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    Colin Firth Offered The Role Of The Villain Adrian In Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

    So is regal, respectable, Oscar-winning Colin Firth ready to dirty up that nice guy image? It seems so. He was long attached to Park Chan-wook's English language feature "Stoker" as the baddie before he had to drop out, however, the blockbuster movie world is largely foreign to the actor. So this could be a huge switch up. The key word here is "could."

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Katy Perry Goes For Six

    Katy Perry Goes For Six

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Early Reviews: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One; Marriage, Sex, Pregnancy, Vampire, Bill Condon Talks

    At Comic-Con, "Dreamgirls" director Bill Condon talked about how he approached "Twilight: Breaking Dawn (November 18), which I will see at Monday's premiere. Condon had been eager to direct a horror movie, and landed the finale to this mother of all horror epics, which he and Summit agreed to break into two parts, "Harry Potter"-style. "It's all third act, which does make it easy," he says, "and scary too, there are some pretty crazy things." The film wound up earning a PG-13 rating after trims of a scene where Bella and Edward have sex for the first time, which features some nudity, and when she gives birth to their baby, with blood flying around the room.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Beginners' Christopher Plummer Supporting Actor Frontrunner, Video Exclusive

    While the supporting actor category is open to change and movement over the next few months, one name is sure to land a slot on Oscar nominations morning: Christopher Plummer. The stage-trained Canadian actor, 81, has been giving great performances for  decades, from Baron von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" and Rudyard Kipling in "The Man Who Would Be King" to Mike Wallace in "The Insider" and, remarkably, his first Oscar nomination as Leo Tolstoy in 2009's "The Last Station." But arguably among Plummer's best is the role Mike Mills gave him as Ewan McGregor's ailing gay father in "Beginners." It's a juicy part: late in life, although he's fighting against the dying of the light, the man has come out of the closet and is madly in love with both his freedom and his partner (Goran Visnjic). Plummer is joyful, vigorous, sexy, funny, and heartbreaking. He talks about how he approached the role in the exclusive Plummer featurette below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Scotty Harmony In 'Django Unchained'

    Well, wow. With the recent bits and bobs of casting finding Quentin Tarantino flipping through his TV Guide to cast actors from shows he watches on Nick At Nite to round out "Django Unchained," it seems he had one major piece of casting news up his sleeve.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shadow And Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry: "Currently Seeking Distribution"

    Here's the latest in our ongoing filmmaker diary series featuring writer/director Matthew Cherry, as he continues with post-production work on his feature film debut, the sports The Last Fall, with an ensemble cast that includes Lance Gross (above in character), Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Keith David and Harry Lenix. I'm sure you've all seen the teaser trailer by now; if not, check it out at the bottom of this post.

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    Tarsem Wants To Do A 'My Dinner With Andre' Or 'Knife In The Water' Style Movie Next

    The only thing commercial helmer turned feature filmmaker Tarsem has never been lacking is ambition. His first film, "The Cell," found a film delivering a serial killer through the prisms of Damien Hurst and Alejandro Jodorowsky. His follow-up was a more personal effort, "The Fall," a visually dazzling fable. This weekend he brings Greek myth to life with the 3D "Immortals" and ever busy, next spring Snow White gets pitched through his unique lens in the colorful "Mirror Mirror." There is no doubt that Tarsem has firmly stamped himself a filmmaker with an eye-popping visual flair, but it looks like he's ready to broaden his palette a little bit.

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    24: Kiefer Sutherland's ticking clock classic turns 10

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Kiefer Sutherland's ticking clock classic debuted 10 years ago this week. To mark this milestone, Press Play is re-publishing the video essay series "5 on 24" which was created by Matt Zoller Seitz and Aaron Aradillas for the Museum of Moving Image in 2010. According to their introduction, "5 on 24" examines various aspects of the show, including its real-time structure, its depiction of torture, and the psychology of its hero, counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer. The show tapped into the ticking-clock on-the-go mentality of post-millennial society. And its machine-gun pacing, real time structure, and long-form plotting took aesthetic risks that no other action show had dared.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    EXCLUSIVE: BAFTA's New Guru Site Posts Video Wisdom from Likes of Swinton, Tarantino

    BAFTA has launched its "Guru" initiative, a website for aspiring TV and film producers, directors, actors and anyone else wanting inspiration and advice from some people who know a thing or two about the industry, from Quentin Tarantino to Tilda Swinton:  

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    Trailer For Almost-Edgy Snow White and the Huntsman Sells Theron's Sex Appeal

    The teaser trailer for "Snow White and the Huntsman" looks a dozen times better than Relativity's saccharin "Mirror Mirror" stills. The new imagery does diminish "Huntsman"'s purported edginess, probably because the fairy tale adaptation seeks to lure a large PG-13 crowd, which means that it can only be so dark, but "Huntsman" certainly takes a ballsier approach than "Mirror Mirror." The almost-gothic VFX-packed trailer's main draw is the sexy-evil Charlize Theron, although we're not sure about her accent-- and this sure looks like her Dior ads. Check out the trailer and more images below:

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