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Cee Lo Green Set To Cover 'Arthur' Theme Song For Upcoming Russell Brand-Led Remake?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 28, 2011 1:52 AM
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With Mark Ronson recently revealed as the man behind the score to Jason Winer's upcoming "Arthur" remake starring Russell Brand and Helen Mirren, it was only a matter of time before some other interesting musical choices joined as well, right? Speaking on the red carpet of the Indie Spirit awards, Greta Gerwig has revealed that crooner Cee Lo Green may already be on board to cover Christopher Cross' iconic theme song to the 1984 picture.

'The King's Speech' Wins The 2011 Best Picture Award; Film Takes 4 Oscars Including Best Director

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 28, 2011 1:08 AM
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'Inception' Ties For 4 Awards, 'The Social Network' Wins 3 Prizes In TotalEARLIER: OK, we've got all of our quips, zingers and up-to-the-moment thoughts on the Oscars happening on our liveblog right here. But if you just want to take a quick glance at the latest winners, this is your place to be. We'll update it as it happens and you can check in later for further analysis and context on those who won, who surprised and who were overlooked. Alright, after a very MTV Movie Awards-inspired opening the 83rd Annual Academy Awards are on. Maybe not the most original opening, but hell, it worked.

The Playlist's 2011 Academy Awards Liveblog

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 27, 2011 11:43 AM
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It's officially here! The Film Nerd's Superbowl has finally arrived, and we hope you have been sufficiently worked into a lather for the most glitteriest evening of the year: the Oscars. Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway will hopefully inject some youthful vigor into what is shaping up to be a rather predictable affair. This ain't no "Hurt Locker" vs. "Avatar" year, guys. The bigger awards seem to be a lock, many deservedly so, however, any upsets will at least lively up the proceedings. If you haven't read our last Oscarbation piece with predictions and analysis, definitely check it out. "The King's Speech" is the heavy favorite, sweeping the late momentum away from "The Social Network," with its traditional Oscar friendly fare (overcoming obstacles, British actors, period costuming), and the Weinstein PR juggernaut.

Weekend Box Office: 'Gnomeo' Leapfrogs 'Hall Pass,' Audiences Not 'Angry' Enough To 'Drive'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 27, 2011 5:51 AM
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Rats off to ya, “Gnomeo And Juliet.” After two weeks in release, the ‘toon has vaulted into first place, generating $14 million this weekend on its way to a 3D-boosted $100 million+ gross. The Disney Touchstone release, populated almost entirely by British actors, is something of a surprise hit, since it looked like a throwaway purchase along the lines of “Planet 51” or “Hoodwinked.” Consider this something of an anomaly: who knew animated lawn gnomes would generate such business?

Jerry Schatzberg's 'Scarecrow' First Had Bill Cosby & Jack Lemmon Attached And 4 Other Things...

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 27, 2011 3:03 AM
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Imagine an alternate universe where Jerry Schatzberg's underrated 1973 Palme d'Or-winning "Scarecrow" was a goofy comedy with Bill Cosby and Jack Lemmon (for further fun, imagine "Panic in Needle Park" in the same way). It sounds silly, but it could've happened had the stars lined up differently.

'The Last Airbender' Razzie Leader "Winning" Worst Picture, Director, Screenplay & Use Of 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2011 2:04 AM
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Just as Hollywood gets set to honor the best of 2010 tonight, the Razzies paid their own tribute to the worst and topping the "winners" was certainly one the year's most egregious entries.

'Black Swan' Takes Best Feature, Actress, Director & Cinematographer At Indie Spirit Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2011 1:05 AM
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The second-to-last hurrah of the movie season took place this afternoon, with the Independent Spirit Awards, the looser neighbor to the big Oscar show tomorrow night. And while it's unlikely "Black Swan" will repeat the feat on Sunday, Fox Searchlight must be very pleased to close off their year in such a winning a fashion.

George Nolfi Addresses The Abandoned Fourth 'Bourne' Film With Matt Damon He Wrote

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 26, 2011 8:05 AM
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With "The Adjustment Bureau" hitting theaters next week, we sat down to talk to first-time director (and writer) George Nolfi just very recently. Nolfi, who wrote "The Sentinel" and the rather gonzo, "Ocean's Twelve," endeared himself to Universal executives by working on the script for the "Bourne Ultimatum" movie, but was also contracted to write a fourth film featuring Matt Damon's return as Jason Bourne, only for director Paul Greengrass to bail on the project entirely and the studio to eventually opt for "The Bourne Legacy" as the next adventure in that cinematic universe.

Oscarbation: The Road To The Oscars 2011 & Predictions

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 26, 2011 7:52 AM
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Last year, the Academy Awards expanded the field of Best Picture nominees to ten, ostensibly to give the public the feeling of having influence on what awards committees deemed the finest films of the year. Some argued the move was intended to level the populist playing field in 2008 when "The Dark Knight" was not nominated for a Best Picture award, and the public seemed to be outraged over this move. But one could say the strategy backfired, as the winner was Kathryn Bigelow’s tense war picture “The Hurt Locker,” one of the lowest grossing Best Picture winners in the last few decades. And of course it lost out to the MOR-player "Avatar," now the highest grossing film of all time.

Review: 'Drive Angry 3D' Is a Hellzapoppin' Blast Of B-Movie Ridiculousness

  • By Leah Zak
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  • February 26, 2011 6:20 AM
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"Drive Angry 3D" is everything it wants to be. And slightly more. If one wonders to what extent filmmakers have NOT been using 3D, director Patrick Lussier answers with this picture, a crazy, bad dudes-and-fast-cars camp classic in the making. Shocking, grotesque, and completely ridiculous, audiences will get what they paid for. Or at least what they sneak in for using their leftover 3D glasses from "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never." Between this and his surprisingly satisfying remake of "My Bloody Valentine," Lussier might be shaping up to be the first genuine post-millennial 3D exploitation auteur... or something.

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