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    Confirmed: Gore Verbinski To Direct 'The Lone Ranger' Starring Johnny Depp

    Revealed nearly two months ago that talks had begun, Deadline confirms that Gore Verbinski has officially signed on to direct the big screen version of "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp attached to play Tonto.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    The New Media, Oscar Coverage and Traffic Whores

    The New Media, Oscar Coverage and Traffic Whores

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  • Spout
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    Videos: "Deathly Hallows" Animator Ben Hibon's "Codehunters" and Other Works

    One of my favorite parts of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Part 1 is the Hermione/Emma Watson-narrated animated sequence used to illustrate the "The Tale of the Three Brothers," a fairly tale from the book "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" that explains what the "Deathly Hallows" are. I kind of want Warner Bros. to adapt the rest of the stories from the book (which has been published for us Muggles to enjoy), each directed by a different animator. I wouldn't mind if the man behind the "Three Brothers" sequence, Ben Hibon, did the rest, but he is likely too busy now that he's been hired to direct "Pan," a live-action re-imagining of "Peter Pan."

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  • The Playlist
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    Plot Details On Michael Haneke's 'These Two' With Isabelle Huppert, Shooting Starts In February

    Earlier this month, we brought you the news that Michael Haneke is reteaming with Isabelle Huppert (”The Piano Teacher,” “Time of the Wolf”) and French icon Jean-Louis Trintignant (Bernardo Bertolucci‘s “The Conformist,” Eric Rohmer‘s “My Night at Maud’s,” Claude Chabrol‘s “Les Biches” to name just a few classics) for a brutal-sounding story about the agony of aging, titled “These Two.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sean Penn to Accept Lifetime Achievement Award at Dubai Film Fest; MIA on "Fair Game"

    These days Sean Penn the humanitarian aid activist is trumping Sean Penn the actor. While he's showing up to accept the Dubai International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award on December 12, recognizing his work as an actor, director, producer, screenwriter--and activist--he is not on the promo circuit for Fair Game, even though his reviews are stellar. (He may realize that as strong as the film is, it's not an Oscar contender.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Wahlberg Says He Won't Be 'The Crow'

    So hey, remember last month when it was reported that Mark Wahlberg was being offered the lead in the upcoming "The Crow" reboot? Well as with most offer stories that seem too good to be true, it looks like the actor considered it and then wisely passed.

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    Joss Whedon Not Very Happy About 'Buffy' Reboot

    Yesterday, to the dismay of fans still clinging to the nostalgia of a television series that ended seven years ago and a movie that was released nearly two decades ago, Warner Bros. announced plans to reboot "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" with no mention of the series creator Joss Whedon.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SAG Awards Nominations Ballots Mail Tomorrow

    The Screen Actors Guild nominating committee is mailing their nomination ballots tomorrow for the 17th annual SAG Awards, taking place on January 30th (on TNT and TBS). Votes, which can be cast via these paper ballots or online, are due by December 13, and they will be announced at West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center on December 16. The film and television nominees will be selected by two separate panels made up of some 2,100 randomly selected SAG members. Submissions for consideration in categories of each actors' choosing (or those representing them), were due October 28. Final voting will be done via postcard and online, and must be completed by noon on January 28. Nomination categories are listed below:

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Edward Zwick Says Oscars Are "Antithetical To The Health & Sanity Of Art"

    The Director Of Epics Like "Glory" & "Blood Diamond" Also Talks His Gear Shift With "Love And Other Drugs"Director Edward Zwick is known as a big-screen director of epics like "The Last Samurai" and "Glory." But on television, he's produced such character-based work as "My So-Called Life" and "thirtysomething." So it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Zwick would take a right turn with a romantic comedy. In "Love And Other Drugs," he tackles a budding, often destructive relationship set against the peculiar world of pharmaceutical drugs: it's a long way from "Blood Diamond."

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    Counting Down The Best Songs From Robyn's "Body Talk" Trilogy, Part 3

    A continuation of this blog post and its successor , this is last entry in my countdown my then favourite songs from Robyn's "Body Talk" trilogy in anticipation of the final part's release TODAY. Check out further explanation here, and then enjoy #3 to #1 (the final of which is so predictable I know.. but also undeniable!)

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