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    Fox Searchlight Land Buzzworthy Sundance Drama 'The Surrogate' With John Hawkes & Helen Hunt

    This year's Oscar nominations are something of an anomaly as for the first time in a while, there's no Sundance breakout among them. The expansion of the possible nominees two years back meant that the field had room for films like "Precious," "An Education," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Winter's Bone," movies that would have previously fallen by the wayside. Whereas the new system of a flexible number of nominees means that Sundance fare gets shut out of the big prize from now on (the only film anywhere near close was "Martha Marcy May Marlene," and that wouldn't have made even a field of ten this year) remains to be seen, but one film already seems to have emerged out of Park City as a potential 2013 awards hopeful.

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    Top Oscar Surprises: Gary Oldman and Demian Who?

    The awards season zooms ahead now that the Oscar nominations have been announced. What didn’t we see coming? And what were those voters thinking? Never mind; a pointless question. Here’s a look at the biggest surprises and how they change the race.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Walking Dead' Star Jon Bernthal Eyeing The Lead Of Frank Darabont's TNT Series 'L.A. Noir'

    Much like the characters that wonder aimlessly through the barren wastelands of the world following a zombie apocalypse, “The Walking Dead” has had a difficult journey from the page of the Robert Kurtzman-penned comic books to “Mad Men” home AMC. While the strong ratings certainly don’t reflect the behind-the-scenes turmoil that’s been aired quite publicly since the show’s debut on October 31, 2010, as you know things downhill fast when “The Shawshank Redemption” helmer Frank Darabont shocked many by quitting as showrunner of the series. A dream project he had been trying to get off the ground for years before AMC took a chance, Darabont walked away from the popular series due to clashes with the network over budget cuts and left behind a cast of many, that like a lot of viewers, signed on to the project based on Darabont’s name alone.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    What Bigelow Effect? Number of Women Directors in Hollywood Falls to 5 Percent

    The Oscar nominations this morning give us another year where there are no women directors included in the list. This year we won't see Kathryn Bigelow up on the stage giving out the best director award to the next winner. When she won two years ago there was much hope that the numbers of women directing in Hollywood would get better.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Trinity Goodheart" With Eric Benet Coming Out On DVD In March

    For those of you who missed the original GMC family movie Trinity Goodheart with the former Mr. Halle Berry, Eric Benet (wanna bet he gets tired of being called that?) you can rest easy.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2012

    In case you haven't heard, the Academy of Motion Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for this year's Academy Awards this morning (grin). For those of you interested in the short film categories, I have listed the nominated short films and, if available, each film's trailer (or clip, in some cases) below:

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    10 Biggest Surprises of the Mostly Annoying Oscar Nominations

    It's 7:45am here in Park City, Utah and the Oscar nominations are up and out. There's nothing like peeling yourself out of bed at 6am to . Sure, there were some pleasantries ("The Tree of Life"! Gary Oldman! "A Separation" for best original screenplay!), but for each one there were like a dozen things to annoy you, from "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" making the cut for best picture to the inexcusable absence of Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender and Albert Brooks in the acting categories. Here's the 10 biggest surprises of the nominations, for better or worse (though mostly worse).

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance: Aaron Paul Says Any Potential 'Die Hard 5' Involvement Would Likely Conflict With 'Breaking Bad'

    While Bryan Cranston has used his "Breaking Bad" acclaim and fame to take roles in, well, everything, his equally talented co-star Aaron Paul (aka Jesse Pinkman), hasn't been so quick to rush the big screen. But judging by the reaction to the alcoholism drama "Smashed," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews (including ours), it's likely he's soon going to be reaping some big rewards for the talent he's shown that he can carry from the AMC series into feature films. Indeed, he's already been linked as a contender to play as John McClane's son in the brewing "A Good Day To Die Hard." We caught up with Paul in Park City and while he acknowledges there were some talks, it looks like Jesse Pinkman is still taking priority.

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    Paul Feig To Direct HBO Comedy Pilot 'The Viagra Diaries' Starring Goldie Hawn

    While many continue to speculate whether or not this past summer’s breakout comedy “Bridesmaids” deserves a sequel, stars like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are lining up far more interesting projects than a rehash of that great comedy, and so is their director Paul Feig.

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    Ben Stiller Heads To HBO To Produce, Direct & Star In Jonathan Safran Foer-Penned Comedy Pilot 'All Talk'

    We're reaching something of a watershed moment when it comes to the divide between TV and film. While the likes of "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" have seen the small screen gain more and more prestige over the last decade, and names like Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann have lent their names to projects, the big directors tend to helm the pilot, take an executive producer credit and move on, while the shows tend to be lead either by rising, relatively unknown stars (see Michael Pitt, Jon Hamm, Aaron Paul) or veteran character actors eager for a more substantial role (see James Gandolfini, Steve Buscemi, Peter Dinklage). Dustin Hoffman is probably the biggest name to head to TV to date, as the star of Mann's HBO show "Luck" which starts on Sunday, but while he's enormously respected, he's hardly an A-lister anymore -- he's not led a bona-fide hit himself since 1995's "Outbreak."

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