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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Young Adult and Tinker Tailor Are Must-Sees

    Do check out two brainy offerings this weekend: Charlize Theron's dark comedy character study, "Young Adult," from Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, and Tomas Alfredson's complex "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." (More at Indiewire's Critical Consensus: Scott Foundas and Stephanie Zacharek on "Tinker Tailor" And "Young Adult.") If you live in NY or LA, catch Tilda Swinton's brilliant performance in another dark and complex drama, "We Need To Talk About Kevin," which is having its one-week qualifying run, as is Madonna's less well-reviewed "W.E." (both will be released early 2012). Both celeb-packed ensemble "New Year's Eve" and "The Sitter" (with Jonah Hill in slacker comedy mode; don't miss his dramatic turn in "Moneyball") are review proof. Indies "I Melt With You" and "London River" will struggle to find audiences in an increasingly crowded specialty box office. Reviews, details and trailers below:

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  • The Playlist
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    Harrison Ford Courted For Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

    We guess Jack Nicholson was busy. He was the last actor named as a contender for the key role of Branch Rickey in the developing Jackie Robinson biopic "42," but it looks like another aging superstar may step up to the plate.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Clip From 'My Piece Of Pie,' The New Film From 'L'Auberge Espangnol' Director Cedric Klapisch

    You might have remember a little French confection that hit your local arthouse a couple years ago entitled "L'Auberge Espangnol." The French film from director Cedric Klapisch starred Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in a multi-character tale that wrapped up drama, romance and comedy in one compelling package. It already spawned the sequel "Russian Dolls," with another, "Chinese Puzzle," on the way, but before audiences see that, Klapisch has another film hitting theaters.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Kinyarwanda" Opening Weekend Numbers + Extended Run News + 5-Ticket Giveaway! Enter Now!

    AFFRM's second release - Alrick Brown's Kinyarwanda - made its theatrical debut last week Friday on 9 screens in 7 cities. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Will Ferrell Made Ads For Old Milwaukee And They Rule

    Who knows why he did it, but according to Business Insider Will Ferrell approached Pabst Brewing Co. and asked them if he could make some ads for Old Milwaukee. For free. And, duh, of course they said yes. The result is three spots, set (and only airing, it seems) in Davenport, Iowa. And yes, they're great.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sacha Baron Cohen Cast As Monsieur Thenardier In Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

    It looks like Sacha Baron Cohen is set to get musical and go French once again. The man who squared off against Johnny Depp in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street," and recently twirled a villainous moustache as the station inspector in "Hugo," is combining skills from both movies for his latest role.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Strong Reveals His 'John Carter' Character Matai Shang Will Differ From The Books by Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Mark Strong -- who can be seen this weekend as betrayed spy Jim Prideaux in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" -- already has another book adaption and another Cold War piece in his orbit for next year, with "John Carter" (formerly "John Carter of Mars") and "Closer to the Moon."

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  • ReelPolitik
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    "Presumed Guilty" Biggest Mexican Doc of All Time; Beats "Fahrenheit 9/11"

    One of the biggest box office success stories of the year, south of the border, was the release of "Presumed Guilty," a scathing indictment of the Mexican justice system that debuted on POV in the U.S. last year. According to an annual industry report, the film -- directed by lawyer-turned-filmmaker Roberto Hernandez -- became the third highest-grossing Mexican film of the year (at $6.33 million), just below Warner Bros's animated kids film "Top Cat" and a comic crime film called "Saving Private Perez." What's more, it bested Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" to become the highest-grossing documentary ever in Mexico.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Take a Look at the Busiest Woman in Movies This Year: Jessica Chastain

    If you haven't seen Jessica Chastain in a movie this year, you haven't been to the movies because she has been in five, some big and some small.  Most actors would be lucky to have one role that gets some notice, but this 30 year old woman has proved herself in all these films.  Her biggest problem this year is that she is competing with herself for an Oscar. 

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Look At Anthony Mackie In New Still Images From Heist Flick "Man On A Ledge"

    Aha! There he is! I knew he was in this flick, despite the fact that he was just about absent from the film's first trailer (posted back in September). We see more of him in this one still image than we did in the entire 3-minute trailer. 

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