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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Six Clips From Crowd-Pleasing Silent Oscar Contender 'The Artist'

    The big film that no one saw coming this year was Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist." The director was best known for his cult French comedies in the "OSS 117" series, and reunited with star Jean Dujardin for a silent movie homage, riffing on films from "Singin' in the Rain" to "A Star Is Born," shot in black and white and with (almost) no dialogue.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch - "We Bought A Zoo" With J.B.Smoove

    Here's the trailer for the Christmas holiday, heartwarming family film We Bought A Zoo, with Matt Damon and Scatlett Johansson, written and directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, and the soon to be relased rock documenatry Pearl Jam Twenty).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Snoop Dogg Will Play Bluesman/Renowned 70s Pimp Fillmore Slim In Biopic

    Score another one for the raptors (rappers turned actors)... this time it's the Dogg-Father himself, Snoop D-O-Double G-Y Dogg, who's now reportedly attached to star in a biopic on the life of Fillmore Slim (born Clarence Slim), the blues vocalist and guitarist, who was also a well-known pimp in San Francisco in the 60s and 70s, often referred to as "The West Coast Godfather of the Game" and "The Pope of Pimping."

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  • ReelPolitik
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    In Brazen PR Move for "Butter," Harvey Weinstein Taunts Michelle Bachmann

    In Brazen PR Move for "Butter," Harvey Weinstein Taunts Michelle Bachmann

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    The Birds

    The special edition of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 Judgment Day thriller, The Birds (available on DVD), carries not only various production notes, cut scenes from the script, storyboard sketches, trailers, other promotional footage, Tippi Hedren's screen tests--with actor Martin Balsam, and with Hitchcock's off-camera voice directing and kidding around--but also an eighty-minute documentary that goes into enormous and fascinating detail about how this technically most difficult picture was made 48 years ago. Long before computer generated images were even dreamed of, Hitchcock conceived a production so challenging that he himself knew never to raise the issue, "Can it be done?" Because, he told me at the time, "Then it would never have been made. Any technician would have said 'impossible.' So I didn't ever bring that up, I simply said, 'Here's what we’re going to do.'"

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  • Hope for Film
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    Prescreen Debuts as a Social Movie Discovery Platform

    Prescreen was featured on our MUST READ list of the New Platforms. Sheri Candler also did an overview for the community on this site. Now they are launching. Their press release is below, but to understand just what they are doing, watch this short video before.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Morris Chestnut Joins Cast Of New FX Series "American Horror Story"

    Morris Chesnut's name is one I haven't heard much of later; scanning his IMDB resume... the last time he appeared on any screen was in ABC's re-imagining of the 1983 sci-fi miniseries V , which was cancelled in May this year. He was on it for the 2 seasons it aired.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Star David Oyelowo In Talks To Join Tom Cruise In 'One Shot'

    British actor David Oyelowo has been edging towards proper stardom gently in the last few years. The Royal Shakespeare Company veteran became well known in the U.K. after starring in the spy series "Spooks" (or "M-I:5" in the U.S.) and 2006's "The Last King of Scotland," and has worked steadily in big film projects. Last year, he looked to be properly on the brink when he landed the key part of Martin Luther King Jr. in Lee Daniels' "Selma." And while that film is yet to happen, he's had a pretty great 2011 regardless, with prominent roles in two late summer blockbusters as Preacher Green in "The Help" and the villainous Steven Jacobs in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Text M for Murder

    This Funny or Die clip evokes the obvious but still mild wording of Facebook stalking and following someone's Tumblr in this comedy-horror short that pays homage to horror movie/ horror movie parodies:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TIFF Deals: The Lady, Wuthering Heights, Last Day on Earth, Your Sister's Sister

    The late Toronto fest deals are flying fast and furious. Now IFC has closed two deals, for North and Latin American rights to Lynn Shelton's well-reviewed relationship comedy Your Sister's Sister, starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, and North American rights for Abel Ferrara's 4:44 Last Day on Earth. The New York-set film, starring Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta, and Natasha Lyonne asks the questions, "how would we spend our final hours on Earth? And what does how we choose to die say about how we have chosen to live?" Next stop: The New York Film Festival. Here's more. UPDATED.

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