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    London Film Fest '10: NC-17 Be Damned, 'Blue Valentine' Is A Genuinely Great Relationship Movie

    Of all the films likely to be awards contenders at the year's end, if you had to guess one that might prove to have had a major ratings controversy with the MPAA, you might have assumed, until a few weeks ago, that it would be the nudity-packed "Love and Other Drugs," or Danny Boyle's "127 Hours," which has seen frequent reports of patrons passing out in early screenings with the gory detail of the film's key act.

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    'The Shield' Creator Shawn Ryan Adapting Tom Clancy's 'Without Remorse' For Paramount

    Countdown To Your Dad's Favorite Movie Of 2013 Starts HereYou should never underestimate the appeal of a little name recognition to a studio executive. What other possible reason could Paramount have to spend millions and millions of dollars in the eight years since 2002's "The Sum Of All Fears" trying to continue the Jack Ryan movies, based on the novels by Tom Clancy, despite the fact that it's the least interesting franchise in cinema history. The almost character-free Ryan now has a new incarnation in the shape of "Star Trek" star Chris Pine, who'll topline "Moscow," directed by "Lost" helmer Jack Bender, when it films early next year.

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    It's Big Gay Trailer Day From "Phillip Morris" to "Burlesque"

    I wasn't exactly a fan of "I Love You Phillip Morris" when I first saw it nearly 2 years ago at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. However, I'm not one to wish ill-will on little films that at least try to be something different (and I do believe the filmmakers meant well), so I'm happy to see its release finally coming to fruition this December. I'm also quite impressed with Roadside Attractions marketing campaign thus far, from this clever and inventive poster last week to today's debut of a well-crafted, snappy red band trailer that highlights the film's best assets and most certainly doesn't go the gay-hiding way of "A Single Man." See for yourself (NSFW):

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Hobbit New Zealand Filming Fracas: Not Resolved

    While the blogosphere goes mad with various reports about how or where Peter Jackson's green-lit The Hobbit will be filmed, it seems that the guild problems with shooting in New Zealand have not been resolved. Jackson is still threatening to shoot elsewhere--London perhaps--which could cost New Zealand untold millions. While New Zealand plans to fight to keep the two Hobbit films when Warners brass arrive next week, it may be too late.

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    'Secret In Their Eyes' Director Juan Jose Campanella To Helm Animated Soccer Pic 'Metegol'

    If you didn't catch last year's Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film "The Secret In Their Eyes," do yourself a favor and throw it into your Netflix queue right now. The film is a thrilling blend of political history, police procedural and romance with the centerpiece of the movie arriving in the form of a fantastic "single take" five-minute chase sequence at a stadium during a soccer match. It's breathless, inventive filmmaking and worth the price of admission alone, and for director Juan Jose Campanella, he's taking that clear love of soccer into a new project.

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    Media Watch: Top Newspapers, Ranked by Twitter Followers

    The top 25 U.S. newspapers - according to the number of Twitter followers, as recorded by Journalistics a bit over a week ago - is below. Sitting very comfortably in first place is The New York Times with 2.6 million - and they are the only news source on the list that has more followers than print circulation. The Wall Street Journal is number two with 464,591 followers, and The Washington Post comes in at third with 204,514. The Chicago Tribune, however, if you count both of its Twitter accounts, including @ColonelTribune, totals a second-place 879,490.

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    Actually, 'Drive Angry' Writer & Director Team Tapped For 'Hellraiser' Remake

    Christian E. Christiansen Evidently Out; Maybe It Won't Be So Teen-Friendly After All?You'll recall just the other day one of our writers was rather upset at the idea of a reported PG-13 remake of Clive Barker's "Hellraiser," adapted from from his own series of short stories "The Hellbound Heart."

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    Is 'The Hobbit' Moving To London?

    Update: It looks like the union boycott isn't quite lifted. According to THR, an agreement to life the "do not work" order was reached on Sunday but still not broadcast. Making things worse for those hoping to keep the film in New Zealand, New Line issued a statement saying in part, "The actions of these unions have caused us substantial damage and disruption and forced us to consider other filming locations for the first time. Alternative locations are still being considered." That said, New Zealand is going to fight to the bitter end to keep the production in the country but for now, it doesn't look good.

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    London Film Fest '10: 'Another Year' Is Nearly One Of Mike Leigh's Best

    After a relatively low key start, the London Film Festival swung into action in a big way over the weekend with the UK premiere of a critical favorite from this year's Cannes Film Festival; the latest film from British national treasure Mike Leigh, "Another Year." Fortunately, after a slightly uneven start to the festival, it's likely to rank among the finest films of the year.

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    "Being Gay Is Really Expensive" Says The 'I Love You Phillip Morris' Red Band Trailer

    No Comment From GLAAD At This TimeWith the controversy of last week surrounding the "Electric cars are gay" gag in "The Dilemma" trailer now pretty much forgotten (we guess GLAAD and Universal are best buds now?), a new trailer may draw the ire of the group.

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