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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Immersed in Movies: 'The Artist' Cinematographer Talks in Retro Code

    Take a step back for a moment to consider the bizarre irony of "The Artist" being on the verge of winning the Best Picture Oscar. What an underdog story: a black-and-white silent ode to Hollywood made by a French director with two French stars up against the best that our current film industry has to offer.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar-Nominated Films Come Home Via Movies On Demand

    During Oscar season studios capitalize on nominations at the box office--and reach more Academy voters in LA and NY--with limited runs such as the one week re-release of "Rango" in Hollywood. But now they are grabbing eyeballs in another way: Movies on Demand.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Nigerian Filmmaker Jeta Amata Reshooting "Black Gold" Under New Title; Adds More Hollywood Names To Cast

    Was just reading THIS profile of Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata in the UK's Guardian newspaper website and learned that the director decided to rethink and reshoot his corruption drama about the volatile oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, Black Gold, one of very few recent Hollywood/Nollywood-style collabs which stars Billy Zane (yup, that Billy Zane), Tom Sizemore, Vivica Fox, Sarah Wayne Callies, who's currently starring in AMC's hit new zombie series, The Walking Dead, Mbong Amata, Hakeem Kae Kazim, the Brit/Nigerian who has appeared in several British and American TV shows and films, as well as Jeta Amata's last film, Inale, and several others.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen Buys NBC In Super Bowl Spot For 'The Dictator'; 'John Carter' & 'The Avengers' Tease

    We're just a few days away from kickoff from when [insert Google search] the New York Giants and New England Patriots rumble at the Super Bowl. We're not football fans around here so all we know about this Sunday is that there's going to be a ton of ads everyone will be talking about on Monday, the game seems like it's nine hours long due to the never-ending pregame programming, and the half-time show is always a hopeless disaster. So the only thing that will keep us mildly curious (and give us an excuse to eat an ungodly amount of hot wings) are the movie ads that will be unspooling.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Lenny Kravitz Talks Playing Cinna In 'Hunger Games,' Paying His Dues & Growing As An Actor

    While Lenny Kravitz has dominated the stage as a musician for years, his recent transition to the big screen has been a fascinating journey to follow. The burgeoning actor made his movie debut in Lee Daniels' "Precious," and it was pretty far from the charismatic persona he developed as an axe slinger and singer. Playing the sympathetic Nurse John, his performance showed a sensitivity and depth that was a pleasant surprise. And he's changing things up once again, swinging from an indie film to franchise project, playing Cinna in the forthcoming "The Hunger Games." 

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  • Caryn James
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    Dog Wars: Scorsese Defends Blackie

    I’m not a dog person, so I don’t really have an animal in this fight. But I have to agree with the Uggie backlash, which took off when Christopher Plummer pointed out – quite rightly I think – that Cosmo from Beginners is a much cuter dog. Now Martin Scorsese is getting into the act, defending Blackie from Hugo on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Volkswagen Goes To The 'Star Wars' Cantina (Randomly) In Super Bowl Ad

    Last year, Volkswagen scored a huge hit with their very cute Darth Vader themed Super Bowl ad. And this year, they're going back to the "Star Wars" universe. With dogs.

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  • The Playlist
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    Joe Carnahan Says 'Death Wish' Will Be A Contemporary Remake Based On The Book, Frank Grillo Eyed For A Role

    Yesterday, Twitter enthusiast Joe Carnahan promised his followers he would provide an update on the just announced remake of "Death Wish" he will be writing and directing. And, for those who stayed glued to their feeds, they got a little bigger window into what "The Grey" helmer has planned.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley Talks Sneaking In Script Rewrites, Influences & How Hard It Is To Make Naked People Scary

    When we saw "Kill List" back at South by Southwest last year, well, we almost pooped ourselves in fear. Not really. But it was close. The movie, a clever-as-fuck mash-up of suburban domestic drama, hitman thriller, and occult horror film, really left an impression on us (one Playlist team member was visibly shaken – we had trouble finding him afterwards) – and we saw it at 9 o'clock in the morning! This weekend, "Kill List" is finally unleashed on unsuspecting theaters nationwide and we can't wait for everyone to get a look at this new genre classic. In anticipation of its release, we got to talk to writer/director Ben Wheatley, who discussed the film's development, sneaking an unauthorized script rewrite in, trying to sell a movie that you didn't want to spoil, and why naked people aren't that scary. Tread lightly if you haven't seen the film, though, spoilers ahead.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gareth Evans Spills Details On 'The Raid' Sequel 'Berandal'; Has Trilogy In Mind

    "A triumph of kicks, punches & unrelenting thrills" is how we summarized Gareth Evans' movie "The Raid" after we saw it at the Sundance Film Festival last month. But we're not the only ones taken with the film. Riding a huge wave of buzz, and acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for release later this year, the film is poised to become a breakout action sensation. And good news for fans -- even more ass-kicking is on the way.

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