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    The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable

    Here is a look at some of the women we will be talking about for the next several months. 

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    The Amazing Race: Will The Best Actress Category Be A Battle Of The Biographies?

    If the Best Actor category, which we examined last week, is competitive, Best Actress is even more so -- as has been the case in the last few years, in fact. While there are plenty of thankless girlfriend and love interest roles most of the year, people are writing good roles for women, thank god, a...

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  • The Playlist
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    Viola Davis To Investigate 'The Personal History Of Rachel DuPree'

    First, before we get this bit of news, we'll just address "The Help" for a moment. There have been quiet a few bloggers/writers/critics this week decrying the movie for being "racist" and frankly, that's the laziest most reactionary term you could throw at "The Help" or any movie really. It's a term...

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    The Help—movie review

    Any time a book strikes a chord with a vast number of people, as Kathryn Stockett’s The Help did, there is a mixture of anticipation and trepidation about its transition to the screen. Overall, I think writer-director Tate Taylor has done a good job bringing the book and its characte...

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    Oscar Isaac To Romance Maggie Gyllenhaal As 'Sexy, Ukulele-Playing Teacher' In 'Still I Rise'

    We're Pretty Sure 'Sexy, Ukulele-Playing Teacher' Is An OxymoronOscar Isaac is definitely about to have a moment. The 31-year-old Guatemalan-born actor has made a striking impression in the last few years in projects like "The Nativity Story," "Che" and "Body of Lies," before really grabbing people'...

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  • The Playlist
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    Maggie Gyllenhaal & Viola Davis Set To Star In 'Still I Rise'

    The inspirational teacher/fighting the system movie isn't exactly a new one, but the genre could use a breath of fresh air. And while we'll have to wait and see how this one turns out, you couldn't ask for two better actresses. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis are set to star in "Still I Rise" for ...

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    We Read It: Casting Quentin Tarantino's Slavery/Spaghetti Western Epic 'Django Unchained'

    You’ll recall in 2008 we did, what we thought, was a very good job of casting Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” (some of us are still convinced our picks were better than Q.T.’s, but that’s another story). And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Tarantino has recently fini...

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  • The Playlist
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    New Trailer & Photos Of 'The Help' Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis & Bryce Dallas Howard

    There's sort of two ways to look at DreamWorks' upcoming civil rights drama, "The Help." Set in the 1960s during the civil rights movement, the picture is either (or probably) a) an Oscar contender, b) a literate-minded chick flick (this is a starved audience and Oprah will be endorsing this, you can be sure of it) or c) an interesting mix of the two that may have some worthwhile elements such as, say, "Julie & Julia." August isn't much of an Oscar month so we're leaning away from a), however, the respectable "Julie & Julia" came out in August of 2009 and it earned Meryl Streep a much-earned 16th Oscar nomination (she didn't win, but she's wo...

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    Review: David Schwimmer's 'Trust' A Thoughtful Look At A Tricky Subject

    In 2011, we are so used to relationships blossoming through the internet and various social channels that it takes awhile into "Trust" to foresee the danger lurking. Directed by David Schwimmer, the triggering thriller manages to avoid the easy pitfalls of what could resemble an afterschool special ...

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    The Playlist Foolishly, and Prematurely, Predicts Best Supporting Actor & Actress At The 2012 Oscars

    So, yes, you know the drill by now: we've done Best Picture for 2012 and we've done our Actor and Actress picks. Now, we're turning our hand to the ever-undervalued supporting players.

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