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    Roles That Could Have Been, Women vs. Horror, Hereafter's Cecile de France

    - A look back at the roles that got away might soothe Mel Gibson's nerves now that his Hangover 2 role has gone to Liam Neeson. (The LAT's Patrick Goldstein looks at how loose lips lose jobs.) Here's a sampling, courtesy of TheDailyBeast: Demi Moore lost the lead in 1983's Flashdance to Jennifer Beals; Matthew McConaughey lost Jack Dawson in 1997's Titanic to Leonardo DiCaprio; Sandra Bullock lost Runaway Bride to Julia Roberts in 1999, the same year Michael Cera competed with Haley Joel Osment for The Sixth Sense; Meryl Streep was at one point lined up to play Evita before Madonna took over in 1996; Charlize Theron was in the running for Eli...

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    "News reporting is a young man's job"

    I have just a few days left in my role as the Editor-in-Chief here at indieWIRE as I prepare to move over to the Film Society of Lincoln Center (but will remain a blogger here). Recently, I've been thinking a lot about the changing face of media and the other day I was particularly struck by this ar...

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    Veteran Producers Rethink the Indie Model

    Veteran Producers Rethink the Indie Model

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    Composer Awards: Yared Gets Achievement in World Cinema, Desplat Named Composer of The Year

    The European Film Awards are giving their Achievement in World Cinema award to Gabriel Yared, a self-taught musician and composer. He first composed for Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man for Himself (Sauve Qui Peut La Vie), won a Cesar for his work on Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Lover (L'Amant), and went on...

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  • The Playlist
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    Mel Gibson 'Furious' About Being Booted From 'The Hangover 2'

    Todd Phillips Says Decision Boosted Morale On SetWith all the fuss in the last week over the hiring of Mel Gibson for a key cameo as a tattoo artist in the Bangkok-set sequel to the surprise comedy hit "The Hangover," and his subsequent swift booting from the role, following protests by the cast and...

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    Newcomer Suraj Sharma Takes Lead In Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi,' Filming Begins In January

    Picture Will Shoot In 3D; Release Date Set For December 14, 2012Ang Lee hasn't had the easiest few years since "Brokeback Mountain." While that film saw him win the Best Director award at the Oscars, his next film, "Lust, Caution," was tarred with an NC-17 for its explicit sex scenes, and follow-up ...

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    Tony Scott Confirmed To Direct 'Top Gun' Sequel

    Every so often, particularly every time Tom Cruise makes a film that disappoints at the box office, the rumors of a potential sequel to "Top Gun," the film that transformed Cruise from cocky teen star to a true icon, start up. 22 years on from the original, with "Knight & Day" tanking at the domesti...

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    Rob Ford Elected Mayor of Toronto; Global Embarrassment Awaits

    Hallowe'en has come early to Toronto as everyone with reasonable intellect is gasping in somewhat expected horror at the outcome of today's municipal election, which has made this immigrant hating, bike lane destroying, racist, homophobic, compulsive liar of a wife beater our mayor:

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    Watch: Kanye West's Puzzling But Pretty 'Runaway'

    Kanye West has been threatening to drop his short film "Runaway" before his new album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" hits stores November 22nd, and here it is. "Runaway" follows the story of Mr. West, a scantly-clad phoenix (Selita Ebanks) that falls from the sky and the saddest explosions ever to grace the small screen. Unleashed onto YouTube over the weekend (you can find the curses-and-all cut right here), West's first short film stands to prove the man demands respect as an artist; there's barely a shred of subtlety to the damn thing and the plot is gaunt, and your only bits of cryptic info are handed to you by a stone-faced West, w...

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    Keith Richards' Memoir Life Wins Raves

    I bought my first issue of Rolling Stone in a long time to get a slice of the Keith Richards memoir Life (on sale October 26) and I will try to convince my book group (which tends to read fiction) to assign it. Friends and I talked about Life at dinner Saturday night (after which I had the pleasure ...

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