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    Academy Picks Guys Behind 'The Bucket List' & 'Hairspray' To Produce Oscars, Ensuring Another Dull Awards Show

    So after producer Lorne Michaels and host Jimmy Fallon were courted and before it all fell apart largely it seems over network rivalries between Oscar broadcaster ABC and NBC, it seems the folks at the Academy has chosen the safe and dull route for next year's ceremonies. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been selected to produce the show. Wait...who?

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    Comic Prologue To 'The Dark Knight Rises' Arrives Via Mobile App; Matthew Modine Says Foley's Fate Was A Surprise

    One of the pleasant surprises in Christopher Nolan’s comic book opus “The Dark Knight Rises” was the return to the big screen for actor Matthew Modine, someone who certainly hasn’t been out of the public consciousness, but hasn’t exactly scaled the heights of films like “Short Cuts,” “Full Metal Jacket,” and “Vision Quest” – all movies that secured him a comfortable spot on the A-list in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Upcoming Indie Feature 'Once You Go Black' To 'Explore Seething Attitudes Regarding Interracial Relationships'

    From writer/director Kim Moir comes the upcoming indie feature film, Once You Go Black, his second, from a screenplay that was one of the winners of the 2010 Maryland Film Festival Screenplay Competition sponsored by the Baltimore Film Office.

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  • The Playlist
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    How Do You Plead? New 'Dredd' TV Spot Offers Up More Futuristic Action

    Well, we'll say this about "Dredd" -- it's not going to tax your brain with plot. Two judges, one villain, one building, lotsa explosions. At the very least, it's a far cry from the '90s Sylvester Stallone flick, right?

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  • The Lost Boys
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    What Do Slo-Mo Sword Spinning, Snapbacks Reading 'Pussy' and a Snake Named Banana Have In Common?

    Yesterday saw release of the new music video by perhaps the biggest thing to happen to the internet youth scene/indie music industry coalition this year. Grimes’ video for the single “Genesis”, from her January album Visions, features the singer in desert, beach, and city landscapes, swinging around swords and flails, stroking a snake in the back of a limousine (the same snake that accompanied Brit Spears onstage in her 2001 VMAs performance of I’m A Slave 4 U), and dancing with her pink-haired companion in a metallic suit. The usual. While the video totally strays from my would-be visual interpretation of the dreamy track, and frankly feels in some sense like a collaboration between Harmony Korine and Lady Gaga, it showcases Grimes’ style and bizarre grace just as well as the video for her first single “Oblivion” did. And although she’s claimed before to hate being called “cute”, this video makes it so hard to resist. The girl is adorable.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Producers Zadan and Meron Will Bring Music Back to the Oscars

    Under new president Hawk Koch, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has gone with fresh blood to produce the 85th Academy Awards. Musical producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Chicago") will produce the Oscar show set to air live on February 24 on ABC. Last year's show was produced by Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, who filled in after then-president Tom Sherak had to fire his controversial first choice, Brett Ratner. Host Eddie Murphy also left the show, replaced by stalwart Billy Crystal.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Look At Jeremiah Trotter As Escaped Slave Ben Jones, Keith David As Frederick Douglass In 'North Star'

    Here's your first look at NFL free agent Jeremiah Trotter as escaped slave Big Ben Jones, and Keith David as Frederick Douglass, in writer/director Thomas K. Phillips' upcoming indie feature film, The North Star, which we first alerted you to last month.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry & More Spread New 'Butter' Trailer

    At one time kicked around as a potential awards contender last fall, when it emerged that the politically charged, quirky indie comedy "Butter" didn't quite have the same juice as something like "Little Miss Sunshine," The Weinstein Company pushed the movie to their 2012 calendar. And now, almost a full year since it debuted on the festival circuit, it's headed to theaters and the first trailer has dropped. And you know what? It looks pretty delightful.

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    New Image From 'Monsters University,' Billy Crystal Reveals Mike Wazowski Wears Retainer In College Set Prequel

    With all the talk about “Finding Nemo 2,” people have quieted down about Pixar’s other upcoming, wholly unnecessary follow-up, “Monsters University,” a prequel to 2001’s mischievous and heartwarming “Monsters, Inc.,” which illuminates the collegiate background of monsters James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). Yes, it is the story we were all dying for. While talking to Entertainment Weekly about some movie we’ve never heard of, Crystal gave some tantalizing details about what to expect from the prequel (due in theaters next summer).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Piling on Kristen Stewart

    It's been a couple of weeks (in fact almost a month) since the world learned that Kristen Stewart made out with her Snow White and the Huntsman director and caused a total gigantic meltdown in the Twisphere.  The initial piece I wrote The Public Shaming of Kristen Stewart got more comments than any other piece I've ever written.  Clearly, people are interested in this. 

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