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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weather Report: Girls in Minis

    It seems inevitable. Taiwanese animators NMA have launched a new animated news video, a daily weather report, right out of Paddy Chayefsky's Network. Wave of the future? News weather men, watch your back.

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  • The Playlist
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    Guillermo del Toro Admits He Didn't Want 3D For 'The Hobbit,' Doesn't Want It For Frankenstein'

    Filmmaker Says He Doesn't Want 'Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,' Or 'Frankenstein' To Be In 3D, Is On The Fence About 'Slaughterhouse Five' Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is perhaps today's biggest genre-centric multi-tasker. If his projects file were a kitchen it would be jam-packed with several sous-chefs working on dishes in different states of readiness; many still marinating, trying out different sauce combinations, with some tested in various iterations and ready to to go on the grill.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    CPH:DOX: make it make it, don't fake it

    CPH:DOX: make it make it, don't fake it

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  • The Playlist
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    Tom Hardy Offered Vampire Role In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    If being offered the lead role in "Snow White And The Huntsman" didn't tip you off, Tom Hardy is one of the hottest talents in Hollywood right now. His turn in "Inception" made it known to a wider audience what those who saw "Bronson" already knew; the actor is the real deal and has the charisma and skill to be a major leading man. So, no surprise then that with 'Huntsman' now trying to land Johnny Depp to lead the film, Hardy has been offered the role of Henry Sturgess in another tentpole vehicle, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    G4TV for Burns

    G4TV for Burns

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weir's The Way Back Kicks Off Museum of Tolerance Film Fest

    Peter Weir's The Way Back will kick off Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (MOTIFF) on November 13, which runs six days and screens twenty-two films seeking to highlight human rights issues past and present. Clint Eastwood will be honored with the festival's first "Tolerance Award" at the festival Gala on November 14. Clinton's Gran Torino (2008) will have a special presentation during the festival. Among the other films are Nigel Cole's Made in Dagenham (2010), Matthew Asner and Danny Gold's documentary 100 Voices: A Journey Home (2010), Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle (2010) from Michael Henry Wilson, When We Leave (2010, Germany) from Feo Aladag, plus special presentations of Kimberly Peirce's Boy's Don't Cry (1999), To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) and more.

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  • Spout
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    DOC NYC Preview and Picks

    Beginning tonight, I will be spending my nights and weekend at the new DOC NYC festival of documentary storytelling through Tuesday, November 9th. I've been invited to be a juror of the event's Viewfinders competition of international entries, which means I will be plenty busy with that program's titles. However, I'm also looking forward to a repeat viewing of Werner Herzog's 3-D doc "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," which I think is amazing on so many levels, as well as hopefully catching a few early screenings of Kevin Brownlow's film history docs and late night screenings of classic concert films. I've written up a preview and selected some personal recommendations over at Cinematical, and here's an excerpt highlighting one of my picks that I think could be very popular with general movie lovers:

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  • JUMP CUTS by James Israel
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    "127 Hours" Ralston Describes Real Life Predicament *SPOILERS

    SPOILER ALERT for those who don't want to know the plot of Danny Boyle's latest film, 127 HOURS. Based on the true story of Aaron Ralston, he describes in this video how he freed himself from the rock that trapped his arm in a desolate canyon in Utah for five days. If you can't stand the explicit details skip to the end. Very moving.

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  • The Playlist
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    Abigail Breslin In Talks To Join Garry Marshall's Ensemble Film, 'New Year's Eve'

    Pic Is A Spin-Off Of Marshall's Successful 'Valentine's Day' Romantic DramedyAfter somehow scoring half the talent in Hollywood -- Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift, etc (Julia Roberts was paid $5 million for five minutes of screentime) -- for his tepid and mawkish ensemble film, "Valentine's Day," director Garry Marshall is gearing up to amass another sizable cast for the film's spiritual sequel, "New Year's Eve."

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  • The Playlist
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    James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy To Voice Animated 'Arthur Christmas'

    3D/CG Film Will Also Feature The Voice of Imelda Staunton How does Santa deliver all those toys on his own? Sure, he has tremendous help from the wage slave labor camp he runs beyond the jurisdiction of the United Nations populated with emaciated elves that start working almost as soon as they are able to walk. This system has been accepted for years, but a new film is set to shatter the illusion of Santa delivering those gifts by himself, save for the reindeer he illegally keeps without permits to run his sleds.

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