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    How Rookie Director Tadjedin Made Miramax/Tribeca's Last Night, Starring Knightley

    Last Night is a high-profile test of new indie distributor-on-the-block Tribeca Films' video-on-demand model. Screening April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival following its Toronto Fest debut, the movie was released on VOD on April 20, opening night of the Fest, and will open theatrically in limited ...

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    Orlando Bloom Still Not Confirmed For 'The Hobbit,' But It Appears To Be An Inevitability

    A minor update on "The Hobbit" for you fanatics. Despite the fact that Orlando Bloom wasn't really accepting questions outside of Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut, "Sympathy For Delicious" today, the film he was promoting -- earlier in the press day he apparently had gently scolded a journalist for ...

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    Watch Lady Gaga Be Desperate, Weak and Horribly Annoying In Her New HBO Special

    What is wrong with this woman? And why do people continue to idolize her as this "queen of the freaks"? It is clearly feeding her horribly annoying god complex. In this clip from her upcoming HBO special, Gaga comes across as a desperate and needy mess who is psychotically obsessed with her "kingdom...

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    My Movie Pitch Presents First Winner at Tribeca, Accepting Entries for 2011

    American Express's My Movie Pitch presented its first contest winner's short film at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23. John Nash's pitch idea (chosen from over 2,000 entries) was adapted into a screenplay and short film -- Mr. Stash -- directed by Jac Schaeffer and starring Amy Smart and Rich S...

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    Exclusive: Poster For Michael Winterbottom's 'The Trip' Starring Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon

    While this summer will be a battleground between R-rated comedies each trying to out-raunch each other, perhaps the biggest belly laughs will come from director Michael Winterbottom's droll and hilarious "The Trip" which delivers all the comedy without having to rely on much of a foul mouth.

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    Anthony Mackie Was Considered For Jason Bourne Take Over

    We missed this when it was announced late last week that Jeremy Renner had been offered the Jason Bourne franchise, taking over for Matt Damon...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Research Alert: Changing the Status Quo - Industry Leaders’ Perceptions of Gender in Family Films

    Anyone who has been to a G, PG, or PG-13 (and of course R rated films but they are not included in this study) knows that when they look up on the screen there are many more male characters than female characters with speaking roles. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has been tracking th...

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    AMPAS Screenwriting Grant Deadline Approaching

    The deadline is approaching for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, a program of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, which awards up to five $30,000 fellowships to new screenwriters. The deadline for the award is Monday, May 2, 2011.

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    Todd Phillips Compares The Hangover Parts I & II To The Godfather. Seriously.

    Todd Phillips is confident that The Hangover Part II can live up to its predecessor. So much so that he has the nerve to compare his man-boy films to The Godfather. The writer-director tells MTV: "I think there are very few sequels that have been made that live up to or exceed their first film. The ...

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    Oprah on Broadway?

    Oprah Winfrey may be headed to Broadway. When Chris Rock appeared on her talk show Friday, their discussion of Rock's current Broadway show The ____________ With the Hat led to an exchange about Winfrey's own Broadway aspirations.

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