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  • Caryn James
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    Steve Martin’s Oscar Holy Week Continues

    Day by day, Steve Martin’s sharp-edged tweets have been leading us toward that holiest of Hollywood events, the Oscar ceremony. Here’s his latest Oscar-worshipping entry, sure to make awards losers feel better.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    dvd review: The Tillman Story

    The Tillman Story | Leonard Maltin | Maltin on Movies | Movie Trailer | Review

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  • The Playlist
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    Gabriele Muccino Eyes Supernatural Romance 'Adaline'

    Last we heard, Lakeshore Entertainment's "Adaline" was in big trouble after rom-com star extraordinaire Katherine Heigl bailed on playing the lead role in the project. Apparently, director Andy Tennant ("Hitch") has also backed out, and Variety reports that producers are wooing Gabriele Muccino, whose credits include the weepies "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Seven Pounds."

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  • Spout
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    "Hobo with a Shotgun" Pleases Blood-Hungry Crowd at Lincoln Center

    “If you don’t dig it, feel free to come up to me after the show and hit me in the face,” modestly proclaimed Jason Eisener, having ascended the stage to introduce his first feature, “Hobo with a Shotgun,” which screened late on the opening night of this year's Film Comment Selects series hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It was 11 o’clock on a Friday night and NYC's Walter Reade Theater was packed with excited grindhouse fanatics, a big enough crowd to humble the young Canadian director, in his tuque, t-shirt and jeans. Eisener’s comments were brief, just a friendly hello to the crowd and a few words about his filmmaking motto, “no rules.” The lights went down, the music started up, and the craziness began.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: International Trailer For Anh Hung Tran's 'Norwegian Wood'

    A fresh, English subtitled trailer for the "Norwegian Wood" or as Radiohead fans know it as: "that-movie-Jonny-Greenwood-is-scoring."

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  • The Playlist
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    Noah Oppenheim To Adapt 'The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero'

    What's better than one Houdini project in development? Two! True to Hollywood form, just under two weeks after it was announced that DreamWorks had picked up the spec script from “Changeling” writer J. Michael Straczynski entitled “Voices From The Dead,” which focuses on the crime fighting duo of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (who were buds in real life), Summit has now started movement on their own film about the famed magician.

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  • The Playlist
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    David O. Russell May Direct 'Cocaine Cowboys' With Mark Wahlberg; Still Unsure If 'Uncharted' Next

    'The Fighter' Filmmaker Has Plenty Of Options To Choose FromExclusive: Sometimes an IMDB page needs a little bit of cleaning. If you're filmmaker David O. Russell, it needs constant care and pruning. Perhaps more than any other working director out there -- save possibly Ridley Scott who attaches himself to projects like you and I change underwear -- "The Fighter" director has been attached to around a dozen projects since circa 2006. "The Grackle," starring Matthew McConaghey, "H-Man Cometh," the rom-com "Aaron and Sarah" and "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" are just four of many that are no longer happening.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Docs: Lucy Walker Talks Waste Land, Rival to Front Runners

    The field of five Oscar-nominated docs is strong this year, not a weakling in the bunch. As street artist Bansky wages a campaign for Exit Through the Gift Shop against front-runner Inside Job, another film about art, Waste Land, could pose some competition. Justin Lowe reports from a recent screening at the Landmark Theatre in West LA, where director Lucy Walker presented her film for an invitation-only audience:Facing a formidable field of competitors for the best documentary Academy Award, Walker and the film itself made a convincing case for consideration among the top three contenders. Waste Land focuses on Rio de Janeiro’s community of catadores, waste recyclers who live and work in the slum adjacent to the Jardim Gramacho landfill, following Brazilian artist Vik Muniz from his studio in Brooklyn to the garbage dump for an ambitious project. An internationally recognized photographer who frequently employs non-traditional materials, Munoz’s goal at Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest trash disposal facility, was to work with catadores from the waste pickers’ association known as ACAMJG to create large-scale portraits composed primarily of re-purposed solid waste.

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  • Spout
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    "E.T." Sequel or Remake: Which Would You Prefer if You Had to Choose?

    A couple years ago the National Enquirer started a big, Internet-rampaging rumor that Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore were talking about doing a sequel to "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial." A source had told the tabloid the following: "Steven and Drew are being very secretive about this baby. But they want to do this project and work together. Steven has an incredible story in mind for the sequel that will bring E.T. back to earth." It turned out to be false, of course, but today we get to see what that baby might have looked like. Well, that is if Spielberg was interested in really ruining everybody's childhood by making "E.T. 2" more like "War of the Worlds" (and the specifically sampled, "Mars Attacks") than the original family-friendly film.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tina Fey Stands Up for Working Moms (and Working Women) in Hollywood

    I know that I am late to the game on this piece but I just read it over the weekend and there are some interesting things to discuss.

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