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  • Shadow and Act
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    Eddie Murphy Might Host 2012 Oscar Ceremony

    Now remember I said Eddie Murphy may possibly host next year's Oscar broadcast. The official word is that next year Oscar show producer, director Brett Ratner who directed Tower Heist with Murphy and Ben Stiller, has been in talks with Murphy to host next year's show.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Glenn Close Talks Gender Bender Albert Nobbs

    Albert Nobbs is a 30-year labor of love for Glenn Close, who won an Obie for Simone Benmussa’s 1982 stage play based on a story by George Moore about a straight woman who passes as a male butler in a Dublin hotel in order to survive. Ever since, Close has been trying to turn the story into a movie, and finally pushed it through with actors’ favorite Rodrigo Garcia (Mother & Child) at the helm, thanks to some Fort Worth investors who were impressed that Close had some of her own skin in the $8 million venture. The film shot in chilly Dublin in 32 days. "The story seemed so psychologically modern," says Close, who is radiantly happy as writer-producer-star of the finished movie. "There's a comedic element. I think of Albert Nobbs as a clown, comic and tragic at the same time. it's about people surviving poverty, what people will do to survive."

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  • ReelPolitik
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    In Hot Water: Will New Docs Help Save the E.P.A.; Renew Climate Change Debate?

    In Hot Water: Will New Docs Help Save the E.P.A.; Renew Climate Change Debate?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Venice Reviews 2011: Soderbergh's Contagion is Alarmingly Believable Global Disaster Movie

    Venice Reviews 2011: Soderbergh's Contagion is Alarmingly Believable Global Disaster Movie

    Love him or hate him, Steven Soderbergh is back. Always willing to take chances and experiment, whether it meant getting kicked off Sony's Brad Pitt-starrer Moneyball or shooting the $60 million Che in two parts in Spanish, or The Good German in old-fashioned black-and-white, Soderbergh makes the movies he wants to see, the audience be damned.

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  • The Playlist
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    Carey Mulligan To Star In Nicolas Winding Refn's Sex Thriller 'I Walk With The Dead'

    If you need an indication that the colorful A-list cast of Nicolas Winding Refn's hotly-tipped genre noir "Drive" got on with the Danish filmmaker like a house on fire, look no further than Refn's next few projects for proof. Shooting next, the Bangkok-set neo-Western "Only God Forgives" will also star lead "Drive" actor Ryan Gosling (alongside Kristin Scott Thomas), the "Half Nelson" actor is also developing a "Logan's Run" remake with Refn, and there's even been talk of a romantic comedy for the duo that would be written by "Drive" heavy Albert Brooks.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Telluride Reviews: Payne and Clooney Score Big Wins with The Descendants

    Telluride Reviews: Payne and Clooney Score Big Wins with The Descendants

    Fox Searchlight's first trailer for The Descendants made Alexander Payne's return to the screen, after winning best original screenplay (with Jim Taylor) for 2004's Sideways, look like a well-meaning family drama. It's far more than that. "Alexander should make more movies," said George Clooney at the Telluride patron's brunch Friday. Of course he should, but this is the one he was able to get made, and it's well worth the wait. Clooney wasn't right for Sideways, but wanted to work with Payne, who gave him the script two years ago in Toronto. They were shooting in Hawaii by March. At the Q & A after the rousingly received first public showing at Telluride, Clooney admitted that he "worried about my ability to be such a schlub." While Payne deflected Clooney's compliments--"you write and you direct really well"-- he did admit: "I cast well."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch: Gbenga Akinnagbe in Romantic Comedy "Brooklyn Shakara"

    Written and directed by Femi Agbayewa, Brooklyn Sahara is produced by Adam Pray. The film stars Gbenga Akinnagbe (HBO's The Wire), Ebbe Bassey (Nikyatu Jusu's African Booty Scratcher), Chike Johnson, Esosa Edosomwan and Rena Anakwe.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Telluride Day One: Brunch, The Artist, Pierre Etaix, Trip to the Moon, Becoming Bert Stern

    At the Telluride FIlm Fest, I'm tracking more mainstream titles that folks may actually see in theaters, while Meredith Brody is the lucky one who tracks the rarer events here.At the Press Office I run into assorted Festival attendees and guests; director/film buff Allan Arkush downloads an app called NeoReader that can scan a Nabokovian figure complete with butterfly net placed around the Festival to learn updates such as TBA slots and whether there are seats available or not in a screening. We run into Nick James, editor of the British Sight and Sound, who's here to receive a Special Medallion for a “hero of cinema – an organization or individual – that preserves, honors, and presents great movies.” He’s still vibrating from a first-ever trip through the desert to Telluride that included Monument Valley. Whereupon Allan shows him the shot of himself in Monument Valley that is the screensaver on his iPhone.

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  • eugonline
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    Telluride 1: Patience

    Telluride 1: Patience

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch: "The Burma Boy" (On The African Soldiers Taken From British Colonies To Fight In WWII)

    Feel free to include this in the ongoing conversation about the largely ignored contributions by blacks (in this case black Africans) in WWII... an almost hour-long worthwhile documentary courtesy of Al Jazeera:

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