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    10 Movies to See Instead of "The Artist"

    One of the most disappointing films for me this year is Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist." As a fan of cinema of the '20s and '30s, the silent throwback is right up my alley, but I wanted more than just references and homage. Some people are saying it's not much different than what Quentin Tarantino does with grindhouse films, but I disagree. Tarantino takes inspiration from crude B movies and makes something brilliantly new. Hazanavicius takes inspiration from classic films and makes something familiar and unnecessary. There's nothing new to them in any way whatsoever. So what's the point? Let's just watch the films it borrows heavily from, or something else that's more innovative and/or inventive. Remember when we all pre-criticized "Avatar" for looking so derivative? At least it had some amazing spectacle in the end. "The Artist" is just kinda charming at best.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At The White Apes In 'John Carter' Is Kind Of A Spoiler

    When the first tailer for "John Carter" dropped earlier this year, it was undoubtedly wonderful to look at but also kind of enigmatic. For those not familiar with the books, it was hard to glean exactly what was happening or even what the film was about, and anecdotally speaking, when we've seen the trailer in theaters, audiences have seemed a bit puzzled as well. With the release date on the very expensive movie (rumored to be as costly as $300 million) now just a few short months away, the campaign is going to gear up considerably. And this holiday weekend brings us a new look at the movie from EW and it's a bit of spoiler. Sort of.

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    Morning Pour: The Best Thanksgiving Movies

    Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your five discussion topics involving Thanksgiving for Wednesday, November 23, 2011:

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  • The Playlist
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    ‘Rampart’ Director Oren Moverman Talks Collaborating With James Ellroy (Sort Of) & Why Star Woody Harrelson Almost Hated His Movie

    In 2009, screenwriter-turned-director Oren Moverman was involved in two great feats. The first was by his own doing: making a powerful and absorbing directorial debut with “The Messenger” featuring outstanding performances by Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster and Samantha Morton. The second accomplishment he was somewhat peripherally involved in and directly responsible for. He directed Harrelson to an outstanding performance, but somehow, small indie company Oscilloscope Films were able to earn Harrelson an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor – no small accomplishment considering the lesser amount of weight indies hold compared to larger studios and a testament to how good Harrelson’s performance was (many had assumed, the picture was simply too small and Woody would go unnoticed).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch The Second Episode Of "Milk & Honey" Web Series, Exec Produced By Idris Elba

    Here's the second episode of Milk & Honey, a web series we've been following since its inception that seems to be building a solid and loyal following. 

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    Nollywood Actress Genevieve Nnaji Awarded Nigerian National Honor

    Actress Genevieve Nnaji (The Mirror Boy), who has been referred to as the "Julia Roberts of Nollywood," is among a set of distinguished Nigerians who recently received National Honours conferred on them by President Goodluck Jonathan.

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  • The Playlist
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    Paul Greengrass' 'Memphis' Finding New Life? Icon U.K. Group In Talks To Finance The Movie

    While Paul Greengrass has spent the year circling a number of films to mark his follow-up to "Green Zone," it's "Memphis" that remains the project that got away. This spring, Universal yanked the plug on the director's Martin Luther King Jr. project that was gearing up to go into production with an ambitious February 2012 release date tentatively slated. With financing and distribution on the project gone, "Memphis" slid to the backburner, though Greengrass remained cautiously optimistic.

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    South Africa's Bertha Foundation Invests $2.4 Million to Fund Social Justice Docs

    The South Africa-based Bertha Foundation has partnered with the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation to launch two new funds for documentary features totaling £1.5 million ($2.4 million) over three years.

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    Interviews: 'Arthur Christmas' Star Bill Nighy & Director Sarah Smith Discuss Their New Holiday Movie

    There is, in short order, going to be a family movie blood bath at the box office this holiday weekend, with "Arthur Christmas," "Hugo" and "The Muppets" all arriving in theaters. While all three films certainly deserve merit, "Arthur Christmas," with its surprisingly complex themes and glittery animation, is probably the most unexpected and the least pre-sold (since it's not based on a best-selling book or long-running franchise). But don't let its underdog status fool you: this is big, bright, bristling piece of entertainment and totally deserves your Thanksgiving dollars. We got a chance to speak to "Arthur Christmas" co-writer/director Sarah Smith and co-star Bill Nighy (who plays Grandsanta) about what it was like to be part of a new holiday classic.

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    Ralph Fiennes Talks About Directing Coriolanus (Video Interview)

    Ralph Fiennes’ career has taken him from the swoon-inducing romantic hero of The English Patient to noseless Voldemort in the Harry Potter series. Now, in his fierce, accomplished first film as director, he has extended his range again with a topical, centuries-old political drama: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, in which he plays the thorny title character, a war-hero turned candidate for office.

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