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    John C. Reilly Talks Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' A Meditation On Parenthood

    2011 is quickly shaping up to be an exciting year for female-driven/directed pictures, with a wealth of great, intelligent options for people that are frankly sick of the overtly male-dominated market (or Katherine Heigl). Multiplexes will see Kristen Wiig lead an ensemble of funny ladies in "Bridesmaids," art house cinemas get Kelly Reichardt's dustbowl period piece "Meek's Cutoff," festivals continue to be graced by Slamdance-winner "Without," and hopefully the online community will see a glimpse of the Linda Cardellini war movie “Return” (hint hint), which has been compared to "Safe" and "A Woman Under The Influence.” Yowza.

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    Watch the Less-Hyped Video You Missed at the Super Bowl

    Those splashy movie trailers and expensive Super Bowl commercials will be running in endless loops from now on. Here's a look at a few of the less-hyped spots that really worked:

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Melissa Leo Goes for Her Oscar and Future

    Melissa Leo wants to make sure that this year her Oscar campaign ends with a win. It also looks like she wants to get another gig. This woman has some serious guts to put herself out there with these "consider Melissa Leo" ads which she self financed according to Deadline.

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  • The Playlist
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    Shawn Levy To Direct 3D James Cameron-Produced 'Fantastic Voyage'

    Wow, we guess the folks at Fox really like what they've been seeing from "Real Steel," the forthcoming robot boxing movie thingy starring Hugh Jackman.

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    Following Peter Jackson's Hospitalization, 'The Hobbit' Will Now Start Filming On March 21st

    Bankruptcies, defecting directors and stomach ulcers -- the road to getting "The Hobbit" in front of cameras has been a long and rocky one. Last week it was reported that the film faced another setback when director Peter Jackson was hospitalized with a perforated stomach ulcer, a rather painful ailment that's caused when a hole is burned through the stomach lining, allowing acid and food to enter the abdominal cavity (and we thought the five tacos we had last night for dinner was brutal on our insides).

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  • The Playlist
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    Emir Kusturica To Adapt Epic Bosnian Novel 'The Bridge On The Drina'

    You've won the prestigious Palme d'Or twice within the span of ten years for the films "When Father Was Away on Business" and "Underground" -- a repeat winner's feat that puts you in an elite group of six filmmakers that includes Francis Ford Coppola and the Dardenne brothers -- you're world renowned for your whimsical, whirling dervish-like serio-comedies (the aforementioned pics, plus "Time of the Gypsies," and more) and yet still, you haven't had proper U.S. theatrical distribution for your last four films, making it twelve years since one of your features has been shown stateside (1998's "Black Cat, White Cat" was the last real U.S. limited release).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Where's Lisa Cholodenko's Next Movie?

    This is what came into my email last week.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Hey Melissa Leo...

    These self-financed For Your Consideration ads really creep me out. With the SAG and Globe, you already had a good thing going heading into Oscar. Maybe it's just me, but this makes you come across a bit, I don't know, desperate and crazy? I mean, these look like horribly tacky ads for faux fur. And they ain't helping you to that podium.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: The New Pornographers Recruit Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Donald Glover & More For Video 'Moves'

    Talk about calling in favours. For their newest video "Moves," The New Pornographers and director Tom Scharpling have enlisted a ridiculously stacked line up of comedians, musicians and other indie-world folk to star, and the results are pretty charming -- though it's kind of too bad the entire video peaks with the fake trailer that opens it up.

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  • Spout
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    Ronald Reagan, "Yogi Bear" Environmentalism, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Other Discussion Fodder

    - Honoring Ronald Reagan's centennial yesterday, Big Hollywood's Leo Grin looks at the age of cinema that corresponded to "Dutch"'s Presidency, noting that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were transformed Hollywood about the same time Reagan was transforming politics. In summation:He brought optimism and rejuvenation to an America wrecked for over a decade by liberalism (in both parties), and in so doing set the stage for one of the Golden Ages of cinema: the era of the populist, family-friendly, PG-rated blockbuster. It was a great time, for both the nation and its moviegoers.Ah, but the 80s were also pretty heavy on the R-rated blockbusters, too, at least compared to decades following. But I get his point, even if Spielberg and Lucas' revolution initially coincided with the Carter years. In any event, if you have HBO watch Eugene Jarecki's great new documentary "Reagan" tonight. Also, check out "Let Me In," which hit DVD last week. It's pretty Reagan-centric and worth seeing, even if you're a fan of the original.

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