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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    LA Film Critics To Honor Actor-Writer-Director Paul Mazursky

    Bravo to the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for honoring actor-writer-director Paul Mazursky (nominated for four Oscars, for An Unmarried Woman, Harry and Tonto, Enemies: A Love Story, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice) with their 2010 Career Achievement Award. It's hard to argue when LAFCA president Brent Simon says: β€œIt’s impossible to imagine American independent cinema in its current form without Paul Mazursky, in all his multi-hyphenate glory.”

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Man Who Could Not Be Mayor

    Like Toronto, my hometown of Trenton, Ontario is also having their municipal elections. You actually may have all of a sudden heard of Trenton since its been making international news as of late for being the center of one of the most horrific crimes in recent Canadian history. Even so, I highly doubt you've heard of Claude'or Roland du-Lude, who is the only person running against incumbent mayor John Williams in today's election. du-Lude has run in every municipal election since 1991, rarely getting more than 100 votes. He also - for the first 17 years of my life - lived across the street from me. Unapologetically French with a gigantic moustache, bizarre stories and an iconic unicycle he'd ride around town - whether in campaigning for the election or simply getting from point A to point B. He was something out of a sitcom for us to have around as kids. He'd stop by asking to borrow vacuum cleaners or humidifiers or lawnmowers and then never gave them back. He'd ramble on about girlfriends that lived in some made-up sounding place in France, and occasionally completely disappear for four or five months and then return in full force as if nothing had ever happened. And he'd always genuinely believe the next election was his to win - even if he got 45 votes the last time around, and even by running on bizarre platforms like remarkably extensive and unnecessary public transit systems in a town of about 15,000 people.

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Downey Jr. To Bail On Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'?

    Last we heard, Sandra Bullock had signed on to join Alfonso Cuaron's ailing sci-fi thriller "Gravity," but now doubts are being raised about whether or not long-attached co-star Robert Downey Jr., will stay on board the film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video Watch: Johnny Depp Visits London School as Jack Sparrow

    During filming of Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in London, Johnny Depp recently left the set in order to help out a kid seeking info from Jack Sparrow, reports Lindsay Reiser:Beatrice Delap, 9, a student from the southeast London area, wrote to actor Johnny Depp asking for help from his "Pirates of the Caribbean" character, Jack Sparrow. In the letter, Delap wrote that she and her fellow students were a "bunch of budding young pirates," but that they needed some professional assistance in the mutiny department.

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  • The Playlist
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    Roadside Attractions Picks Up 'Hemingway's Garden Of Eden,' Trailer Arrives

    Gathering dust for nearly two years before Roadside Attractions picked it up, we didn't have much expectations for John Irvin's (best known for directing the Brit TV mini-series version of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy") "Hemingway's Garden Of Eden." We just didn't think it would look this terrible.

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  • The Playlist
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    Antonio Banderas To Direct & Star In Psychological/Sci-Fi Thriller 'Solo'

    Antonio Banderas directing? In case you forgot, he actually has been behind the camera a couple of times before. In 1999 he made his feature debut with "Crazy In Alabama" and in 2006 he helmed the coming of age drama "Summer Rain." The actor is set to return behind the camera -- and star -- in the psychological/sci-fi thriller "Solo."

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  • Spout
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    Maybe the Rumored New "Star Wars" Trilogy Will Be Set in the Present?

    The weekend was buzzing with excitement and skepticism of a potential other "Star Wars" trilogy. IESB broke/originated the rumor on Friday that George Lucas is planning another trio of films following the 3-D re-releases of the six existing episodes (expected annually from 2012 to 2017). These new films would be set long after the events spanning from "The Phantom Menace" to "Return of the Jedi" and would not involve the Skywalker family. The trilogy will also have nothing to do with the upcoming live-action "Star Wars" TV series set to debut next year or the year after.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Godard Will Miss the Academy's Governors Awards

    The Academy confirms that filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard will not be making the trek across the pond to attend the November 13 Governor's Awards at the Kodak Theatre. Last year, when ailing John Calley couldn't accept the Thalberg award, a heavyweight roster of past winners turned up to honor him, including Steven Spielberg, Dino De Laurentiis, Norman Jewison and Warren Beatty. Who will honor Godard?

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  • The Playlist
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    Who On Middle-Earth Are They? A Guide To The New Cast Members Of 'The Hobbit'

    After a few years of rumors, scuttlebutt, delays and crises, the first official cast members for "The Hobbit," the two prequel films to "Lord of the Rings," were announced on Thursday. Originally intended to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro, who bowed out in the summer, Peter Jackson eventually agreed to pick up the reins again, and as with the casting for the first film (of whom only Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis, and potentially Hugo Weaving, are likely to return), he's picked a mix of semi-familiar faces and relative unknowns.

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  • The Playlist
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    CMJ '10: 'The Promise' Delves Into The Making Of A Bruce Springsteen Classic

    The album is a lost art form in this age of auto tuned singles and iTunes. Nowadays, we rarely get to see a band lauded because of a timeless double-sided cohesive expression of themselves, never mind a follow up album to a classic. This is what makes "The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge of Town" more interesting to watch than, say, a standard episode of Vh1's "Classic Albums."

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