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    Oscar Talk Wrap-Up: Never Let Me Go Wanes, Foreign Contenders, Blue Valentine, Harry Potter

    Oscar Talk Wrap-Up: Never Let Me Go Wanes, Foreign Contenders, Blue Valentine, Harry Potter

    During this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley (InContention) and I were joined by indieWIRE's awards expert Peter Knegt and InContention's Guy Lodge, both in London covering the festival.

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  • The Playlist
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    Naomi Watts Talks Andrew Dominik's Marilyn Monroe Biopic 'Blonde'

    Director Andrew Dominik was originally scheduled to begin production on his adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' Marilyn Monroe quasi-biopic, "Blonde," in January of 2011 in what was shaping up to be one of the year's most anticipated projects. This, however, was thrown up in the air recently when Casey Affleck -- who starred in Dominik's last film, 2007's "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" -- revealed he was working with the director on a Boston-set crime film in January as well.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Brief Thoughts on Lynn Shelton's "Humpday."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Channing Tatum In Short 'Ten Year;' Full-Length Version On The Way

    Of all the baffling phenomenon in the cinema world in 2010, Channing Tatum is perhaps the one that is the most puzzling to us. We're sure he's a nice guy. And there must be some kind of talent in there, as he's been cast by the likes of Michael Mann (giving a 15-second performance in a bad wig and getting shot in the back in "Public Enemies"), Steven Soderbergh, in "Haywire," and Kevin Macdonald, in the upcoming "The Eagle," and Nicolas Winding Refn called him a "very good young actor" after their aborted work together on "The Dying of the Light." But we're damned if we can see any evidence in his performances so far.

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  • The Playlist
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    Is Robert Zemeckis' 'Yellow Submarine' Sunk? Actor David Tennant Says Project Has 'Gone Away'

    We're on record as being fans of Scottish actor David Tennant -- so much so that he got a brief mention in our piece on actors on the rise last week. He's best known for being the star of the BBC's "Doctor Who" (in which he was mostly terrific), but his other TV performances in "Blackpool" and "Casanova" were equally charismatic, and whenever we've caught him on stage, in the likes of the title role in "Hamlet," Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman' or Kenneth Lonergan's "Lobby Hero," he's given truly outstanding performances.

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  • The Playlist
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    Has Sandra Bullock Signed On For 'Gravity?' Actress Also Reteaming With 'The Proposal' Director

    In recent years, the winners of the Best Actress award at the Oscars have tended to celebrate their victories by taking rather ill-advised paycheck jobs which threatened to derail their careers for some time. Think Halle Berry and "Catwoman." Nicole Kidman and "The Stepford Wives." Charlize Theron and "Aeon Flux." (Not that the boys necessarily do any better with their post-Oscar picks: Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Cuba Gooding Jr. we're looking at you...). But Sandra Bullock, coming off not only her first Oscar for "The Blind Side," but also becoming the first actress to have two $200 million smashes in the same year (her award-winning picture and rom-com "The Proposal") is a smarter cookie.

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  • The Playlist
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    Adrien Brody Suing To Block The Release Of Dario Argento's 'Giallo'; Trailer For 'Wrecked' Debuts

    When an actor is disgruntled, usually he refuses to do press for a film, or he'll badmouth it and smile as it crashes and burns. Rarely does someone take people to court. But that's exactly what's happening with "Giallo," the latest film from horror maestro Dario Argento. The movie's already developed a reputation as a late period stinker from the director of genre classics "Suspiria" and "Tenebre," flopping hard internationally. But were producers prepared to feel the wrath of their lead actor?

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  • The Playlist
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    Baz Luhrmann Workshops 'Great Gatsby' With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire & Rebecca Hall

    Director Baz Luhrmann may be inching closer to his next feature film with a workshop reportedly taking place with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Rebecca Hall in preparation for his adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel, "The Great Gatsby."

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  • Spout
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    Hitchcock Borders Minnesota, But Who Borders Idaho?

    Are there any U.S. maps in "North by Northwest"? Or any other Alfred Hitchcock works? If so, he's got an extra sort of cameo in that film(s). As you can see in the above image, via The Daily What, the director's famous profile appears to fit perfectly with the eastern border of Minnesota (with Wisconsin, mostly). It's as if sometime, millions of years ago perhaps, the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and the "Master of Suspense" were actually connected, a la Pangea.

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  • The Playlist
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    Matt Damon Will Narrate New Alex Gibney Doc About Cyclist Lance Armstrong

    Biopic That Would Have Starred Damon Still Spinning Its WheelsVeteran producer Frank Marshall ("Back to the Future," the 'Bourne' films) has been trying to get a Lance Armstrong biopic off the ground for more than six years. Matt Damon was even once loosely attached. "We've been talking about it," he told MTV in 2005, "but there's nothing [yet]; it would need a great script and a great director — it would need a lot. I would only do it if it could be great. ... [Armstrong's] feeling is there's no real reason to make his story, necessarily, unless it can be great."

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