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    Jack Black & 'Hot Tub Time Machine' Director To Mount A 'Robot Uprising?

    It's a good day to be one of our twisted robot overlords. With Steven Spielberg lining up "Robopocalypse" as his next directorial effort, a second adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's work is apparently set to hit the screen. "How To Survive A Robot Uprising," Wilson's first book, was snapped up years ago for adaptation, first as a Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon script, then supposedly re-written by Mike Myers with intentions to star.

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    James Cameron Eyes Louis Leterrier To Direct 3D 'Fantastic Voyage'

    Guess James Cameron doesn't have that much of a problem with the wave of post-conversion 3D films that arrived post-"Avatar." It appears Cameron may have found the director for his 3D "Fantastic Voyage," and the winner, according to Deadline could be "Clash of the Titans" helmer Louis Leterrier.

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    Garbage Collection: Jorge Furtado's "Isle of Flowers"

    Today, Brazilian cinema is known for its history of variety—Glauber Rocha’s epic and highly aestheticized tales of the cangaçeiro (the peasantry in Northeastern Brazil) such as Black God, White Devil (1964) or Antonio das Mortes (1969); Nelson Pereira dos Santos’s reimagining of Italian neorealism in films such as Barren Lives (1963); the gems of the Tropicália movement, including Joaquim Pedro de Andrade’s Macunaíma (1969); and, of course, more contemporary efforts that, with varied aesthetic conventions, touch upon a series of topics dealing with social inequality and racial discrimination: Héctor Babenco’s Pixote (1980), Walter Salles’s Central Station (1998), and Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund’s City of God (2003). Yet largely forgotten by international viewers is the so-called “Cinema do Lixo” (“cinema of garbage”) movement, which Rocha helped found and which lasted through the end of the sixties. But strategies of this subgenre can still be seen today.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch Liam Neeson Beat Up A Whole New Set Of Foreigners In 'Unknown'

    'Taken' + 'Memento' = FacepalmSo, we went to Berlin for the first time recently and fell kind of head over heels for the place. The people are great, the nightlife is peerless, and we more or less had to be forcibly dragged back on to our plane home. Why is this relevant, might you ask? Have The Playlist used their new digs as an excuse to turn into a travel blog? No, it's just that the new Liam Neeson thriller "Unknown" is set there, and from the looks of the trailer that debuted over at Yahoo last night, occasional reminders of the city might be the only reason to check it out.

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  • The Playlist
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    Video: An Angry Peter Jackson Vents His 'Hobbit' Frustrations, Wants The Film To Stay In New Zealand

    Director Clearly Wants The 'Lord Of The Rings' Prequel To Stay In His Homeland; "We've Got To Fight Like Hell"You've already heard several reports that Peter Jackson has been upset over the labor dispute and blacklist of "The Hobbit" and nowhere is that more clear than in this video from New Zealand television. While irate might be pushing it language wise, Jackson is audibly and visibly frustrated in this interview alongside his co-writer Philippa Boyens and even calls for the New Zealand Prime Minister to intervene.

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    Is "Borat" the Most Powerful Movie of the Past 25 Years?

    It's hard to tell if the list is numerical for the purpose of value, but in the new issue of Mental_Floss, writers Carina Chocano (formerly of the LA Times) and Mangesh Hattikudur (the magazine's co-founder) place "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" in the number one spot on their list of "The 25 Most Powerful Films of the Past 25 Years." The simple reason given for the comic documentary's importance is that it's "the movie that gave Kazakhstan an identity crisis."

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  • The Playlist
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    'Megamind' Soundtrack Features Elvis Presley, George Thorogood & Lots Of Hans Zimmer

    "Megamind" will hit theaters next month, giving parents a new option to take their kids to and is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit considering the currently barren selection of kids' flicks at the box office (and no, "Secretariat" doesn't count; kids don't want to see Olds in weird clothes talking to horses).

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    16 Minutes With Lesley Manville

    As a supplement to this profile up on indieWIRE, which attempts to do justice to the lovely Lesley Manville and her Oscar-worthy work in Mike Leigh's "Another Year," here's audio from our actual interview, which I've already mentioned was one of my all time favorites:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    "Love & Other Drugs" Continues To Complicate The Best Actress Race

    First, Jeff Wells rambled on about how great it was (going so far as to call it Edward Zwick's best film), and now there's this more nuanced but still quite favorable review on The Playlist, which continues a suggestion a lot of Oscar watchers had kind of tucked aside for the past month or two: mainstream Anne Hathaway-Jake Gyllenhaal rom-com "Love and Other Drugs" is a part of this year's race. Maybe it was all a result of some clever campaign strategy on behalf of 20th Century Fox - NOT screening in Toronto or Telluride and getting bad buzz as a result so we'd all be surprised when decent reviews come along. I suspect the film will end up with its fare share of haters (comparisons to "Jerry Maguire" and "Up In The Air" already scare me, personally), but if audiences click it could end up a major Oscar player, just like "Maguire" and "Air" did. Most likely seems Anne Hathaway, which further complicates the already jam packed best actress race by giving it an 11th major contender:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    A Musical Recommendation From The Other Side of the Pond

    I returned back home from London a day or two back but have been exhausted with the to-dos that come with leaving home for 5 weeks so I haven't gotten a chance to note one thing in particular: This video for "Mozart's House," a track from Clean Bandit - a band that consists in part of the flatmates of one my best London, uh, mates. But I'm not posting this as a favour... It's a innovative video for a great track, and if you're in the UK and happen to get a chance to see them live (I did this past summer and was no alone in my enthusiasm), please do so. Their website is here. Their video is here:

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