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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Documentary Short List Posted by the Academy

    IndieWIRE and all the trades have listed the shortlisted documentaries submiitted for nomination for Best Documentary Oscar 2010. Unfortunately for me, I have not seen all the 15 shortlisted docs (30% of which are directed by women ♀). But I have seen a few and heard about many of the others. Of those that should have been on the list, personally the two I miss most are Cave of Forgotten Dreams by the ever vigorous German New Film survivor, Werner Herzog (see what Patrick Goldstein has to say about that!) and Sundance premiere, A Film Unfinished, the extraordinary testament to the Warsaw Ghetto, created as cinematic propaganda by the Nazis.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'The Lincoln Lawyer' Finds Ryan Phillippe Lawyering Up With Matthew McConaughey

    The first trailer for "The Lincoln Lawyer" has arrived and while it looks like your pretty standard legal thriller we're hoping the solid cast and the source material -- it's based on a book by reliable crime thriller writer Michael Connelly -- will make this an above average effort.

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  • The Playlist
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    Book Review: 'The Art Of Hammer' Is Horrifyingly Good

    One of the many pleasures to be had watching this fall's under-seen vampire gem "Let Me In," was catching a glimpse of the new Hammer Films logo. The British horror studio, which specialized in sexy, stylish Technicolor horror romps, had been dormant since the mid-1980s (after their "House of Hammer" television series ended), so it was a thrill to see them back. But even more than that, the logo made your jaw drop. Somewhat similar to the Marvel logo, it featured classic Hammer movie posters flitting by inside the giant, bold letters (accompanied a classy bit of music by composer Michael Giacchino, dubbed "Hammertime" on the official album).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    A Community Comes Together

    It’s easy to find cynical views of Hollywood in the press, and even in fictional films and TV shows. The venal industry depicted in Entourage seems all too credible to insiders and civilians alike. Turner Classic Movies’ Moguls and Movie Stars series reminds us that scandal has been a part of Hollywood since the silent era. But it’s rare for anyone to write or talk about the human side of this company town. I saw that aspect of Hollywood this past week in the wake of a terrible tragedy when longtime publicist Ronni Chasen was murdered Monday night.

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  • The Playlist
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    Malin Akerman To Replace Lindsay Lohan In Linda Lovelace Porn Biopic 'Inferno'

    Producers Insist Lohan Was Fired And Didn't QuitThe long, slow painful deconstruction of Lindsay Lohan's career continues this week and plunges even deeper into the slo-mo trainwreck trajectory it has been moving along for what seems like the last two years. We're frankly surprised the starlet is still alive and as much as we feel bad for any human being obviously struggling so much, it seems like the gossip-star turned sublebrity has been her own worst enemy all along.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Tangled' Is Safe Disney Princess Stuff

    About a year ago, Disney released "The Princess and the Frog," their joyful, totally brilliant return to hand-drawn animation. And nobody fucking went. Sure, Princess Tiana toys flew off the shelves of Target stores nationwide, but this was probably to be expected when the studio finally allowed an African American character into the hallowed stable of Disney princesses. But the movie, as a whole, didn't do exceptionally well, putting into doubt the viability of the Disney Princess line of products which, amongst other things, has put the Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World into question and forced the brass to change the title of this year's animated entry, from the instantly identifiable "Rapunzel" to the more nebulous "Tangled."

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  • Spout
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    Videos: "Tangled" Spoiled; "Harry Potter" Soiled

    The Fine Brothers are back for another video counting down a great number of spoilers in a limited time frame. Previously they've divulged general movie spoilers, 2009 movie spoilers, Oscar-winner spoilers, horror movie spoilers, book spoilers, general TV series spoilers, reality TV series spoilers and Nintendo game spoilers. Those can all be seen on their YouTube page. This time they've set out to ruin every one of the 50 Disney animated features, from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to the latest, "Tangled," which opens this week. Don't worry if you haven't seen all of them. They're Disney animated features. It's not a big shock that most of them end (as the Fines mock in their Don Knotts-like falsettos) with "___ and ____ live happily ever after."

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  • The Playlist
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    First Official Look At Angelina Jolie's Bosnia-Set Directorial Debut; Film Might Be In Black & White

    Angelina Jolie Has Filmed Scenes In Both English & Bosnian Language VersionsWhile it hasn't been without its share of controversies, filming continues on Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, a currently untitled romantic drama, set during the Bosnian War, and following a love story between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man. As you might expect, the film has generated a lot of attention in the region given the subject matter and Jolie recently pulled back the shooting schedule in Bosnia due to political concerns.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Zombieland' Writers Rhett Reese And Paul Wernick To Helm 'Doc and Howie'

    Comedy Centers On Two Idjits That Kill A Grandma, But Then Meet Her Hot Granddaughters, HEY-O!Considering how in-demand "Zombieland" writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are, it's no real surprise the screenwriters are going to get their shot at directing, which seems to be the natural evolution of things these days (see Charlie Kaufman, William Monaghan, "I Love You Phillip Morris" directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to name a recent few.).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch Q &A: Tom Hooper Talks Long Road to King's Speech

    Oscar Watch Q &A: Tom Hooper Talks Long Road to King's Speech

    Fest fave The King's Speech, currently the front-runner at Gurus o' Gold, this Saturday blew the roof off its packed Academy screening. The crowd applauded director Tom Hooper, writer David Seidler, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, cinematography and score. It also nabbed the most effusive reaction so far over five years of showing films at Sneak Previews--the WGA crowd clapped Hooper down the aisle as he settled in for a Q and A. The movie debuted at Telluride (here's TOH's review) followed by audience-award-winning turns at fests in Toronto and the Hamptons. Will anything slow this film's Oscar momentum? (Well, some say it gets its history wrong.) The Weinsteins open the movie November 26--and it could reboot the company.

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