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    Watch: Robert De Niro Writes Masterpieces In Trailer For 'Being Flynn' With Paul Dano

    It's pretty easy to be hard on Robert De Niro these days, given his ratio of good/bad tends to be wildly uneven, but every once in a while he seems to pull out a decent movie. Last year's "Stone" was tremendously underrated by most, and featured a pretty terrific turn by De Niro and this latest effort looks like a return to the form that we often forget the actor has.  Asking yourself why you haven't heard of it? Well, perhaps you remember it as the adapation of Nick Flynn's acclaimed memoir "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City."

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Up Close & (More) Personal

    I received a few nice messages since my first blog post, which has motivated me to begin writing this (my second) one earlier than I expected. One “reader” already suggested that I make them (my posts) “more personal”, which made me think more about their purpose and my intention for writing them. PERSONALLY, I think it is too early to predict how personal my contributions will become, although it is true that I have an aversion to writing about myself. I mean, who really cares what I did on the weekend or what my favourite (that’s “favorite” to some of you!) short and feature films are?

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    Watch: Kevin Spacey Does Triple Duty In Ads For American Airlines

    While most Hollywood actors go overseas to get paid big bucks to do TV ads, Kevin Spacey isn't your average actor. He's been working with American Airlines for a while now and just in time for the holiday season, he's done three more spots for the company, that are actually not too bad at all.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 1 Of New Comedy Web Series "The Married Bachelor"

    Continuing the S&A web series kick... here's another one for you all to watch and comment on. It's called The Married Bachelor, a relationship comedy that comes from writer/producer/director Marquis Smalls. 

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TRAILER WATCH: Hunger Games Arrives with Stoic Jennifer Lawrence, Photo Gallery

    The trailer for the first installment of "The Hunger Games" looks like solid commercial mainstream fun--with a reality TV vibe. Will it please fans of the Suzanne Collins novels? Tell us what you think. Here's more of our coverage. The trailer is below, along with a trailer photo gallery.

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    Wes Anderson Says 'Moonrise Kingdom' Has A "Big Musical Element" To It, But It Won't Rely On "Songs"

    Wes Anderson Says 'Moonrise Kingdom' Has A "Big Musical Element" To It, But It Won't Rely On "Songs"

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    A Good Day for Women and Film

    This morning I posted the trailers for both The Iron Lady and The Hunger Games.  I watched them both, got excited and then I went off to do other things.

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    'The Muppets' Dial Up A New Photo & Clip

    Are you tired of the marketing onslaught yet for "The Muppets"? Considering Disney is banking on revitalizing an entire franchise based on the success of the film, we suppose we can't blame them for blanketing the web and everywhere else with material from the movie, but we just hope there is something left to savor when we finally catch up with it.

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    'Harry Potter' Director David Yates To Helm Big Screen Reboot Of 'Doctor Who'

    You might only be barely aware of his existence, but mathematically speaking, David Yates is the most successful film director in history. Sure, James Cameron might have made more successful films, but Yates has consistency on his side; his last four films have grossed a grand total of $1.032 billion. Of course, those four films are the final four in the gigantic "Harry Potter" franchise, but still, that's not a bad way to start your career (and to be fair, Yates has a string of tiny-grossing Britflicks in his past that bring the total average down).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    BBC Hires Harry Potter Director David Yates to Develop Doctor Who Film Franchise

    Well, it took them long enough. But at long last the successor to the mighty "Harry Potter" franchise might just be venerable sci-fi BBC series "Doctor Who," which is finally getting its big-screen launch with four-time "Potter" director David Yates at the helm. Yates told Variety that he is developing the first film--which will introduce the space-traveling Time Lord and his iconic red telephone booth blue police box time machine to those not already familiar with the global hit TV series--with the BBC's Jane Tranter, who worked with Yates on "State of Play." The question is, which of the many doctors will play the role? My favorite is not current doctor Matt Smith but the last one, the sexy and resourceful David Tennant. But will they go for a major movie star? This is a serious franchise opportunity for the right actor with a working British accent. Doctor Who is ageless, light-on-his-feet, athletic, witty, wise, admirable while not perfect, and always replaceable. Colin Firth, Ewan McGregor, Hugh Grant and Hugh Jackman could all fit the profile. Any suggestions? UPDATE: I like one idea a lot: Benedict Cumberbatch ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"). Casting is a ways off. Yates told Variety he is starting from scratch on the movie adaptation with new writers who could come from anywhere: "We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," he said. "It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena…The notion of the time-traveling Time Lord is such a strong one, because you can express story and drama in any dimension or time."

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