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    "Super 8" Wins the Super Bowl Movie Marketing Game

    Judging by hot searches and polls and general film bloggery, J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" is the most anticipated, or at least the most buzzing, movie advertised during the Super Bowl yesterday. Part of this likely has to do with its secrecy. And it seemed to come out of nowhere for most folk. Even those who follow movie sites and news hadn't yet seen so much footage from the sci-fi film, and the rest of America probably hadn't even heard of it until the spot aired during the game. Unlike "Captain America," "Thor," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Transformers 3," this is not an already anticipated adaptation or sequel. And unlike the straightforward-sounding "Cowboys and Aliens," "Super 8" is still enough of a mystery to have people curiously looking around today (appropriately, Abrams did his first talk on the film to the LA Times yesterday, as well).

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  • The Playlist
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    Lasse Hallström To Direct Swedish Film 'The Hypnotist'; Is This The New 'Dragon Tattoo'?

    We've already expounded on the career of diminishing returns from director Lasse Hallström, but perhaps a trip back to his native Sweden for his first film in twenty four years will be the creative rejuvenation he needs.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Links To Movie History

    History is where you find it, ranging from rare film clips of early Technicolor, silent-era Disney and more, newly posted online, and works of true scholarship, to amazing discoveries hiding in plain sight.

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  • The Playlist
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    John C. Reilly Talks Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' A Meditation On Parenthood

    2011 is quickly shaping up to be an exciting year for female-driven/directed pictures, with a wealth of great, intelligent options for people that are frankly sick of the overtly male-dominated market (or Katherine Heigl). Multiplexes will see Kristen Wiig lead an ensemble of funny ladies in "Bridesmaids," art house cinemas get Kelly Reichardt's dustbowl period piece "Meek's Cutoff," festivals continue to be graced by Slamdance-winner "Without," and hopefully the online community will see a glimpse of the Linda Cardellini war movie “Return” (hint hint), which has been compared to "Safe" and "A Woman Under The Influence.” Yowza.

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch the Less-Hyped Video You Missed at the Super Bowl

    Those splashy movie trailers and expensive Super Bowl commercials will be running in endless loops from now on. Here's a look at a few of the less-hyped spots that really worked:

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Melissa Leo Goes for Her Oscar and Future

    Melissa Leo wants to make sure that this year her Oscar campaign ends with a win. It also looks like she wants to get another gig. This woman has some serious guts to put herself out there with these "consider Melissa Leo" ads which she self financed according to Deadline.

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  • The Playlist
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    Shawn Levy To Direct 3D James Cameron-Produced 'Fantastic Voyage'

    Wow, we guess the folks at Fox really like what they've been seeing from "Real Steel," the forthcoming robot boxing movie thingy starring Hugh Jackman.

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  • The Playlist
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    Following Peter Jackson's Hospitalization, 'The Hobbit' Will Now Start Filming On March 21st

    Bankruptcies, defecting directors and stomach ulcers -- the road to getting "The Hobbit" in front of cameras has been a long and rocky one. Last week it was reported that the film faced another setback when director Peter Jackson was hospitalized with a perforated stomach ulcer, a rather painful ailment that's caused when a hole is burned through the stomach lining, allowing acid and food to enter the abdominal cavity (and we thought the five tacos we had last night for dinner was brutal on our insides).

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  • The Playlist
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    Emir Kusturica To Adapt Epic Bosnian Novel 'The Bridge On The Drina'

    You've won the prestigious Palme d'Or twice within the span of ten years for the films "When Father Was Away on Business" and "Underground" -- a repeat winner's feat that puts you in an elite group of six filmmakers that includes Francis Ford Coppola and the Dardenne brothers -- you're world renowned for your whimsical, whirling dervish-like serio-comedies (the aforementioned pics, plus "Time of the Gypsies," and more) and yet still, you haven't had proper U.S. theatrical distribution for your last four films, making it twelve years since one of your features has been shown stateside (1998's "Black Cat, White Cat" was the last real U.S. limited release).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Where's Lisa Cholodenko's Next Movie?

    This is what came into my email last week.

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