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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch New Clip of "A Thousand Words" (Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washinton)

    This doesn't need much of an intro at this point like Tambay says. Here's a new clip of Paramout Pictures A Thousand Words. The film underwent several release changes; Paramount finally settled for March 9th, 2012.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Vivica A. Fox, Jordin Sparks Being Considered for Whitney Houston Biopic

    Riri? Really? So, according to this DailyMail.co.uk article, R&B/Pop songstress Rihanna and Jennifer Hudson are on the shortlist to portray Whitney Houston on the film biopic we've been talking about here a lot lately. We last posted about Meagan Good expressing her desire to play the late icon. Good's name however was nowhere among the actresses/singers being considered. Apparently Clive Davis wants to get the ball rolling and begin filming soon; he wants the script finalized pronto.

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  • The Playlist
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    Live Blogging The 84th Annual Oscar Awards: The Winners, The Losers & Who Wore It Well

    Hey y'all! Are you ready for some OS-CARS?? This year, Billy Crystal hosts, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Nick Nolte, Christopher Plummer and Martin Scorsese number among the celebrate nominees.... WTF is it 1985?? Yes, the Academy is going retro, celebrating the history of movies, and not just by lauding "The Artist" and "Hugo." Yeah, there are some newbies and left-field pics, but those kinda feel like shots in the dark at attempting to stay relevant (Rooney Mara, so edgy right now). Who could forget the breaking news from this week that the Academy is only old white men? TOTAL SHOCKER.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Final Oscar Predictions

    After the nominations, it looked like a neck-and-neck race for the Oscar, as Martin Scorsese's 3-D "Hugo" and silent black-and-white film "The Artist" led the field of contenders. "Hugo" collected eleven nominations and more technical categories, while "The Artist" collected ten, including acting nominations for Best Actor Jean Dujardin (who has since won SAG and BAFTA) and Supporting Actress Berenice Bejo.

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  • Press Play
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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: Sarah D. Bunting wins the Oscars Death race as she surveys the race for Best Documentary Shorts

    "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement." A salute to the many men and women who took enormous risks for the movement without needing name recognition, "TBoB" introduces us to James Armstrong, a barber in his eighties, on the eve of Barack Obama's election. You can't necessarily separate the man from his relationship to the fight for integration (his sons integrated Graymont Elementary in Birmingham), but I'd rather have seen a tighter focus on the man himself, letting those stories come through him. The talking heads and footage of the inauguration made the film a little flat overall.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Weekend Box Office Analysis: Not Much Juice Left

    This is the final weekend for most of the Oscar contenders to earn money from moviegoers. Their combined gross will be under $10 million, making it the weakest total for the three days leading up to the Oscars in years (last year was $14 million).

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  • Press Play
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    SCORE CARD UPDATE: Sarah D. Bunting wins the Oscars Death Race

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: It's over! With her inclusion of Best Documentary Shorts in this series, Sarah D. Bunting of Tomatonation.com has succeeded in watching every single film nominated for an Oscar this year. Congratulations, Sarah, for winning the Oscars Death Race. You can catch her down at the local bar treating herself to a pleasant alcoholic beverage, celebrating her hard-won victory. For more on how the Oscars Death Race began, click here. And you can follow Sarah through this quixotic journey here. ]For more on how the Oscars Death Race began, click here. The adventure begins.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Triumph of 'The Artist': Why the Independent Spirit Awards Need a Wake Up Call

    With all these discussions of rules and stipulations, the award season can sound like a terribly cold, mechanical affair. Setting aside whether or not "The Artist" was qualified to win Best Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards yesterday, the question remains of whether the movie deserved it.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Spirited Stars

    The Independent Spirit Awards, held the day before Oscars in a gigantic tent in Santa Monica, provides a great opportunity to meet and greet movers and shakers in the world of film, as well as journalists, actors, and anyone who likes to schmooze in the sunlight. It should be clear by now that I am not a professional photographer, but I did take a few snapshots of people with whom I had a chance to chat. There is little if any of the tension associated with Oscar night at this afternoon ceremony, so the feeling is relaxed and upbeat. That’s why I enjoy hanging out, just outside the tent.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'Act of Valor' Takes Weekend Box Office; 'Wanderlust' and 'Gone' Tank

    Relativity’s “Act of Valor” took honors in the top spot this weekend. The action thriller, which deployed about a dozen active-duty Navy SEALs in the cast, hit the box office beach with an estimated $24.7 million in tow. Overall, box office continued on the upswing in North America.

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