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    Alexandre Desplat Scoring Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Film 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    We don't know if we'd call Alexandre Desplat the best working composer -- although an argument could certainly be made for that. But we'd certainly call him one of the most prolific. Since the French composer broke out a decade or so ago with "Girl With A Pearl Earring" and the amazing music for "Birth," he's been in high demand, and ever more so as time goes on. In 2011, for instance, he penned the music for no fewer than NINE films -- "Largo Winch II: The Burma Conspiracy," "The Well Digger's Daughter," "A Better Life," "The Tree Of Life," "Carnage," "The Ides Of March," "Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2," "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close" and "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir."

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    Paul Feig Talks The Dynamic Of Melissa McCarthy & Sandra Bullock In ‘The Heat’; Discusses His Adaptation Of ‘The Intouchables’

    Director Paul Feig is now exactly where he should be: the world is his oyster after helming the 2011 comedy hit, "Bridesmaids.” A film that went on to become the top grossing R-rated female comedy of all time, domestically surpassing “Sex and the City.” But it actually took a few years and probably a lot longer than it should have. After creating the beloved cult show "Freaks & Geeks" (which was canceled in 2000 after one season of 18 episodes), the writer/director was supposed to take on a young adult novel adaptation called “Stargirl,” but the project never materialized. Instead he Instead he directed the forgettable "Unaccompanied Minors" in 2006. And if that movie was unremarkable, the excellent TV CV that followed -- he directed classic episodes of “Arrested Development,” “The Office,” 30 Rock," "Mad Men," "Bored to Death" and "Parks and Recreation" -- perhaps hinted at what was to come.

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    Exclusive Clip From 'Battlefield America' w/ Marques Houston, Lynn Whitfield (On DVD/Blu-ray 9/18)

    After a theatrical run that began in June, Battlefield America is now heading to home video - DVD, Blu-ray, VOD - via ARC Entertainment.

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    Will.i.am Developing TV Talent Show For Geniuses ('An American Idol For Young Wizards')

    Questioning whether the reality TV singing contests have run their course, rapper, musician, songwriter, singer, entrepreneur, actor, DJ and producer Will.i.am is reportedly working on a new technology-themed talent show that "aims to be an American Idol for young wizards."

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    Paul Thomas Anderson Says The Playlist Named 'The Master'

    “Really, [the title of the film] was just a process of elimination. In fact, the Internet actually gave it its title first. A version of my script got out online years ago and they referred to it as 'The Master,' even though it didn’t have a title on it or anything," Paul Thomas Anderson recently told the Vancouver Sun. "So we just ended up calling it 'The Master.' We never did find another title for the film.”

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    First Poster From Ben Affleck's 'Argo,' New One-Sheet & Image From Jake Gyllenhaal Cop Flick 'End Of Watch'

    Only a litte earlier, we were talking about "Argo" looking like one of the major Best Picture players of the coming season -- and given the enormously positive reviews, we can't really see how it'll fail to come to pass. But you wouldn't know it too much from Warner Bros' new poster from the film (just revealed on their Twitter account), which neglects to play up any inspirational, awards-courting parts of the film in favor of... something from a more generic thriller. Ok, so there's a nice 70s quality to the one-sheet, we suppose, but it's not wildly memorable. Still, it could have been worse, and it's always good to see the dude from "Sound Of My Voice" on a poster for an Oscar contender. [Warner Bros]

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    Jennifer Lawrence Talks 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Russell, 'Hunger Games' and Prepping for that Money Scene (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

    As soon as "Silver Linings Playbook" played in Toronto it became the front runner for the Oscar. This is something its Oscar handlers were seeking to avoid, but the film then went on to win the coveted TIFF audience award nabbed by such past crowd-pleasers as Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire." Yes, "Argo" and "Amour" and "The Sessions" and the Weinsteins' other TIFF entries "The Master" and "Quartet" are also in the Oscar hunt. But right now it's "The Silver Linings Playbook"'s to lose.

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    Showtime Sets Premiere Date For Season 2 Of Don Cheadle's 'House Of Lies'

    Showtime announced today that season 2 of its Don Cheadle dark comedy series House Of Lies will return to the network on January 13, at 10pm, after debuts of Shameless‘ (its 3rd season) at 9 PM, and before the Season 6 premiere of Californication at 10:30.

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    Why Be a Film Critic? Joan Rivers Explains

    In this clip from "Louie."

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    Channing Tatum Wants To Direct Something Small Before Taking On 'Magic Mike 2'

    We're sure that someone out there has had a better year than Channing Tatum. An Olympian who won multiple gold medals, for instance. Or someone who won nine figures in some kind of lottery. Or maybe the "Gangnam Style" guy. But in the film world, no one's had a better 2012 than Tatum. Somewhat mocked by many in years gone by, the actor kicked off the year by impressing in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire," before having three $100 million+ smash hits in five months, in the shape of romantic drama "The Vow," acclaimed comedy "21 Jump Street" and Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," which Tatum also produced, and based on his own life. Wildly different films, but Tatum impressed in each, and has gone from a nearly-man to one of the most in-demand leading men around.

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