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  • The Playlist
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    Spirit Awards Nominations Announced, 'Take Shelter' And 'The Artist' Lead The Pack

    You know it's the start of the awards season when two big groups are announcing their awards simultaneously, and despite the NYFCC's attempts to gain attention of late, the big news of the day is the nominations for the 27th Film Independent's Spirit Awards, which were unveiled by Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale this morning.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Watch: Young Adult's Charlize Theron Will Pummel Her Way Into Your Heart

    There's nothing quite like a little Mavis Gary to start your day. It's rather fitting that Charlize Theron will be following up Jason Reitman's "Young Adult" (December 9) by playing the Evil Queen in "Snow White and the Huntsman."

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  • Eric Kohn
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    "Beginners"? "Tree Of Life"? Nevermind. The Real Winner of the 2011 Gothams Was Patton Oswalt.

    I had the privilege of serving on two nominating committees for the Gotham awards this year: Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Ensemble. That meant I played a role in narrowing the field down to five contenders in each of those categories, although I didn't know who won until the names were announced at last night's ceremony. I would say it doesn't really matter, that everyone nominated was a winner and equally deserving and should feel like they got a prize just by winding up in those category...but I'm already on the record as a huge fan of "Beginners," Mike Mills' delicate sophomore feature that landed both the ensemble prize and tied for Best Feature with "Tree of Life." Without saying much more, I will say that I'm glad that worked out. Still, the real performance worth celebrating at this year's Gothams ceremony had nothing to do with any of the nominated films. Patton Oswalt, onstage to introduce his "Young Adult" co-star Charlize Theron for a tribute award, owned the evening.

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  • Spout
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    Morning Pour: Indie Awards, Darth Vader is a Grinch, "John Carter" Buzz

    Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your five miscellaneous discussion topics for Tuesday, November 29, 2011:

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  • The Playlist
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    'Elizabeth' Helmer Shekhar Kapur Replaces Michael Winterbottom On Adaptation Of Martin Amis's 'London Fields'

    'Elizabeth' Helmer Shekhar Kapur Replaces Michael Winterbottom On Adaptation Of Martin Amis's 'London Fields'

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Sad Death of Prime Suspect

    This TV season has lots of female created and female starring shows.  Some stink (Whitney), some are great (Up All Night), and most kind of fall somewhere in the middle (2 Broke Girls).  (For a an analysis of the Whitney Cummings phenomenon check out this piece from Emily Nussbaum in the New Yorker.  I guess the good news is that we've come to the place where women can create shows as middling and mediocre as their male colleagues and it's not the end of the world.  We know we will have more shows about women created by women (not enough, but some) in the future because women watch TV and advertisers want women.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Earth 2 Emerges In Deleted Scene From 'Another Earth'

    If you've paid any attention to movie news this year, you've undoubtedly heard the name Brit Marling. The actress, writer and producer was one of the darlings of the Sundance Film Festival in January, arriving with two films that both played to strong reviews: "Sound Of My Voice" directed by Zal Batmanglij and "Another Earth" helmed by Mike Cahill. No only did Marling star in both films, she co-wrote them as well, marking her as a unique talent to watch, not solely for the multiple hats she wears both in front and behind the camera, but for the original, unique concepts she helped dream up for these movies.

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  • The Playlist
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    Long Lost Walt Disney Cartoon 'Hungry Hobos' Uncovered In U.K. Archive

    Before there was Mickey Mouse, there was a plucky, similarly styled character that Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. While not as widely known as Mickey Mouse, since Disney recently reacquired the rights to the character (more on that in a minute), he has been sneaking into the atmosphere (most notably appearing in last year's wonderful "Epic Mickey" Wii game) and one day should be a fully integrated member of the all-star Disney roster. And over in England, one of his very first appearances has finally been uncovered.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    ADIFF Day 5 Highlights

    If you're in the New York area, we hope you're enjoying the African Diaspora Film Festival, which is screening 63 films at four different venues over the next few weeks.

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  • The Playlist
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    Theo Angelopoulos' New Film 'The Other Sea' With 'Il Divo' & 'Gomorrah' Star Toni Servillo Starts Shooting In December

    Italian heartthrob Toni Servillo (“Gomorrah,” “Il Divo”) announced at the Turin Film Festival this week that he will be starring in the new film from Palme d’Or winning Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos. Principal photography on the picture, titled “The Other Sea (L’altro Mare)” begins on December 26th (way to tip off the paparazzi, guys).

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