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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Hanks and Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

    Hitfix posts the first image from Oscar perennial Stephen Daldry’s film adaptation of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, showing a sweet moment between Manhattan father and son Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn, who later searches for messages from his father following the September 11th disaster. Recent Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock plays Horn's mother.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Long Before "The Help" There Was "The Long Walk Home"

    Since The Help is opening today, and Lords knows we have had more than our fair share of heated discussion about that damn movie, I thought it would be the perfect time to deal with another film which came out 20 years ago in 1991 that was thematically the same, but much different.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Al Jazeera Launches Documentaries: 9/11 Series Declares Al-Qaeda Lost Intel War

    Al Jazeera Launches Documentaries: 9/11 Series Declares Al-Qaeda Lost Intel War

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Help: Mainstream Crowd-Pleaser, Not Oscar Contender

    The Help: Mainstream Crowd-Pleaser, Not Oscar Contender

    At the Academy premiere of The Help Tuesday night, DreamWorks' Stacey Snider, Participant's Jeff Skoll and Ricky Strauss, and Disney's Rich Ross presided over an industry unveiling that yielded plenty of tears and applause. The crowd was packed with Colleen Camp's Academy list, from producers Norman Lear, Laura Bickford and Larry Gordon to rising actor Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom). The movie is a mainstream crowd pleaser. Summit's Patrick Wachsberger is right to compare it to Driving Miss Daisy, in more ways than one, suggesting that it will perform similarly well overseas. And Ross was smart to demur when trade reporters asked him about the studio's Oscar strategy. It's wise to wait and see how it does.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow' A Tarkovskian Study Of Ambitious Modern Art

    Even those that find modern art to be unbearable and pretentious must concur: paving roads, digging out caverns, and building houses as part of your art installation on the grounds of an abandoned silk factory is bad-ass. That said, detractors are likely to question the amount of money used for this that didn't go to something else, but let's remember that art, when given the chance, can affect us profoundly and in ways that we sometimes can't comprehend immediately. Also, let's not derail towards a time-consuming and bitter brannigan.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Gulliermo Del Toro Wanted Idris Elba For New Film Because Of "Luther"

    According to Matt Mueller of Thompson on Hollywood, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro is a big fan of Idris Elba and his work.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    50 Documentaries To See Before You Die

    Current TV is currently counting down their well-researched list of 50 Documentaries To See Before You Die, doing so in bits and pieces over what seems to be several weeks.

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  • eugonline
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    Countdown to "Carnage"

    Countdown to "Carnage"

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  • Spout
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    Learn How to Sign the "Why Cookie Rocket" Catchphrase from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

    Now that Damon Lindelof has Tweeted about "Why Cookie Rocket," it's officially a thing. I know, because that's the moment my wife, who hasn't seen "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" asked me what it means. Not that she's a movie ignoramus, but if she knows about something I'd otherwise only hear about from fellow movie bloggers, it's a big deal. Additionally, there are now proposed t-shirt designs, a Facebook group devoted to a "Why Cookie Rocket" Photoshop meme and a Tumblr for the same. How embarrassing for Vulture, by the way, to not just pick the wrong line to designate as a catchphrase, but also be schooled on the whole concept of catchphrases by New York magazine film critic David Edelstein, in their comments section. He doesn't comment on the true catchphrase (which Devin Faraci defends in depth for us at Badass Digest), but I think his definition would fit. "Why Cookie Rocket," which is hereby the best primate-signed movie line since "Project Nim"'s "Stone Smoke Now," certainly contains "splendid absurdity."

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  • The Playlist
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    James Franco Is Making A Documentary About Porn Site Kink Because He's James Franco

    So, what do you do when you have the number one movie in America? If you're most actors, you bask in the glory and use that momentum to land another payday gig. If you're James Franco, you go and announce that you're making a documentary about a porn site.

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