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    Short Starts: Watch 5 Short Films Starring and 1 Directed by "The Debt" Star Sam Worthington

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at SIX short films involving Sam Worthington, star of "The Debt."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Women in Hollywood: Best Body Mirren on Being Proactive, Imperfect; Fonda talks Prime Time Love, Sex

    Helen Mirren recently won a L.A. Fitness "Best Body" poll. Was she aware, asks Vulture? "I couldn’t very well avoid it, could I?" she says. She beat out the likes of Jennifer Lopez, and thinks it's a beautiful thing: "I think it was recognition of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect." Mirren's youthful attitude can't hurt. She steers clear of cliched older woman characters, preferring "any role that's proactive." That means action roles, as with The Debt and RED. "You get to do stuff. I hate sitting in a corner — I’d much prefer an action role in a popcorn movie rather than pining in a corner not doing anything." And here's 20 male roles Mirren could have rocked. There's a remake or two in that list worth pursuing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Marshall, Reiner and Heckerling Talk Comedy and Bridesmaids Bandwagon

    Should burgeoning directors and writers chase Bridesmaids? This was one of several topics broached at Saturday’s Directors Guild panel “Make ‘Em Laugh: Game Changing Comedy Direction” featuring host Shawn Levy and laugh-meisters Garry Marshall, Rob Reiner and Amy Heckerling, who regaled the crowd with their cinematic bag of gags. Anthony D'Alessandro was there:As comedy tastes have ebbed and flowed in Hollywood, with the latest penchant being raunchy female fare, these trendsetters have stuck to their sense of humor throughout the years: Heckering continues to make young-adult comedies (her latest is the vampire knock-up Vamps), Reiner prefers projects for the 50+ crowd (next year's Summer at Dog Dave’s) while Marshall still cashes in on pretty people romantic comedies for the masses (this December’s New Year’s Eve and last year's Valentine's Day which grossed $217 million worldwide).

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  • Press Play
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    THREE REASONS: Albert Brooks' REAL LIFE (1979)

    By Robert Nishimura and Matt Zoller Seitz Press Play Contributors

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "50 Documentaries To See Before You Die" Final Top 10 (How Many Have You Seen?)

    Current TV is currently counting down their well-researched list of 50 Documentaries To See Before You Die, doing so in bits and pieces over what seems to be several weeks.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Gangster Squad' Adds Nick Nolte

    For a few years there, Nick Nolte seemed lost in the weeds. After "Hotel Rwanda" the actor's work was patchy at best, but he is gearing up one helluva career revival. On HBO he's got a role in Michael Mann and David Milch's forthcoming horse racing world drama "Luck"; he's Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton's Dad in "Warrior"; he's set to star in Robert Redford's political thriller "The Company You Keep," and he's even going to hang out with Jason Statham in "Parker." Well, he's about to bring his grizzled charm to a project that outshines all of these.

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  • The Playlist
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    Two Shades Of Masculinity: Clips From 'Straw Dogs' & 'The Killer Elite'

    This September will find two very different men united by one common theme: kicking ass.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hunger Games Teaser: Thrilling or Disappointing?

    Reaction has been tepid to this Hunger Games teaser, introduced on video by a low-key Jennifer Lawrence at the Video Music Awards Sunday night, which reaches the film's teen demo. Here's more on the upcoming franchise: details, cast, pictures.Get More: 2011 VMA, Music

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Farber vs. Olsen: Middlebrow vs. Highbrow

    Farber vs. Olsen: Middlebrow vs. Highbrow

    I sometimes find myself defending accessible mainstream movies vs. more inaccessible, arcane fare. I often get mad at pretentious or indulgent airborne movies that never touch the ground, that don't make sense. (I embraced Miranda July's The Future but rejected The Limits of Control, from a filmmaker I usually admire, Jim Jarmusch. I couldn't believe that anyone took Southland Tales seriously.) I believe in communication between moviemaker and audience. But you will never find me arguing in defense of the middlebrow vs. the highbrow. I seek smart, sharp, innovative, authentic movies, not ones that pander to some perceived middle ground. With many studio movies, I often wish I was watching the leaner art-film version that didn't try to appeal to everyone. But I dove headlong into the IMAX 3-D of Avatar and Transformers: Dark of the Moon--both were worth every penny.

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  • Shadow and Act
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