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    Short Starts: Watch "Like Crazy" Director Drake Doremus's "The Shirt"

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an early film by Drake Doremus, director of “Like Crazy,” which opens in limited release this Friday.

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    More: Full Films
  • Women and Hollywood
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    What Up With Hating on Madonna?

    I've been watching the roll out of Madonna's film W.E. with a lot of interest. Aside from the fact that it is a film about women directed by a woman, Madonna is a huge celebrity and I can't think of any female directors who have as big a profile as she does. Women directors are not stars like male directors. Kathryn Bigelow has a high profile now because of her Oscar win, but most women directors operate under the radar screen.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Steven Spielberg's 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Is A Gloriously Enjoyable Mo-Cap Marvel

    Across his 40 year career as Hollywood's most beloved filmmaker, Steven Spielberg has tried his hand at many different things -- the blockbuster thrill ride, the family film, the comedy, the war film, hardcore science-fiction, serious dramas and whatever it was that "The Terminal" was, a diverse range of pictures united by that certain Spielberg je-ne-sais-quoi. But there's something he's never tackled directly himself; the animated film. Sure, he's produced TV cartoons like "Animaniacs," and even the occasional big-screen one, like "An American Tail" and "We're Back," but for the most part, the Bearded One has always preferred live action to ink and pixels.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Now and Then Sees Double: Margin Call/Wall Street and Weekend/Before Sunset

    With a couple of superb new indies making well-deserved waves, Matt Brennan’s “Now and Then” column pulls extra duty this week by taking on two double features for the price of one: Margin Call vs. Wall Street, and Weekend vs. Before Sunset. Trailers below:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    BET Moves Skye Townsend's Web Series "8 Days A Week" to Television!

    It seems as that the enthusiastic response to BET's dramedy web series, 8 Days A Week, has gotten the show an upgrade. BET plans to move the series from the World Wide Net to Network Television, with a plush spot after their popular music video countdown show, 106 & Park. Follow the happy trail to find out more...

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    More: Television
  • The Playlist
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    Contest: Tickets For 'Beyond This Place' At BAM With Live Score By Sufjan Stevens & Raymond Raposa

    While Sujfan Stevens is best known for this state themed albums "Michigan" and "Ilinois," along with the well received "Seven Swans" and his latest effort "The Age Of Adz," the singer song-writer is no stranger to the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. In 2007, he was commissioned by the venue to create a work celebrating the Brooklyn Queen Expressway. The result, was the film/music hybrid, "The BQE," a sprawling, inspired exploration at the familiar highway. But that isn't the only detour Stevens has made from this main gig as a celebrated indie rocker. He also took some time out recently to team with Castanets' Raymond Raposa to compose the soundtrack to Kaleo La Belle's documentary "Beyond This Place." The film has been making its way to festivals and screening around the country, and this weekend it heads to BAM where it will be presented with a live score performed by Stevens and Raposo. If you'll be in town, we've got 4 pairs of tickets to giveaway. But first, here's the synopsis of the film:

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women's Media Center - Social Media Award

    While I am not in the habit of self promotion, I wanted you all to know that I have been nominated by the Women's Media Center for their first Social Media Award. The award will be given out at their event on November 30. There are 26 other wonderful women nominated. You can see all the nominees here.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Scarlett Johansson Likes Her Lips For Kissing In Dolce & Gabbana Ad By Jean-Baptiste Mondino

    Even though she might have been too sexy for David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," Scarlett Johansson is just right for fashion house Dolce & Gabbana and this new ad finds the actress playing a version of herself in the short film/advertisment "The One."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Eddie Murphy is Not Nervous About Hosting The Oscars

    Eddie Murphy talked a little bit about his Academy Awards hosting gig early next year during a press conference for his upcoming comedy thriller Tower Heist. The actor says, "I'm looking forward to doing it and I promise I'll stay there all night, Oscars is a fun thing to do. I don't feel the pressure. I get to introduce people and stand up straight. Maybe I'll be in a couple silly sketches or something."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Double' Is A Moth-Eaten Bag Of Cold War Clichés & Implausible Plot Twists

    There are few movies whose tone, intent, and general content can be easily discerned from the front chosen for the opening title cards. But by the end of the title cards for "The Double," a new spy thriller starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace, you know what kind of movie you're in for: the blocky font flicks by, as if being decoded by some unseen force.; it's such a hackneyed stylish tic for this kind of enterprise, used in everything from direct-to-video thrillers to episodes of "24," that it was effectively lampooned in the Coen Brothers' send up "Burn After Reading" as yet another goofy aspect of the genre (watch them below).

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