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    Zoe Saldana Is Going To Walk Through A Wall & Kick Your Ass In First Look At 'Columbiana'

    If the otherwise forgettable "The Losers" proved anything earlier this year, its that Zoe Saldana is primed to be the next female action star and if there was any justice (c'mon Hollywood!) she would've been right up in there in the casting mix for things like "Gravity" and the "Alien" prequel instead of the usual run of names/faces (some of which were fairly preposterous).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    "One Of Us" Gets An Oscar

    Kevin Brownlow now has two Oscars, and I couldn’t be happier. The second award, which bears his name, is the result of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deciding that a film historian and archivist of his stature is as worthy of an honorary Oscar as two world-class directors (Francis Ford Coppola and Jean-Luc Godard) and one superb actor (Eli Wallach). This says as much about the Academy and its mission as it does about the recipients…and it honors the field of film history.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Production Watch: Cooper's Carancho Remake, Mulligan is Daisy, Jane Eyre Trailer, Wuthering Heights

    - The success of Scott Cooper's first film as writer-director, Crazy Heart---an Oscar vehicle for Jeff Bridges---gave him license to play with the big kids. While David Fincher gets flack for remaking the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (he's actually adapting the Stieg Larsson novel), Cooper is attached to direct a remake of Argentina's foreign language Oscar submission, Carancho (meaning Vulture, pictured), which played at Cannes and AFI Fest. Ricardo Darin (who starred in last year's Oscar-winning The Secret In Their Eyes) plays a personal injury attorney who helps as well as exploits his clients, and gets embroiled in a larger scheme. Cooper is shopping the rights to remake the film with an adaptation already written by Aaron Stockard (The Town, Gone Baby Gone). The original won't hit American screens until spring.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Next Three Days' Is Paul Haggis Trying/Failing to Make Muscular Entertainment

    The true test of any director's dexterity and creativity lies with their ability to successfully tackle a myriad of genres. It's enough to be "good enough" in one highly specified field, but to be able to grapple with different subject matters is truly remarkable. Certainly Danny Boyle is a great contemporary example of this, as he's been able to tackle disparate genres like the zombie thriller ("28 Days Later") and heady science fiction epic ("Sunshine"), all the while able to slip back into humanist dramas like "Slumdog Millionaire" and this fall's "127 Hours." (Steven Soderbergh is another notable, current example of an itchy genre experimentalist.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Extended Trailer For Jennifer Hudson/Terrence Howard Mandela Drama 'Winnie'

    'Winnie

    Politely Glosses Over Kidnapping, Murder, Infidelity, FraudSo who would have thought in the weak link in the forthcoming biopic of Winnie Mandela played by "American Idol" winner Jennifer Hudson would actually be Terrence Howard in the role of the iconic Nelson Mandela? Perhaps he should've played nice with Marvel and kept on playing War Machine.

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  • Spout
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    "Inception" and Other Films as Film Criticism

    The A.V. Club has done another terrific list prompting discussion and debate among commenters and, as always, providing a good mix of familiar and obscure titles to affirm and ponder. This time the focus is on "movies that double as movie criticism." 19 movies, many of which involve literal filmmaking; some others are clear metaphors for such. And the most recent -- and certainly the one used to attract readers -- is this year's "Inception." Here's part of the entry on Christopher Nolan's dreamscape adventure:

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  • Enzian Theater
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    B-SIDE ARTISTS Claim Final Slam of 2010

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  • The Playlist
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    First Trailer Arrives For 'Cars 2'; Try And Guess The Voices

    Update: We've added the domestic trailer below which includes some slightly different material than the Brit counterpart.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Poster & Trailer For Yet Another Generic Jason Statham Vehicle 'The Mechanic'

    Jason Statham once again stretches his acting muscles about one centimeter as the trailer has arrived for the latest CBS Films mid-budget-you're-better-off-saving-your-twelve-bucks flick "The Mechanic." Lord knows why the studio is dropping this one just two months after their other generic and similar-looking action vehicle, "Faster" which opens in a couple of weeks but at least that movie has a solid score by Clint Mansell.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Outside the Doc Box

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