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    On December 2, 2011...

    The two greatest performances of the year (of course only as far as I'm concerned) will be released in theaters. Fox Searchlight has announced that Steve McQueen's "Shame" will begin its limited release on December 2, 2011, the same day that Oscilloscope gives Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin" its Oscar qualifying run. These two films - both of which I saw at TIFF a few weeks ago - totally blew me away in large part due to their epic lead performances in Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton. Both are clearly being situated for Oscar nominations, but that's truly besides the point. Whether the Academy rewards them or not, these are inarguably two of the greatest actors working and they are both at the top of their game here. They share this incredible knack for choosing role after role that continues to show seemingly endless versatility. And there's also considerable parallels between the films themselves. Both take on serious, often overlooked topics in contemporary U.S. culture: teen violence and the idea that a bond between mother and child are not always inherent in "Kevin," and sex addiction and the hypersexuality of the internet era in "Shame." Oddly enough, these fine cinematic examinations of America today are almost entirely thanks to a bunch of folks from the U.K. Both films are U.K. productions, and Ramsay, McQueen, Fassbender and Swinton - two Scots, a Brit and an Irishman - make up their directors and stars. Hopefully December 2nd leaves enough room for both to find audiences, but either way the audiences that do find them are in for a treat...

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  • The Playlist
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    J.J. Abrams & Billy Ray Sell Mystery Adventure Pitch To Paramount

    While pundits wondered if J.J. Abrams could really keep the monster and mystery at the core of "Super 8" under lock and key until it hit theaters, and still draw a mainstream audience to a film with no name stars that was largely sold on the Steven Spielberg association, the proof was in the pudding. Earning over $250 million worldwide, Abrams proved that not all summer blockbusters need to be preceded by endless clips and posters, and moreover, moviegoers are willing to go into a movie a little bit blind if the payoff is worth their time and money.

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  • Spout
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    "Submarine" is the Greatest Coming of Age Movie in a Long Time

    This is a reprint of part of a joint-review from the Sundance Film Festival originally posted January 28, 2011.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Great Movie Title: The Kicking Queen

    The NY Times has a great story about high school senior Brianna Amat from Pinckney Community High School in Michigan.

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  • The Playlist
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    Don't Worry, Blake Lively Won't Be In ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

    And the list of actresses who have better things to do than star in "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" continues to grow.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive! Isaiah Washington Talks "The Under Shepherd", "Blue Caprice", Burden of Rep and more!

    Isaiah Washington is proud to say he’s finally “out of the system” when it comes to Hollywood. According to Washington, Mother Africa has given him the power to be free. The Spike Lee film veteran (Crooklyn, Clockers, Girl 6, Get On The Bus) grew up in Houston, later graduating from Howard University as a Theater Arts Major. Before starting his acting career in 1991, Washington served in the U.S. Air Force.

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  • The Playlist
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    M.C. Gainey To Play Big John Brittle In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    Christoph Waltz Is Injured During Pre-ProductionAs usual, the casting for Quentin Tarantino's next movie is a mix of big-name stars, respected character actors and random people we totally forgot about. And there is also a fourth category: "Hey, it's that's guy." Which brings right to M.C. Gainey, whose familiar face Variety is reporting is in talks for "Django Unchained" in the role of Big John Brittle.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Thing' Director Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. May Return To Zack Snyder's 'Army Of The Dead'

    Filmmaker Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. is unknown to most audiences, and with good reason: his forthcoming version of “The Thing” is the commercials director’s first feature movie. But if the film becomes a hit in the way that he and Universal are hoping, he may soon entertain a variety of options for his follow-up, including one project he started on even before deciding to tackle “The Thing,” a zombie-themed science fiction film entitled “Army of the Dead.” Van Heijningen told The Playlist that he isn’t sure if that’s his next film, but indicated that the project actually was far into development before being shelved three years ago.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: The Lady

    The Lady, a biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the films I liked in Toronto even though it was too long. It's going to get a US release and there is now a full trailer available.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: This Is What Luc Besson's Oscar Bait Looks Like, The Trailer For 'The Lady'

    It looks like at the age of 52, director Luc Besson is ready to move on from his testosteron- fueled action pics and crayon-outlined children's entertainment. He's ready to get a hug from the folks who give out golden statues, and to try and make that happen, he's delivering "The Lady."

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