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    Some Guy Named Sean Faris Is Your New Clyde In 'Bonnie & Clyde' Remake

    While we'll have to leave it to our dreams as to what the original cast of Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers would have done to "The Story Of Bonnie & Clyde," producers are still pushing on with their remake -- that they insist is not a remake -- and have now landed a young, relatively unknown actor to try and fill the shoes of Warren Beatty. Can't say the kid lacks ambition.

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    RECAP: What's this on DEXTER? An incest tease?

    Seriously, Showtime: Dexter-Debra incest? That’s what you’re banking on as you approach the season-six finale? Isn’t that why God created slashfic? What’s next? Ghost-y tussles between Dexter and Harry? Deb and Laguerta? The mind reels.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Indie Player Mickey Liddell Partners with Specialty Vet David Dinerstein on LD Distribution

    There's movement afoot in indie distribution. Relativity is struggling to keep its financial footing, and Graham King plans to restructure FilmDistrict, his experiment in releasing his sprawling slate, after losing Bob Berney. Now P & A financeer Mickey Liddell is starting his own releasing company LD Distribution with vet David Dinerstein.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The 2011 Black List Arrives With Very Few Women on it

    The anticipation for the Black List gets bigger each year.  It was even hard getting on the site this morning and I read it was trending on twitter in LA. 

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: BOARDWALK EMPIRE season two finale

    “To the Lost,” the second season finale of Boardwalk Empire, may be remembered as the moment when Boardwalk finally, finally hit its stride. This isn’t the first time the HBO drama has impressed me — even the worst episodes have had great scenes or moments — but there was something special about this one. It was dead solid perfect in almost every department. I think a lot of it comes back to the episode’s consistency of tone, and the show’s comfort with having settled on it.

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    Watch: Nanking Is On Fire In New Trailer For 'The Flowers Of War' Starring Christian Bale

    It took a bit longer than we expected, especially considering the Oscar qualifying run starts in just under two weeks, but the U.S. trailer for Zhang Yimou's Oscar contending, Christian Bale starring "The Flowers Of War" has arrived and it's a bit of a mixed bag.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now - Anika Noni Rose Haunts Pierce Brosnan In Adaptation Of Stephen King's "Bag Of Bones"

    Anyone catch part 1 of A&E's 4-hour miniseries, Bag of Bones (an adaptation of Stephen King's award-winning 1998 novel), which co-stars Anika Noni Rose, when it aired last night?

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Best Songs of 2011, Part 1

    I figured since the Grammy Awards announced their ever-lame nominations last week, it was a signal I could begin one of my very favourite annual blog entries... a countdown of the best songs of the year. I've been geekily doing this for at least 14 years, as a I-clearly-take-this-way-too-seriously excel spreadsheet I've been keeping since 1997 seems to suggest (though I'm sure it goes on before that... though I'd fear the charts from 1993 or 1994 would be filled with tracks from "The Lion King" soundtrack or something of that sort). Here's the #1s from each year, for what it's worth:

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    GREY MATTERS: Here are the top 10 beautiful ideas, people and events that defined 2011

    This is my theory and I’m sticking to it: if more things were more beautiful, everything else would be way better. Even in this age of fiscal cholera, beauty for the sake of it is it’s own sacred reward. But as Americans, we’re saddled with the Protestant curse and the attendant pathologies of fetishizing plainness, respecting the mediocre and being in thrall to outright ugliness, whether that manifests in strip malls, lip-warping Restylane or mind-rotting Rush. We could all use a bit of Stendhal syndrome, that most wonderfully strange of psychosomatic ailments that causes the individual to experience rapid heartbeat, dizziness and even hallucinations when exposed to beautiful things. And so: a list, where I don’t worry on a genre or platform and instead celebrate ten people, events or ideas whose beauty shook me of the uglies in 2011.

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    Watch: 'Madagascar 3' Teaser Likes to Move It, Move It... to Europe

    Of all the crass DreamWorks Animation properties out there ("Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda," etc) the one that seems the most rudderless and out-of-touch is the "Madagascar" franchise. The original film had a semi-funny premise, about a pack of wild animals in a New York zoo (portrayed by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith) accidentally washed ashore on the titular island.

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