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    Best Sports on Screen for Non-Sports-Fans: "Friday Night Lights" and Beyond

    “Football is stupid,” a talented basketball player tells the football coach in the season premiere of Friday Night Lights. “For starters, it celebrates the worst instincts of American culture – aggression, violence . . . ” I tended to agree, but just like that player, who ends up on the football tea...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Monte Carlo - Co-written by Maria Maggenti

    Film Opens July 1

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Drew Barrymore's How To Be Single Is Not A Rom-Com: "A Little Bit Ageless And Not Gender Specific"

    In March, Drew Barrymore announced her sophomore directing project (after underrated Whip It): New Line Cinema's How To Be Single. Based on Liz Tuccillo's 2008 novel, the story chronicles ten years of breakups for a group of New Yorkers. Barrymore is producing with her Flower Films partner Nancy Juv...

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    Harry Shearer Talks Expose The Big Uneasy, Media Coverage of Katrina, Spike Lee's "Canards"

    The tagline for Harry Shearer's The Big Uneasy, a Katrina doc that digs into the Army Corps of Engineers' role in the post-hurricane New Orleans flood, reads "Natural Disaster? You Don't Know the Half Of It." Shearer is well-known to public radio listeners for his weekly Sunday talkfest Le Show; the...

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  • The Playlist
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    'A Serious Man' Star Michael Stuhlbarg Joins The Still-Filming 'Men in Black 3'

    The ugly portrait of Hollywood stupidity and hubris -- "hey, we'll figure out the script on set, no problem!" -- is a slightly antiquated one given the rise of successful improvisation, not only in comedy which was the norm, but big-budget narrative (see "Iron Man" where Jon Favreau and co. literally figured out scenes moments before they were shot), but can still be occasionally framed as a cautionary tale. See the latest example: "Men In Black 3" or "Men In Black 3D" whatever you want to call it. Sony's very expensive tentpole revival 10 years after the fact ("MIB2" was released in 2002) has been shooting on and off since December and is st...

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    MGM Partners with Sony on Releasing James Bond 23 Worldwide

    As expected, MGM has closed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony (which released Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) for Sam Mendes' Bond 23, starring Daniel Craig as 007. Sony will also co-finance the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sally Field to Play Daniel Day-Lewis' Wife in Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln Movie

    Lest you think women past 40 don't really have much of a career in Hollywood... ok, that can often be true in our culture of ageism and youth, but more to the point, 64-year-old actress Sally Field has landed the role of her late-era career. Sure, the actress already has two Best Actress Oscars unde...

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    Over a Dozen Stars to Fete Sidney Poitier at Film Society's Annual Chaplin Award

    New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center unveiled details about its upcoming 38th annual Chaplin Award, which is being presented to Oscar-winner Sidney Poitier. The event, taking place May 2nd at Alice Tully Hall, will feature a host of presenters, including Ben Kingsley, Bill Cosby, Chris Tucker, ...

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    Orlando Bloom's Former Assistant Producing Thriller 'High Wire' For Simon Crane To Direct

    Hollywood is filled with secretaries, dog walkers, waiters, gardeners, shoe salesmen, mail room clerks and other low level position players all with secret scripts they're working on or projects they're trying to get made. And most of them never make it, only talking about making it big until it's j...

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    Brian Grazer Says '24' Movie Coming In 2012

    While actual details of who is actually doing what on the gestating film version of the hit TV series "24," Kiefer Sutherland just can't stop talking about it. Last month he hit "The View" and said the film was coming next year and that elements of Billy Ray’s script (which was rejected by the stud...

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