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    Watch the Charlie Sheen Files: How Not To Do Damage Control

    If you're a celebrity trying to convince the world that you're not a whack-job, out of control on drugs (and that's even before getting around to the anti-Semitic attacks on your boss), it's not a good idea to start by giving a lengthy interview to ABC, which heavily promoted its exclusive, then undermine the network by giving an interview to NBC too. But Charlie Sheen has much bigger personal and pr problems than that.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bobby Farrelly Says "Ball Is In Motion" For 'Dumb & Dumber' Sequel

    With "Hall Pass" opening this weekend and getting bested by the three-week-old cartoon "Gnomeo And Juliet" it's further proof that the Farrelly Brothers are no longer the zeitgeist-capturing, filthy-minded comedy directors they once were. For their next project, "The Three Stooges," the duo are taking on the well-established comedy icons and bringing them to the big screen in what should (hopefully) be a change of pace. However, percolating in the background is a sequel to the film that help put the directors on the map over a decade ago.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Live at the Oscars: Best Picture Goes to Period Drama The King's Speech, with Four Wins

    Live at the Oscars: Best Picture Goes to Period Drama The King's Speech, with Four Wins

    The best picture Oscar, inevitably, goes to The King's Speech, which earlier in the Oscar show looked like it wasn't winning anything, but eventually won the night with four Oscars: best original screenplay, director (Hooper talks win), lead actor and best picture. A bevy of producers surged onto the stage, revealing the difficult task of getting the film made.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Post-Award Thoughts

    As I watched the Oscars and the Independent Spirit Awards this weekend you could see one clear difference between the two events (aside from the formal dresses and the hosts) -- the presence of female winners. The Oscars followed the usual path and having male winner after male winner, especially in the creative and the high profile awards.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Live at the Oscars: Colin Firth Talks Best Actor for The King's Speech UPDATED

    I defy anyone to have even considered giving the Oscar to anyone but Colin Firth for The King's Speech. Poor James Franco, coming after Firth as Sandra Bullock nailed her presentation of best actor, speaking directly to the nominees. (I want Bullock to host the Oscars! She's got crack comic timing, which is more than can be said of Franco and Hathaway.) The Academy opted to have one actor make the presentation, instead of a group, as in the recent past.

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  • The Playlist
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    Will Smith Attached To 'Joe' A Modern-Day Version Of Biblical Tale Of Job From 'The Fighter' Writers

    David O. Russell Courted To DirectFor a man not exactly lacking in self-confidence, it's odd the way that Will Smith seemed to react to the critical and commercial failure of his last film, 2008's "Seven Pounds." Smith, who, when that film was released was probably the biggest star in the world, hasn't made a film since, instead becoming the megastar equivalent of a pushy stage dad, launching his kids Jaden and Willow into entertainment careers of their own. When he does make his onscreen return, it'll be him going back to the well on a franchise, in next year's "Men in Black 3."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Live at the Oscars: Portman Wins Best Actress for Black Swan

    Expected winner Natalie Portman thanks her parents for showing her how to be a good human being, as she accepts the best actress Oscar for Black Swan. She also thanks Luc Besson, who gave her her first job when she was 11, and her director Darren Aronofsky, "a fearless leader and visionary."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Live at the Oscars: Hooper Talks Best Director Win for The King's Speech, Thanks Mum UPDATED

    Best Director Tom Hooper thanks his mother. "My mom in 2007 was invited by some Australian friends to a play reading of The King's Speech. She almost didn't go, came home, rang me up, 'I think I've found your next film.' The moral of the story is, listen to your mother." Here's more from his acceptance speech and backstage interview.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Melissa Leo - Hollywood's Everywoman

    I was really glad to see that Melissa Leo was able to pull out the Oscar win. It was looking really shaky there at the end when she got slammed for her "consider" ads. People felt the ads were tacky and that the reeked of her wanting it too badly. Of course she wanted it badly. You could see it in her every breath. What is so wrong with wanting it badly?

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  • The Playlist
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    Sony Sets Summer 2012 Release Dates: 'I Hate You Dad' Hits June 22nd, 'Total Recall' August 3rd

    Plus Kevin James MMA Flick 'Here Comes The Boom' Lands July 27thWith the Oscars stinking up the joint last night, the awards season is finally over, and we can look forward to the now-six-month-long summer blockbuster season, without the worry of accidentally stumbling across a film with a thought in its head. But the business being what it is i.e. increasingly reliant on release dates before scripts, or a director, or cast is attached, studios are already jostling for dates in 2012, which looks at least as crowded as this year's clusterfuck of a season.

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