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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Help: Eat My Shit

    Love this video. Done by Jon and Al Kaplan.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Stop Complaining, Already!

    As tired as I am of the long award season that leads up to the Oscars, I am even wearier of the professional complainers whose job, it seems, is to find fault with the Academy Awards show every year, as well as the honors they bestow. I don’t agree with all of the Academy’s choices, and I’m not blind to the faults of the telecast, but it’s become a perpetual punching bag for pundits who are determined not to like what they see. Enough already.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Video Of Evan Rachel Wood Covering "I'd Have You Anytime" For Amnesty International Album 'Chimes Of Freedom'

    In addition to being a fine actress, Evan Rachel Wood has got a solid set of pipes. Having already shown them off in "Across The Universe," it's not a surprise she was in the running to play Eponine in "Les Miserables" (the role eventually went to Brit reality TV star Samantha Banks) and while we'll have to wait for another opportunity to hear her sing in a film, this will do for now.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Best & Worst Moments Of The 84th Academy Awards

    How's your Oscar hangover? We've all got the prosecco sweats in the Playlist offices this morning, but that's about the norm for a Monday. Or a Tuesday. Or a Thursday. Anyway, the dust is settling post-Oscars, with the winners basking in their glory, and the losers digging through their script pile to find a disabled Holocaust survivor to play to give them another chance at the big prize.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    All Hail Meryl

    Since there's really nothing more to say, I'll cap off awards season with this lovely clip of Meryl Streep backstage after finally winning her third Oscar last night. An "Iron Lady" fan I was not, but it's impossible to deny the charm, humility and all-around perfection that is Meryl:

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch "Lorax" Director Chris Renaud's Oscar-Nominated "No Time for Nuts"

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at the directorial debut of Chris Renaud, who co-directed "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," which opens Friday.

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  • The Playlist
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    Book Review: 'Tales From Development Hell' An Uneven Look Behind The Curtain At Getting A Film Made

    Hollywood churns out roughly 400 movies per year, which is already a mind boggling figure, but becomes even more impressive when you think about the many hoops that need to jumped through just get a camera rolling. The vagaries of financing, locking down a cast, getting a script approved, protecting the film's creative integrity versus the business expectations of executives, balancing the egos of producers -- it's a minor miracle that as many movies get completed as they do. But for every movie that does get made, there are a handful more that don't for a variety of reasons, with some projects lingering around for years passing through multiple hands and directors without moving an inch. A recent example would be "Prisoners" which has been attached to directors Bryan Singer, Antoine Fuqua and Daniel Espinona at various points, with Christian Bale, Mark Wahblerg, Leondardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender all rumored to star along the way; the project is currently in the hands of "Incendies" director Denis Villeneuve. These what-could-have-been scenarios are always fascinating to explore and serve as the central concept of "Tales From Development Hell" by David Hughes, a book that unfortuantely is never quite compelling as you might hope.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Route Irish' Star Trevor William Planning New Short 'Plenty More Fish In The Sea', Will Feature New Song By The Rainband

    Whenever there's word of a new project from legendary British director Ken Loach, we sit up and take notice. If that project is connected in some way to the Cannes Film Festival, our ears prick up even more in regards to the Palme d'Or winner. Before you get too excited though we should point out that this is related to Loach's latest short film, not a new feature, although we'll take anything we can get.

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  • Caryn James
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    Oprah Visits Kimmel: "Book Club Fight Club" And Other New Series (Video)

    When Oprah was Jimmy Kimmel’s guest on his Post-Oscar show, she didn’t just turn up to promote her network, OWN. She got advice from Kimmel, who in this short film suggests several new shows to boost OWN’s ratings, including Book Club Fight Club. In their interview, Oprah said she wants to act more, and this is a pretty good start if she wants to do comedy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kenneth Lonergan Talks The Themes, Inspiration & Ideas Behind 'Margaret' At The Film Comment Selects Series At Lincoln Center

    To refer to the Film Comment Selects screening of Kenneth Longeran's "Margaret" as anything less than magical would be doing the film the same disservice that Fox Searchlight initially did when it failed to market the film nearly ten years in the making. From Gavin Smith's impassioned introduction to the guests hidden in the front rows of Lincoln Center (Michael Cera! Former Village Voice critic J. Hoberman! Alex Karpovsky quietly filming the Q&A on a DSLR!) the message was simple: cinephiles demanded a second chance at this quiet-yet-overwhelming missive on a post-9/11 New York.

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