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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Writers Guild Nomination Surprises: Please Give, I Love You Phillip Morris

    The Writers Guild of America nominations --which do not consider non-Guild signatories and animation, so Toy Story 3, Winter's Bone, Another Year, The King's Speech and Blue Valentine were not eligible--boost the Oscar fortunes of original screenplays The Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right and Please Give. Among the adapted screenplays, 127 Hours, The Social Network and the Coens' True Grit were expected, while I Love You Phillip Morris and The Town show unexpected strength. Ben Affleck's Boston caper movie also made the Producers Guild top ten this morning, as did all the other narrative feature nominees except Please Give and Morris, which are unlikely to be announced by Academy president Tom Sherak and Mo'Nique on Oscar nominations morning January 25.

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  • Spout
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    On DVD: "Howl" is a Well-Acted Yet Well-Worn Documentary

    James Franco may earn an Oscar nomination for his performance in "127 Hours," but let's not forget his decent caricature of Allen Ginsburg in "Howl," a film he might have been better recognized for come awards season had it been a more generic biopic rather than the multi-technique documentary that it is. And yes, I seriously consider the film a documentary, in spite of the fact that it features very little "real" footage and stars well-known actors like Franco, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels.

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  • The Playlist
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    2011 Writers Guild Nominations Has Some Surprises

    Well, we've already covered the snubs, but in case you missed it, the WGA disqualified a batch of movies from their awards including “Another Year,” “Biutiful,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Ghost Writer,” “The King’s Speech,” “Made in Dagenham,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Toy Story 3” and “Winter’s Bone” as they were not made under WGA jurisdiction.

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  • Caryn James
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    Howl on DVD: We're Not in Franco Overload Yet

    You may think you’re already in James Franco overload, and he hasn’t even hosted the Oscars yet. And here’s a link to what he just told Entertainment Weekly about his plans for directing Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. Those ambitious projects might seem a stretch, but watch him as Allen Ginsberg in Howl (just released on DVD) and you’ll see his deep literary instincts at work.

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  • The Playlist
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    Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij Scores Sundance Film 'Sound Of My Voice'

    Being a first time feature filmmaker ain't easy, and you need to do everything possible to get attention for your film. Lucky then for Zal Batmanglij who didn't have to look very far to get some major indie rock talent to score his debut feature film.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Playlist's Most Anticipated Films Of 2011 - Part 2

    Alright, continuing with our Most Anticipated Films of 2011 series which will roughly be in four parts (unfortunately, character/size limits prevent us from doing one massive feature). Here's part one which we published yesterday. If you're wondering where some of the tentpoles were yesterday -- "X-Men: First Class," "Cowboys And Aliens" and "Sherlock Holmes" -- well, they're here. If you were asking, whether indie-driven auteurs would be represented -- Lynne Ramsay's return with "We Need To Talk About Kevin," Mike Mills' "Beginners" or David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" -- well, they're all here too. The way these lists are lumped together is a bit arbitrary, so don't fret, lots and lots more Most Anticipated Films of 2011.

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  • Caryn James
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    Gwyneth Sings . . . on Jimmy Fallon

    Gwyneth Paltrow has been singing all over the place lately, on Glee, on the Country Music Awards, all to promote her new film Country Strong (coming Friday, after a very limited December opening). January, of course, is generally losers’ month at the movies, and Country Strong belongs in that dumping ground. Paltrow’s role as a Kelly Canter, a country star trying to come back after half-hearted rehab, is a much lesser yin version of Jeff Bridges’ yang in Crazy Heart.

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  • The Playlist
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    Flicker Alley To Release 'Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno' On BluRay In March

    You may have seen this one surface on more than one 2010 top-ten list from The Playlist team and with good reason; "Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno" is one of the best documentaries about moviemaking we've seen in a long time.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Producers Guild Top Ten Heralds Oscar Contenders The Town, True Grit

    Producers Guild Top Ten Heralds Oscar Contenders The Town, True Grit

    The Producers Guild top ten could very well be the Oscar list. They include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Inception, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, The Social Network, The Town, Toy Story 3 and True Grit. The Town is the biggest surprise; left out are indie hopefuls The Ghost Writer, Winter's Bone, Another Year, The Way Back and Blue Valentine as well as Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Reveals Plans To Make Another Movie

    Remember "Christmas On Mars"? No? That film, a very low-budget sci-fi tale, took about seven years to complete with The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne calling in favors to a plethora of people including Steve Burns, Modest Mouse leader Isaac Brock, Adam Goldberg, Fred Armisen and Elijah Wood. And when it did finally come out, no one really saw it (and it wasn't that great). But you gotta hand it to Coyne, the man doesn't do anything half-assed (if you've seen their live shows, you know exactly what we mean) and he's got another project in the works.

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