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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Banksy Plays Monopoly with Occupy London

    The Occupy London movement has a new centerpiece at St. Paul's Cathedral, courtesy of (we think) Banksy. This serves as the street artist's stamp of approval for the cause (which is planned to last for six months, costing the closed cathedral £16,000 per day in lost tourism revenue).

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    More: Politics
  • The Playlist
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    Final 'Muppets' Parody Trailer Takes On 'Paranormal Activity 3,' 'Puss In Boots' & 'Breaking Dawn'

    What else is left to say about "The Muppets" at this point? The marketing campaign has been one of the best of any movie this year and while certain longtime Muppets handlers and hangers-on may be grumbling about the direction Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller have taken the beloved felt-covered creations in the upcoming James Bobin-directed movie, most everyone else can agree, they've done a great job.

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  • The Playlist
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    Brad Bird Will Make ‘The Incredibles 2’ Once He Cracks The Story

    But What Will Happen With '1906?' Disney and Pixar’s approach to sequels for their classic animated films is somewhat baffling. While we’d probably watch “Toy Story” sequels until the Mayan apocalypse destroys us all, we’re not sure who exactly was hankering for the international exploits of the “Cars” characters, or how many of us have stayed up late at night hypothesizing about what the monstrous Mike and Sully were like in college (the forthcoming “Monsters University”).

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  • The Playlist
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    Back-to-Back 'Independence Day' Sequels In The Works Even If Will Smith Doesn't Return

    Jada & Willow To Also Feature?It was in spring 2010 that word first cropped up about possible back-to-back sequels to the blockbuster "Independence Day," with shooting said to take place as early as this year. Well, that didn't happen, and megastar Will Smith went on to make another franchise sequel instead in the shape of "Men In Black 3," but once again, the sequels are rearing their heads. Director Roland Emmerich, who has long been saying that once a story is in place they'll move forward, teased during an interview with The Lantern earlier this week when he said, "I'd say hold tight. It's happening soon." And it looks like it is.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Nonsensical 'In Time' Will Waste Your Precious Hours & Minutes

    "In Time" is the kind of movie that literally kills off its most interesting thematic element and character about 10 minutes into the picture. To bring you up to speed, Andrew Niccol's latest sci-fi venture takes place in a future world where everyone is genetically programmed to stop aging at 25 years old, and moreover, time is used as currency. But that's not all. In addition to being able to buy everything from coffee to cars to prostitutes with the hour and minutes displayed glaringly in a digital readout on your forearm, once it runs out, you die right on the spot. A class system has emerged, of course, with the "rich" gaining virtual immortality and living the high life in an enclosed city, while the "poor" are left scrapping for enough time to stay alive in their derelict ghetto.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    As Matt Smith Hints At Jump To Hollywood, Could Paterson Joseph's Name Re-Emerge For "Doctor Who"?

    Speaking on the possibility of trying his hand at a career in Hollywood, Doctor Who star Matt Smith told VH-1 earlier this month that he's "got another year of Doctor Who, but then [he's] certainly going to come and give it a shot – come and hang out in L.A."

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Lisbon Is My New Favourite City

    So I spent the past 4 days in Lisbon, Portugal - which I've blogged nothing about if only because I wanted to enjoy every moment of my time there. A local said to me upon arrival: "You either love Lisbon... or you really like it." Count me in the former.

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    More: Euro Tours
  • Women and Hollywood
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    Making the Case for Lynne Ramsay in the Best Director Discussion

    When I came back from the Toronto Film Festival and I was asked what the best movie I saw there at the top of my list was We Need to Talk About Kevin.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Fades' Star Johnny Harris Replaces Stephen Graham As One Of 'Snow White & the Huntsman' Dwarves

    After a long, somewhat troubled casting process, which involved cycling through most of the possible leading men in Hollywood before landing on "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth, filming on Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" is finally underway. And a good thing too -- thanks to a race with Relativity's "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," the film was moved up six months to a release date next June. And despite some early misgivings (and perhaps because the rival film by Tarsem looks so garish), we're beginning to be intrigued by the project, which marks the directorial debut of commercials helmer Rupert Sanders, and stars Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart as the fairest in all the land, Charlize Theron as her wicked stepmother, and Sam Clafin as the prince.

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  • The Playlist
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    Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso & Josh Peck Toplining Breakdancing Drama 'Planet B-Boy'

    Caity Lotz & Repulsive Woman-Beater Chris Brown Also In Cast, Film A Remake Of 2007 DocumentaryDance movies are big business these days, thanks to the success of the "Step Up" franchise. Cheap, generally star-free and with a steady audience, they are, if not quite a total home-run (as the Mary Elizabeth Winstead-fronted "Make It Happen" will attest), but a pretty good bet. Considering that, and the general fondness for 1980s nostalgia (hello "Footloose"), it's surprising that we haven't yet seen one that focuses entirely on the Ancient Greek art of breakdancing. That was the Ancient Greeks, right?

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