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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: The Iron Lady (UK Version)

    The trailer is clear evidence that Streep will deliver another Oscar caliber performance (as if we had any doubt.)  Whether the movie stands up, still remains to be seen.  But this is clearly going to be very controversial.  Here's what Streep said to the Daily Mail about playing Thatcher:

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Full Trailer For 'The Hunger Games' Is Mostly Convincing

    If a trailer's going to bow on "Good Morning America," it feels like you're safe in making some assumptions on the content of that trailer. Something frothy, we would imagine, in the vein of "New Year's Eve" or "Eat Pray Love," perhaps. At the very most, something from the latest Disney film, bearing in mind that ABC is a subsidiary of Disney. Not on our shortlist? A violent, dystopian sci-fi film about children made to fight each other to the death for the benefit of the general public. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Brad Pitt Plays The Retirement Card, Says He'll Stop Acting In 3 Years

    Have Brad Pitt and his "Ocean's Eleven" director Steven Soderbergh been trading notes? As both men approach fifty, it seems they're eager to step away from the limelight. Hitting the other side of the planet to promote "Moneyball," Pitt has revealed to the Aussie version of "60 Minutes" that he plans to retire from acting. Asked by journalist Tara Brown, "How much longer would you like to do your business for?" the actor had a very simple answer.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Postcards From CPH:DOX

    It's only been nine years since the Copenhagen International Film Festival (or CPH: DOX, as it is almost exclusively referred) began its inaugural year. Directly before International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) - essentially the main staple of the European doc fest circuit - the chances of CPH: DOX rising to their ranks in the short time since seemed highly unlikely. But CPH: DOX is not your grandparents' film festival.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Meryl Streep Gets Prime Ministerial In Full Trailer For 'The Iron Lady'

    Of everything this Oscar season, the biggest question mark has been "The Iron Lady." While most of the films in play made festival bows months ago, or have started screening for long-lead press by now, Phyllida Lloyd's biopic of legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, starring the equally legendary Meryl Streep, has been kept tightly under wraps, with only a brief teaser trailer showing how the film might turn out.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    How Not To Make a Film (Part One)

    I am in the process of trying to make a short film. I thought it might be interesting to write about it from the very start, when nothing is really certain, nor anyone particularly sure how or when any of it will become any less so. My natural instinct would be to narrate the whole experience in a manner that casts me as some kind of inspired and inspiring auteur, driving my uncompromising artistic vision to the screen with guile and panache. But it would surely be far more interesting to force myself to be honest. And the truth is that the whole process is bound to be a severe learning experience for me more than anyone, and that 90% of it will be spent sitting in front of my laptop drinking coffee and wondering when I can next masturbate.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Literary Viagra

    One of the many benefits of being pervy is that my escapades and observances give me fodder to write about. As mentioned in my Lost Boy bio, I’ve written about audio in porn; I’ve also written about book-lickers, foot fetishists, the difference between bears and otters, and the powerful aphrodisiac otherwise known as George Michael.

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  • Press Play
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    RECAP: "The Walking Dead" Season Two, episode 5, "Chupacabra."

    "The Walking Dead" has craft and atmosphere; if only the characters weren't so insufferably earnest and dense. This recap contains spoilers for "The Walking Dead" Season Two, episode 5, "Chupacabra." Read at your own risk.

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  • Press Play
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    RECAP: A bear, a baseball glove and Boardwalk Empire

    “Powerful” episodes of cable dramas make a huge impression on viewers, and are often acclaimed as the best of their season. Sometimes the praise is deserved; other times it’s a reaction to the sight of characters we like being diagnosed with fatal illnesses, beaten, raped, killed, etc. Meanwhile, low-key but complex episodes often get short shrift from critics and viewers. I hope that doesn’t happen with tonight’s “Boardwalk Empire” episode, “Two Boats and a Lifeguard,” because in degree of difficulty, it’s impressive, in some ways extraordinary. As written by Terence Winter and directed by Tim Van Patten — a dynamic duo on a lot of great “Sopranos” episodes — “Two Boats and a Lifeguard” seems like just a “housekeeping” episode that’s mainly concerned with wrangling subplots and exploring characters. But as I’ll explain in a moment, the episode went way beyond that.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Inside the Academy's Governors Awards, from Oprah and Darth Vader to J.J. Abrams and Scads of Oscar Contenders

    Arriving at the Governors Awards is overwhelming at first because there's a new star around every shoulder. The Board of Governors invites a swath of Oscar voters to attend the swanky Wolfgang Puck-catered dinner at Hollywood and Highland, so studio publicists make sure as many of their award contenders are on hand to work the room as possible.

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