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    10 Biggest Surprises of the Mostly Annoying Oscar Nominations

    It's 7:45am here in Park City, Utah and the Oscar nominations are up and out. There's nothing like peeling yourself out of bed at 6am to . Sure, there were some pleasantries ("The Tree of Life"! Gary Oldman! "A Separation" for best original screenplay!), but for each one there were like a dozen things to annoy you, from "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" making the cut for best picture to the inexcusable absence of Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender and Albert Brooks in the acting categories. Here's the 10 biggest surprises of the nominations, for better or worse (though mostly worse).

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance: Aaron Paul Says Any Potential 'Die Hard 5' Involvement Would Likely Conflict With 'Breaking Bad'

    While Bryan Cranston has used his "Breaking Bad" acclaim and fame to take roles in, well, everything, his equally talented co-star Aaron Paul (aka Jesse Pinkman), hasn't been so quick to rush the big screen. But judging by the reaction to the alcoholism drama "Smashed," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews (including ours), it's likely he's soon going to be reaping some big rewards for the talent he's shown that he can carry from the AMC series into feature films. Indeed, he's already been linked as a contender to play as John McClane's son in the brewing "A Good Day To Die Hard." We caught up with Paul in Park City and while he acknowledges there were some talks, it looks like Jesse Pinkman is still taking priority.

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  • The Playlist
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    Paul Feig To Direct HBO Comedy Pilot 'The Viagra Diaries' Starring Goldie Hawn

    While many continue to speculate whether or not this past summer’s breakout comedy “Bridesmaids” deserves a sequel, stars like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are lining up far more interesting projects than a rehash of that great comedy, and so is their director Paul Feig.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ben Stiller Heads To HBO To Produce, Direct & Star In Jonathan Safran Foer-Penned Comedy Pilot 'All Talk'

    We're reaching something of a watershed moment when it comes to the divide between TV and film. While the likes of "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" have seen the small screen gain more and more prestige over the last decade, and names like Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann have lent their names to projects, the big directors tend to helm the pilot, take an executive producer credit and move on, while the shows tend to be lead either by rising, relatively unknown stars (see Michael Pitt, Jon Hamm, Aaron Paul) or veteran character actors eager for a more substantial role (see James Gandolfini, Steve Buscemi, Peter Dinklage). Dustin Hoffman is probably the biggest name to head to TV to date, as the star of Mann's HBO show "Luck" which starts on Sunday, but while he's enormously respected, he's hardly an A-lister anymore -- he's not led a bona-fide hit himself since 1995's "Outbreak."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Nominations Led by 'Hugo' with Eleven and 'The Artist' with Ten, Major Surprises UPDATED

    Well it's a neck-and-neck race for the Oscar as Martin Scorsese's 3-D "Hugo" led the field with eleven nominations to ten for silent black-and-white film"The Artist" Tuesday morning.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sundance 2012 Review - "Red Hook Summer" (An Attempt To Make Sense Of Spike Lee's Trip To Wonderland)

    I agonized over this for awhile, and actually almost decided not to even write anything about the film; but I eventually reached a compromise.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    New Trailer for The Lady

    Film will open in the US on April 11 and will roll out to other major cities on April 13.

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  • The Playlist
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    Shocks Abound As Oscar Noms Are Announced; 'Hugo' Leads With Eleven, 'Tree Of Life' Gets Picture & Director Nods

    It's Oscar nomination morning! You know, like Christmas morning, if you spent most of the rest of Christmas Day bitching that you didn't like your presents. And if your presents were chosen by a group of elderly sound mixers. And if an entire industry developed around guessing what you were going to get.

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  • Hope for Film
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    "Like Crazy" Co-writing On A Project Without A Script

    It’s hard to describe to someone what your role was as co-writer, on a movie they read in the New York Times, “Was Filmed Without a Script.” There’s no succinct answer. I couldn’t Tweet a properly inclusive explanation. Well, I tried. This was after I received a Tweet that seemed to accuse me and by association, my co-writer (the film’s very talented director, Drake Doremus) of self-aggrandizing – for awarding ourselves writing credit on a reportedly script-less film. I remember feeling dismissed. Frustrated. Worse yet, I began seriously doubting my abilities when I read the offending Tweet: “Is it true the dialogue was all improvised on Like Crazy? That's the word on the street...”

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    Danish Docs At Sundance

    The Danish Broadcasting Corporation has FIVE docs here in Sundance. Although documentary filmmakers are finding the European TV stations' funds are diminishing and are increasingly looking to foundations and corporations for financing, in Denmark, funding for Danish docs is up to 50%. Their docs are meeting with artistic and popular success which is matched by political support, both in production and in distribution. Production funding from the Danish Film Institute is approximately 6.2 million Euros. Primetime public TV share of docs has gone up from 2% to 25% over the last years. 98% of the public has access to the films via local libraries, streaming service filmstriben.dk, and school children and their teachers can watch the films in the classroom via a school subscription. Don't we only wish we could boast a fraction of this?

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