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    Paul Rudd Says He Won't Be In 'The Muppets'

    Since pretty much every cameo and celeb appearance has been given away for the upcoming "The Muppet Movie," we're left with telling you won't in the film. Paul Rudd was mentioned in a early batch of names that were said to be appearing in the film but like Jane Lynch before him, it appears word on his participation was a bit premature.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Economist Film Project Selects Docs for PBS

    The Economist Magazine is launching a collaboration with PBS News Hour called The Economist Film Project. The year-long initiative, which starts in January, seeks to showcase thoughtful and provocative documentary films from around the world. The Economist will select short and feature length films from established and emerging filmmakers on subjects that are in line with the mag's interest in economics, the environment, social and human rights, government and politics, religion, media and culture. Selected film segments will air on PBS NewsHour and online for the following year, and will be put in context with related Economist articles. The magazine's deputy editor, Gideon Lichfield, says the project:

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    Rumor: George Lucas May Digitally Recreate Dead Actors You Love In A Movie You'll Probably Hate

    Also, George Lucas Doesn't Understand Comedy (Duh)Update: A rep for LucasFilm has called reports a "false rumor."

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    The 50 Best Songs of 2010, Part 1

    I figured since the Grammy Awards announced their ever-lame nominations last weekend, it was a signal I could begin one of my very favourite annual blog entries... a countdown of the best songs of the year. I've been geekily doing this for at least 13 years, as a I-clearly-take-this-way-too-seriously excel spreadsheet I've been keeping since 1997 seems to suggest (though I'm sure it goes on before that... though I'd fear the charts from 1993 or 1994 would be filled with tracks from "The Lion King" or something of that sort). Here's the #1s from each year, for what it's worth:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Jane Austen Fight Club

    We've seen Valley Girls and Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. Here's a new twist on the Jane Austen genre: Jane Austen Fight Club:

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    Watch: Teaser Trailer For New Santa Tale 'Arthur Christmas'

    Even though it's not set to hit theaters until the holiday season next year, Sony has dropped an early look at the upcoming 3D animated co-production with Aardman, "Arthur Christmas."

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    Amber Heard Comes Out Of The Closet

    I'm biting my tongue from "when you're super hot and still a bit under the radar, I'm not too sure how difficult publicly coming out really could be" kind of comments with regard to actress Amber Heard announcing she's a lesbian this weekend, because the main thing to take from the news is that it's definitely awesome Heard did this, and the more is always the merrier when it comes to open queers in Hollywood. Heard had said she had to ask herself if by being closeted, she was part of the problem in denying "millions of hard-working, tax paying Americans" their rights. Couldn't agree more. So way to go, Amber... and watch out Portia diRossi: There's a new hottest-lesbian-in-town (and she's funny too):

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    He's Not There: John Requa and Glenn Ficarra's "I Love You Phillip Morris"

    “I’m going to be a fag . . . a big fag,” declares Jim Carrey’s Steven Russell after a terrifically jarring car accident in John Requa and Glenn Ficarra’s I Love You Phillip Morris. The sentiment is typical of the film’s uncompromising, in-your-face approach to its protagonist’s gayness—a frankness that is both refreshing and distracting. Here is an American film starring bona fide movie stars built around a believable and earnestly rendered (to a point) gay love affair, but unlike Brokeback Mountain or Milk, gayness isn’t the subject of the movie so much as one aspect of the true-life story Requa and Ficarra are telling.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Jeremy Renner Talks 'The Town,''Mission Impossible,' 'The Avengers'

    The Hurt Locker not only gave Jeremy Renner the role of his career--which earned him an Oscar nomination--but it opened up a raft of career possibilities. Renner is young, gifted and masculine: he can play a charismatic hero or a dangerous villain, a leading man or a character role. He's versatile. This is what casting directors want. There aren't enough guys like him.

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