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    James Cameron Says A Fox Exec Wanted Him To Cut Out The "Tree Hugging Hippy Crap" From 'Avatar'

    It's hard to believe, but the guy who made "Aliens" and "Terminator 2" is now Mr. Environment. With "Avatar," James Cameron not only took 3D out of the gimmick gutter but he also painted himself as a concerned environmentalist (though he remains blissfully ignorant of the waste created by double and triple dipping DVD releases and the endless stream of crap merchandising has created for the film; but that's a conversation for another time). Anyway, during the film's long gestating period it looks like one Fox executive wasn't down with all the hippie dippy tree hugging in the movie.

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    Nostalgia for the Light

    What is sure to be one of the year's best films, Chilean documentary master Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light, opens in New York this weekend. It's a gloriously multilayered, emotionally charged work of nonfiction from one of the world's cinematic treasures. See it on the big screen if you can.

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    Billy Bob Thornton Suiting Up For 'Bad Santa 2'

    That didn't take very long. Last November, Billy Bob Thornton first hinted that "Bad Santa 2" was in development saying that it was something he "actually would like to do. I’ve never done a sequel to one of my movies, but that one makes sense to me to do it.” A month later, The Weinstein Company struck a deal with the current owners of Miramax to help develop sequels and television spinoffs to a number of prominent catalog titles including “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance,” “The Amityville Horror,” "Rounders," "Shakespeare In Love" and yes, "Bad Santa." Well, it looks like contracts are now being drafted up.

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Content Media

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Entertainment Industry and Celebs Pledge Aid for Japan Relief

    As the full horror of the scale of earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan, and its ongoing nuclear radiation crisis, hits Americans, folks in show business are stepping up. (Our initial report on Japan's earthquake aftermath and Hollywood is here.)

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    SXSW: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Reveal Bad Weather Was The Inspiration To Make 'Paul'

    Yes, it's Friday. SXSW Film is over, SXSW Music is in full boozy swing and "Paul" -- after running a helluva pace through the press gauntlet at the festival and in the preceding weeks -- is finally hitting theaters. And while it seems that the chatter and buzz around "Paul" has been non-stop, this is the rare case of the film that actually deserves it. Directed by Greg Mottola, the film is much more than it what appears to be combining the breeziness of a '70s road trip film, the magic of early Amblin entertainments and of course, the distinct humor of the film's leads Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who are joined by Seth Rogen who voices the titular creature. It's a winning combination in a unique film that brings together a tremendous ensemble cast to play along including Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, Joe Lo Truglio and Bill Hader.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Limitless, Paul, Lincoln Lawyer For Men, Indies Win Win, Cracks, Winter in Wartime

    This weekend, it's Matthew McConaughey and a car vs. Working Title's alien vs. Bradley Cooper on super-human drugs. According to Flixster Forecast: "The Lincoln Lawyer, the first adaptation of a Michael Connelly novel since Clint Eastwood’s Blood Work in 2002, surged in search activity leading into this weekend. Given that its Want-to-See interest is almost entirely centered with women-over-25, the film will probably have to build a strong case to beat out Britcom Paul, opening on more screens; or Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in Limitless, which is seeing intense Want-to-See interest that is closer to the middle."

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    Vanity Fair: Robert Pattinson Talks Twilight, Elephants, Being RPattz, Charlie Sheen

    Vanity Fair's Nancy Jo Sales talks with Robert Pattinson about Twilight, Water for Elephants and -- of course -- Robert Pattinson. Here's a taste:

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    movie review: Win Win

    Tom McCarthy made an impressive filmmaking debut eight years ago as the writer and director of the indie hit The Station Agent, which introduced us to Peter Dinklage and Bobby Cannavale. He followed it with The Visitor, which earned Richard Jenkins an Oscar nomination. Being an actor himself, he writes great parts for performers he admires, and he’s hit the bull’s-eye once again with Win Win, which stars Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan.

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