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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    He's Not There: John Requa and Glenn Ficarra's "I Love You Phillip Morris"

    “I’m going to be a fag . . . a big fag,” declares Jim Carrey’s Steven Russell after a terrifically jarring car accident in John Requa and Glenn Ficarra’s I Love You Phillip Morris. The sentiment is typical of the film’s uncompromising, in-your-face approach to its protagonist’s gayness—a frankness that is both refreshing and distracting. Here is an American film starring bona fide movie stars built around a believable and earnestly rendered (to a point) gay love affair, but unlike Brokeback Mountain or Milk, gayness isn’t the subject of the movie so much as one aspect of the true-life story Requa and Ficarra are telling.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Jeremy Renner Talks 'The Town,''Mission Impossible,' 'The Avengers'

    The Hurt Locker not only gave Jeremy Renner the role of his career--which earned him an Oscar nomination--but it opened up a raft of career possibilities. Renner is young, gifted and masculine: he can play a charismatic hero or a dangerous villain, a leading man or a character role. He's versatile. This is what casting directors want. There aren't enough guys like him.

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  • The Playlist
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    The 10 Greatest Hits Of The Randy & Evi Quaid Vanity Fair Profile

    If you haven't been following the crazy (and kind of amazing) trainwreck story of the life of actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi, you pretty much have to ask yourself why. The Quaids have been on the wrong end of the headlines since September 2009 when they were arrested in Texas for allegedly defrauding an innkeeper, burglary, and conspiracy in California. Their troubles actually started to begin further back in 2007 when Quaid's erratic behavior got him fired from "Lone Star Love," a Western-themed stage play adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, in which Quaid played the lead role of Falstaff (he was banned for life by the stage actor's union thanks to his erratic behaviour).

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  • The Playlist
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    Neill Blomkamp Will Reteam With Sharlto Copley For 'Elysium,' Seeking Cast & Distribution

    It's been pretty common knowledge since the beginning of the year that Neill Blomkamp was planning to follow the massive success of "District 9" not with a sequel or as was erroneously rumored at one time, "The Hobbit," but with a project of his own creation called "Elysium."

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Going Crazy For The Holidays

    If you’re unsure what to give that film-buff friend or relative this year for Christmas, or the last night of Chanukah, might I be so bold as to suggest a gift subscription to Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy? We’ll send the lucky recipient our current issue, with my story on the forgotten music of Casablanca and an interview with MGM director George Sidney, along with a personalized gift card. That will be the first of four issues, which are published on an admittedly irregular schedule. If you want to augment the gift you can also purchase back issues which are chockfull of unusual interviews, articles, rare photos and movie memorabilia. For more information click HERE.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sex Rating Watch: Blue Valentine vs. Black Swan vs. Love & Other Drugs

    - Directors of two potential Oscar nominees are attacking the MPAA's rating system. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) state their cases in the LAT against the questionable standards that land a film with a NC-17 rating (whichBlue Valentine and the Weinstein Co. are currently fighting.

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  • The Playlist
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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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  • Spout
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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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  • The Playlist
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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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