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    Watch: Ryan Gosling, Jim Carrey & Eva Mendes Star In Drunk History's 'The Night Before Christmas'

    The concept behind "Drunk History" is beautiful in its simplicity. Get a comedian stinking drunk, get them to tell a slurred, jumbled version of a historical event, and then film a reconstruction of those events, full of movie-stars lip-syncing to the pissed-up narrator's words. Michael Cera, Don Cheadle, Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell number among the A-listers who've featured so far in the series, which is one of Funny or Die's most successful ongoing clips.

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    Co-opting Occupy Wall Street: "The Dark Knight Rises" vs the 99%

    No disrespect to Christopher Nolan, who I'm sure has his anti-capitalist political leanings in the right place, as revealed in the new trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises," which has bloggers all over the web salivating about the film's ominous call for class warfare: “You think this can last?" says the would-be Catwoman. "There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne.... when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” But this is Hollywood, my friends, and at its best, the film will communicate a conflicted message; at its worst, it will make us all forget what OWS is really about.

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    Omar Sy, "Intouchables," "Le Havre" Lead Lumière Nominations (French Equivalent Of Golden Globes)

    The nominations for the 17th annual Lumière awards - essentially the French equivalent of the Golden Globes, as foreign press based in France select the best in French cinema - were announced this morning, and amongst the names and titles on the list of honorees include our man, Omar Sy, and the film he stars in, Intouchables, as well as Aki Kaurismäki's French immigration dramedy Le Havre, another film we've highlighted here on S&A.

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    Charlie Kaufman Confirms That Next Directorial Effort 'Frank Or Francis' Is A Full-On Musical

    When a screenwriter is admired, it is often based on how well he or she can construct a story (Robert Towne, William Goldman) or write dialogue (Aaron Sorkin, David Mamet), but Charlie Kaufman is the rare screenwriter who is revered for the strength of his ideas. He certainly feels like the first writing auteur, and it’s appropriate that he began directing his own scripts with 2008’s "Synecdoche, New York" (That’s not to disparage the great films Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry made out of Kaufman scripts, although as far as “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” goes, the less said, the better. Director George Clooney and Kaufman infamously butted heads over that film.)

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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    The National, Jonsi, Zooey Deschanel Or Uh, Justin Bieber Could Win An Oscar For Best Original Song

    And then there were...39. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday the songs that are eligible to compete for Best Original Song at the Oscars, and as you might guess, it's a pretty random assortment of songs. But for those of you holding out hope that the Academy will recognize "I Don't Know How She Does It," keep that flame burning bright.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Now You Can Learn Filmmaking From Kim Jong Il

    Now I know what you're saying - what does the recently late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il have to do with black filmmaking? I'll get to that in just a minute. But did you know that, aside from being a monsterous, cruel and sadistic oppressor, King Jong Il also considered himself a filmmaker?

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  • Caryn James
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    Angelina Jolie's Shockingly Good "In the Land of Blood and Honey"

    For years, it has been easy to dismiss Angelina Jolie as an extremely beautiful flake. Even her work for humanitarian causes could seem like the image-burnishing, manic-y upside of her earlier, darker bad-girls days. Not anymore. In the Land Of Blood and Honey, which she wrote and directed, is a surprising triumph in so many ways. I have to say, I completely underestimated her.

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    Matt Damon's Loyalty To Paul Greengrass & Friction With Tony Gilroy May Prevent Another Movie For Jason Bourne

    It's pretty rare for nice guy Matt Damon to stick the knife in anyone, but when he spoke to GQ recently, his candid remarks about screenwriter, and longtime Bourne series scribe Tony Gilroy, made their way around the world. Calling Gilroy's draft for "The Bourne Ultimatum" a "career-ender" and "readable" (it was later rewritten by George Nolfi and Scott Z. Burns), it was another sting sent to the screenwriter who has already had a rocky relationship with the franchise.

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    PETER TONGUETTE: Director Steven Spielberg and editor Michael Kahn: a life long partnership

    I was the sort of kid who paid attention to movie credits, even if I didn’t comprehend them, so from an early age I was familiar with the name of Michael Kahn. There it was, appearing again and again at the start of some of my favorite movies as a child: Close "Encounters of the Third Kind," "Raiders of the Lost Ark"," Empire of the Sun." It was always preceded by words like “Film Editor” or “Edited By.”

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