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    REDLETTERMEDIA VIDEO: Hey, kids! It's every face punch in ROADHOUSE

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: The comic geniuses over at Redlettermedia have created this forensic catalog of every right cross, chambered strike, backfist, hammerfist, haymaker, shovel hook, uppercut, trachea rip and jab thrown in Patrick Swayze's classic "Roadhouse." You have to admire the sheer length of this — 45 seconds of distilled violence. I suppose we should call this piece a somewhat circuitious tribute to the late Ben Gazzara — who died this month at the age of 81. His gratuitously evil turn as Brad Wesley transforms a bad movie into a good-bad movie. Watching him get his ass kicked in this film is transforming. Thanks, Ben. And thanks to everyone at Redlettermedia for creating and posting it.]

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  • The Playlist
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    Carlos Saura Frames Up Antonio Banderas For Role As Pablo Picasso In '33 Days'

    Since his death in 1973 there have been more than twenty actors to play Pablo Picasso on film and television (thank you, IMDb) including Brian Cox, Anthony Hopkins, and last year Marcial Di Fonzo Bo depicted the famous artist in Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris." Next up will be arguably Spain's highest-profile actor, Antonio Banderas, in Carlos Saura's "33 Dias" ("33 Days").

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Descendants' & 'Midnight In Paris' Win Top Prizes At WGA Awards, 'Caesar Must Die' Takes Golden Bear At Berlin

    A week from now, the Oscars will be done and dusted for another year, and the movie conversation will drift away from prestige pictures to the "John Carter" and "Wrath of the Titans" of the world. And as of this weekend, the last of the major precursor awards have wrapped up. Did we see, as has been the overwhelming trend of the season, more success for the juggernaut that is "The Artist?"

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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: Surveying the race for Best Supporting Actor

    Not much of a race here, I'd say; one guy's had it sewn up for months now. Doesn't mean we can't discuss it, though.

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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: Surveying the Race for Best Actress

    The BAFTAs complicated this assessment somewhat, but at least we can predict with a reasonable degree of confidence who isn't going to win. And now, the firm of Streep Davis & Others, LLC…

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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: CHICO AND RITA

    I wish I had seen what other reviewers did in "Chico & Rita." The word "dazzling" keeps coming up, but I was not dazzled. …Well, not by the film, whose plot is the old "boy meets girl / girl gets in naked catfight with other girl / boy wins girl back / girl leaves for New York / boy gets deported" tale of star-crossed musicians in a bygone era.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'The Walking Dead' Review: Season Two, Episode Two -- 'Triggerfinger'

    There was a lot of incident in this week’s episode of “Walking Dead” – a high zombie-count, several off-screen killings, an amputation – but not a whole lot of story. If anything, the narrative developments actually drive the series backwards.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    President’s Day Pin-Ups

    I’ll admit it’s not as rich a lode as we had on Valentine’s Day, but I can’t resist posting these pictorial tributes to the father of our country. (For some reason, I haven’t found any shots of starlets cozying up to portraits of Abraham Lincoln. Maybe next year...) Studio publicity departments knew that sending out stills such as these virtually guaranteed

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Review and Recap -- 'Luck' Episode Four: Where's Bernstein?

    “Luck is the residue of design.” Or is it? Whether or not Branch Rickey’s famous dictum – an appeal to reason and not the gods – is true lies at the heart of the fourth episode of Luck, written by staffer Jay Hovdey and directed by Philip Noyce (“Salt”).

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  • The Lost Boys
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    I Will Always Love You

    Tommy: What do you think? Do you think love lasts forever? Hedwig: No, but this song does. Many readers of The Lost Boys will be familiar with that very funny line from one of my favourite films—Hedwig and the Angry Inch (which, as many of you will know, was written, directed and stars the inimitable John Cameron Mitchell). Tommy and Hedwig are referring to I Will Always Love You, of course—the song famously written and recorded twice by Dolly Parton (it was a number one hit for her in both 1974 and 1982) and made even more famous by Whitney Houston. I know most of you have heard it enough for one lifetime, but after watching this 2002 performance of Dolly singing I Will Always Love You on a popular Swedish television show earlier today, I feel compelled to share it. I hope at least a few of you can still enjoy it!

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