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  • The Lost Boys
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    Britney Spears vs. Lady Gaga

    Maybe its the fact that I haven't slept in 27 hours and am possibly a little high on vailum while sitting on the floor of Chicago O'Hare waiting for my delayed connecting flight to Salt Lake City, but I found this fake mash up that has Lady Gaga and Britney Spears in a verbal back and forth absolutely hysterical:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Golden Globe-Winning Actors: What's Next for Portman, Firth, Leo, Bale, Bening, Giamatti

    Heat rises when an actor enters the awards fray. Look at how Helen Mirren (The Queen), Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River), particularly, parlayed Oscar attention into serious careers. Take a look at the slates (including soon-to-be-released, rumored, in-production and in-development projects) lined up for this year's Golden Globe-winning actors Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, Annette Bening and Paul Giamatti. We start off with Portman, who has so much lined up that she risks overexposure:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Final 2011 Oscar Predictions

    This'll be the last awards-related post until the nominations come out in six days... as I'm the midst of heading Park City way to remove myself from all things awards season and throw myself into 11 days of Sundancery (which should mark a change of pace for this blog... which I'll admit I've hardly been enthusiastic about posting to so far in twentyeleven mainly due to a massive pre-Sundance to do list). But before I start posting all things Sundance, here are my more or less final predictions for the Oscar nominations. They aren't exactly risky, save for a little pick here and there, but I certainly hope I'm wrong and Oscar rocks the boat of what has been a dreadfully predictable and boring awards season so far. Check 'em out, and feel free to list your own own predictions in the comments section...

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  • The Lost Boys
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    R.I.P. Yasi's Place

    My very favourite Toronto brunch spot has shut down due to financial reasons. I hardly knew ye, Yasi's Place... rest in peace.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sam Peckinpah's 'The Texans' Script Dusted Off & Put Into Development

    Yesterday, Vulture debuted the first 15 pages of long-deceased writer/director Sam Peckinpah’s buried script, “The Texans.” Judging from the first few pages, the film is a classic western, involving Native Americans and the takeover of their land, with “Avatar”-like nature messages strewn throughout. The genre has seen somewhat of a revival, most recently with the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    No Strings Attached Reviews: "Shockingly Good," "Zero Charisma," "Reversal of Gender Roles"

    No Strings Attached Reviews: "Shockingly Good," "Zero Charisma," "Reversal of Gender Roles"

    Who can blame moviegoers for being wary of any studio romantic comedy? While Fox Searchlight successfully subverted the genre with 500 Days of Summer and Disney's The Proposal proved that it is still possible to deliver the goods with smart filmmakers and stars, they are the exception that prove the rule: rom-coms usually suck.

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  • Caryn James
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    How to Watch Sundance at Home

    As you read about the festival, with its crowds and frigid weather, you can console yourself by thinking that you're snug and (relatively) warm at home. But inevitably a little Sundance-envy creeps in. Luckily, you can have best of both because there are more ways than ever to experience the festival and even some of this year's films at home.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Foreign Branch Narrows Contenders to Nine, Cuts France's Of Gods and Men

    Oscar Watch: Foreign Branch Narrows Contenders to Nine, Cuts France's Of Gods and Men

    Sony Pictures Classics is happy that three of their four films vying for a foreign Oscar slot have landed in the Academy foreign branch's short list of nine: Susanne Bier's In a Better World (Denmark), Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (Canada) and Oliver Schmitz's Life Above All (South Africa), fest favorites all. The film that shockingly did not make the cut has received raves around the world, France's spiritual faith drama Of Gods and Men. SPC does well with its foreign picks, but they also offer filmmakers a Sony release in multiple territories, and over the years have demonstrated that, as one Oscar publicist says, "they're good at this."

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  • Spout
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    The Originals: "The Mechanic" is the Movie I Wanted "The American" to Be

    "The Mechanic" is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Unfortunately (for CBS Films), I'm not talking about the new version starring Jason Statham, which I haven't yet seen (it opens next Friday while I'm at Sundance, so it'll take a while) and which does not seem to be that faithful of a remake. I mean the 1972 original, which stars Charles Bronson in his second of six collaborations with "Death Wish" director Michael Winner.

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  • The Playlist
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    Anne Hathaway Cast As Catwoman In 'The Dark Knight Rises'; Tom Hardy To Play Bane

    What's a Sundance? Sorry Robert Redford, but our attention has been refocused today as Warner Bros. has announced that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in "The Dark Knight Rises," while also revealing that Tom Hardy will be playing Bane in Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated film.

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