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    Shawn Levy Says He's Still Trying To Crack The Script On 'Hardy Boys'

    Says 'Frankenstein' Will Chronicle Victor & Igor In Their '20s Shawn Levy's name might not pop into your head when you think of the most successful directors of recent years, but his track record speaks for itself. While even Levy admits earlier projects like “Pink Panther” and “Cheaper by the Dozen” had their faults, his back catalogue of box offices successes is almost unmatched in the current crop of directors. He's currently riding off three smash hits in a row, with the "Night At The Museum" films and last year's "Date Night." His ability to turn out engaging, popcorn entertainment that is a cut above the usual standard is the reason why Levy seems to be linked to just about every project under the sun. And while he can't direct everything, he continues to develop projects that interest him under his production banner 21 Laps Entertainment. After discussing "Fantastic Voyage" and the "Real Steel" sequel last week, The Playlist caught up with Levy again this week to discuss a few more projects he has in the pipeline.

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    Rooney Mara Reportedly Eyed For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake

    Could the girl with the dragon tattoo move from one twisted tale right into another? According to Twitch, Mandate Pictures and director Spike Lee are hoping the answer to that question is yes, as Rooney Mara is being sought to take the pivotal female lead role in the "Oldboy" remake.

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    Exist In A State Of Vainglorious...

    My parting shot for today... in case you needed to be reminded of this, here you go :)

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    Watch: "Videocracy" on Silvio Berlusconi's 75th Birthday

    Today, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi turns 75, a milestone birthday but one that may be quietly observed. News outlets marking the occasion note that both Italy's and Berlusconi's troubles -- economic, political, legal, et al. -- are making this a "bitter" occasion with "very little to celebrate."

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    Roman Polanski In Our Faces Again

    I don't know why I feel obsessed by this story, but I am. In some ways I feel it is my feminist duty to remind people every time this guy gets the adoring press he always does that he is a rapist.

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    Mission IMAXible: Tom Cruise Spy Sequel To Hit Large-Format Screens Five Days Early On Dec 16th

    Plus 'Inception,' 'Star Trek' & 'Fast Five' To Get IMAX Re-ReleasesThough overruled when it came to our fall preview last week -- too many other staff members have been burned by mediocre franchise installments in the past -- this writer is really kind of excited about "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," the fourth installment in the Tom Cruise-led spy franchise. J.J. Abrams, who got closest to getting it right with "Mission Impossible III" (which has great moments, but doesn't quite hang together), has returned to produce, there's an intriguing, eclectic cast, including Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Tom Wilkinson, Josh Holloway, Lea Seydoux, Michael Nyqvist and Anil Kapoor, and some of the best below-the-line talent around, including "There Will Be Blood" lenser Robert Elswit and composer Michael Giacchino.

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    9/11! U2! Tom Hanks! Sandra Bullock! It's The Trailer For ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close'

    Geez, can you tell this one is looking for Oscars? The first trailer for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” has arrived and before we're even halfway through, we get an infamous image of the Twin Towers on the morning of 9/11 and U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name." Did the person cutting this have no shame?

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    Awkwardly Photoshopped 'Avengers' First Look Will Grace Entertainment Weekly Cover This Week

    Plus Lots Of New Stills & Set Photos From The FilmUpdate: Hi-res versions of the EW pics have arrived plus a couple of new snaps from "The Avengers."

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    Trailer For "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright Co-Star)

    Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright have supporting roles in this; see if you can spot them in the below trailer, which just dropped (the film opens on December 25th, 2011):

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    Review: 'What's Your Number?' Squanders All Goodwill Toward Anna Faris & Chris Evans In 100 Minutes

    You will enjoy “What’s Your Number?” only if you’re mentally deficient and/or consider looking at Chris Evans’s V-shaped lower abs for 100 minutes a good use of mental energy (note that these aren’t mutually exclusive). Don’t get us wrong: we can appreciate a mindless romantic comedy--and a nice set of abs--with the cosmo-craving crowd, but we actually need something resembling romance and/or comedy if that’s what we’re promised. And if we want to gape at Evan’s chiseled torso, we’ll just loop the reveal scene from “Captain America” over and over again, thank you very much.

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