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<p>A detail from the poster for &quot;Ted.&quot;</p>

A detail from the poster for "Ted."

Credit: Universal Pictures

Roundup: 'Ted' takes top honors in Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards

Also: New York Critics' Circle sets a date, and farewell to 'Emmanuelle'

Chances are Seth MacFarlane's hosting gig will remain the biggest win for "Ted" at February's Oscar ceremony, but the raunchy teddy-bear comedy had its own taste of awards glory at the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards, which recognize the industry's top achievements in movie marketing, "Ted" won the night's top award, for best overall campaign. Top of the trailer heap, meanwhile, was "Shame," which took gold in the audio-visual category for its striking red-band "Subway" trailer. Other films recognized included "The Dark Knight Rises," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Prometheus" (though not for Most Over-Marketed Film of the Year, surprisingly enough) and the upcoming "Man of Steel." [THR

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<p>I don't recognize half of these characters, so I'm guessing not everyone's going to make it to the bigscreen for the impending 'Justice League' movie.</p>

I don't recognize half of these characters, so I'm guessing not everyone's going to make it to the bigscreen for the impending 'Justice League' movie.

Credit: DC Comics

We pick seven filmmakers we'd love to see make a 'Justice League' movie

We include A-listers and up-and-comers, but would these guys want the job?

Let's be honest before we begin:  whoever directs this film is walking into a situation where they are going to be in service of someone else's vision, and that vision is going to consist of dozens of people's visions, all of them combined into whatever that script ends up being.  Before they have a director set, they're going to have a script that they are committed to, that they've paid for quite dearly at this point, and that director is going to have to be willing to make that movie.

There are names that people always like to throw out for everything, names that are preposterous because they just aren't going to do it.  Instead of picking non-starters today like Terry Gilliam (no studio on Earth is pulling the trigger on a $150 million film with Gilliam at the helm), Lana and Andy Wachowski (they're not interested and would much rather focus on their own material), or even Steven Spielberg (not gonna happen), we're going to name ten artists we would like to see given free reign to make the material whatever they want to make it.

Some of these names you might expect based on my reviews and reportage over the years.  Some of them you might not expect at all or even agree with.  But all of these are people whose "Justice League" would get us in a theater opening weekend.  Let's see how many of these names you like, and who I'm overlooking, both of which I'll expect plenty of in the comments section below.

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

Credit: Lifetime

'Project Runway' recap: 'Finale, Part 2'

Dmitry, Melissa, Fabio and Christopher compete and a winner is chosen

Well, it's down to the final four, and after last week's unimpressive outing, it's really anyone's game. I'm hoping the designers listened to the judges, because if they send some of that crap down the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, man, they won't invite the show back.

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<p>If Disney has its way, Brad Pitt could be the one fighting that giant squid in David Fincher's new version of '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'</p>

If Disney has its way, Brad Pitt could be the one fighting that giant squid in David Fincher's new version of '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

Credit: Walt Disney Company

David Fincher and Disney close to making a decision on launching '20,000 Leagues' remake

Will Brad Pitt play Ned Land for his frequent collaborator?

Someone is going to make a new version of "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea."

Bold prediction, I know, but at this point, it's inevitable.  Too many different writers have taken a crack at it lately, and in May of 2010, I wrote a piece about no fewer than three different versions that were in development at the same time.  There was the Sam Raimi version that Craig Titley wrote, there was the Ridley Scott version that Travis Beachum was writing for 20th Century Fox, and there was also a Disney version that was originally being developed for McG until David Fincher went in and pitched the studio his own version that Scott Burns was going to write.

Now, just over two years later, it looks like Fincher is close to getting a green light from the studio, and according to Variety, they are asking him to put everything else on hold for a month as they look at the numbers and decide if they can make the film.  Andrew Kevin Walker was working on the script earlier in the year, and the studio must be pretty happy with what's on the page right now.  Variety also reports that Brad Pitt has been approached about playing the part of Ned Land, the sailor whose encounter with Captain Nemo drives the story.  If anyone can get Pitt to sign on to what sounds like a far more normal role than he normally plays, it's Fincher, and if Pitt does sign on, that sounds like an irresistible package for Disney.

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<p>DC&nbsp;and Warner Bros. have a lot of work to do if they seriously think they're going to release a 'Justice League' movie the same summer that 'The Avengers' gets a sequel.</p>

DC and Warner Bros. have a lot of work to do if they seriously think they're going to release a 'Justice League' movie the same summer that 'The Avengers' gets a sequel.

Credit: Walt Disney Company/Marvel

Will 'Justice League' and 'The Avengers 2' go head to head in summer 2015?

Does Warner Bros. really think they're ready to rumble with Marvel?

Warner Bros. seems determined to go head to head with Marvel Studios and the marketing muscle of Disney, and if they follow through on the plan that Ben Fritz wrote about in today's LA Times, it could prove to be one of the most significant tests of their ability to turn their DC Comics characters into an ongoing successful film franchise.

At this point, I think of the Marvel Universe as one big franchise.  It doesn't matter which particular character or number you mention, since it all seems to work in concert as a huge single world that they are building, film to film, character to character.  The phenomenal success of "The Avengers" this summer is a testament to how much good will they built up over their build from "Iron Man" to today, and as they prepare to start releasing their Phase Two films, they seem even more confident and in control.

Warner Bros., on the other hand, has got some serious problems when it comes to all things superhero.

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<p>Candice Accola of &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>

Candice Accola of "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'Vampire Diaries' recap: 'Memorial'

Elena's having a problem keeping down this vampire thing

If it seemed like last week was all about setting us up for a lot of drama this season, tonight's episode confirmed it. Even as our woeful Mystic Falls residents grappled with feelings of loss and grief, it's all mental housecleaning that needs to be done so that they can prepare for the war ahead. Although I'm still not entirely sure what Pastor Young intended by blowing up not only himself but twelve members of the town council, it seems that crazypants act may have served some purpose. Whether or not it was the true intention, the explosion served as a smoke signal to a vampire hunter. Unlike Buffy, this guy seems to have zero interest in getting in on the lovey-dovey action of this show. 

We start off with our beloved brothers Stefan and Damon bickering, per usual. This time, they're fighting about Elena's diet. Stefan wants to maintain her innocence (animals only), while, Damon being Damon, he wants to lure her to the dark side (delicious humans). "Her compassion is her Achilles' heel!" Stefan barks.

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<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;and Ann (Rashida Jones)&nbsp;are at odds in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ann (Rashida Jones) are at odds in "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Sex Education'

Leslie goes to war with Marcia Langman, and Tom loses all his screen time

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I ask Alta Vista to take me to Yahoo...

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<p>An image from Alex Gibney's &quot;Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.&quot;</p>

An image from Alex Gibney's "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God."

Credit: HBO Films

US docs 'Mea Maxima Culpa,' 'Central Park Five' and 'West of Memphis' powerfully take on corrupt authorities

Multiple institutions take a beating in a seething trio of films

LONDON -- There's a temptation at film festivals to imagine cinematic trends based on certain likenesses between films screened in close proximity – though when those films drift away from each other out in the real world, those initial overlaps don't always seem so resonant. So I'm not going to point to something in the air after watching three standout US documentaries at the London Film Festival – “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” “Central Park Five” and “West of Memphis” – that chronicle a range of young individuals failed in various ways by American authorities.

Even so, their shared spirit of measured fury is striking: each film documents a long night's journey into day of sorts, as a severe human infraction is brought to rights – or at least partial correction – over the course of years, or even decades. The inequities of the United States justice system come under scrutiny in “Central Park Five” and “West of Memphis,” while “Mea Maxima Culpa” puts the Catholic Church atop its target list. Considered distrust of the social systems designed to protect us, however, courses through all of them, making for a powerful American collective in a touchy election year.

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<p>Jessy Schram in &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Jessy Schram in "Last Resort."

Credit: ABC

Review: 'Last Resort' - 'Voluntold'

Marcus offers the crew a chance to stay or go, and Sam's wife takes a stand

A quick review of tonight's "Last Resort" coming up just as soon as I have front row seats to the end of the world...

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<p>As we all know, nothing keeps a family together like a coffin.</p>

As we all know, nothing keeps a family together like a coffin.

Credit: Brainstorm Media

Review: 'The American Scream' documents home haunters following their dreams

Sincere and smart, 'The American Scream' makes two great docs from this director

Michael Stephenson's first documentary, "Best Worst Movie," was about the infamously terrible "Troll 2" and the cult audience that has sprung up around it.  Stephenson had a special connection to the story being told seeing as how he was the young star of the film, and many of the interviews in that film would not have been possible or nearly as personal if Stephenson had not been behind the camera.

As a result, it would be easy to assume that his connection is the reason that film was so good, but that would be a mistake.  His second documentary, "The American Scream," is just as good if not better, and it indicates that Stephenson is a natural documentarian, a guy who is able to get his subjects to open up and reveal themselves and who is able to tell a great human story.  This time, the subject is "home haunters," people who put on elaborate haunted houses or set up extravagant displays as part of their celebration of Halloween.  The film is about to get a limited theatrical run, and it will also be airing on the Chiller network on Sunday, October 28, at 8:00 PM EST.

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<p>&quot;Go ahead... call me Madea again and see what happens.&nbsp; DO&nbsp;IT!&quot;</p>

"Go ahead... call me Madea again and see what happens.  DO IT!"

Credit: Summit Entertainment

Review: 'Alex Cross' seems artifically engineered for franchise success

Can Tyler Perry be as popular with a gun in his hand as with a wig on his head?

This weekend, Summit Entertainment is going to try to launch a new franchise with Tyler Perry starring as "Alex Cross," a character created by publishing juggernaut James Patterson, in a film directed by Rob Cohen, who directed the first "The Fast and the Furious," kicking off one of the few reliable franchises Universal has at the moment.  This is a perfect storm of franchise-friendly energy, and with the announcement this week that they are already in development on "Double Cross," the follow-up film, it seems like Summit is about as confident as a company can be.

And why not?  Tyler Perry has built one of the most reliable brand names in the business, made even more remarkable by the fact that he's done it with very little conventional press support.  Perry is, like Kevin Smith, someone I respect for their accomplishments even if I'm not crazy about the work they produce.  Perry worked hard to put together his media empire, and he targeted one audience aggressively, a tactic that has paid off in what looks like a sort of blind faith agreement between him and the people who see his films.  When they walk up to the ticket window, I'll bet money that nine times out of ten, they ask for a ticket to "Tyler Perry."

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<p>From &quot;Ich R U&quot;</p>

From "Ich R U"

Song Of The Day: Boys Noize's 'Ich R U' music video is robot vs. nature

Clip is the first from 'Out of the Black'

We are becoming our computers. Our information becomes us. And nature will destroy us in retort.

That's what I'll take away from the partially animated music video to Boys Noize's "Ich R U," which I've now watched no fewer than 13 times. It's culled from the electronica act's third album "Out of the Black," which was released on Tuesday (Oct. 16).

The track is the more "put-together" of theirs, but that doesn't mean its not reflective of the whole set. It bangs and bruises with the rest.

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