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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Big Indie News Week: Gotham Winners, Indie Spirit Noms, Sundance Line-Up, Board of Review

    It's a big indie news week. The Gotham Awards are Monday night; indieWIRE will live-blog from backstage. I'm opting to attend a screening of a highly anticipated year-end release so that I can write about it for a Wednesday embargo.

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  • The Playlist
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    Carey Mulligan Reportedly Joining Michael Fassbender In Steve McQueen's Sex Addiction Drama 'Shame'

    'Rubicon' Star James Badge Dale Also On Board As fans of award-winning-artist-turned-director Steve McQueen's debut feature, 2008's powerful "Hunger," there are few projects we're quite as excited about for 2011 as his sophomore film, "Shame." As announced a few months back, the film will see McQueen reteam with his "Hunger" star Michael Fassbender, in a drama about a sex addict in New York. It will be the first role the actor takes after playing Magneto in "X-Men: First Class,"

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  • The Playlist
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    Liam Neeson Eyes Playing A War Criminal In Brad Silberling's 'An Ordinary Man'

    Also Has Western 'Last Stand' & 'Clash Of The Titans 2' On DeckLiam Neeson is a very busy man. This year alone he's cropped up in a handful of films, big and small, including "Clash Of The Titans," "After.Life," "The A-Team," "The Next Three Days" and before December is out, he'll be seen in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." In the new year, you can expect to see him in the thriller "Unknown" as well as "The Hangover 2" and while he may not be so omnipresent through 2011, it doesn't mean he'll be any less busy.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    James Franco and Anne Hathaway To Host Oscars: A Brief Rant

    While I was flying somewhere over upstate New York, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced that Anne Hathaway and James Franco will be hosting the Oscars. I must say that when I landed and saw 10 alerts about the news pop up on my phone, it was the kind of news that made me very briefly wonder if I was dreaming. Had you asked me yesterday to throw out 100 names of people most likely to host the Oscars, I doubt Franco (and let's be honest... this is going to turn into his phd thesis or some sort of art project, right?) or Hathaway would have been on that list. Previous hosts like Ellen deGeneres, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart definitely would have been. As would have folks like Tina Fey (tag teaming her with Alec Baldwin or Amy Poehler would have been amazing), Stephen Colbert (perhaps tag teamed with Stewart but this might have been a bit too left-wing politics for Oscar), Conan O'Brien, Neil Patrick Harris, etc, etc.. While one can only assume the majority of those turned down an offer (like Hugh Jackman), the direction the Academy headed as a resulted is not one I (or anyone) saw coming. It's actually downright unparalleled in the history of Oscar hosting. The youngest hosts ever, both not comedians, and both potential nominees (though Franco is certainly the only one that's going to achieve that potential in the end).

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Kirsten Dunst Set To Join Chloe Moretz In Coming Of Age Road Drama, 'Hick'

    Actress Kirsten Dunst is attached to star opposite Chloe Moretz ("Kick-Ass," "Let Me In") in the Taylor Lane Productions/Lighthouse Entertainment adaptation of Andrea Portes' coming of age novel "Hick" according to Taylor Lane owner and founder Christian Taylor who spoke to the Playlist by phone this weekend from his home in California.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'All Good Things' Is A Lot Of Very Tedious Things In A Film Better Served As A Documentary

    It's been a long road for Andrew Jarecki's non-documentary feature debut "All Good Things" to finally get a release. Jarecki bought back the U.S. distribution rights to the film from The Weinstein Company earlier this year after the completed film wound up collecting dust on the studio shelf for over two years. And while The Weinstein Company certainly have a history of not doing right be certain films, this is certainly a case where their instincts to hold the film back were right on the money.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kevin Smith Wants To Auction Rights To 'Red State' Following Sundance Premiere

    Listening to Kevin Smith talk lately, you might think he's the most misunderstood and put upon director in Hollywood. Railing against movie critics following the drubbing "Cop Out" received earlier this year, /Film decided to follow up with the director first after news began circulating of his imminent retirement following some comments made to the Boston Phoenix recently where he mused he was one or two film away from retirement. And the director was game, hitting the website with a not very clear clarification of his retirement news and some details on how he plans to sell "Red State."

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  • The Playlist
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    Brian Koppelman & David Levien Talk About The Hard Indie Road Traveled To Make 'Solitary Man'

    Premiering strongly at TIFF at in 2009 and released into theaters earlier this year, Brian Koppelman and David Levien's sophomore directorial effort, "Solitary Man" has quietly been building steam. The film earned strong reviews from critics and saw its initial two screen opening weekend eventually expanded into over one hundred and fifty theaters across the country. The picture stars Michael Douglas as a former used car sales magnate who slowly watches his life self-destruct due to his ill-conceived and misguided romantic and business indiscretions. It all begins with a routine heart check-up that seems irregular that leads the main character Ben down a brutally selfish path of self-immolation. It's also funny, mature and intelligent look at an irredeemable man trying to find some redemption in his life with few easy answers.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Actor Watch: Award Circuit Talk from Firth, Franco, Moore and Kunis; Eyre on Good Actors

    - One thing that makes Colin Firth blush: two thousand people singing him "Happy Birthday" (on his 50th birthday, September 10, when The King's Speech first wowed Toronto). The actor considered most likely to win an Oscar this year shares more embarrassing moments with The New Yorker's Lizzie Widdicombe, who describes him as: "the British actor best known for playing variations on the repressed-but-sexy English gentleman." On the other hand, Firth himself says the English are "very paradoxical people" for whom "It doesn’t take much to get them to let their hair down—soccer, alcohol, music, or general excitement.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Hi-Ho Silver: Ten People Who Could Play 'The Lone Ranger' Opposite Johnny Depp's Tonto

    It's been in the works for a few years now , but Jerry Bruckheimer's Johnny Depp-toplining new version of classic pulp character "The Lone Ranger" is finally moving forward with Gore Verbinski, who previously worked with the producer and the star on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, being officially announced as director on Tuesday.

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