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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Actors to the Rescue: Gosling, Winslet, and Pitt Make Cynics Question Their Heroism

    Actors to the Rescue: Gosling, Winslet, and Pitt Make Cynics Question Their Heroism

    What better way to kick off a competitive Oscar season than saving a life?

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Britney Spears Is Dead and a Robot Has Replaced Her

    And now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

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  • The Playlist
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    Oh Great, Now We're Going To Have To Wait Even Longer For 'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy'

    But At Least We Can Listen To The Score To Tide Us OverIs there any film this fall bigger than "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy"? Awards talk is already growing around Gary Oldman and with the film set to premiere in Venice in just a matter of days, the buzz is only going to get louder for the film is going to be a major player at the Oscars. While those in the U.K. will be lucky to enough to see the film when it opens on September 16th, Focus Features is testing the patience of those of us stateside as they've pushed back the date from the planned November 18th release date three more weeks to December 9th. The eagle eyed RopeOfSilicon noticed the date change that was confirmed by Pete Hammond over at Deadline in the midst of his latest awards season update.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Katori Hall Talks "Radical" MLK Jr in 'The Mountaintop' Interview

    In an interview with New York Timeout, Katori Hall discusses what influenced/inspired her in writing the controversial Martin Luther King Jr. character for her Broadway play The Mountaintop, which starts previews September 22nd at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

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    More: Theater, Quote
  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For The Excellent Mexican Thriller 'Miss Bala'

    Cannes can be both boon and burden to filmmakers. A positive reception can see your career move forward in leaps and bounds, while a thumbs down from the critical Croisette faithful can serve as a major setback. For new rising filmmakers, the risk is even greater but for Mexican helmer Gerardo Naranjo his first visit to France will be a memorable one.

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  • The Playlist
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    Listen: Chris Cornell's 'The Keeper' From 'Machine Gun Preacher'

    Remember when Chris Cornell was cool and kind of awesome? Yeah, that was a long time ago. Since his days fronting alternative godfathers Soundgarden, Cornell's hair got gradually shorter and thus drained him like Samson of any of once compelling musical powers. He formed the forgettable Audioslave with the guys from Rage Against The Machine who aren't Zach De La Rocha and after that he embarked on an embarrassing and increasingly terrible solo career that culminated in his attempt to be Justin Timberlake with 2009's Scream produced by Timbaland. That's right, the guy who once sang "Jesus Christ Pose" was working with the guy who twiddled knobs for Pussycat Dolls. Anyway, Cornell is rebounding somewhat. He's back with the boys in Soundgarden and has begun making steps into writing music for movies, having penned "You Know My Name" for Casino Royale, which brings us to his latest work, "The Keeper" for "Machine Gun Preacher."

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look Aaron Eckhart In 'The Expatriate' & Rosario Dawson In 'Fire With Fire'

    Two first looks at what are upcoming B-movies? Hard to say, you be the judge. The first is the action thriller "The Expatriate" starring Aaron Eckhart. It's a picture without many stars outside of Olga Kurylenko, and while she's certainly attractive, she's hardly a big star. The film is directed by Philipp Stölzl, a German director known for "North Face," "Young Goethe in Love" and music videos by Garbage, Evanescence and Rammstein.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch 5 Short Films Starring and 1 Directed by "The Debt" Star Sam Worthington

    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 SIX short films involving Sam Worthington, star of "The Debt."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Women in Hollywood: Best Body Mirren on Being Proactive, Imperfect; Fonda talks Prime Time Love, Sex

    Helen Mirren recently won a L.A. Fitness "Best Body" poll. Was she aware, asks Vulture? "I couldn’t very well avoid it, could I?" she says. She beat out the likes of Jennifer Lopez, and thinks it's a beautiful thing: "I think it was recognition of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect." Mirren's youthful attitude can't hurt. She steers clear of cliched older woman characters, preferring "any role that's proactive." That means action roles, as with The Debt and RED. "You get to do stuff. I hate sitting in a corner — I’d much prefer an action role in a popcorn movie rather than pining in a corner not doing anything." And here's 20 male roles Mirren could have rocked. There's a remake or two in that list worth pursuing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Marshall, Reiner and Heckerling Talk Comedy and Bridesmaids Bandwagon

    Should burgeoning directors and writers chase Bridesmaids? This was one of several topics broached at Saturday’s Directors Guild panel “Make ‘Em Laugh: Game Changing Comedy Direction” featuring host Shawn Levy and laugh-meisters Garry Marshall, Rob Reiner and Amy Heckerling, who regaled the crowd with their cinematic bag of gags. Anthony D'Alessandro was there:As comedy tastes have ebbed and flowed in Hollywood, with the latest penchant being raunchy female fare, these trendsetters have stuck to their sense of humor throughout the years: Heckering continues to make young-adult comedies (her latest is the vampire knock-up Vamps), Reiner prefers projects for the 50+ crowd (next year's Summer at Dog Dave’s) while Marshall still cashes in on pretty people romantic comedies for the masses (this December’s New Year’s Eve and last year's Valentine's Day which grossed $217 million worldwide).

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    More: Genres, comedy