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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review—HOW DO YOU KNOW

    If you admire such films as Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment, and As Good as it Gets, as I do, you’ll be rooting for James L. Brooks to score another bull’s-eye with his latest effort. But it’s clear pretty early on that How Do You Know is a muddled misfire: a tiresome, talky romantic comedy about a bright young woman who, at a vulnerable moment in her life, can’t decide between two men—neither of whom seems terribly appealing. That these three characters are played by Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd makes it even more—

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Tron: Legacy,' 'How Do You Know,' 'Yogi Bear,' 'Rabbit Hole'

    Hollywood lays out the red carpet for "Tron: Legacy" this week, because there's surprisingly little competition for the 3D spectacle this high-season almost holiday weekend. Sure, there's something for the kids with (shudder) "Yogi Bear" and something for the ladies with "How Do You Know," but 'Tron' is bringing some of that summer blockbuster swagger to winter. Maybe studio execs assume everyone's going to be spending those hard earned bucks on gifts or warm and toasty yuletide libations. At any rate, despite the rather slim pickins there's a little something for everyone at the multiplex, and even some awards-season contenders for those of you who treat Oscar nomination morning like the NFL draft pick.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Predicts Post-Critics Groups, Globes, SAG

    Oscar Talk: Predicts Post-Critics Groups, Globes, SAG

    Does Blue Valentine or Another Year or Biutiful still have a shot? Will Winter's Bone or The Town make it onto the Oscar Ten? In Contention's @KrisTapley and @GuyLodge and I read the Oscar tea leaves in the wake of the critics votes, Golden Globes, and SAG nominations. We explain why critics' fave The Social Network isn't necessarily a shoo-in for best picture. And why the SAG Awards count more than the Golden Globes in the Oscar race, and why the HFPA didn't nominate How Do You Know? as a comedy. The guys like Tron: Legacy and Daft Punk a lot more than I do, that's for sure.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Oscar Watch: Hermano by Marcel Rasquin, Venezuela

    Venezuela’s submission for Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film Oscar, Hermano, (official site: www.hermano.com.ve) just showed at the Havana Film Festival in Cuba, where it won the Special Jury Prize for Opera Prima (First Film), and played in 800 and 1,200 seat theaters filled with enthusiastic Cubans who loved this international film. Director Marcel was happy to be in Cuba. He also explored its music and made discovery of 96 year old Juana Bacallao who sings cabaret in many of Cuba’s night spots.

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  • Spout
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    "TRON: Legacy" - See It, Be the Spectator

    You should go see "TRON: Legacy" this weekend. Preferably in IMAX 3D. See it for the pretty visual effects. See it for Michael Sheen's part as David Bowie as Willy Wonka (thank you Karina Longworth for recognizing the performance as one of the year's best). See it for Olivia Wilde as Louise Brooks as, ultimately, Ariel the mermaid. See it for Jeff Bridges, obviously, as Jeff Bridges and Jeff Bridges. Hear it for the Daft Punk score, while seeing how it enhances the visuals, especially the moment featuring Daft Punk (or maybe they're stand-ins? we'd never know). But see it, let it wash over you as a spectator and nothing else. Never mind that it's a film about the user and there's nothing for you to do. Identify with the slaves in the digital coliseum passively enjoying the gladiatorial games provided to them by the grid's evil emperor.

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  • The Playlist
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    Awesome: The PS22 Chorus To Sing At The Oscars

    Well isn't this all kinds of heartwarming and sugary sweet? The PS22 Chorus, the fifth grade choir from a Staten Island public school who've made themselves known the world over thanks to their stirring and moving renditions of popular songs, have been invited to walk the red carpet and sing at upcoming the Oscar ceremony.

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  • The Playlist
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    James Mangold To Direct Revenge Thriller 'The Gunslinger,' Shooting Starts In Spring

    James Mangold has got one of the most interesting resumés of any filmmaker currently working. Firstly, he studied under the legendary Alexander Mackendrick ("The Sweet Smell Of Success") and his filmography is a fascinating potpourri of different genres. He kicked off his career with the stirring, minor key drama "Heavy" (which still needs a decent DVD release) and from there hopped to projects with varying styles including "Girl Interrupted," "Copland," "Identity," and "Walk The Line." This past summer he made his first bonafide tentpole picture, "Knight & Day," with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, which was hampered by some questionable marketing and somewhat diminishing returns.

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  • The Playlist
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    Are Winona Ryder's Comments On Mel Gibson The Tip Of Iceberg? Comeback For Mel In Doubt

    If there's anything Hollywood does best, it's protect their own. Many actors, directors and producers have interesting reputations for their offscreen behavior and as long as it doesn't make TMZ, everyone politely turns their heads and sweeps it under the carpet, particularly if you're a talent that brings in megabucks at the box office. That is unless you're Fatty Arbuckle or, moving forward many, many decades, Mel Gibson.

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  • The Playlist
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    Seventeen Lost Minutes From ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Discovered

    Merry Christmas, Stanley Kubrick fans. Devotees of the director have received some mouth-watering news this holiday season as seventeen minutes of footage cut from the stone cold sci-fi classic "2001: A Space Odyssey" has been found.

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  • Caryn James
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    Best On Screens This Weekend

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