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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    True Grit Posters Starring Damon, Bridges, Brolin, Steinfeld: No Country for Old Men Redux

    In a reprise of a strategy Miramax employed for producer Scott Rudin and the Coen brothers on No Country for Old Men (which eventually took home the Oscar), Paramount has designed a series of posters for the Coens' True Grit (below).

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law & Noomi Rapace In 'Sherlock Holmes 2'

    Noomi Rapace Appears To Be Playing General CusterRunning! Old timey clothes! Explosions! Robert Downey Jr! That can only mean one thing -- "Sherlock Holmes 2" -- and we now have our first official look at the upcoming 3D film.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Gyllenhaal's Strengths Evident in 'Source Code.'

    I wasn't too wild about the Jake Gyllenhaal-Anne Hathaway vehicle "Love and Other Drugs," which I wrote about in this new essay for indieWIRE, but let me clear: I have an affinity for both of those actors. Hathaway's bold willingness to play against her star persona with her icky rehab-bound character in "Rachel Getting Married" proved she can really inhabit the skin of a persona, no matter how unpleasant. And Gyllenhaal has always impressed me as the rare leading man to combine youthful vitality with a mysterious dark side, as he displayed in performances ranging from "Donnie Darko" to "Brokeback Mountain." Now comes "Source Code," director Duncan Jones's highly anticipated follow-up to the Sundance hit "Moon," which was the rare actor's movie that also managed to play well for the fanboy crowd. With "Moon," Jones gave Sam Rockwell one of his best roles by simply allowing to talk to himself for ninety minutes. The ambitious theatricality of the set-up merged with the coolness of the premise. A flashier, more expensive effort, "Source Code" looks like a tougher trick for Jones to pull off, as the trailer suggests a supreme high concept: "Run Lola Run" meets...I don't know, "The Matrix"? But the point is that Gyllenhaal looks pretty great in it -- frightened, confused, and hopelessly driven against impossible odds.

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  • Spout
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    On DVD: "Countdown to Zero" - The Scariest Film of the Year

    Again let me remind everyone that I'm not much of a horror guy, but even if I've only seen a few titles of that genre this year I think I can honestly say "Countdown to Zero" is the scariest film of the year. Don't be fooled because it's a documentary, Lucy Walker's first release of this year (she also has the Oscar-shortlisted "Waste Land" currently in theaters) may not have any gore or vampires or zombies or exorcisms, but it does have some revealing details on how easy it is for terrorists to get their hands on nuclear weapons. And that is obviously a whole lot more real and therefore a whole lot more frightening. This is the stuff that will give you nightmares.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Faster' Is In No Rush To Be An Exciting Movie

    Every exciting or interesting moment that transpires in George Tillman Jr.’s “Faster” can be glimpsed in the redband trailer online. Is there more that can be said of this generic action picture? Not really, but we are paid by word count so… yes!

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  • The Playlist
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    Anne Hathaway Was Unsure About Role & 6 Other Things You Might Not Know About 'Love And Other Drugs'

    If you've been following along closely in the media -- and we'd be kind of shocked if you failed to notice especially given that eyebrow raising Entertainment Weekly cover -- you know or have heard countless times that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway spend a lot of time naked in Ed Zwick's dram-com "Love And Other Drugs." Loosely based on Jamie Reidy's memoir "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman," Zwick's "Love And Other Drugs," tells the story of a fledgling relationship as it plays out against the pharmaceutical boom of the 1990s. Hathaway plays Maggie whose uninhibited sexual appetite and free-spiritedness come head to head with Jamie, a cocky, self-assured Pfizer sales rep. His world is thrown for a curve twice over -- he finds out the beautiful Maggie is stricken with first stage Parkinson's and moreover, he's falling madly in love with her. What follows is an intriguing story about two young, lively singles who have love as the last thing on their minds but find that their fucking-for-sport relationship takes on a dimension far beyond the physical.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: "Tangled," "Love & Other Drugs," "Burlesque"

    The studios are offering a groaning board of holiday movies at the Thanksgiving holiday box office. And they're targeting a wide range of moviegoers and demos, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Studios are catering not only to more female filmgoers than usual over the Thanksgiving five-day stretch, but to all audiences.

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  • The Playlist
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    Judge Grants Halt Of U.S. Distribution Of Dario Argento's 'Giallo' Until Adrien Brody Gets Paid

    If for some inane reason you really want to see Dario Argento's completely godawful film "Giallo," starring Adrien Brody and Emmanuelle Seigner, you better act quickly. A judge has agreed to put an injunction in place against U.S. distribution of the film following a lawsuit launched by the film's star last month.

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  • The Playlist
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    Confirmed: Gore Verbinski To Direct 'The Lone Ranger' Starring Johnny Depp

    Revealed nearly two months ago that talks had begun, Deadline confirms that Gore Verbinski has officially signed on to direct the big screen version of "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp attached to play Tonto.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    The New Media, Oscar Coverage and Traffic Whores

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