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  • The Lost Boys
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    Stephen Harper Rips Off Tim Pawlenty; Makes Me Shutter In Fear of Canadian Political Apocalypse

    Speaking of viral videos that suggest the apocalypse (at least if you're Canadian), here's a clip the Liberal party smartly put together that compares a promotional video by American Tea Partier (and likely 2012 President hopeful) Tim Pawlenty and one Stephen Harper's Conservative party just put out. The latter is blatant rip-off technically (except it looks like it cost about 1/100th of the budget) and thematically, taking a page from bullshit American patriotism propaganda. It scares the shit out of me, especially as Harper looks more or more assured another minority government... and a majority government definitely within reach. Once again, Danish (or any Scandinavian, at this point) person willing to marry me for citizenship, I'm waiting for you to call...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Joe Wright on Hanna, Karenina, David Lynch, Fairy Tales; Slams Sucker Punch's Sexual Objectification

    Check out a taste of Vanity Fair's interview with Hanna director Joe Wright. On why he was attracted to a character like Hanna: "I've always been drawn to characters like Chauncey Gardener and E.T.—characters who, because of never having seen or experienced the world before, are fascinated by the electric kettle or see the objectification of women in a clearer light." Vanity Fair says that's funny because Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder would say the same thing, and play the irony card. Wright adds:"I haven’t seen Sucker Punch, but I think the main issue with female empowerment is the sexual objectification of women. Looking at the poster of Sucker Punch, I would say that is perpetuating the sexual objectification, therefore I can’t see how that is empowering…I don’t really believe in irony. I think irony is a kind of hiding place for dishonesty. It’s an intellectual trick, but there’s no heart in irony. There needs to be heart in our social change."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    In The Works: Bullock and Freeman May Chase Somali Pirates, Meg Ryan Directs, Medallion Adds Stars

    - Sandra Bullock and Morgan Freeman are wanted for an adaptation of 2010 Somali pirate novel , by 85-year-old writer Elmore Leonard (Justified, 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, Out of Sight). "We're trying to get my new book Djibouti [made as a film]," Leonard told Digital Spy. "Morgan Freeman likes it a lot. In fact, I even thought of him while I was writing it," he said. Apparently Samuel L. Jackson has already turned down a part because he wasn't the star (though Leonard insisted his character would have all the good lines) and Freeman dubbed Bullock as first choice for the female lead. The story follows an award-winning filmmaker and a 72-year old African American seafarer who pair to get footage of Somali pirates in action.

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  • The Playlist
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    Will Hugh Jackman Trade In His 'Wolverine' Claws For 'Snow White And The Huntsman'?

    It was bound to happen, and we're surprised it didn't happen sooner. But with "The Wolverine" now on hold thanks to the double whammy of Darren Aronofsky bailing on the film and the ongoing aftereffects of the devastating earthquake in Japan where the film was set to shoot, Universal are hoping they can take advantage of Hugh Jackman's downtime and get him to star in their developing Snow White movie.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Jessica Alba Is A Quirky Math Nerd In The Trailer For 'An Invisible Sign'

    Quirk alert! This movie has it all! Math, burgeoning love, numbers and patterns everywhere like "A Beautiful Mind" and even a precocious little kid. We don't know if we can take any more.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Dish Acquiring Blockbuster

    Dish Acquiring Blockbuster

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  • The Playlist
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    Yes, A Remake Of Alfred Hitchcock's 'To Catch A Thief' Is Happening And It Will Be More "Gadgety"

    Remakes of Alfred Hitchcock films are nothing new, really. "Strangers on a Train" and "Suspicion" have been named in the past little while as getting makeovers, while the filmmakers behind "Disturbia" were sued for ripping off "Rear Window" by the estate of the author who wrote the original short story on which it's based (the lawsuit failed). Even more recently, Anthony Hopkins was said to be in talks to play the director himself in “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” which is about exactly what the title implies (which of course reminds us of Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot redo of "Psycho"). A fascinating figure, with an undeniably great body of work, it's not shocking that Hollywood continues to mine the filmmaker for ideas.

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  • Spout
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    Video: "When Harry Met Sally" Sequel Replaces Meg Ryan With Helen Mirren

    Starting out like something out of "The Player," an hilarious new spoof from Funny or Die shows us what a "When Harry Met Sally" sequel pitch (and the eventual film's trailer) might look like today. Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal are back for the pretend follow-up, the title for which I won't spoil because it's part of the "tweak" twist, which makes fun of today's biggest Hollywood narrative trends. I will at least mention that this video features such currently hot comedic personalities as Adam Scott and Mike Tyson.

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  • The Playlist
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    Thandie Newton Is The Other Woman In Tyler Perry's 'Good Deeds'

    Tyler Perry has found his love interest for his next movie that doesn't involve Madea, with Thandie Newton reteaming with the "For Colored Girls" writer/actor/director/producer in his latest effort, "Good Deeds."

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Britney Spears Premieres Video For "'Till The World Ends"

    Wait... No product placement, a sensical concept, AND respectable choreography? Could this actually be a Britney Spears video? Blending three of my favourite things - apocalypse narratives, bisexual dance orgies, and Spears herself - it is indeed:

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