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    Watch/WTF: Liv Tyler Covers "Need You Tonight" By INXS For Givenchy Perfume Ad

    Well, can't say were expecting this. And in the history of stars and fashion spots, this is certainly a riskier move than just appearing beautiful in a one minute ad. So props to Liv Tyler for throwing caution to the wind, even if it's still kind of totally odd.

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    Weekend Awards Wrap, Writers Guild Winners, and Impact on Oscars

    One more week to the Oscars. If you look at most Hollywood trade sites that run Oscar ads, you may notice a distinct change. The for your consideration ads are gone. Oscar Phase Two is over. Ballots are due at Academy Tuesday after the Monday holiday, so most voters have already mailed them in. Awards campaigning is done.

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    Mondo Debuts Academy Awards Posters, Available February 26: 'Hugo' & 'Rango'

    Alamo Drafthouse's Mondo debuts its Academy Awards poster series, starting with "Hugo" and "Rango." Two more posters will be revealed this week; all four will be available for purchase on Oscar night, February 26. Purchase time will be announced via Twitter. Follow @MondoNews. Poster details below:

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    New Pics Of 'The Avengers' Walking & Thor Dramatically Gripping A Chair! Can't Wait To See This In 3D!

    While we did get a sexy Super Bowl spot for "The Avengers," when it comes to actual stills from the superhero teamup movie, it seems Marvel just loves to dish out images of these heroes...standing around. And so a couple more images have been unveiled and once again, and we're not sure we can handle them.

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    Berlinale 2012 Review: 'Comes A Bright Day' A Warm, Enjoyable, Romance When It Stops Trying To Be A Thriller

    Commercials director Simon Aboud takes to feature writing/directing with this London-set film detailing a young man's meet cute with the girl of his dreams, and the violent armed robbery that subsequently throws them together. If that description sounds a little schizophrenic, it's a quality that proves the film's making and its undoing; as a heightened situation that forces our leads to interact, pressure-cooker style, the robbery is an inspired setting, but when the thriller elements are foregrounded, the tonal contortions often prove too much, and the legs go from under it. However Craig Roberts, in his first lead since his breakout role in Richard Ayoade's "Submarine," heads up a totally huggable cast in Imogen Poots and Timothy Spall, with Kevin McKidd and Josef Altin (a now familiar face for "Game of Thrones" fans) on bad guy duties.

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    The 5 Worst Best Picture Oscar Line-Ups Of All Time

    Alright, you've already seen our picks for the five best BEST Picture years, the Oscar years that you can actually look back on and not wince if you're a fan of movies and just-deserved prizes. So let's keep it simple: here are the five worst years below, the ones that make fans of cinema rather crazy and that have had people bitching about it ever since.

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    The 5 Best Best Picture Oscar Line-Ups Of All Time

    Given that 2011 was one of the better years for English-language cinema in recent memory, it's disappointing that this year's Best Picture line up feels more anaemic. Sure, you'll find few who'll quibble with the inclusion of " Moneyball" -- it's the kind of fearsomely smart, grown-up entertainment than in an ideal world, would make up the majority of nominees. And even those who weren't totally won over by "The Tree of Life" surely can't find much to complain about when it comes to its inclusion.

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    Indie Rock Soundtrack Roundup: M83, Joan Of Arc, Black Mountain, Nitin Sawhney & More Go To The Movies

    Bit and bobs of soundtrack news surrounding a variety of musicians and bands have surfaced in the last few days, so we're just gonna round 'em up here.

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    Berlinale 2012 Review: 'Electrick Children' An Offbeat Indie With A Trio Of Charming Young Leads

    Opening the Generation section of the 2012 Berlinale, which is designed to promote films for, by and/or about young people, we honestly weren't sure what to expect from "Electrick Children," the debut film from writer/director Rebecca Thomas. Colour us pleasantly surprised then to discover that the film is a genuinely enjoyable coming of age tale that compensates, and then some, for its narrative shortcomings with the winningness of the three central performances, from Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken and a luminous Julia Garner. It's really Garner's movie, and young though she is, she imbues a role that could easily have come across as prissy or doltish with a perfect combination of sweetness, naivete and stubbornness that sells even the less convincing nooks and crannies of the story.

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    "Phunny Business" Documentary Premieres On Showtime Thursday

    After its successful film festival curcuit run, the documentary Phunny Business, which chronicles the rise and fall of the legednary black Chicago comedy club All Jokes Aisde, will be seen nationwide when it makes its premiere on Showtime this Thursday Feb 23 at 8:30PM (7:30PM Central time).

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