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    Listen: Scarlett Johansson Covers "Bonnie & Clyde" With Lulu Gainsbourg

    In the annals of actors-turned-musicians, Scarlett Johansson is actually better (and more underrated) than most. Her album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head, produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, is actually pretty good and in the various compilations or soundtracks she has contributed to Johansson is keenly aware that while she doesn't have a particularly broad range, her strength lies in her woozy, sexy, husky delivery and with that, she does quite well with it.

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    Love Today: Maryam Keshavarz's "Circumstance"

    In a mid-nineties interview following the release of her film Fire (which ignited riots across India because of its depiction of a Hindu lesbian love affair), director Deepa Mehta said that had she been a Muslim director dealing with the topic of homosexuality, she “would have been lynched.” Now, some fifteen years later, Iranian-American director Maryam Keshavarz has made Circumstance, among the world’s first fiction films about Muslim lesbians. In fact, prior to Parvez Sharma’s 2007 documentary A Jihad for Love, the dearth of gay and lesbian characters in Iranian film would have had anyone using cinema as their barometer of the times credulously accepting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statements in 2007 that homosexuality simply does not exist in Iran.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Abduction' Soundtrack Can't Steal A Good Song, Features Lenny Kravitz, Train & More

    Music supervision is a tricky business. It's a careful balance of working with a filmmaker in choosing songs that will be effective their movie, while in many cases, also ensuring it will be something that will appeal to the intended audience. It's a strange sort of curation but when it works well, everyone is happy. Say what you will about the "Twilight" soundtracks but they have been a savvy blend of tunes that courted both Twihards and those would couldn't care less about the franchise. All of which brings us to "Abduction," Taylor Lautner's first stab at a leading-man action role, and the music chosen for the movie is a pretty bizarre mix, to the say the least.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    In the No, Run-Up to Telluride: The Show from Swinton and Clooney to Veloso and Waters

    We have several folks covering festivals this year--David Gritten and The Playlist are in Venice while Meredith Brody and I are in Telluride--along with Eugene Hernandez, who's covering for indieWIRE. Here's Meredith's first missive:Part of the appeal and the mystique of the Telluride Film Festival, aka the Show, is that you’re buying a pig in a poke. Since the Festival doesn’t release any of its program, whether new titles, tributes, or revivals, in advance, you have to trust in its distinguished reputation -- as Roger Ebert has memorably written, “[It’s] like Cannes died and went to heaven…” -- and take a leap into the void.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Don Cheadle is a Vicious Captain Planet

    Don Cheadle takes on the challenging role of Captain Planet, aggressively saving the world from evil humans and tiny dogs. Watch as he makes everyone around him go green or leaf (his pun, not mine). Along with Oscar-nominee Cheadle, this Funny or Die clip features Gillian Jacobs, Brenda Song, Efren Ramirez, William Moseley, and James Davis:Don Cheadle is Captain Planet from Don Cheadle

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Happy Happy is Norway's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

    The Norwegian Oscar Committee has submitted Anne Switsky's feature directorial debut, Happy, Happy, to Best Foreign-Language Feature Film, after it took the top prize at Sundance. Happy, Happy's victory at Sundance marked the first time that a Norwegian film won fest's World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Another Trip to the Moon with Méliès: Behind the Digital Restoration of VFX Landmark

    While waiting for Hugo (Nov. 23), Martin Scorsese's 3-D valentine to Georges Méliès, TOH columnist Bill Desowitz writes a fascinating account of how digital advances made possible the painstaking restoration of the first movie blockbuster from the father of special effects, A Trip to the Moon (1902). The new version of the landmark 14-minute short, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, will screen at Telluride this weekend and at the Academy's Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday. What a way to mark the 150th anniversary of Méliès's birth.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Interracial Love Story "Sonny Boy" Will Represent The Netherlands In Foreign Language Oscar Race

    The film is called Sonny Boy - a Dutch film that tells the true story of the "forbidden" relationship between Waldemar Nods, a 19-year-old student from Suriname, and Rika van der Lans, a married Dutch woman in her 40s, and mother of 4 children. The pair meet in the 1920s, fall in love, and Rika becomes pregnant soon thereafter, causing a scandal with far-reaching consequences, leading up to the World War II.

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    Trailer for Tom Tykwer's "3" Gives Everything Away But That's Okay

    There was a while in which I thought German filmmaker Tom Tykwer could do no wrong. Following his breakout here in 1999 with "Run Lola Run," I loved everything of his, including (especially) the extremely under-appreciated "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer." Then he did the Clive Owen action thriller "The International," which outside of the precisely constructed Guggenheim shootout was decidedly too bland. I don't mean visually so much as narratively. It was well directed, but of course he didn't write the screenplay and so it lacked his trademark injection of happenstance at every corner. If you too like that element of Tykwer's movies, you'll appreciate his dry (yet often wet) screwball comedy "3," which opens in the U.S. this month and now has a new trailer aimed at American audiences.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Greta Gerwig Says Handsome Men Are To Be Avoided In Clips From 'Damsels In Distress'

    It has been thirteen long, long years since Whit Stillman's last film, "Last Days Of Disco," and while we've seen images and read plot details about his forthcoming effort "Damsels In Distress," today we finally get our first real taste of the film, as a clip has hit the interwebs.

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