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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Poster Watch: Spielberg's War Horse is Everything You'd Expect

    Sight unseen, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, based only on the trailer, is clearly Oscar bait. The new poster (below) offers exactly what you'd expect for the PG-13 film based on Michael Morpurgo's novel about a boy, his horse and WWI. It has Spielberg and Christmastime-heart-tugging written all over it. "Separated by War. Tested by Battle. Bound by Friendship." Awww. And what a lovely sunset, too.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Toy Story 3' Director Lee Unkrich Starts Work On New Pixar Movie & Will Blog About It

    First, let's get one thing out of the way: Lee Unkrich kind of looks like Ed Helms doesn't he? Okay, we just had to put that out there, but the real news is that the "Toy Story 3" director has announced on Twitter that he's starting work on a new movie and to stay updated you'll have to keep glued to his Tumblr page where he'll be tracking its progress. "Today is day one on my next project. Every day I'll post a new photo chronicling the journey," he tweeted. So what is it? Who knows.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Wanted 2' Moves Forward As Original Writers Hired Back For Sequel

    Oh yeah, remember that "Wanted" sequel you uh, wanted? It's still happening. Talk about a follow-up to the hit didn't take all that long to get going with notorious shit talker Mark Millar claiming at Comic-Con in 2009 that production was "set to begin shooting in 8 weeks time with James McAvoy reprising his role." Obviously, that never happened. Through much of last year, rumors continued to circulate with Kristen Stewart being mooted to take over the franchise especially since Angelina Jolie's character takes a bullet to the head at the end of the original. Director Timur Bekmambetov chimed in at the end of last summer and confirmed that development was happening, but that the movie was a way off saying, "We are discussing 'Wanted 2' every month. We are working on it now, but I think it will be after Lincoln because James is working on the 'X-Men: First Class'… It’s why I decided to develop Lincoln without a studio, to keep control. It’s a big movie but independent too." But the wheels on the project have not taken a major turn.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Grant for Docs About Animals

    Late Deadline: October 1, 2011Presented by The Humane Society of the United States, the ACE Documentary Film Grant seeks to inspire filmmakers to portray animal issues in their films in creative and compelling ways. The First-Place Winner of the ACE Grant receives a $20,000 USD cash prize that can be applied to a documentary in any stage of development or production, or in need of finishing funds. Second- and Third-Place winners receive $2,500 and $1,000 awards, respectively.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Shorts and Foreign Submissions Due October 3, Leading Foreign Contenders

    The Motion Picture Academy has set 5 pm Monday, October 3 as the deadline to submit complete entries in the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film and Foreign Language Film categories. Last year 65 films qualified for the foreign language Oscar race. Only five will be selected by the foreign language committee, headed by producer Mark Johnson.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    More Developments with Forthcoming Dwayne Johnson Thriller "Snitch"

    In yesterday's post on Michael K. Williams, the actor made mention of being cast in Snitch, the new thriller starring Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon.

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    More: casting, FYI
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trey Parker and Matt Stone Talk Book of Mormon, South Park, Scientology on 60 Minutes

    Matt Stone and Trey Parker talk to 60 Minutes about the success of their Tony-winning Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, as well as their starving artist days and the rise of South Park. You can watch the episode below; more web extras are here.

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  • The Playlist
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    Antoine Fuqua To Direct 'Suge Knight' Documentary For Showtime

    Well, of course he is. Still attached to the forever gestating "Tupac" biopic, Antoine Fuqua, who shows no sign of stopping signing onto things, will team with Showtime and direct a feature length documentary about notorious hip hop mogul Suge Knight.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Antoine Fuqua Set to Direct Suge Knight Doc for Showtime

    Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is set to direct and produce a new documentary project based on the life and exploits of Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    IMDb Launches Free Trivia iPhone and iPod Touch App

    If you are the largest movie website in the world, what do you do when you want to broaden your already huge readership? If you're the mighty Internet Movie Database (110 million unique visitors per month, 2 million video views a day), you take your popular mobile apps one step farther and devise a free entertainment trivia game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. (It's playable on an iPad, but in a small window.) So IMDb chief Col Needham has given movie geeks everywhere (remember Trivial Pursuits Silver Screen Edition?) something to play with while they're waiting in line. (No wonder he was advising me to switch from my BlackBerry to an iPhone at Cannes.)

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