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    The casting director Oscar problem

    The casting director Oscar problem

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    David Fincher's Favorite Films

    Check out this evergreen: David Fincher's handwritten note of his favorite films--which include a lot of the usual suspects. Peter Bogdanovich's comedy Paper Moon, George Roy Hill's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Woody Allen's Zelig pop out as perhaps somewhat unexpected.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hitchcock/Truffaut Audio Interview

    Every self-respecting cinephile owns a dog-eared copy of Hitchcock/Truffaut, the legendary interview between French critic/filmmaker Francois Truffaut and the great Alfred Hitchcock, translated by Helen Scott.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    THE SHORTEST LONG WESTERN: RIO BRAVO

    Supposedly, when Quentin Tarantino was dating he used to run his own 35mm print

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Miss Dior Cherie Ad Starring Natalie Portman, Directed By Sofia Coppola

    Following her very successful work for Miss Dior Chérie a couple of years ago, that spawned an ad that became a YouTube sensation, it was reported late last year that Sofia Coppola was hired back for a new campaign for the fragrance, this time starring Natalie Portman.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video: Terry Gilliam Update, The Wholly Family Short Debuts, 1884 Promo

    While The Man Who Killed Don Quixote continues to be stalled, irrepressible filmmaker Terry Gilliam will debut his new short The Wholly Family, reports Bleeding Cool (photos via Italian magazine Ciak), at the Bradford International Film Festival (March 16 to 27). The fest will present a retrospective of Gilliam's films (Jabberwocky (1977), Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1984), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) along with its Fellowship Award. The short (still in post-production) is one of a series set in Naples funded by Italian pasta company Garofalo. Gilliam issued a statement:To be honoured by such an important festival pre-posthumously will force my family to treat me with some respect while I’m still alive. I will always be grateful for that.See Gilliam's behind-the-scenes Wholly Family video below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kevin Costner Joining Zack Snyder's 'Superman'?

    Alright, Zack Snyder, you're throwing us for a goddamn loop with this one. Updated: Latino Review says if Costner gets this role, and it sounds like he might, that he'll play Pa Kent, Superman's earth-dad, Jonathan "Pa" Kent.

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  • Caryn James
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    Steve Martin Tweets The Religious Experience Of The Oscars

    He may not be hosting again this year, but Steve Martin still has an Oscar presence, one that tweaks his own background a little (he did write an autobiographical play called WASP) and the rituals of Hollywood awards season a lot.

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW '11 Trailer: 'Blacktino' With Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, More

    SXSW gets underway in just a few weeks with an especially stacked film lineup this year, from more high profile premieres (“Source Code,” “The Beaver,” “Paul”) to festival favorites from Sundance and TIFF (“Win Win,” “Beginners,” “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey”). For more homegrown fare, the fest has its “Lone Star States” category for films made in or about Texas which is kicking off the festival with “blacktino” by first-time filmmaker Aaron Burns. The indie coming-of-age film may sound slightly familiar to some due to a viral stunt late last year for “Citizen Jane,” supposedly an action packed remake of Orson Welles classic “Citizen Kane.” A humorous trailer and poster featuring a bazooka-toting Michelle Rodriguez appeared just in time for Fantastic Fest and was quickly uncovered to be a movie-within-a-movie for “blacktino.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Development Watch: Kiarostami's The End, Assayas's Carlos Follow-Up, Gatsby & Gretel in 3-D

    - Abbas Kiarostami, whose Certified Copy (starring Cannes Best Actress winner Juliette Binoche and William Shimell, above left) opens March 11, is developing The End, a Japanese-language relationship drama through MK2 Productions. MK2's Nathanael Karmitz says the film, to star Aoi Miyazaki, is a "continuation of Certified Copy" that will look at modern love in Japan. The film will shoot on location this April.

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