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    Watch: Kevin Bacon's Biggest Fan Is Kevin Bacon In Funny, Clever Logitech Ad

    Most celebrity ads are pretty baffling or ludicrously self important (please see every perfume ad ever), so it's refreshing to see a spot that a) isn't hidden by airing only in some random European or Asian country, b) is genuinely pretty funny and c) finds the star taking the piss on his own persona.

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    Is George Lucas Really Casting Dead Hollywood Stars in a New Film?

    It doesn't really matter if this is true, since it's inevitable that one day either George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis or someone else down the line is going to make a movie starring only dead Golden Age-era movie stars.

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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Battle: Los Angeles' Features Less Footage, More Voiceover

    Following the effectively moody first trailer for "Battle: Los Angeles" -- oops, sorry, "World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles" (we guess the title change is there to make sure that folks know shit is going to blow up real good) -- the film's marketers have opted to show less footage and deliver more voiceover in the decidedly less thrilling second spot for the film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Awards Update: Awards Groups Boost "How to Train Your Dragon," "King's Speech," "Ghost Writer"

    The status of DreamWork Animation's How to Train Your Dragon as an Oscar frontrunner was confirmed by the International Animation Society's Annie Awards nominations. The film led the pack with 14 nominations. Also nominated for best animated feature were Universal/Illumination's Despicable Me, Sony Pictures Classic/Django Films' The Illusionist, Disney's Tangled, and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3. The withdrawal of Disney/Pixar from the organization seems to have had little impact on their nominations. The five best features would have looked like locks for the best animated Oscar category but unfortunately, this year only three will be named. (Full list of Annie nominees below.)

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    Inception Dream Levels In Real Time

    Still puzzled over Inception's dream levels? Maybe this will help: Inception in real time:

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    Latino Days Are Here Again!

    Looking forward to what's new at Ventana Sur and being able to watch films via Cinando during the event itself, I am made aware that Latin America has a rapidly expanding film industry due to new technologies, new well trained filmmakers and governments who have stepped up local support of local filmmaking. The current call for submissions for Cine En Construcion, the twice-yearly rendezvous held at the San Sebastian and Toulouse Festivals gives a welcome place for networking in Toulouse on March 24 and 25, 2011. This initiative by the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine in Toulouse focuses on contributing to the completion of Latin American feature films at the post-production stage. The Films in Progress award and the showing of these projects is exclusively reserved for professionals attending the yearly meetings at San Sebastian and Toulouse and they have greatly contributed to the completion and diffusion of some of the most outstanding Latin American feature films to have made their appearance in recent years. Films in Progress 19 is open to feature films produced in the different Latin American countries, the filming of which has been completed but which are having difficulties with the post-production process.The oldest forum for Latin American cinema is at Huelva's Festival de Cine Iberoamericano's Co-Production Forum which took place earlier this month and hosted 39 projects at their 3 day pitching/ networking meeting.Add that to the films in Ventana Sur's Primer Corte, and to Rotterdam Cinemart and IFP's No Borders, and we have the films which will be seen in Cannes, Sundance, Venice, Toronto, etc. So filmmakers! Get your films into these venues now and expand your co-production and distribution potential. As the Latino films reach for the Oscars, Hermano Venezuela' submission, directed by Marcel Rasquin is being underplayed and underexposed, though it is a big hit in Venezuela, grossing $1.5 million. It also did not come up through the international networking route just described above. The movie tells the story of two brothers who are fighting to get out of Petare, the poorest slums in Venezuela (and the biggest in Latin America). Soccer is one brother's plan to get both of them out. It should be favored for its direction, the story, the cinematography and instead it seems to have disappeared. It won the Audience Award at Moscow Fim Festival where Luc Besson, President of the Jury picked up world rights for Europa Corp. It then played in L.A. Latino international Film Festival where it again won the Audience Award. Does EuropaCorp have something against this film that it is not touting it nor pushing it for U.S. distribution? Or do they have something against the U.S. that they are not pushing its release here? Venezuela voted for its submission over Habana Eva by Fina Torres who already won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film with Oriana. It's the director's first film and seems too sad to think it might disappear without a trace for lack of publicity or distribution and that the director may go the same way as far as awareness in the U.S. goes. I hope not!Hermano by Marcel Rasquin. Submitted for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language NominationThen there is Contracorriente from Peru. After its great success at San Sebastian, Sundance, and LALIFF, this great film is receiving good solid distribution from Wolfe Releasing and The Film Collaborative and good solid international representation from Shoreline. This is one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever seen, and it's gay too. What a beautiful film...still in theaters...catch it while you can, you won't regret it.I won't analyze the submissions from Latin America for nomination for Best Foreign Language Academy Award, but they are notable, and probably have the pedigrees of Rencontres, Ventana Sur, Rotterdam Cinemart, Huelva, etc.

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    Video: "Inception" in Real-Time

    Just in time for tomorrow's home video release of "Inception," here is a fan-made version of the film for those of us wondering how it might have looked as directed by Mike Figgis in 2000. Seriously, though, YouTuber weikang has simply separated the four dream levels in the movie, cut each together as whole, continuity-wise, and then placed them each side by side in a quartered split-screen, a la "Time Code." And because of the logic of the film, the sequences are in "real-time" but they don't play at the same speed. It's just an exercise and not very entertaining. And referring to it as '"Inception" in four and a half minutes' just won't do since it leaves out all the stuff before and after the dream -- which of course many viewers believe to also be the dream.

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    Former 'Dr. Who' Star Sylvester McCoy Confirms He's Been Cast In 'The Hobbit'

    Won't Reveal Who He's Playing, But It's Probably Radagast The BrownLate last summer, actor Sylvester McCoy, probably best known to American audiences for his role on the 1980s version of "Doctor Who," revealed he was in talks to join "The Hobbit" in an unspecified "wizard" role. Well, speaking to the BBC (via Entertainment Fix), the actor has confirmed that those talks went well and that he has been cast in the film. But he's keeping mum for now on who he's playing.

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    'Alien' Prequel Release Rumored To Be Pushed Back A Full Year To 2013

    Olivia Wilde & Noomi Rapace Apparently The Frontrunners For The Lead RoleAll year, Ridley Scott has been talking up his prequel(s) to "Alien," and things seemed to have been progressing smoothly. Fox was said to be quite happy with the script by Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "Star Trek") and in late October, a list of candidates were said to be queuing up for the lead role including Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Natalie Portman. However, rumors are now surfacing that the prequel might be a bit longer off than expected.

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    Review: 'And Everything Is Going Fine' Is A Deeply Fascinating & Satisfying Closing Chapter

    Spitting out detailed and personal monologues in a sometimes-comfortable-sometimes-manic fashion, Spalding Gray was one of the most engaging talkers of our time. His minimalist style was deeply intimate, eschewing any kind of tool or prop in favor instead of spilling his guts out on stage. He quickly established such a connection with the audience (even going as far as interviewing audience members on stage) during his performances that calling it a "relationship" doesn't feel right -- "friendship" is a better word. Sadly, Gray took his own life in 2004 due to depression, and his absence is felt: there's not another performer like him out there, and it's likely that there never will be. The oeuvre he's left behind is a legacy; there are many writings but the printed word does no justice to his engrossing poise and voice. The best work was documented in four films "Swimming to Cambodia" (Jonathan Demme), "Terrors of Pleasure" (Thomas Schlamme), "Monster in a Box" (Nick Broomfield), and "Gray's Anatomy" (Steven Soderbergh), which capture his persona perfectly. Seeking to have a proper farewell, Gray's widow Kathleen Russo handed Soderbergh over 100 hours of video and he set out to cut an autobiographical tale told through many different Gray monologues and interviews. Behold the fruits of his labor, the 90-minute "And Everything Is Going Fine," an often hilarious and sometimes saddening final word from the late, great entertainer.

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