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    Watch: "God's Eye View" Supercut Montage of Overhead Shots

    Some people call it “bird’s-eye-view,” which can’t always be applied, particularly in cases of indoor scenes. But why would we call it that anyway, unless there is really a significant bird, whether character or prop, in the film? “God’s-eye-view” makes much more sense, given that He has the greatest perspective in omniscient-narrative stories. The overhead shot really should never be utilized in movies in which there is a clear single-person storyteller, but I’m sure it happens all the time.

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  • The Playlist
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    Alice Eve Joins Breast Cancer Drama 'Decoding Annie Parker'

    After playing the role of “Hard 10” in “She’s Out of My League,” and having her entire “Sex and the City 2” subplot revolve around whether or not her character wore a bra, it’s nice to see Alice Eve take on a role that requires some acting. The British thespian has just signed on to “Decoding Annie Parker,” based on a true story in which Samantha Morton plays the titular role of Parker, a woman who gets cancer and tries to fight it alongside geneticist Mary Claire King (Helen Hunt), who ends up discovering a gene linked to breast cancer. Eve will play a former friend of Parker, who has an affair with her husband, causing them to divorce.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AFM News: Howard Pumps Rush, Weinsteins Chase Song for Marion, Europa Shoots in New York

    One of the signs of changing times is seeing an A-list director like Ron Howard pushing a project at the American Film Market. The co-head of Imagine Entertainment went to Santa Monica to push Rush, his Formula 1 racing film, with foreign buyers. Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s Exclusive Media Group (The Way Back) is co-producing and co-financing the picture with Brian Oliver’s Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine, Revolution Films and Working Title, which produced Formula 1 fan Eric Fellner’s racing doc Senna, which shows how cinematic this kind of movie can be. The film’s screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) is also a producer on Rush, along with Andrew Eaton. Universal Pictures will release the film, which is currently filming with stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds), stateside in 2012.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Weinstein Company Line Up Oscar Hopeful For Next Year, Close In On 'Song For Marion'

    Back in July, after taking a look at the script for Britflick "Song for Marion" which, at the time, was just about to start shooting with stars Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton, we wrote "If we were Harvey Weinstein we’d be snapping up the rights immediately; undoubtedly reminiscent of films like 'Brassed Off,' 'The Full Monty' and 'Calendar Girls,' with a little Mike Leigh thrown in, it’s rather lovely, and in places very funny, but Williams also brings emotion that’s perhaps more raw than similar films to the table. Mark our words, given the giant success of the choir-based 'Glee,' it’s got all the makings of a major sleeper hit, and Stamp has the kind of role that stinks of Oscar."

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  • The Playlist
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    Christoph Waltz Won't Talk About His Role In 'Django Unchained,' Not Even After The Film Is Made

    Christoph Waltz can be an intimidating presence, both on screen and off. Best known for his unforgettable, steely-eyed Oscar-winning performance as Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds,” in person, Waltz conveys the same intensity and sharp focus. Sporting a thick salt and pepper beard and offering a firm handshake, The Playlist spoke to Waltz this week as he spoke with press for Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” which opens December 16th. As you already know, Waltz will soon head to New Orleans for Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” in which he will play a German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz, who teams with the titular slave on a mission of vengeance.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: New Nook Debuts, Glamourous “Likes” to Advertisers, Couric on A Very Gaga Thanksgiving

    On Thanksgiving Day, ABC will host a spectacle that will surely rival the wildness of any turkeys or family drama: A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. The show will feature performances from the singer, a one-on-one interview with Katie Couric, appearances from Tony Bennett and chef Art Smith. - By connecting their Facebook and 2D barcodes, Glamour magazine helped its advertisers to gain over 50,000 likes on the social network. Over 100,000 of their readers responded to this innovating integration of print and web by activating the “Social SnapTags,” which involved scanning the code with an app, signing up for deals and sweepstakes, or sharing the offer. - Barnes and Noble will launch its latest rival to Amazon’s Kindle Fire: a new Nook Tablet. TechCrunch reports that while the new Nook looks similar to the old Nook Color, the new version is speedier, with more memory, a WiFi radio, and will be available on November 16 for a cool price of $249, $50 more than the Kindle Fire. [Via MediaBistro]

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Helena Bonham Carter As Miss Havisham In Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations'

    No, This Is Not A Tim Burton Production

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Being Lined Up To Direct Melissa McCarthy's R-Rated 'Tammy'

    'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Being Lined Up To Direct Melissa McCarthy's R-Rated 'Tammy'

    Despite the (somewhat unfair) criticisms lobbed at "The Help," its director Tate Taylor has walked away smiling. Disney's movie powered its way to over $175 million worldwide and lest you think that number was padded out by foreign tickets, guess again -- 90% of that figure is domestic (no pun intended). Clearly winning over audiences in a big way, and with Oscar nominations a strong possibility for both Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Taylor could pretty much do anything he wants. And it looks like he might want to make a total gear change for his next effort, pairing up with another talent who is very hot right now.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: DiCaprio vs. Clooney, J. Edgar, Muppet Movie, Young Adult’s Theron, War Horse

    Oscar Talk: DiCaprio vs. Clooney, J. Edgar, Muppet Movie, Young Adult’s Theron, War Horse

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  • Spout
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    "Stuck Between Stations" Uses "Before Sunrise" Model Yet is Fresh and Invigorating

    The more one-night or one-day walk-and-talk romance films we get, I’m surprised that so many continue to work so well. Perhaps it’s for the same reason that real life conversations don’t get old after you’ve had a few, or a few hundred. Particularly those kinds of dialogues you have with strangers where you quickly click and immediately become great friends, maybe lovers. Just as they rouse and exhilarate when they happen to you, such encounters and experiences are typically stimulating when watched from the outside, as well. Brady Kiernan’s “Stuck Between Stations” depicts another of these moving voyeuristic stories and it’s just as easy to fall in love with as its predecessors.

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