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    Stephen Root Joins Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

    With filming already underway (you can check out some set pics here), a new name has been added to the cast, a longtime character actor who will bolster an already starry film.

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    Actor/Writer Ben Schwartz Hired To Pen Remake of 'Soapdish' For Paramount & Rob Reiner

    It's only half a decade since the Judd Apatow stable reinvigorated the comedy world, plucking actors from TV shows like "Freaks & Geeks," "The Daily Show" and the old staple of "Saturday Night Live" and turning them into bona fide superstars, but already the next wave of comic actors are starting to break through. Names like Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Donald Glover, Ellie Kemper, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, many of whom, crucially, broke through with short films on the internet, are all starting to make waves on the big screen, and it's only a matter of time before one of them cracks the A-list.

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    Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Cross-Eyed Possum Predict Oscar Winners

    This week Jimmy Kimmel is enlisting Heidi the Cross-Eyed Possum to predict the Oscar winners - and really, at this late stage of awards season, doesn't that seem as sensible a way to guess as any? Besides, as Kimmel pointed out, "Possums are the most film-savvy of all the marsupials."

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    Watch: New Red Band Trailer For 'Paul' Visits Earth With New Footage

    While those of you in the U.K. are already enjoying the latest from Greg Mottola, the alien road trip comedy "Paul," those of us on this side of Atlantic are patiently waiting for the film, and we continued to be teased with yet another trailer, this time a red-band version that offers up some new footage we haven't seen yet.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ubiquitous James Franco Lines Up More Projects Than He Can Possibly Deliver

    Ubiquitous James Franco Lines Up More Projects Than He Can Possibly Deliver

    Riding the award season whirlwind is Oscar nominee and co-host James Franco. The perpetual student is all over the Oscars, Facebook, Twitter and Funny or Die, but going forward he can't be everywhere he'd like to be. We assemble a list below of an impossible number of projects to keep him busy for a lifetime.

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    Patrick Wilson & James Marsden To Star In Remake Of Belgian Thriller 'Loft'

    Belgium: a nation known, in the US at least, more for its waffles than for its cinema. In recent years, the Dardenne Brothers have made some waves (and how!), but for the most part, the country's probably best known in the film world for 1992's "Man Bites Dog," and as being the birthplace of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Not that they're incapable of producing a homegrown hit: the thriller "Loft" became the biggest-grossing Flemish-language film of all time when it was released back in 2008, and now it looks like it's heading for a remake.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Susanne Bier Talks In A Better World

    I am finding it so interesting that Susanne Bier is getting some great press for her Oscar nomination. It makes me think that there is an appetite to hear from women directors especially ones who make substantive movies with action and moral dilemmas. She kind of follows the Kathryn Bigelow model -- a woman director who makes tough stories about men.

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    'The King's Speech' Helmer Tom Hooper Turned Down 'Iron Man 3,' Now Circling 'Les Miserables'

    Fans Of Off-Center Close Ups Of Robert Downey Jr Reportedly DisappointedIn terms of catapulting yourself onto the A-list, there are few better ways of doing it than by directing a huge commercial success that's nominated for more Oscars than any other film this year. Two years ago, 38-year-old British director Tom Hooper was, for the most part, a well-regarded TV director; one mostly forgotten feature credit to his name (the South African drama "Red Dust," with Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor), but mostly acclaimed TV dramas like "Longford," "John Adams," "Prime Suspect" and the Helen Mirren vehicle "Elizabeth I," for which he won an Emmy.

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    A New Low: Bad Teacher Trailer

    This ruined my morning and now I will share with you and ruin yours.

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    Divas Wanted: Warner Brothers Remaking 'The Bodyguard'

    Warner Brothers announced their plans to remake the 1992 Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston film "The Bodyguard" and are reteaming with the writers of the Black List approved script, "Family Getaway," which they bought last fall. Deadline broke the news that writers Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer have been tapped to reboot the love story of the bodyguard and the diva, this time updating the material to reflect the distinctly 2000s brand of celebrity fandom and technology (TMZ, Twitter), and including Iraq combat experience for the bodyguard. Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote a number of '80s classics ("The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "The Big Chill") wrote the original 'Bodyguard' (actually his first screenplay) as a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross in the '70s.

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