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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Already Makes Us Teary with U2

    Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock topline Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, based on Jonathan Safran Foer's novel. Newcomer Thomas Horn looks to be making a great debut here, and the supporting cast of Max Von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright and James Gandofini don't hurt a bit either. Yes, there's plenty of Oscar-baity heart-tugging; the film will finally arrive in theaters nationwide January 20, after a qualifying NY/LA run.

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  • The Playlist
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    Callan McAuliffe, Young Leo DiCaprio In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby,' Joins 'Paradise Lost'

    'Rock Of Ages' Star Diego Boneta Looked At To Play 'Adam'Hollywood is about to get Old Testament on this shit. Having presumably exhausted comic books, fairy tales and board games as sources of inspiration for their tentpoles, the big studios are going Biblical in search of the next big thing. Francis Lawrence is working on a futuristic take on "Samson and Delilah," Dwayne Johnson and Taylor Lautner are looking to face off as David & Goliath, there are a pair of films about Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee in the works, one of which is from Mel Gibson, and overnight it appeared that Warner Bros is trying to court Steven Spielberg to direct Moses flick "Gods and Kings."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Take Shelter' A Naturalistic, Novelistic Portrayal Of Madness & Apocalypse

    The following is a reprint of our review from Sundance.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dominic Cooper Takes A Ride To 'Motor City' With Albert Hughes

    After playing the quip-filled Howard Stark in "Captain America: The First Avenger" and appearing in pretty much every single scene in "The Devil's Double" where he played two characters with equal panache, it looks like Dominic Cooper is ready to give his mouth a break.

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  • The Playlist
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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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  • The Playlist
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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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  • Shadow and Act
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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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  • Spout
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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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  • Women and Hollywood
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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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  • The Playlist
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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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