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    Oscar Talk: The Fighter, AFI Fest, Black Swan, Britannia and Academy Governor's Awards

    Oscar season is in full swing and this last week brought BAFTA's Britannia Awards and the AFI Fest, which unspooled the first L.A. showings of both David O. Russell's The Fighter and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. Kris Tapley and I assess the current state of the race--is Natalie Portman the actress...

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    5 More Actresses to Consider for the Female Roles in "The Dark Knight Rising"

    We're once again teasingly treated to a casting shortlist, this one for two female roles in Christopher Nolan's next Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." According to Deadline, the names up for contention for either Bruce Wayne's love interest or an unnamed villain are as follows: Natalie Portman; Blake Lively; Rachel Weisz; Anne Hathaway; Naomi Watts; Keira Knightley. If I had to guess and/or choose, I'd pick Lively as the love interest, because I don't see the others being wasted in that capacity nor do I see her as villain material just yet. And I'd go for Weisz as the villain, especially if -- though unlikely -- the part is Catwoman. No...

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    No, Really: Angela Lansbury Will Play Katherine Heigl's Daughter In 'Adaline'

    Basically, Katherine Heigl is making her own 'Benjamin Button.' The actress recently joined the romantic comedy "Adaline" whose premise "revolves around a beautiful woman who hasn't aged in 100 years but hasn't found love, either. She finally meets that guy who might be worth embracing mortality, an...

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    Forbes Top Entertainment Earners: Women vs. Men

    - Check out Forbes' annual list of Hollywood's highest-grossing women in entertainment. For one thing, points out THR, there aren't any female directors among the top ten women. James Cameron dominates the men's list, along with George Lucas and Michael Bay, but Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow isn't on...

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    Gender Watch: Tourist's Jolie Talks to Vogue, Black Swan's Portman Writes

    - Angelina Jolie is Vogue's December cover girl (photos by Mario Testino), which, as usual, coincides with the release of her latest, The Tourist with Johnny Depp, out December 10. The woman doesn't have an agent, and why would she? The mold or model doesn't apply to her, and yet The Tourist's director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) confirms to Vogue that “she gets every single script that has a female role aged between eighteen and 40—every script. And she just follows her feeling, holds her own counsel. She’s probably the only global megastar that doesn’t even have an agent—she doesn’t even have a publicist.” Vogue's...

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Barney's Version' Starring Paul Giamatti & Dustin Hoffman

    In one of the boldest casting moves in recent memory, Paul Giamatti will be playing to an irascible, cantankerous schlub in the forthcoming "Barney's Version." Ok, while the role might be one that Giamatti can knock out in his sleep, and though we didn't think too much of it when we finally caught u...

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    Tina Brown to Edit Diller and Harman's Newsweek/Daily Beast

    Barry Diller and Tina Brown have closed a deal to merge their two-year-old online The Daily Beast with 77-year-old print weekly Newsweek, which has a sizable online footprint as well. UPDATE: According to Brown on NPR, The Daily Beast will take over Newsweek online, and she will also run the print w...

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    After 20 Years, "Poison" Still Packs a Queer Punch

    After the credits for "Poison" were finished running, Todd Haynes took the stage with the IFC Center's Harris Dew to answer questions about his game-changing film. "It's sad just to hear the music," Haynes began. Haynes was just as proud and nostalgic for his film as one could hope for; he stayed ...

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    Pie In The Sky Rumor: Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci To Reteam For David O. Russell's 'Uncharted'

    Mark Wahlberg May Be Interested As WellSo bear in mind, this is from Roger Friedman, the same guy who saw Tony Gilroy at a screening for "127 Hours" and spun a haphazard rumor that he wanted James Franco to lead "The Bourne Legacy."

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    Binger Institut and Thomas Mai

    Binger Filmlab is an Amsterdam based international feature film and documentary development center where talented writers, directors, producers and script editors from around the world can place both their projects and their usual working practices within an inspiring environment of fellow filmmakers, to be coached and supported by internationally acclaimed mentors and advisors. When it began in 1996, my partner, Peter Belsito and I would coach there, especially concentrating on the art of the pitch. While it has been many years since we've attended, it always retains a special place in our "cosmos" and we are happy to see how far it has pr...

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