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    Watch: New Trailer For Pixar's 'Brave' Arrives & Delivers A Sprawling Adventure

    It's been a bit of a disappointing 2011 for Pixar fans. The famed animation studio spent the year spinning its wheels both creatively and figuratively "Cars 2," the second straight sequel from the studio built around orginal ideas, with two "Toy Story" shorts making their way to theaters as well. But don't worry, 2012 finds the company not only returning with their first original film since "Up," it will also the first picture from Pixar to feature a female protoganist. And in case you doubted that Pixar still had the goods, the newest trailer for the film that just hit Facebook is as dazzling and exciting as you might expect.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The First Grader" Coming Out On DVD In December

    Because it didn't get a major theatrical release, many people who were interested didn't get a chance to see The First Grader starring Naomie Harris and Oliver Litondo, who plays Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge, a former Mau Mau fighter in his mid-80's who attends school for the first time in his life.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Eames: The Architect And The Painter' Is As Well Made & Streamlined As A Piece Of Eames Furniture

    Review: 'Eames: The Architect And The Painter' Is As Well Made & Streamlined As A Piece Of Eames Furniture

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Criterion Scores with Kieslowski, Three Colors Trilogy on DVD

    Criterion Scores with Kieslowski, Three Colors Trilogy on DVD

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Exclusive Featurette: A Look Inside the Cult of Martha Marcy May Marlene; Olsen and Durkin Vie for Oscar Slots

    Fox Searchlight's mighty marketing machine is in full force right now as they seek to not only push "The Descendants" and "Shame" into movie theaters and the Oscar race, but a less obvious indie contender, "Martha Marcy May Marlene" ($1.6 million in limited release to date). Check out this exclusive featurette, complete with footage, commentary from breakout dramatic actress Elizabeth Olsen (younger sibling of the Olsen twins) and a psychologist who specializes in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They address the nature of Martha's experience both within and outside a cult led by a charismatic, seductive Svengali leader ("Winter's Bone" Oscar nominee John Hawkes). More likely than Olsen landing a slot as best actress is "Martha" writer-director Sean Durkin's shot at scoring an original screenplay nomination--as usual that field is wide open.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Third Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival Sets 2012 Dates: How to Join Up

    Los Angeles culture lovers: the third installment of the Hollywood Fringe Festival has set its dates for 2012. From June 14-24, Hollywood will get an "explosion of theatre performances, solo artists, dancers, experimental art, comedy, films, and cabaret" from this non-profit fest. An opening night gala, awards ceremony and after party are all part of the fest, which is open and non-curated. More information on how to be involved and key dates are below:

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  • The Playlist
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    John Singleton Out Of The Running As Helmer For Tupac Biopic

    This long-gestating biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur backed by production shingle Morgan Creek just can't catch a break, can it? After seeing Antoine Fuqua come on board only to leave, return and then seemingly step aside for John Singleton, it looks like negotiations for the latter to officially take over have now fallen apart as well.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    The Descendants

    Watching a film as mature, moving, original and unpredictable as ‘The Descendants’ renews my faith in American movies, and reaffirms Alexander Payne’s status as one of our most gifted storytellers. He has also bestowed the gift of an exceptional role on George Clooney, who gives the best performance of his career.

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  • Spout
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    Morning Pour: Snow White Fails, Babysitting is Dangerous, Princess Leia Trashes "Star Trek"

    Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your ten topics for Wednesday, November 16, 2011:   

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Jackson Biopic Moonwalking Towards the Big Screen

    Hot on the heels of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter conviction, Variety is reporting that John Branca, the executor of the Michael Jackson estate, has begun shopping around a biopic of the beloved singer. Apparently discussions have begun with Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock's Montecito Picture Company about acquiring the rights, because if there's anyone you want to tell the complex, multifaceted story of the greatest pop entertainer of the century, it's certainly the guys who brought us "Road Trip" and "Hotel for Dogs." Talk about Bad.

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