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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video: Watch Rooney Mara Turn into Lisbeth Salander

    Brit illustrator Kyle Lambert can do amazing things  ("with one finger") on his iPad. Check out how he "paints" actress Rooney Mara, then morphs her into her "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" character, Lisbeth Salander.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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  • Caryn James
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    Dominic Cooper's Stunning Dual Role: The Devil's Double On DVD

    Dominic Cooper’s amazing dual performance in The Devil's Double – as Saddam Hussein’s evil-incarnate son Uday, and as Latif Yahia, the Iraqi soldier forced to act as Uday’s lookalike double – arrived too early in the year to attract much awards buzz now. That’s too bad, but you can catch up with his thrilling performance in Lee Tamahori’s intense drama on DVD (arriving Tuesday).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Talking the Silence of The Artist: Hazanavicius, Dujardin, Bejo

    Cannes The Artist Reviews: "A Triumph of Artistic Teleportation, A Big Blast of Pure Delight"

    "The Artist" gang is in high spirits--their $14 million silent movie has steadily built awards buzz since Harvey Weinstein liked what he saw pre-Cannes and nabbed it before anyone else could. He knew that older Academy voters would eat up this nostalgic movie. Best picture, director, writer, actor, cinematography and possibly supporting actress nominations are in the cards. (A best picture nomination would mark the first silent film since 1928's "The Patriot.") And the dog Uggy almost steals the picture.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Matthew McConaughey In Jeff Nichols' 'Mud'

    In case you haven't noticed, Matthew McConaughey is done being your buffed and tanned rom-com boy toy. Though he's still as handsome as ever, he's been putting his underrated acting skills first in a number of movies that have stepped away from the persona that made him famous. He led an unexpected box office hit earlier this year with "The Lincoln Lawyer," gives a memorable turn in Richard Linklater's upcoming "Bernie" and he will truly astonish everybody with his perverse performance in William Friedkin's amazingly wicked B-movie, "Killer Joe." Well, the actor is continuing his streak of Interesting Work against Easy Paydays, taking a role in "Take Shelter" director Jeff Nichols' next effort, "Mud." And even though it only started filming this fall, Empire has nabbed the first official look at the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jeffrey Wright Joins The Population Of 'Broken City'

    There is perhaps no actorly presence more reassuring in Hollywood than that of Jeffrey Wright. An excellent actor, as capable of channeling Basquiat as hanging out with James Bond, it's no surprise he's been courted by a number of high-profile directors over the years including Oliver Stone, Jim Jarmusch, Jonathan Demme, Ang Lee and this year alone, both George Clooney and Stephen Daldry. Well, Wright will once again class up another movie that is already boasting a pretty strong cast.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Oprah Winfrey Network Orders More Episodes of "Welcome To Sweetie Pie's"

    SAY WHAT? OWN finally has a hit show? I'm referring to their reality program "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" and being grateful, the network has ordered an addtional 10 more episodes of the show, bringing the total to 18 episodes to date. The new episodes start shooting next month to air in the spring.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Documentary Short List: The Women

    The Academy released it's list of 15 films (out of 124) that made the short list for the best documentary feature.  The list is sent out with production companies not the directors, so it's hard at first look to see how many are directed by women.  It turns out that 5 of the 15 have either women directors or co-directors.  That's a decent number.

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  • Press Play
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    SLIDE SHOW: Woody Allen's greatest films

    Woody Allen, whose career will be celebrated next week by PBS’ documentary series American Masters, has been making films for so long that it’s a wonder the program didn’t profile him sooner. With 47 directing credits, 68 screenwriting credits, and let’s-not-even-start-totaling his Oscar wins and nominations, he’s a gray-haired machine who gets more done in a decade than most artists accomplish in a lifetime.

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  • The Playlist
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    Netflix Lands The Rights To The New Season Of 'Arrested Development'

    It's been a pretty horrid year for Netflix. With a price hike combined with a name and service change, they lost stock value and customers in equal measure, forcing the company to go back on their plans and try and salvage some kind of goodwill with both Wall Street and the people who get those little red envelopes every day in the mailbox. Well, it looks like they are heading out of the year on a high note, as the DVD rental and streaming company has picked up the rights to one of the most highly anticipated returns in some time.

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