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    First Look At Old Timey Shia LaBeouf In John Hillcoat's 'The Wettest County'

    At this point, we shouldn't have to explain to you why John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County" is already one of our most anticipated films of next year. We're just glad it's happening at all especially after it fell apart early last year just as lensing was about to begin. And now courtesy of fansite Shiantology (via /Film) we have concrete proof that yes, sweet Jesus, this thing is really happening.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cadillac, MOFILM Team for Short Film Competition: Now Accepting Submissions; F. Gary Gray Interview

    Cadillac and MOFILM are pairing for a short film competition, inviting aspiring filmmakers to "capture the essence of the Cadillac brand — a distinct entrepreneurial spirit coupled with a fearless, adventurous personality." They are accepting submissions until April 4. Here's more info. Prizes are as follows:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lionsgate Hires Kirk Jones for What To Expect When You're Expecting

    Hollywood's track record for turning brand-name non-fiction titles into commercial movies is not stellar. But the trend continues on, and Phoenix Pictures and Lionsgate are proceeding with What to Expect When You're Expecting. They have hired Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee) to direct the ensemble relationship comedy, which producer Medavoy compares to Love Actually.

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    Emily Browning Says Steamy Scene With Jon Hamm Cut From 'Sucker Punch' To Ensure PG-13 Rating

    The jury is still out on Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch," the robots and dragons and girls with guns and swords fantasy pic that opens this Friday. And while it certainly looks unlike anything to hit the big screen -- for better or worse -- Emily Browning reveals that she's pissed one sequence in particular got cut to please the MPAA and help secure a PG-13 rating for the film.

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    SNL Star Kenan Thompson One Of The 'Party Starters'

    The track record of "Saturday Night Live" member vanity projects is littered with failure. "It's Pat," "The Coneheads," "The Ladies Man," "Hot Rod," and even last year's "MacGruber" (which was actually good) have shown that moviegoers aren't interested in seeing sketch comedy actors try their hand at features (at least not until they're off the show). It seems that making that jump to the big screen while still attempting to create yuks on the late night show is a recipe for disaster. But that won't stop Kenan Thompson.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Meeting Miss Taylor

    I don’t usually get flustered before an interview, but I did when Entertainment Tonight told me I’d be talking to Elizabeth Taylor. The year was 1989, and she was promoting a new TV version of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth she had made with Mark Harmon. I didn’t want to squander this opportunity, and I didn’t know what it would be like talking to the famously press-shy star. So I called her longtime friend Roddy McDowall, who’d been very kind to me on a number of occasions, and asked if there was anything Miss Taylor was fond of that people didn’t tend to ask her about.

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    With 'The Wolverine' Declawed For Now, Hugh Jackman Is Going To Sing Instead

    With "The Wolverine" now without a director and with the events in Japan putting location shooting in the country -- where the majority of the film is set -- on hold for now, Hugh Jackman is going to do what anyone else in his situation would do. Sing.

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    'Nanny McPhee' Helmer Kirk Jones Is Going To Tell You 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

    Hollywood is always trying to find a way to hit certain demographics, and in trying to capture a huge swath of the female moviegoing audience, it's pretty much a no brainer to take the must-have pregnancy book, "What To Expect When You're Expecting" -- it has sold 16 million copies to date -- and turn it into a movie. Movement on the project first started last fall when "Whip It!" writer Shauna Cross was hired on to adapt the book. And now, the film has a director.

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    Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Your Highness' Gives The Words "Boobie Trap" A Whole New Meaning

    A new red band trailer for David Gordon Green's "Krull" meets "Pineapple Express" medieval stoner pic "Your Highness" has landed and yes, it's pretty damn funny and it looks like it's fully earning its R-rating.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Elizabeth Taylor: Obits, Video Clips, Photo Galleries, Memories

    The Web lit up like a Christmas tree this morning with the sad but not unexpected news of Elizabeth Taylor's death of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles at age 79. Fifty-three years ago--almost to the day--Taylor escaped dying in a plane crash. The petite actress had been in failing health for many years. Taylor was fragile even back in 1993 when she attended Cannes to run the amfAR auction at the height of her AIDS activism. I'll never forget walking up the red carpet stairs of the Palais behind Sylvester Stallone as he advanced to meet Taylor, waiting for him at the top, wearing white and holding her beloved little white dog in her arms. As had always been the case throughout her 70-year career spanning 50 films, the media went wild around Taylor, who was so beautiful that folks tended not to remember what an accomplished actress she really was.

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