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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Unknown

    In the French-made, English-language sleeper Taken, Liam Neeson was a former CIA operative who was (outlandishly) able to thwart a sex-trafficking ring. Audiences responded vociferously to his take-charge character. His latest film, Unknown, was also made in Europe—this time, Berlin—by Spanish-born director Jaume Collet-Serra, and it casts the reliable actor in a role that couldn’t be more different. In this yarn, he loses control of his life, or to be more specific, his identity.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Noms Boost Soundtrack Sales of Inception and The Social Network

    Oscar Noms Boost Soundtrack Sales of Inception and The Social Network

    The heyday of the movie soundtrack--once a powerful marketing tool for the studios--has waned. But Oscar nominations can boost a soundtrack into big sales, reports Anthony D'Alessandro: When it comes to recent soundtracks and film scores, consumers have been powering down their stereos.  Over the last four years, SoundScan sales for the genre fell from 27.2 million in 2006 to 16.4 million last year -- a 40% drop.   What was once a dependable ancillary for a film’s theatrical launch is now seen as a business gamble; record companies can no longer depend on the wallets of single males.  Aside from burgeoning digital downloads and piracy, the major studio music executives also gripe that there’s a disconnect between radio listeners and movie crowds.  Rap dominates the Top 40, leaving no room for a pic’s adult-contempo "love theme." MTV limits soundtrack music vids to a small percentage of film footage-- so that it doesn't play like a second trailer.

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  • The Playlist
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    Eddie Redmayne Joins Blake Lively & Chloe Moretz In 'Hick'

    More casting is coming together for the indie drama "Hick," following yesterday's news of Blake Lively joining the cast that also includes Chloe Moretz.

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  • The Playlist
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    Steve Carell To Join Meryl Streep In 'Great Hope Springs'

    With his run on "The Office" set to end soon, Steve Carell will be looking to fill up his calendar with movie roles. He's been linked to numerous projects over the past year -- too many to recount here -- but it looks like he's lining up one that will pair him with one of the great screen actresses of all time.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'I Am Number Four,' 'Unknown,' 'Big Mommas,' 'Putty Hill'

    Another Friday brings us another blockbuster, this one aimed squarely at the fluttering innards of tweenish types everywhere. And for the dads that drop them off at the theater, Mr. Neeson kicking ass, and for the true masochists, a new entry in the Granny Drag cannon. Of course, if you so choose, there are some interesting offerings in the mix, if pretty aliens and badass Neeson and Martin Lawrence don't entice you. Opening in wide release, Alex Pettyfer hopes to earn his diva behavior with "I Am Number Four," Liam Neeson stars in the reverse-amnesia vehicle "Unknown," and there's an unasked for sequel in the "Big Momma's House" franchise. In limited release, we've got some interesting stuff, including narrative/doc hybrid "Putty Hill," Gael Garcia Bernal in "Even the Rain," and Mexican cannibal flick "We Are What We Are." Let's begin, shall we?

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch "Threat Level Midnight," Action Thriller from "The Office"

    Last night's episode of The Office revealed Michael Scott's dream project, 11 years in the making, an action-spy thriller called Threat Level Midnight. Everyone wants to direct; we should have seen this coming.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Justin Bieber Dies In The Violent, Bloody Final Scene of "Never Say Never"

    Spoiler Alert!

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  • The Playlist
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    'True Grit' Oscar Nominated Breakout Star Hailee Steinfeld To Star In 'Forgotten'

    The Coen Brothers were blessed with a staggering array of talent for their excellent "True Grit" but none of it would've worked were it not for the astounding turn by Hailee Steinfeld. In her first feature film role, Steinfeld shone as the determined Mattie, by turns stubborn and naive, unstoppable and vulnerable. The actress ably performed against some of the most truly talented thesps including Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, so no surprise that Paramount are eager to keep the on-the-rise actress under their roof.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jude Law Joins The Cast Of Fernando Meirelles' Relationship Drama '360'

    Film To Be Shot In Seven Different Languages"City Of God" director Fernando Meirelles has gradually been building the cast for his Peter Morgan-scripted relationship drama "360" over the last couple of months but it looks like things are set to finally kick into gear very soon.

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  • Spout
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    "Social Network" Recalls a Classic, Marilyn Monroe in "Kill Bill" and More Discussion Fodder

    - For the "Spaceballs" fans, above is an image from a tshirt available at RedBubble. [via /Film]

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