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    Neil Patrick Harris Wraps Tony Awards with a Rap

    Neil Patrick Harris did another yeoman job hosting the Tony Awards Sunday night, which sent Trey Parker and Matt Stone's best musical The Book of Mormon home with nine wins (I interviewed them here; the complete list of winners is here). One highlight was a host face-off with Hugh Jackman. (Yes, we want the Aussie song-and-dance man back as Oscar host--but if he can't do it, Harris would do!) Another was Harris's opener, during which Brooke Shields muffed her lines. In case you missed the show, Harris raps the Tony Awards to a close in the video, below, along with the lyrics, written during the show by In the Heights' Lin-Manuel Miranda and T...

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    Academy Presents 30th Anniversary Digital Screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark June 17 (UPDATE)

    It's hard to believe that I sat in a screening room at Paramount's New York headquarters 30 years ago to watch Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Needless to say, it blew my head off. I made my first trip to the west coast to interview producer George Lucas at his Lucasfilm headquarters in Marin, California, for Film Comment Magazine (the archives don't go back that far, alas). The Lawrence Kasdan/George Lucas/Steven Spielberg original turned into a blockbuster and spawned a franchise. The concept of remaking a 40s adventure serial was novel; so was producing an action-packed period romantic comedy (with 6,000 live reptiles). And Har...

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    Weekend Preview: Can the Fab Super 8 Beat Holdovers X-Men & The Hangover?

    First, check out J.J. Abrams' Spielberg homage, Super 8: you'll have fun discussing it afterwards.

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    Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator, and the Great Man Beards That Came Before Him

    Larry Charles (Borat) directs Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator, which won't open until May 11, 2012. In the meantime, check out the Dictator (below) and the non-Islamic-extremists that may have inspired his beard:

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    The Hangover Part III Might Have a New Plot, Galifianakis & Cooper Slap Each Other Between Two Ferns

    The Hangover Part III will actually have a new plot, believe it or not. Zach Galifianakis tells Rolling Stone that his character will be broken out of a mental institution by cohorts Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms (sans tattoo). We don't really care. But here's Galifianakis interviewing Cooper on his F...

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    Possibilities: Witherspoon's Wedding Rom-Com, Aronofsky's Noah Epic, Poltergeist Eyes Lindsay-Abaire

    - Reese Witherspoon may have redeemed herself at the MTV Movie Awards for How Do You Know by calling out Hollywood starlets and their poor self-marketing skills, but now she's producing a possible starring vehicle that is yet another wedding-themed rom-com, Who Invited Her?, at DreamWorks. Seriously...

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    Bradley Cooper Parle Tres Bien le Francais

    For every Jane Fonda or Jodie Foster who speaks French well, serving as American good-will ambassadors in France, there are a host of others who mangle the language the way the French expect us to--just as Robert DeNiro did this year, calling his fellow Cannes jury members champignons (mushrooms) in...

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    LAFF Adds Artists in Residence Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi, Galas Devil's Double, Attack The Block

    Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival has chosen its 2011 artists in residence: Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi. The fest is also adding Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine to it series of Conversations, and Gala screenings of SXSW hit Attack the Block (pictured) and Sundance entry The Devil's Doub...

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    In the Works: Jackie Robinson, J. Edgar, Girlfriend Equation, Master, Baumbach, Great Expectations

    Several intriguing projects are getting off the ground and expanding their casts, from Legendary's Jackie Robinson biopic to Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and Disney's The Girlfriend Equation. Updates on these projects and more are below:

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    Academy Unspools Summer of Silents, Starring Keaton, Chaplin, Oliver & Hardy

    On the heels of one the most acclaimed films in the Cannes Film Festival this year --the silent film The Artist, made in Hollywood by the French, which earned Jean Dujardin the best actor Palme d'Or--the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is presenting a wondrous program, Summer of Silents...

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