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    Topher Grace Says Rampant Cocaine Use Reason For 'Take Me Home Tonight' Release Delay

    When a film sits on a shelf waiting to get released, the general consensus is that it's a stinker. With filming wrapped way, way back in 2007 for "Take Me Home Tonight" (known at the time as "Kids In America"), and as each year passed with no news of a release date, we pretty much figured it was a misfire and the studio was simply waiting to dump it with an early winter no man's land of a release date or straight-to-home video. And then we saw the trailer. And to our pleasant surprise it looks like a lot of fun, and speaking with MTV, executive producer and actor Topher Grace reveals that the film's delay had to do with some dicey drug scenes, not necessarily the quality of the film.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his bangs?

    Photo by Leah Churner.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Coens' History of Mustaches

    Hailee Steinfeld holds her own against Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in almost every category of True Grit's manliness, but she just can't compete in the mustache competition. NYMag calls Damon's 'stache a "spectacular, instantly iconic, old-timey mustache, which builds on the Coens' proud tradition of decorating their characters with some of the finest nose curtains in all of cinema." But even if his mustache surpasses Bridges' and Brolin's in this Western, he has competition from many Coens characters who preceed him. Check out NYMag's "Stach-o-Meter (which grades on a scale of Zorro to Gene Shalit)".

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Colin Farrell Prepares For A Close Shave In Clip From Peter Weir's 'The Way Back'

    Update: This one is now arriving via Image Entertainment.

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    Extended Trailer For 'I Am Number Four': Supernatural Alien Powers Bummer On Spring Break

    Totally Rad for Jet Ski Back Flips Though Whether the I-was-a-teenage-alien bombastic action flick "I Am Number Four" looks "Twilight"-esque to you or not, there's no denying the adherence to formula. Take an impossibly beautiful and broody outsider, equip with special talents otherworldly or otherwise, add a dash of tummy-fluttering flirtation with another impossibly beautiful (BUT HUMAN) kindred spirit and some baddies in swirling leather trench coats, and stir.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rudin Talks True Grit, Producing Quality Films at Studios: "It's harder than it's ever been"

    Rudin Talks True Grit, Producing Quality Films at Studios: "It's harder than it's ever been"

    Most weekdays, producer Scott Rudin, 52, starts off with an early breakfast meeting or two at a Madison Avenue cafe. One recent week, he met at 8 AM with Lena Dunham, the young filmmaker he plucked to adapt and direct Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, well before Tiny Furniture became a film du jour; he met me the following day at the same hour. How did he find out about Dunham? He has a deal with former assistants Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen, producers at Parts and Labor (The Exploding Girl): he covers their overhead in exchange for them sending him their talent discoveries. That's how he got to see Tiny Furniture. As he was watching it, Rudin realized that he knew Dunham's artist parents, Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham. Rudin thinks their daughter is "a total star.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Andrews To Score Judd Apatow-Produced, Paul Feig-Directed Comedy 'Bridesmaids'

    The name might not be familiar, but you've definitely heard his work. Michael Andrews has been tapped to compose the score for the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced, Paul Feig-directed comedy, "Bridesmaids." While he may not be as instantly recognized as Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer or James Newton Howard (yet) Andrews has composed for a number of notable films including "Donnie Darko," "Me And You And Everyone We Know," "Cyrus," and "Funny People." He most certainly got to know both Apatow and Feig back-in-the-day when he lent his skills to both "Undeclared" and "Freaks & Geeks."

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    MR. DeMILLE, MEET MR. DISNEY

    When I first became interested in old-time radio I didn’t comprehend just how strong a connection existed between the empire of the air and the movie industry during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. At first, Hollywood was wary of radio, just as it would be when television came along. Then the powers-that-be realized that radio wasn’t the enemy: it was a potential ally, capable of promoting its stars and upcoming movies to an enormous audience.

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    First Look: Tom Hardy In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

    Sorry, ladies. For those of you hoping for some suave Eames-esque pics of English heartthrob Tom Hardy, you may want to look elsewhere. Some new set photos have arrived for the highly anticipated (at least by us) "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy" and Hardy has gone blond (or at least is wearing a pretty convincing wig) is sporting a very period specific hairdo. No slick hair and well cut suits here.

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  • Spout
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    Video: "Never Let Them Go: 2010 and the Movies"

    Last week I shared a great video montage called "Filmography 2010," which spliced together 270 of this year's films and in doing so found some trends and parallels among them. It was a nice glance and analysis in retrospect from someone who obviously appreciates cinema in all its forms. Since then I've seen a number of other videos that tried to do the same and missed the point. These are mostly random compilations of quickly cut shots set to cool music, and they represent a certain kind of movie watcher, the gorging consumer. And the videos are like a visual diarrhea that's been passed through those consumers.

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