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<p>This promo image was released Friday as part of Ubisoft Montreal's announcement of 'Rainbow 6:&nbsp;Patriots'</p>

This promo image was released Friday as part of Ubisoft Montreal's announcement of 'Rainbow 6: Patriots'

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New trailer for 'Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Patriots' promises intense game experience

Do games offer a new form of moral-question-as-entertainment?

I have a feeling the video game industry is about to post some of their biggest success stories yet, with "Modern Warfare" and "Skyrim" launching this week and with a new "Assassin's Creed" just around the corner, hot on the heels of the launch of "Arkham City."  The money being made by some of these A-list titles is incredible, and in some cases, Hollywood's got to feel a little jealous of the action.

As these experiences get slicker, it's apparent that they're not competing directly with Hollywood as narratives, but instead are offering something much more visceral in the idea of the interactive experience.  When I think back on my favorite gaming memories from the last decade or so, it's no longer like the game memories I have from when I was a kid.  Today, there's an eerie virtual reality quality to high end videogames that I think starts to get a little scary in terms of the kinds of release people are being offered.  I remember great gaming moments as actual experiences, with a tactile quality that is very different than the passive act of watching a movie.

On Friday, Ubisoft made an unusual move this week out of fear of piracy.  They were told that they could expect a leak of a certain sizzle reel, and they decided to take the initiative to release the footage instead, as well as a major press release announcing "Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Patriots," in which your military team is pitted against American fundamentalist terrorists.

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<p>Brett Ratner at the premiere of &quot;J. Edgar&quot;&nbsp;Thursday night in Hollywood.</p>

Brett Ratner at the premiere of "J. Edgar" Thursday night in Hollywood.

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Brett Ratner uses a gay slur and Hollywood just shakes its head in despair

Update: Academy stands by its man and GLAAD chimes in

Update: GLAAD has not sent out an official response yet to Ratner's comments, but here are their initial comments from a blog post this afternoon.

"This apology is a good start, but we're working with Ratner's people for more action, to clearly send a message to Hollywood that the anti-gay slurs used by bullies and bigots have no place in the world of entertainment, or anywhere else."

A GLAAD rep tells HitFix they hope to have a response later this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

More telling, Academy president Tom Sherak tells Deadline he's standing by Ratner, for now.  Sherak is quoted saying, "His remarks were inappropriate.  He said it best in his apology, that his comments were dumb and insensitive. When you think of our community, it went against all the beliefs of the creative community we represent. He knew it was wrong and he issued that response as quickly as any human being ever has. The bottom line is, this won’t and can’t happen again. It will not happen again. He apologized and we will move forward. How do I know this? I’ve known this man for a very long time. He has many friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. The apology he gave I truly believe comes from his heart. If it didn’t believe it, I would do something about it. This is about integrity and honoring the Academy Awards, but we all make mistakes and I believe he didn’t mean it.”

More on this story as news breaks. 

Original post: 1:24 PM PST

Just when you thought Brett Ratner might make it through co-producing the Academy Awards without causing controversy or embarrassing himself (let alone the Academy), big Brett opens his big mouth and something idiotic comes out.

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<p>Paramore's Hayley Williams</p>

Paramore's Hayley Williams

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Listen: Will you warm up to new Paramore song 'Hello Cold World?'

The second of three Paramore Singles Club tunes drops

Is Hayley Williams having a quarterlife crisis a little early? On new single “Hello Cold World” she humorously sings, “22 is like the worst idea that I have ever had/it’s too much pain/too much freedom.”  Luckily for the Paramore singer, she’s only got a few more weeks before she turns 23.

The existential angst seems to be only temporary on the track, which is the second of three offerings coming from Paramore Singles Club. Otherwise, the extremely energetic track,—like Blink-182 energetic—embraces making the best of what’s ahead, even when it looks awfully dark on the horizon.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>One of the boatload of beautiful images from Terrence Malick's &quot;The Tree of Life&quot;</p>

One of the boatload of beautiful images from Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life"

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Off the Carpet: The ultimate Rorschach season

What is this year's crop about for you?

I started writing this week's column with the age-old tactic of trending in mind. And as I thought about a number of this year's hopefuls, I thought maybe the season was very much about the power of memory over who we are.

In "Hugo," a boy struggles to understand the key to remembering his father (as well as a classic filmmaker's desire to forget who HE was).

In "The Muppets," a fan of the forgotten characters fights for their posterity. In "Young Adult," a delusional author lives in the memory of an old flame and the fantasy of rekindling it.

In "Martha Marcy May Marlene," a young woman struggles to separate memory from the present following a poisonous run-in with a cult and in "The Tree of Life," a man remembers his family life in strokes both vague and vivid, his parents boiled down to archetypal essence.

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<p>Robert Pattinson talks &quot;The Twilight Saga:&nbsp;Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1&quot;</p>

Robert Pattinson talks "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1"

Robert Pattinson is happy 'Breaking Dawn' returns to the tone of the first 'Twilight' movie

The global superstar finally appears to be enjoying the ride

The first time I met Robert Pattinson it was in a small town outside of Portland Oregon on a dark and dreary night during production of the first "Twilight" film.  Not many people knew that Stephenie Meyer's creation was going to take the world by storm later that year and Pattinson and his co-stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner were basically unknowns outside of small circles of "Harry Potter" and David Fincher fans.   What I remember most about that 45 minutes, however, is chatting outside Pattinson's trailer and how he kept circling the conversation around to his backup plan if this whole "acting thing" didn't work out: heading back to London to focus on the music career.  Things obviously worked out and iTunes is still waiting for that debut album from the 25-year-old Brit.

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<p>There is no truth to the rumor that Clay Morrow had to &quot;persuade&quot;&nbsp;FX&nbsp;execs into adding an additional episode to &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot; season 4.</p>

There is no truth to the rumor that Clay Morrow had to "persuade" FX execs into adding an additional episode to "Sons of Anarchy" season 4.

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FX gives 'Sons of Anarchy' a bonus episode for season 4

With 14 episodes, season finale will now air December 6

A while back on Twitter, "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter started lamenting the difficulty he was facing squeezing all the plot he needed for the end of season 4 into one last episode, even if it was a 90-minute long one the way the show's finales have traditionally been.

FX has solved that problem for him by agreeing to add an additional episode to the season, bringing the total to 14, which now puts the finale on December 6.

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<p>The poster for Oren Moverman's &quot;Rampart&quot;</p>

The poster for Oren Moverman's "Rampart"

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Woody Harrelson and 'Rampart' look to make their move on the Oscar season

The film played well for a mixed guild/AMPAS crowd at the WGA last night

For whatever reason I've been saying no to Q&A moderation requests the last year or two. But when I was asked to do one last night for a mixed guild/AMPAS screening of Oren Moverman's "Rampart," I jumped at the opportunity. I was anxious to talk with Woody Harrelson again (after first crossing paths with him two years ago in the publicity blitz for "The Messenger"), and I was interested to see how the film played.

And it played really well. Lots of reverence for the actor (who joined me at the WGA with writer/director Oren Moverman and co-star Brie Larson) and, of course, the tour de force performance he delivers in the film.

Much of the discussion centered on Moverman's process of filming, allowing for no rehearsals and finding things organically. Larson quipped she is "ruined" after this experience, because she doesn't want to work any other way, while Harrelson admitted he prefers the preparation of rehearsal and it'll take him a good five or six takes to really get warmed up.

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Who's Madonna working with now on her new album?

Madge will select new dancer at Nov. 12 NYC event

Does Joe Francis know about this?  Madonna has recorded a song called  “Girls Gone Wild” for her 2012 album, according to, the one-stop shop for all things Madge. Madonna worked on the track with Benny Benassi, the hitmaking Italian DJ who helmed and appeared on Chris Brown’s “Beautiful People” earlier this year.

Benassi worked with Madonna before in 2009 when he remixed her single “Celebration,” but they first collaborated together, according to Madonnarama, in 2003, when he remixed “American Life,” although that version has never been released.

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<p>Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in a scene from this week's &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>
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Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in a scene from this week's "Parks and Recreation."

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HitFix First Look: Leslie and Ben mock it up on 'Parks and Recreation'

Can the two ex-lovers make peace while working on a model UN?

"Parks and Recreation" is coming off one of the best episodes in the show's run to date, and one of the things that made it special was the way it finally addressed Leslie and Ben's feelings about what had seemed like the cleanest, most amicable break-up of all time. 

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<p>Jeremy&nbsp;Irvine (left)&nbsp;and Steven&nbsp;Spielberg on the set of &quot;War Horse&quot;</p>

Jeremy Irvine (left) and Steven Spielberg on the set of "War Horse"

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Spielberg spills on 'War Horse'

The director recently discussed the swift development of his Christmas 2011 entry

As Anne and I discussed in Friday's Oscar Talk podcast, Disney/DreamWorks has been screening Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" to the public in a pop-up screening strategy kinda/sorta like the one Paramount employed for "Young Adult." Some are taking the cynical route, thinking the strategy is playing keep-away with a film that doesn't have the goods for Oscar. The goal of these screenings is indeed fuzzy, but the reactions are key, and they seem to be wide-ranging.

If you dissect Twitter you can find them. Some call the film a "masterpiece." Others call it shameless "Oscar bait." Whatever it is, I stand by my comments on Friday. If press members want to feel scorned by not getting an early look at such a highly anticipated film and then take it out on said film, that's incredibly petty and sad. I look forward to seeing and hopefully enjoying the film on its own terms.

Meanwhile, though, the press tour is showing signs of life. And one of the first considerable interviews with Spielberg I've seen regarding the film has popped up over at the Chicago Tribune with film critic Michael Phillips.

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<p>Margot Robbie and Gaius Charles in &quot;Pan Am.&quot;</p>

Margot Robbie and Gaius Charles in "Pan Am."

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The Morning Round-Up: 'Pan Am' and 'Once Upon a Time'

The stewardesses battle racism and communism, while Snow White and Prince Charming meet cute

It's time for another morning round-up, in which I have brief thoughts on the most recent episodes of "Pan Am" and "Once Upon a Time," coming up just as soon as I borrow your uniform...

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<p>Keira Knightley at the London Film&nbsp;Festival premiere of &quot;A&nbsp;Dangerous Method&quot;</p>

Keira Knightley at the London Film Festival premiere of "A Dangerous Method"

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Oscarweb Round-up: Keira Knightley is desperate for a little levity

Also: The milestones of Eddie Murphy's career and young Hollywood at AFI Fest

Actress Keira Knightley has cranked out a boatload of sincere performances in the wake of her work in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, whether it be "Atonement" in 2007, "The Duchess" in 2008, "Never Let Me Go" last year or the soon-to-be-released "A Dangerous Method," which could generate Oscar talk for the actress yet again. Well, it turns out she's desperate for a bit of levity, having recently completed "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" (great script) opposite Steve Carrell. But then, well, it's back to the grind with Joe Wright and "Anna Karenina," so call it a brief comedic pit stop. [Telegraph]

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