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    Oscar Watch: Animated The Illusionist is Homage to Tati

    Which animated film will land the third Oscar slot behind Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon? The critics have given a serious boost Sylvain Chomet's elegiac 2-D The Illusionist, which won best animated film at the European Film Awards and New York Film Critics Circle and a spotlight award fro...

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    Elvis Sings Blue Christmas

    The young and beautiful--and sweaty in leather--Elvis sings "Blue Christmas," one of the huge hits originally recorded on his 1957 Christmas Album. He released it as a single in 1964 (the B-side was "Wooden Heart" from the soundtrack to G.I. Blues) and first performed it in public during a 1968 tele...

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    Christmas Greetings from the Francos: Grandma Franco Fires Back at 127 Hours Avoiders

    Obviously, Fox Searchlight is trying to confront head-on the issue of squeamish moviegoers not wanting to see 127 Hours, which features James Franco as hiker Aron Ralston hacking off his arm. They've deployed the "I Kept My Eyes Open for 127 Hours" campaign, and now Franco (showing his usual canny p...

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    Food Court Hallelujah Chorus

    Flash mob or staged choir stunt? Either way it's fun to see the reaction of unsuspecting folks in a mall food court to a surprise performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.

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    Trailer Watch: Saorise Ronan Stars as Assassin Hanna

    The film tradition of young women killers is long: from Natalie Portman in The Professional and Anne Parillaud and Bridget Fonda as Femme Nikita to Jennifer Garner in Alias and Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass. Now we have a new entrant in the category: Saorise Ronan in Hanna (April 8), a Focus Features fil...

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    THR Directors Round Table: Aronofsky, Weir, Hooper, Cholodenko, Cianfrance, Russell

    Award season director contenders Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids are All Right), David O. Russell (The Fighter), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Peter Weir (The Way Back) and Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) talk for 68 minutes, spending time on MPAA ratings and bad behavio...

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    Jeff Bridges Duets with Cookie Monster on SNL, Raises Star Profile

    Jeff Bridges hosted Saturday Night Live (video below), yet another example that his public profile, post-Crazy Heart Oscar and with new releases TRON: Legacy and True Grit, is higher than it's ever been. (He's also been ardently pursuing a music career.) Remember, Bridges is infamous, Star Man and T...

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    The Fighter's Dicky Eklund HBO Backstory

    The Fighter is based on real characters from Lowell, Massachusetts, and the HBO doc on Dicky Eklund (played by Christan Bale), is up on Snagfilms.

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    2010: At the Movies

    The year-end movies of 2010 mash-ups are upon us. I like this one by Zack Young:

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