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    Playboy's Hefner Donates $900,000 to Rescue Hollywood Sign

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Monday that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has plunked down $900,000 to help to preserve 138-acres of land surrounding the landmark Hollywood sign, which the governator calls a "symbol of dreams and a symbol of opportunity and hope," reports the LAT:

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    Girl with Dragon Tattoo Heads Toward Mulligan and Pitt?

    Word from England has Carey Mulligan ardently seeking to play the role of Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming David Fincher remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo written by Steve Zaillian. Note: Zaillian has not handed in his script, and no final casting is imminent. "Nothing is real," warns produc...

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    "Cairo" In New York: Clarkson, Siddiq and Nadda Talk "Time" at Tribeca

    "I'd been to Cairo when I was sixteen and just fell in love with it," "Cairo Time" director Ruba Nadda said during a conversation about the film at the Apple Store SoHo this weekend. "I'd always promised myself that I'd come back and tell a story or make a movie there. And I knew I could try and ca...

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    cannes countdown | catherine denueve, 2007

    cannes countdown | catherine denueve, 2007

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    Bret Easton Ellis's Imperial Bedrooms Heads for Fox Searchlight?

    During his Sunday LAT Fest of Books Q & A, Bret Easton Ellis talked candidly about Hollywood with music journo Erik Himmelsbach, reports Cameron Carlson:

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    TRIBECA REVIEW | Non-Fiction Innovation: Clio Barnard's "The Arbor"

    Documentaries often toy with the conventions of non-fiction storytelling to the detriment of their content, but Clio Barnard's innovative "The Arbor" provides a welcome exception to the norm. Tracking the experiences of British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her children, Barnard uses actors to lip-sy...

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    Spitzer Doc Gains Momentum at Tribeca Fest

    One of the biggest screenings going into this year's Tribeca Film Festival may also be one of the most-buzzed-about going out. Tipped as one of the event's most anticipated films, Alex Gibney's "Untitled Eliot Spitzer Film" didn't disappoint at its Saturday night premiere, hitting all the right note...

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    SFIFF 53 Day Two: Constantin and Elena, Rivette's Around a Small Mountain

    Meredith Brody starts seeing some movies at the SFIFF.

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    Box Office: Banksy & "Secret" Lead Weekend; Openers Struggle (UPDATED)

    Mirroring an unspectacular weekend for openers on the studio front, this weekend was all about the holdovers. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier this afternoon, sophomore films "Exit Through The Gift Shop" and "The Secret In Their Eyes" dominated the specialty market, while only thre...

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    How to Train Your Dragon Roars Past The Back-Up Plan

    How to Train Your Dragon came roaring back at the weekend box office, proving that fab word-of-mouth trumps familiar old-hat formulas every time. Jennifer Lopez rom-com The Back-Up Plan came in second, and DC comics movie The Losers was a disaster, coming in fourth behind Date Night. Anthony D'Alessandro dissects the numbers.Never dis a dragon – even at the box office. Paramount-DreamWorks 3D toon How to Train Your Dragon continued to flap its legs, err wings in a murky April weekend session, earning $15 million at 3,665 theaters.  Dragon slipped 23% in its fifth weekend raising its domestic cume to $178 million. Overall, weekend receipts cou...

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