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    'G.I. Joe 2: The Streets' As 'Step Up' Helmer Jon Chu Climbs Aboard Toy Soldier Franchise

    Deadline reports Paramount is heading into production on a second "G.I. Joe" picture by by bringing on the cheapest of the three previously-rumored directors in Jon M. Chu. Chu is coming off the box office success of the concert film "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" and the last two "Step Up" entries, so he'll be graduating from on-screen hoofin' to CGI-heavy action adventure. Good luck?

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    Viggo Mortensen Being Courted To Play General Zod In Zack Snyder's 'Superman'

    Kevin Costner Confirmed To Be Up For Jonathan KentIt's not so long since we speculated on the choice of villain in the upcoming Zack Snyder-helmed, Christopher Nolan-produced reboot of "Superman"; with Henry Cavill being picked to play the man of steel, it seemed like the next logical step for his adversary to appear, but, despite a number of names cropping up in rumors, it was never entirely clear which villain from the character's 80-year history would be facing off against Clark Kent's alter ego. But, breaking last thing on Friday night, we seem to have an idea of not only who the antagonist will be, but also the actor that seems to be leading the pack to play him.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Indie Spirits Preview: Back to Beach with Host McHale; Oscar Nominees Favored to Win; Hudson Talks

    It's back to the beach in Santa Monica (amid threats of rain) for the 26th edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, which are voted on by some 5000 members of Film Independent, and take place the Saturday before the Oscars. It won't be hard for first-time host Joel McHale (The Soup, Spy Kids 4, see video below) to improve on last year's Eddie Izzard, who phoned in his duties without seeming to have much sense of the smart indies in the room during 2010's one-off move downtown to LA Live. Former R-rated hosts John Waters, Sarah Silverman and Rainn Wilson honed in on the right vibe for this crowd. Here's the list of presenters.

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  • Hope for Film
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    What Did We Miss? The Overlooked Movies Of 2010

    What's with all the attention for the movies that everyone saw? Spirits, Oscars, Critics Groups: doesn't it sometimes seem like the wrong emphasis? All this money is spent, all this noise is made, for what we have all already have seen. Okay, I get it. If you are reading this, you are not like regular people anyway. You probably go to the movies, and all the events of this weekend are actually for the folks that don't go to the movies. Is it ironic that people watch the Oscars, but don't want to pay to see movies (but that's something for later). If we started our own awards show for the films that needed more love than what they got, what films would be this year's nominees?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Predicts Chart 2010

    Here's my list of predictions for Oscar wins (in italics) in all categories including shorts. (My nominations predictions are here.) Until February 27th!

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    Low and Behold now available on Amazon

    Low and Behold now available on Amazon

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    France's Cesars Go To Of Gods and Men and Ghost Writer; No Impact on Oscar Index Video

    France's Cesar awards, much like the European Film Awards, gave a lot more credit to Paris-based filmmaker-in-exile Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer than it has received stateside, where the Academy shut out the film. But the Cesars awarded best director, editing, score and adapted screenplay to the Polanski film. Best animation went to Oscar nominee The Illusionist, directed by Sylvain Chomet. France's Oscar submission Of Gods and Men, which the Academy failed to nominate, won Best Film. Sony Pictures Classics opened the film in the U.S. today.

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    Staying In: Of Love and Data-Processing

    Staying In is a weekly Reverse Shot series that focuses on films our writers have viewed at home through all forms of digital distribution, from cable on demand to downloads to instant streaming. With Staying In, we hope to expand our ideas on film watching and criticism by getting out of our comfort zone—the theater.

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Meek's Cutoff' Starring Michelle Williams & Paul Dano

    Bonus Points For Glorious Use Of The Academy RatioFollowing "Old Joy" and "Wendy & Lucy," Kelly Reichardt returns with "Meek's Cutoff," a film that did the festival rounds last year to solid notices, and with a release date around the corner, a fresh trailer has landed.

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    Watch: The Franco Makes Meta Jokes About James Franco On 'General Hospital'

    We should've seen this one coming. Just a couple days before James Franco hosts the Oscars, the actor reprised his role as the murderous The Franco on "General Hospital" in a brief cameo today. Vulture captured the moment for eternity and who knew so much awesomeness could be packed into a clip that runs just about a minute and a half. The self-portraits! The eye rolling one liners referencing the Oscars and "127 Hours"! It's all there, it's all amazing and it's probably about 10 times more entertaining than watching that red carpet stuff on Sunday evening (but you know we'll be watching it anyway; check out our live blog on Sunday for all of our zingers).

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