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    Johnny Depp Says "I'm In" For '21 Jump Street' Cameo (But No One Has Asked Him Yet)

    As "21 Jump Street" keeps moving forward toward its production start next year with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the lead roles, the biggest wishlist hopeful/question surrounding the film is if Johnny Depp would make a cameo appearance in the film version of the television show that helped launch his career. Turns out, he'd be game but no one has asked him. Yet.

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    Adam Sandler & Kevin James Are Going To Park Cars Hilariously In 'Valet Guys'

    There is a very simple formula for pitching and selling a Kevin James comedy. Fat guy + blue collar job + hijinks = comedy gold. He's been a fireman, a mall cop, next summer he'll be a zookeeper and now, Kevin James along with his fart joke companion Adam Sandler, is set to be a valet guy in the appropriately titled "Valet Guys."

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    Indies Rejoice: Slamdance Announces Lineup

    Sick of Sundance's tendency to celebrate known-faces over independent films? Look no further than the Slamdance Film Festival, that will celebrate its 17th iteration with the fest kicking off on January 21, 2011.

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    Which Actor Makes A Surprise Cameo In 'Tron: Legacy' (And Is Maybe Set Up As A Future Villain)?

    First: If you don't want to know anything about the details surrounding the cameo appearance in "Tron: Legacy" stop reading this post now. Seriously.

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    The 50 Best Songs of 2010, Part 2

    The best songs of 2010 countdown continues:

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    Review: 'The Fighter' Is A Scrappy Little Knockout

    Picture Is Also A Surprisingly Funny, Touching Story About The Foibles Of Family; Bale Seems Oscar-Nom BoundThere are onscreen dramas that claim to be about family, but they never really involve the protagonist having to make difficult decisions. Often the family is too saintly, or too important, to ignore. Other times, the best route for the protagonist to follow is to form a surrogate family, as blood relatives appear untrustworthy or devious. Rarely does a film come along that respects its audience enough to present the clear conflicts and difficulties of being around the ones who love you. Whether it be their all-encompassing love, their lack of education, or your own stubborness, the bonds that define what a family means can become frayed. When you love someone, it takes more than a mirror to show you that you have the capacity to simultaneously be terrible.

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    On DVD: "Restrepo" - One of the Best War Movies in Years and One of the Best Documentaries of 2010

    This week's DVD pick is not "Inception," and not just because I'm not really a fan of the film. It's also the most obvious big DVD/Blu-ray release out today and I'm sure enough sites will be highlighting this fact. My pick is instead "Restrepo," which also is sure to be recommended plenty but not nearly on the same scale. And I'm more in the mood to discuss this film, pausing from the continued "Inception" theories for just one day at least. The documentary, directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, won a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year and more recently the filmmakers won the Best Directorial Debut honor from the National Board of Review. It's also sure to be on many top 10 lists and will likely receive an Oscar nomination. And if that's not enough to tell you it's worth your time, well, it's also available on Netflix Watch Instantly beginning today so you can easily give the first action-packed few minutes a try.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Gift Ideas: From Reel Clocks To John Wayne's Toupee

    As promised, here is a wide-ranging selection of gift ideas for that special film buff in your life. When I started collecting 8mm films as a boy, and then graduated to 16mm, reels and cans were strictly functional items. I never dreamed that I’d see the day when they were pieces of décor or objets d’art. I started thinking along those lines in recent years when I came upon especially attractive or distinctive reels or Kodascope library cans from the 1920s which polish up to a high shine. But now, the oldest name in this field, Goldberg Brothers of Denver, is manufacturing all sorts of neat items based on 16mm and 35mm reels, which has been their specialty for the greater part of the last century. Apparently some theaters are using 35mm reels cleaved in half as door pulls, while movie buffs of all stripes can enjoy wall clocks and end tables fashioned from brand-new metal reels. I happened upon these products in the airline gift catalog called Sky Mall, which you can access HERE or by calling 1-800-759-6255. You can see even more products at the Goldberg Brothers website, but they only sell their products through—

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    Slipping in and out of 'Rabbit Hole'

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Wahlberg Reveals Animated Bear In 'Ted' Will Be Motion-Captured

    We're kind of curious to hear what James Cameron thinks of this, but the upcoming Universal live action/animated hybrid comedy by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has a lot riding on it. Starting with its reported $65 million budget. The figure is extraordinarily high for an R-rated comedy (remember, Paramount put the kibosh on "Anchorman 2" because they thought the $60 million budget was too high) but the filmmakers are making sure they're gonna spend the shit out of it.

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