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    Exclusive: Edgar Wright's Top 10 Of The Year

    'Scott Pilgrim' Director Gives Us His Top 10 Underrated Films Of 2010 & Much MoreContinuing our run of favorites from filmmakers and musicians, we're pleased as punch to present a truly awesome list of underrated films, standout scenes, favorite performances and more from "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" director Edgar Wright.

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    Toronto Film Festival's Essential 100 List

    OK cinephiles. Who among you has seen all 100 on the Toronto International Film Festival's Essential 100? The full list is pasted below. True confession: I have seen all but the following 11, which I shame-facedly reveal below:

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    PS22 Chorus Sings Its Way To The Oscars

    PS22 Chorus Sings Its Way To The Oscars

    Staten Island's Public School 22 chorus is performing on the 83rd Academy Awards. Co-producer Bruce Cohen and co-host Anne Hathaway surprised the children and their families with the news at their annual Winter program (watch them reacting below, plus the chorus's "Just Dance" and "Run This Town" videos). This is not the first 15-minutes of fame for the chorus. Directed by Gregg Breinberg, the chorus has enjoyed YouTube fame and appeared on Good Morning America and VH1 Divas as well as performing at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and at the White House's National Tree Lighting.

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    Kevin Smith On Miramax/Weinstein's 'Clerks' Sequel Plans

    Some interesting news cropped up yesterday morning. The new owners of Miramax struck a deal with the old owners of Miramax, the Weinsteins, to put into production sequels and or potential television offshoots for some of the most high profile titles in the film library. "Bad Santa," "Rounders" and "Shakespeare in Love" are the first batch to titles to be exhumed but plenty more are waiting in the wings including, “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Shall We Dance?,” “The Amityville Horror” and "Clerks." The news took many by surprise as pretty much no one actually involved with those films knew about any pending spinoffs or sequels until yesterday's press release. But ever quick to have his voice heard, Kevin Smith responded to questions about a potential third "Clerks."

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    Abandoned Disney Concept 'The Museum Of The Weird' To Become A Movie Anyway

    Ahmet Zappa In Talks To Pen The ScreenplayDisney loves synergy, and with "The Pirates of the Caribbean" now aiming to top out at six films and with movies based on "The Haunted Mansion" (directed by Guillermo del Toro), "The Magic Kingdom" (directed by Jon Favreau) and possibly even "The Enchanted Tiki Room," the round-eared studio is now digging up concepts that didn't even get made to turn into a movie.

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    Review: John Cameron Mitchell's Grieving Drama 'Rabbit Hole' Digs Up Deep Emotion

    This review originally ran during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Christian Bale Says He Auditioned For 'Three Kings' But Spike Jonze Got The Part

    'The Fighter' Gang Have A Lively, Must-Watch Discussion On Charlie RoseSaying there was a great interview on Charlie Rose last night is kind of like saying damn, Marion Cotillard looked beautiful last night . No shit, isn't that always the case? The guy keeps knocking 'em out that you almost take for granted how across the board excellent his interviews are. So to that end, the principals of the terrific boxing drama, "The Fighter" -- Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, and director David O. Russell -- were on the Charlie Rose show.

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    Sundance Watch: Vachon, Koffler and Iwashina's Killer Digital and Digital Artists Launch Series

    Sundance Watch:  Vachon, Koffler and Iwashina's Killer Digital and Digital Artists Launch Series

    Killer Films goes digital with a new partnership among producers Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler of Killer Films (Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven) and their former CAA agent, Kevin Iwashina. The trio are jumping into the promising but as yet not remunerative digital content and distribution arena that poses a challenge for independents: How best to use social media to reach a large untapped indie fanbase? Finding an economic model for digital distribution is the indie Holy Grail. Killer Digital will start by producing short and long form video.

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    Exclusive: David O. Russell Talks The Humor, Pathos & Women Of 'The Fighter'

    Long a personal pet project for Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter" finally kicked into gear once David O. Russell was brought into the director's chair (replacing Darren Aronofsky who exited and went on to make "The Wrestler"). The film was a rugged indie effort, but one that attracted top tier talent including Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, all of whom are being eyed as very strong candidates for nominations at the upcoming Oscars.

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