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Dale Launer wrote three of the funniest and best-constructed comedies of the late 80’s and early 90’s, “Ruthless People,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and “My Cousin Vinny.” This interview he did with Writer Unboxed is like a master class in writing, comedy, and inspiration. I hope very much he does another movie soon.

Slate has a great collection of ads with celebrity voiceovers. How many can you identify?

Lots of great stuff to look forward to in 2010. Audiences may be most excited about sequels like “Iron Man 2,” “Toy Story 3,” “Twilight: Eclipse,” and the second-to-last Harry Potter because we already know and love the characters and want to know what happens next (or even if we do know it because we read the book, we want to see how it looks on screen). There are some intriguing remakes on the schedule for 2010, too, and we look forward to seeing how “Tron” will be updated with new technology for special effects and how Robin Hood will be played by Russell Crowe. Wait, it gets better — it is directed by Ridley Scott, has Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, and features two of my favorites, Mark Strong and Oscar Isaac.

We’re also looking forward to some big action movie releases like “Prince of Persia,” starring a very buff Jake Gyllenhaal and “The Last Airbender,” with “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Dev Patel.

Some other 2010 releases I have high hopes for include “Fair Game” with Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame and Sean Penn as her husband in this real-life spy story directed by Doug Liman of the first “Bourne” movie, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine,” which sounds a bit like one of my favorites, “Two for the Road,” because it traces a couple’s relationship over time, and “The Company Men,” with Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, and the wonderful Maria Bello in a story about coping with downsizing in difficult economic times. I am also looking forward to “The Runaways,” about the all-girl rock band of the 1970’s, with a great cast that includes Dakota Fanning and “Twilight’s” Kristen Stewart.

Happy new year!

DJ Earworm’s tribute to the to 25 Billboard songs of the year — how many do you recognize?

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