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  • Spout
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    Video: Live-Action, Human-Version Tribute to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner

    After being extremely disappointed with the recent resurrection of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner for a new computer-animated Looney Tunes short (it's one of the worst films on the Oscar shortlist), I probably enjoyed today's video a little more than I normally would have. Also, the first failed trap in the film reminds me of "127 Hours," which makes me see that film in a new, more humorous light. But if James Franco/Aron Ralston represents the coyote, then what is his roadrunner? He was chasing after his need for self-sufficiency (sounds like a political allegory when I put it that way, but let's not go there...).

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  • The Playlist
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    Trailer & Poster For Steven Soderbergh's Tribute To Spalding Gray 'And Everything Is Going Fine'

    Spalding Gray was one of the most engaging talkers/performers/monologists of our time. His work has been documented in a number of films by prominent filmmakers including “Swimming to Cambodia” (Jonathan Demme), “Terrors of Pleasure” (Thomas Schlamme), “Monster in a Box” (Nick Broomfield) and “Gray’s Anatomy” (Steven Soderbergh). While brilliant, Gray was also troubled, lapsing into deep clinical depression following a car crash which left him severely injured and later, led to him taking his own life.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Happy Birthday, Mom!

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  • The Playlist
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    No Joker & No Two-Face: Aaron Eckhart Says He Won't Be In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

    Right now, it seems we know more about what won't be happening in Christopher Nolan's upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises" than what actually will be happening. The film won't be in 3D, won't feature the Riddler, will not feature a CGI Heath Ledger as the Joker, and now we can tell you you one more thing that won't be happening.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sam Mendes To Direct 'Bond 23' Next Year, Says Kate Winslet

    Theater Veteran Simon Russell Beale Eyed For Role?Earlier today, it was reported that composer David Arnold revealed that the 23rd installment of the 'Bond' franchise was apparently now "back on" after being put on hold by EON Productions earlier this year -- news which we took as a positive sign of things to come more so than any concrete revelation.

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  • The Playlist
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    Swedish Actor Mikael Persbrandt Reportedly Cast In 'The Hobbit'

    The cast of "The Hobbit" continues to grow as it gears up to start shooting in February and it looks like another smaller name has joined a cast of faces that, for the most part, will be making their grand debut on international cinema screens.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tom Hooper's 'The King's Speech' Gets The Poster It Deserves

    After the whole debacle that was the universally hated and despised first poster for Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech," the marketing team behind the film have now pulled their socks up and unveiled a poster worthy of an award season contender led by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Dare we say, this poster is fit for a king.

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  • The Playlist
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    Disney Starts Planning For 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' 5 & 6, Wants To Shoot Sequels Back-To-Back

    And They Still Probably Won't Make Any SenseBloated and water-logged, we're kind of done with "The Pirates Of Caribbean" franchise as we can't say we really care about or are particularly looking forward to "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". Yes, the first film was a kind of enjoyable romp but each successive film has gotten longer and more convoluted to the point where we just don't care to try and keep up. Not to mention that the appeal of Jack Sparrow has kind of worn off on us. But we're clearly in the minority; the series is a huge success, with the franchise taking in over $2 billion to date and that's not even counting the endless merchandising and other tie-ins. So of course, Disney wants to keep that money train rolling.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Mad Money: Andrew Jarecki's "All Good Things"

    In theory, Andrew Jarecki, director of the 2003 documentary Capturing the Friedmans, is a great choice to bring the tabloid tragedy of Robert Durst to the big screen. The heir to a New York real estate dynasty, Durst looked to be the main suspect after his wife mysteriously disappeared in 1982. These suspicions never coalesced into a formal charge—a fact that many believed had much to do with his wealth and well-connected family name. And the eyebrow-raising near misses with the law didn’t end there. After being suspected (but again not charged) in the murder of friend Susan Berman eighteen years later, Durst was finally put on trial in 2003 for the slaying of neighbor Morris Black, but was later acquitted. It’s pretty sordid stuff; but then again, so was the morass of sexual abuse allegations that tore apart a “normal” upper-middle class Jewish family in Friedmans. Working within a milieu of highly publicized (and factually ambiguous) criminal accusations similar to that dramatized here, Jarecki offered an assiduously even-handed account that acknowledged both the tortured humanity of the suspects and the complexities of the legal system that charged them. And while the film’s lengthy string of revelations made for juicy, twist-a-minute viewing, it seemed to come from a spirit of honest inquiry.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rob Reiner Planning To Direct Film Version Of Broadway Musical 'Next To Normal'

    One day, this writer is going to pen the definitive book on the career of Rob Reiner, a tome that'll be called something along the lines of "What The Fuck Happened?" Reiner started out as a sitcom star in the 1970s on "All in the Family," before switching tracks and becoming, like his father Carl, a director, in the early 1980s. And few directors can match the run of films that Reiner turned out in that decade, with six back-to-back classics in "This is Spinal Tap," "The Sure Thing," "Stand By Me," "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Misery."

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