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    'The Inbetweeners' Soundtrack Features New Music By The Streets, Tunes From Ke$ha, The Vines & More

    It's hard enough to keep up with TV shows on this side of the pond, so you'll to forgive us not catching up with the Brit comedy "The Inbetweeners," a popular sitcom that follows the juvenile exploits of four hapless adolescents in their last two years of high school, usually involving them trying to get laid in some capacity. And while the show -- according our U.K. writers -- is a pleasant enough blend of raunch and heart, the trailer for the upcoming big screen version certainly plays its hand a bit more broadly, so we've been a bit wary. That said, we do have another interest in the film, namely the soundtrack.

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    Nicki Minaj Joins Latest "Ice Age" Animated Movie

    Since she's practically a walking cartoon herself it rather makes sense that she would be in one. So with that, it was announced that rapper (that's what she is isn't she or so I've heard) Nicki Minaj and comedian JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will lend their voices to the next Ice Age animated film for Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios

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    Watch Preview for Coming of Age Drama "The House of Malik"

    Speaking of Clifton Powell, whom I just wrote a post about starring in Psalm 23rd: Redemption, he also stars in The House of Malik, set for release December 1, 2011. The film, a coming of age tale about a New Jersey trumpet prodigy, is written and directed by Jesse James Jackson Jr. and produced by Jersey Style Films Inc. Along with Powell, the film also stars Sean Taylor, Xiaofei Wang, Thomas C. Bartley, Jerry Ross and Anthony Warren.

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    Today In Unexpected Pairings: Kevin James & Emily Watson Star In Indie 'Little Boy'

    Plus Will The Portly Comedian Appear In Charlie Kaufman's 'Frank & Francis'?We may be about to be stripped of our snark cred, but we don't hate Kevin James. He's a decent enough actor, has some comic timing, and is a firmly likable screen presence. We do, however, hate virtually every film he's made: a cynical string of fatty-fall-over gags tied to the loosest possible plot you could think of. But with "The Zookeeper" failing to meet box office expectations (taking half of the gross of James' last vehicle "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"), the chubby funnyman may be heading for a change of tack, with the news that he's teaming up with Oscar nominee Emily Watson for an indie family drama.

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    First Images & Official Synopsis From 'Dogtooth' Director Yorgos Lanthimos' New Film 'Alps'

    It was a bit of a shocker when Yorgos Lanthimos' provocative "Dogtooth" landed on the Best Foreign Film nominations at the Oscars earlier this year, if only because it's exactly the kind nervy, unique filmmaking that the Academy typically shies away from, particularly in that usually very conservative category. But the recognition spoke to the power of Lanthimos' film, one that shocked, thrilled and disturbed audiences around the world, took home honors from a variety film festivals (including the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes) and put the Greek filmmaker on the map. Well, Lanthimos is back and and will surely be pushing buttons again with "Alps" which will premiere in Venice in a few short weeks, playing in competition.

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    A Must See In Theaters This Week: Rashaad Ernesto Green's Acclaimed Drama "Gun Hill Road"

    So maybe a fantastical tale about CG apes gone wild isn't really your thing, and you'd prefer something with more of a neo-realist touch; then I've definitely got what you need :)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Why Golden Globes--and DiCaprio, Wahlberg, Butler--Give Away $1.5 Million to Charities, Film Schools

    Why Golden Globes--and DiCaprio, Wahlberg, Butler--Give Away $1.5 Million to Charities, Film Schools

    The purpose of the annual Golden Globes lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel is for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to use their clout with would-be Globes nominees to mount a starry red carpet event, and invite press and other friends of the organization, so that they will broadcast the HFPA's generosity and charity.

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    Richard Ayoade Finds His Lead For Adaptation Of Dostoevsky‘s "The Double"

    Now that his directorial debut Submarine has had its moment in the spotlight, talented Brit, Richard Ayoade , is on to the next one (to quote Jay-Z).

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    'Monsters' Star Scoot McNairy Latest On Board Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

    Scoot McNairy is having a pretty good twelve months. The actor had a minor indie hit a few years back with "In Search Of A Midnight Kiss," but it was his turn in last year's lo-fi genre smash "Monsters" that really started to turn heads. The film was a big hit on the festival circuit last year, and McNairy was courted for a number of massive films, including "Prometheus" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," before taking something far more interesting: a lead role, opposite Brad Pitt, in Andrew Dominik's eagerly-anticipated crime flick "Cogan's Trade." Oh, and he managed to find time to marry "Monsters" co-star Whitney Able as well.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Hires Brett Ratner to Produce Oscars with Don Mischer: Threatens to Go Cheesy

    The Academy is walking a thin line between wanting an Oscar Show that draws millions of viewers around the world--which will please ABC-- and a kudocast that advertises Hollywood in a classy and appealing way --which will please the grown-ups in the room at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday, February 26, 2012. It's a slippery slope, and I argue that the likes of Bill Condon & Larry Mark (2009) and the late great Laura Ziskin (2002, 2007) provide the model of a show that worked. In the end, it matters less what the producers do with the show than what movies are nominated. If The Lord of the Rings and Avatar are up, there are more viewers. It's that simple.

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