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    Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' With Mia Wasikowska Pulled From January Release

    With two months to go until its planned January 28th bow, Sony has pulled Gus Van Sant's quirky teenage romance "Restless" from the release calendar.

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    Could "Toy Story 3" Win Best Picture?

    Disney studios chairman Rich Ross is campaigning heavily for a Best Picture win for "Toy Story 3." Could it happen? Not likely as long as the Oscars keep up the Best Animated Feature category. It should get nominated, though. And it won't lose for the reason that Patrick Goldstein at The Big Picture believes:

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    Tom Hanks Joins Kathryn Bigelow's 'Triple Frontier,' Begins Shooting In March 2011

    After walking away with Best Picture and Best Director (among others) at last year's Oscars, it's no wonder stars have been lining up to star in whatever Kathryn Bigelow's cooking up next. And though the likes of Sean Penn, Will Smith, Javier Bardem and Christian Bale have been linked to the gestating "Triple Frontier" (aka "Sleeping Dogs") the picture now has its first cast member. And it doesn't get much bigger than this.

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    New Look At James Gunn's 'Super,' Film Hits Theaters On April 1, 2011

    April Fools Day just got a kick in the teeth.

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    Richard Kelly Has Written An Animated Prequel To 'Southland Tales'

    For a brief shining moment, Richard Kelly looked like the next directorial boy wonder. His feature debut "Donnie Darko" was a nifty little headscratcher --- until Kelly released a director's cut which explained all the ambiguities away and seemed to indicate he had no idea what made his film so special in the first place. His most recent effort was the dreadful horror flick "The Box" that was most notable for Frank Langella having half a face, however his most notorious film to date is the 2006 effort "Southland Tales."

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    Last Minute Gotham Award Predictions

    I'm about to quickly get ready to head down to the Gotham Awards for my third annual live-and-increasingly-drunk-from-backstage live blogging of the event (here is last year's result). I'm also told Winona Ryder will be there, so I need to give as much of my efforts to grooming and primping as possible in hopes to winning her heart and undying affection. Which leaves me with very little time for pre-show analysis. So check back with indieWIRE.com around 730pm EST for the live blogging, and in the meantime I will offer this very quick set of predictions, which should be taken with a large grain of salt considering the Gotham's history of unpredictable award giving behavior:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Big Indie News Week: Gotham Winners, Indie Spirit Noms, Sundance Line-Up, Board of Review

    It's a big indie news week. The Gotham Awards are Monday night; indieWIRE will live-blog from backstage. I'm opting to attend a screening of a highly anticipated year-end release so that I can write about it for a Wednesday embargo.

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    Carey Mulligan Reportedly Joining Michael Fassbender In Steve McQueen's Sex Addiction Drama 'Shame'

    'Rubicon' Star James Badge Dale Also On Board As fans of award-winning-artist-turned-director Steve McQueen's debut feature, 2008's powerful "Hunger," there are few projects we're quite as excited about for 2011 as his sophomore film, "Shame." As announced a few months back, the film will see McQueen reteam with his "Hunger" star Michael Fassbender, in a drama about a sex addict in New York. It will be the first role the actor takes after playing Magneto in "X-Men: First Class,"

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    Liam Neeson Eyes Playing A War Criminal In Brad Silberling's 'An Ordinary Man'

    Also Has Western 'Last Stand' & 'Clash Of The Titans 2' On DeckLiam Neeson is a very busy man. This year alone he's cropped up in a handful of films, big and small, including "Clash Of The Titans," "After.Life," "The A-Team," "The Next Three Days" and before December is out, he'll be seen in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." In the new year, you can expect to see him in the thriller "Unknown" as well as "The Hangover 2" and while he may not be so omnipresent through 2011, it doesn't mean he'll be any less busy.

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    James Franco and Anne Hathaway To Host Oscars: A Brief Rant

    While I was flying somewhere over upstate New York, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced that Anne Hathaway and James Franco will be hosting the Oscars. I must say that when I landed and saw 10 alerts about the news pop up on my phone, it was the kind of news that made me very briefly wonder if I was dreaming. Had you asked me yesterday to throw out 100 names of people most likely to host the Oscars, I doubt Franco (and let's be honest... this is going to turn into his phd thesis or some sort of art project, right?) or Hathaway would have been on that list. Previous hosts like Ellen deGeneres, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart definitely would have been. As would have folks like Tina Fey (tag teaming her with Alec Baldwin or Amy Poehler would have been amazing), Stephen Colbert (perhaps tag teamed with Stewart but this might have been a bit too left-wing politics for Oscar), Conan O'Brien, Neil Patrick Harris, etc, etc.. While one can only assume the majority of those turned down an offer (like Hugh Jackman), the direction the Academy headed as a resulted is not one I (or anyone) saw coming. It's actually downright unparalleled in the history of Oscar hosting. The youngest hosts ever, both not comedians, and both potential nominees (though Franco is certainly the only one that's going to achieve that potential in the end).

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