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    Dawn Hudson Gets Appointed CEO of the Academy

    The big news yesterday was the appointment of Film Independent's chief Dawn Hudson as the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Reports said that post Oscars the folks at the Academy really felt that they needed to bring in new blood (especially since last year's ceremony did not ...

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    New CEO Dawn Hudson Will Bring Change to Motion Picture Academy

    The Academy board of governors met well into the night Thursday as they debated the fate of 30-year Academy veteran Ric Robertson, who had lobbied long and hard to succeed outgoing executive director Bruce Davis.

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    Ben Affleck Ready To Get Literary As Tom Buchanan In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

    It was nearly a month ago when Bradley Cooper pitched himself for the role of Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" but it looks like the director has somebody else in mind entirely.

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    Review: 'Meek's Cutoff' Shows The Foibles Of Man & Helplessness Of Women On The Forgotten Frontier

    "Meek's Cutoff" takes place in the open fields of the midwest, the year 1845, the land untouched, civilization slowly being built, but where the film feels contemporary, with its period-specific detail, all thick bonnets and dirt-stained wagons, is in its intimacy. Director Kelly Reichardt has made ...

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    INTERVIEW | Todd Haynes on "Mildred Pierce": Too racy for indies, but perfect for TV

    Todd Haynes began his career as a daring provocateur with his feature, "Poison," twenty years ago. While he has continued to work against the grain in a handful of unconventional follow-ups, from "Safe" to "I'm Not There," as Haynes's profile has grown, so ...

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    Check out Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" Trailer

    The trailer for Lars Von Trier's latest, "Melancholia," widely believed to be in Cannes this year, launched today. It has been described as a "beautiful movie about the end of the world," starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland as well as Alexander Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampli...

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    San Francisco International Film Fest to Honor Oliver Stone

    Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder's Directing Award at the upcoming 54th San Francisco International Film Festival. Stone will also be on hand at the event for An Evening with Oliver Stone, for which he'll take part in an onstage interview.

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    Review: 'Arthur' A Tedious, Bland Comedy That Earns Intermittent Laughs Almost By Accident

    “Why?” will echo through your head if you’re a fan of the 1981 “Arthur” starring Dudley Moore as you watch this useless remake. The original won a shiny pair of Oscars and is considered a classic, but apparently Warner Bros. thought it needed to be remade for contemporary audiences. But the larger p...

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    Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow and Other Celebs Stand Up for Planned Parenthood

    As the budget battle continues one of the last sticking points is Title X funding which covers family planning funding (and not abortion funding.)

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    Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas Returns With 'Lust' In His Heart

    There was a time -- quite a long time ago -- when Joe Eszterhas was one of the biggest screenwriting names around town. He made his name with "Flashdance" and "Jagged Edge" and exploded into the stratosphere with "Basic Instinct" which soon saw him commanding millions for his work. But with disappointments in follow-ups "Jade" (which is now mostly known for being a punchline in "40 Year Old Virgin") and "Sliver" and the colossal bomb that was "Showgirls," Eszterhas packed his bags and left Hollywood. And while he may not be in Tinseltown anymore, the movie bug struck and he's got a new script that will mark his comeback vehicle, and no surpri...

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