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  • The Lost Boys
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    Why Is Justin Timberlake An Honorary African-American?

    And why is "The Kids Are All Right" nominated for best picture over "Night Catches Us"? Because of the brief appearance of Mark Ruffalo's African-American girlfriend (a character I thought was actually questionable representation after Mia Wasikowska's friend makes those racist comments at dinner)?

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  • The Playlist
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    Awesome: Electronic Musician Dan Deacon Scoring Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt Now And Sunrise'

    Well, it's now a bonafide trend. With Daft Punk tuning up "Tron: Legacy," Basement Jaxx working on "Attack The Block" and now Dan Deacon scoring Francis Ford Coppola's "Twixt Now And Sunrise" it looks like electronic beatmakers are the new go-to musicians for ambitious soundtrack work. What's next? Girl Talk scoring a John Sayles film? (Actually, that would fucking rule).

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    Does This Mean I Have To See "The Dilemma"?

    From Variety's review: "That leaves Ryder as the only thesp capable of really holding the screen opposite Vaughn: As written, Geneva is the sort of nasty, unrepentant tramp for whom the phrase 'bros before hos' was invented, but the script, to its credit, allows her to honestly voice her disappointment with the way her marriage has turned out. It's a problematic role to which Ryder (also getting down with her bad self in the recent "Black Swan") brings much more thorny emotion than it deserves."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hollywood's Creme de la Creme Memorialize Class-Act Agent Ed Limato

    Long-Time ICM agent Ed Limato--who forged the careers of Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington and Michelle Pfeiffer--stood out among Hollywood's agent elite as a class act. He was old-school, yes, and he cared deeply about his clients. Agenting wasn't so much a business to him, although he was competitive: I remember him hanging late at a Twentieth Century Fox premiere party, hoping to catch a word with the recently agentless Kevin Costner. Limato looked after Robert Downey, Jr., for years, and Winona Ryder, too. He loved his exotic fish, and his white patent leather shoes. He was tickled pink when Vanity Fair did a photo shoot. Here's my obit.

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  • The Playlist
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    Poster & First Look At New Park Chan-Wook Short Shot On An iPhone 4; Hits Korean Cinemas On Jan. 27

    Park Chan-wook, South Korea’s best-known filmmaker and director of the revenge flick “Oldboy,” has joined forces with his young brother and media artist Park Chan-kyong and shot a 30-minute short on a small budget of 150 million won (around $133,000) using the world’s most popular gadget, Apple's iPhone 4.

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  • The Playlist
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    Brian May & Roger Taylor Say Freddie Mercury Biopic With Sacha Baron Cohen Aiming To Shoot In August

    'We Will Rock You' Feature Film Also In The WorksOne of the many, many projects linked to Sacha Baron Cohen over the past year or so was a biopic of legendary Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Boasting a script by Peter Morgan ("The Queen"), the project has the approval of the surviving members of the band who will act as producers on the film. The story will focus on the earlier years of Queen, leading up to the band's 1985 Live Aid concert -- one that salvaged their reputation after the band broke an anti-apartheid boycott and played gigs in South Africa. "I didn't want to write an AIDS movie, to be honest with you. And then, I just looked at the period — it's sort of where he rejects [the other members of Queen] and comes back to them. It's sort of like a family movie. It's sort of like I hate my family, I want to be independent, and then I come back," Morgan said about the script last year.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Movieline Hires Elvis Mitchell and Online Vets Jen Yamato, Alonso Duralde

    While we still don't know why ex-NYT critic Elvis Mitchell fell out of the new public television show Ebert Presents At the Movies (A.P.'s Christy Lemire and newcomer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Mubi.com are doing the honors), the NPR and KCRW radio personality has landed another staff gig at Movieline. The growing Jay Penske film site has also added popular online critics Jen Yamato (ex of Rotten Tomatoes) as West Coast Editor and Alonso Duralde (MSNBC.com) as DVD Editor.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Super Bowl Ads: Favreau is Cutting Spot for Cowboys and Aliens

    Cowboys and Aliens will be one of the upcoming 2011 movies with a Super Bowl TV spot, confirms director Jon Favreau on Twitter (this is his Twitter avatar):

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  • The Playlist
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    Peter Weir Teases 3 Projects That Fell Apart In The '00s; Here's What They Might Be

    In two separate Q&As in New York this past weekend (that Playlist members attended), Australian director Peter Weir ("Witness," "The Year of Living Dangerously" among many others) mentioned three failed projects he was working on in-between "Master and Commander" (2003) and "The Way Back" (2011). However, the cagey filmmaker wouldn't wouldn't go into further details, saying, "I think they rightly didn't stand up, and a particular one is still current with a star attached so it would be wrong for me to talk about it."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Actress Watch: Dark Knight Rises Tests; Coppola and Portman's Dior Ad; Williams Gives Sage Advice

    Christopher Nolan is checking out the ranks of Hollywood's starlets to join Christian Bale and Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises. Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs), Jessica Biel (The Illusionist, The A-Team), Kate Mara (127 Hours, Iron Man 2), Charlotte Riley (fiance of Hardy and his co-star in the UK's Wuthering Heights TV mini-series) and Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia, and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) are all scheduled to test. Scheduling seems to be an issue for Naomi Watts and Eva Green, who were previously mentioned. Two roles need to be filled: a love interest and a villain. Who would you like to see in The Dark Knight Rises? Vote in our poll below.

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