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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Hires Brett Ratner to Produce Oscars with Don Mischer: Threatens to Go Cheesy

    The Academy is walking a thin line between wanting an Oscar Show that draws millions of viewers around the world--which will please ABC-- and a kudocast that advertises Hollywood in a classy and appealing way --which will please the grown-ups in the room at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday, February 26, 2012. It's a slippery slope, and I argue that the likes of Bill Condon & Larry Mark (2009) and the late great Laura Ziskin (2002, 2007) provide the model of a show that worked. In the end, it matters less what the producers do with the show than what movies are nominated. If The Lord of the Rings and Avatar are up, there are more viewers. It's that simple.

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    More: Awards, Oscars
  • Shadow and Act
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    Tatyana Ali and Clifton Powell to Star in Suspense Drama "23rd Psalm: Redemption"

    Written and directed by Christopher C. Odom, 23rd Psalm: Redemption, is a "Christian Film Noir" starring Tatyana Ali, Clifton Powell, Leslie Mills, Mister Jones, Markhum Stansbury Jr., and Jason Burkey. Redemption is produced by Vendetta Filmworks and is the sequel to 2007's 23rd Psalm. Redemption will be the first of five in a multi-picture deal with the film's studio.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Ruffalo & Amanda Seyfried Join Increasingly-Awesome 'Now You See Me'

    It looks like magicians are coming back into fashion again. Back in 2007 Christopher Nolan and Neil Burger ("Limitless") had competing magician films in "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" (though for our money Nolan's film is far and away the victor there) and more recently Darren Aronofsky signed on to direct the pilot for HBO's "Hobgoblin," about a group of magicians and con men fighting Hitler in WWII. Back in February we broke the news that there would be another film joining the ranks, this one a heist-thriller from "The Transporter" director Louis Leterrier. The film follows a crack FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse against a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances and showers the profits on to their audiences.

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  • The Playlist
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    Geek Dream-Team: Jesse Eisenberg To Star In Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine' Follow-Up 'The Double'

    Considering we'd worried about his potential range earlier in his career, and the fact that he doesn't always seem that enamored of the idea of being a movie star in interviews, we continue to be impressed by the choices that Jesse Eisenberg has been making. Playing Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network" was always going to be a tricky role to escape from the shadow of, but he's already had a big animated hit since with "Rio," he's in theaters next week in the R-rated comedy "30 Minutes or Less," and he's got some impressive and diverse projects lined up, including Woody Allen's "Bop Decameron," the Louis Leterrier heist comedy "Now You See Me" with Melanie Laurent, Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried, and a possible reteam with 'Social Network' producer Scott Rudin on a biopic of youthful anti-terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Martin Lawrence Heading Back To TV For New CBS Comedy Series

    Damn Gina!

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    More: Television
  • The Playlist
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    'Game Of Thrones' & 'Boardwalk Empire' Helmer Brian Kirk May Take The Hammer Of 'Thor 2'

    Over the years, Marvel has attracted a pretty decent roster of filmmakers to take on their comic franchises with folks like Jon Favreau, Louis Leterrier, Matthew Vaughn, Joe Johnston and more recently Joss Whedon and Shane Black getting behind the camera. However, Marvel is also known for being very...careful with money...and with Kenneth Branagh moving on from the "Thor" franchise they've decided to save a few bucks on his replacement.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kenneth Branagh To Direct Adaptation Of 'The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society'

    Yeah, They're Gonna Have To Change That TitleWith Kenneth Branagh delivering a hammer-sized hit with "Thor" this spring, it appears he's proved whatever he needed to with the comic franchise, turning down the chance to work on "Thor 2." He's spent the last little while attaching himself to a variety of potential projects including an adaptation of Henning Mankell's "Italian Shoes" in addition to a film about the 1936 U.S. Olympic crew team. Well, he's adding one more to his plate, and no, it has nothing to do with Shakespeare.

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  • The Playlist
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    Nick Nolte Joins Jason Statham's 'Parker'

    ...and then there's Nick Nolte, the two-time Academy Award nominee who seemed to be in every movie in the '90s and then hit a weird patch in the aughts where he was less in demand (even though 2002's "The Good Thief" features one of his finest performances), but seems to be be back to his ever-busy ways. While we'll ignore the fact that he was in "Arthur" and "The Zookeeper" this year, he's got the hotly buzzed "Warrior" and the highly anticipated Michael Mann/HBO series "Luck" on the horizon and he recently came aboard the Robert Redford/Shia LaBeouf vehicle "The Company You Keep." And while we may not approve too highly of his next move, his grizzled technique is only sure to elevate the proceedings.

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  • Spout
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    "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is the Best Remake of "Project X" Since "Project Nim"

    When I made the joke months ago that people should see "Project Nim" because it's basically like a prequel to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," I didn't realize just how similar the two movies would really be. It's more like "ROTPOTA" is a dramatic remake of the recent documentary, which also relates it very closely to "Project X." Back when "Nim" arrived in theaters I revisited "X" to see how it compared in retrospect. And while I'm only partially familiar with the "Planet of the Apes" sequels most closely used as reference material for this rebooted installment (the plot is somewhere within the spirits of "Escape" and "Conquest"), I've concluded that it is more akin to the 1987 Matthew Broderick vehicle than anything sourced from Pierre Boulle's original novel.

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  • The Playlist
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    Brendon Gleeson Says Michael Fassbender Was Cast In 'Swim-Two-Birds' A Year Ago & No One Noticed

    Says The Complex Meta-Adaptation Will Include "Three Separate Worlds"One of the more anticipated films around these parts, likely not hitting theaters until 2012 or even 2013, is Brendon Gleeson's directorial debut, “At Swim-Two-Birds.” No, we don't run a Gleeson fanclub, nor are we obsessive fans of Flann O’Brien‘s classic 1939 Irish novel, but the all-Irish cast circling this is too great to ignore.

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