rick Perry and everything he stands for (particularly after last week's cute little ad he released), here's another person to add to your shit list: Dean Cain. Yes, the former TV Superman and future non-memory is to Rick Perry what Chuck Norris is to Mike Huckabee: A washed up nobody that is sadly the most famous person that will ever endorse them.

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