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    Box Office Surges on Sandler vs. Bieber Weekend Duel

    Just Go With It's established comedy stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston dueled teen music phenom Justin Bieber's 3-D concert doc Never Say Never at the surging weekend box office, which had been in the doldrums compared to last year's Avatar-fueled winter frame. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:

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  • The Playlist
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    Magnolia Gets Apocalyptic, Picks Up Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

    After Von Trier's outrageous and divisive "Antichrist," when the director announced he would make an ambitious psychological disaster film about the end of the world, it seemed like a logical (and awesome) next step. And one we are greatly looking forward to seeing. Well, Magnolia Pictures have quickly snapped up the North American rights to "Melancholia" and if you've been following the progress of the film, you know it's going to be a doozy.

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  • Caryn James
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    Video: Watch Russell Brand in SNL's British Crime Movie

    If you've ever watched an early Guy Ritchie movie thinking, "Huh? What'd they say?" Saturday Night Live has a film for you. Russell Brand joins Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in a mock British crime movie they promise is like Ritchie or Sexy Beast, but even harder to understand.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Tricia Helfer, Corbin Bernsen, Sean Patrick Flanery & More In New 'Black Keys' Video

    Todd Bridges Receives KnighthoodHopefully everyone has heard The Black Keys latest album Brothers by now. Released last May, the sixth album from this rock duo was something of a breakthrough for them, appearing on countless year end lists as well as in countless commercials. (Their participation in “The Sell-Out-Off” on The Colbert Report with Vampire Weekend was a pretty hilarious way to acknowledge their omnipresence last year.) But despite their straightforward music the Keys have proven themselves to be quite playful when it comes to making music videos. Their latest, for “Howlin’ For You” is no exception.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Willem Dafoe Stars In ‘Being John Malkovich’-Style Ad For Jim Beam

    Wow, where was this during the Super Bowl? In this new 90 second spot for Jim Beam, character actor Willem Dafoe stars as a dozen or so different versions of himself in this “Being John Malkovich”-style clip. The campaign, about making “bold choices,” illustrates the different types of lives one might lead depending on those decisions and Dafoe stars as each of these versions. Appearing as a circus acrobat, fashion designer, skinhead, and sumo wrestler, it has to be seen to be believed. It sounds silly (and it is), but it’s also surprisingly affecting. We’re not sure what this has to do with liquor but it’s really an impressive spot.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rachel Weisz Joins Nicole Kidman In 'The Danish Girl'

    Actress Also Loosely Attached To The Child Kidnapping Drama 'Snatch Back'The gestating transgendered drama "The Danish Girl," with Nicole Kidman has had several false starts since it was announced in September 2009. Originally, Tomas Alfredson, the filmmaker behind the lauded Swedish vampire drama, "Let The Right One In," was going to make the picture his English-language directorial debut with Kidman and Charlize Theron in the lead roles. But for one reason or another, talent kept dropping out of the picture. First Theron bowed out, only to be replaced with Gwyneth Paltrow. Then Alfredson left to direct "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," evidently exiting the project after being refused more time to develop the script written by Lucinda Coxon. Another Swede, Lasse Hallström took over the directing reins last year and then, delaying things even further, Paltrow exited the project in April of 2010.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rupert Murdoch Pere Knew King's Speech Therapist Lionel Logue

    Rupert Murdoch Pere Knew King's Speech Therapist Lionel Logue

    In his weekend column, Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern reveals a fascinating connection between WSJ owner Rupert Murdoch and Oscar front-runner The King's Speech: With "The King's Speech" gaining the Oscar traction it deserves—the latest boost being an expression of approval from Queen Elizabeth—I can't resist going public with a story that I've relished telling to friends, and to the people who made the movie. Several weeks before it opened, I had a conversation with Rupert Murdoch, who popped a question familiar to movie critics: What should he see?

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  • Caryn James
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    Ebert Predicts Why The King's Speech Wins the Oscar

    In the runup to the Oscar-predicting BAFTA awards tomorrow – I’m counting on a Colin Firth win and wonder about a possible sentimental sweep for the very British The King’s Speech -- Roger Ebert has the smartest observation I’ve seen about why The King’s Speech will beat The Social Network to win the Oscar.

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  • The Playlist
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    Judi Dench & Michelle Monaghan Join 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

    Cast Already Includes Jeremy Renner & Jennifer GarnerThe European Film Market in Berlin is in full swing this weekend and film deals are happening left, right and center. A lot of times these attachments and or pre-attachments are made to attract and or entice financiers and don't always come to fruition, but we'll give this one the benefit of the doubt.

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    David Slade To Direct Vampire Horror Pic 'The Last Voyage Of The Demeter'

    Noomi Rapace & Ben Kingsley Still Tentatively AttachedDirector David Slade must reeeaally love vampires as he's about to embark on his third film about bloodsuckers in a row.

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