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Trailer Mashup of 2011

It may not help you with your ten-best list, but this 2011 trailer mashup reminds me of how many bad pixel flicks I skipped last year, as well as where the emotion is---good-bye, "Harry Potter. "
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 6:23 PM
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More: Video, Trailers

Media Update: Streep vs. Davis Interviews, Fincher, Mara, Pitt and Hill Do Charlie Rose, Masters vs. Damon

Meryl Streep charmed Morley Safer and viewers on "60 Minutes" (video below) and appears on the cover of Newsweek as the race for Best Actress shifts into high gear. It's hers to lose after 16 nominations and two wins, for "Sophie's Choice" and "Kramer vs. Kramer" lo these many years ago. She tells Safer she gets tired of doing takes over and over, and annoyed when women like Thatcher are described as strong-minded. When are strong men described that way?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 4:18 PM
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Online French Film Festival Returns for Second Go-Round, Mounts Online Competition

Following the success of its online festival last January, the French Film Festival will host a second installment from January 12 to February 1, 2012. The festival will pit ten feature films and ten shorts in competition for three prizes.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 20, 2011 3:49 PM
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That "Extremely Loud" Poster Looks Extremely Familiar

If you've walked by the poster for "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" and thought it looked familiar, here's why. Check out the side-by-side below of "Extremely Loud" and a movie you might not have seen for quite some time…
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 20, 2011 3:43 PM
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More: Marketing

IN THE WORKS: Biopic Lovelace Starts Production in L.A., Adds Cast; Seyfried and Sarsgaard Star

As "Lovelace" started filming in Los Angeles Tuesday, directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman announced their full cast on the official biopic, starring Amanda Seyfried as "Deep Throat" porn star Linda Lovelace and Peter Sarsgaard as Lovelace's husband Chuck Traynor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 1:44 PM
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London Film Critics Bolster Tinker Tailor, Drive, A Separation, Redgrave, Chastain, Colman, Mulligan

As I keep saying, critics, especially those across the Pond, don't have that much impact on the Oscar race. But every time an Academy member has reason to add something to the must-watch pile, it helps. And the British block of voters in LA, NY and the UK --and the BAFTA nominations still to come--do have some influence on the Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 1:12 PM
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Video: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer, IMAX Prologue and Mission: Impossible 4

Yes, I did schlep out to Universal City on Sunday to see the IMAX "The Dark Knight Rises" prologue in front of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." And I highly recommend that you all do the same.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 2:52 AM
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Video: Taxi Driver Sweded by Michel Gondry

In case you missed it, as "Hugo" chases Oscar, Michel Gondry takes on Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" en francais with a mini-budget and himself as Travis Bickle.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 2:04 AM
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Oscar Eligible Song List Includes Performers Brad Paisley, Sinead O'Connor, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Pink and Muppets

The Oscar song category loves popular music stars, animated films and musicals. So of the 39 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures in contention for Oscar nominations in the Original Song category, expect the five likely to be announced on nominations morning (it could be fewer) to include either Elton John or Lady Gaga or both...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 7:39 PM
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Sundance Adds Four New Titles to 2012 Program, 'This Must Be the Place,' Starring Sean Penn

Cannes Preview: This Must Be the Place Stars Sean Penn as Aging Rock Star
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection is officially closed. Fest programmers have added four new titles to wrap up their slate unveiling January 19 through January 29. Often the festival waits to see if filmmakers can complete their films in time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 4:01 PM
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