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    Fifth Dragon Tattoo Actress is Seydoux; Fincher Goes Goony at Con

    The mystery French actress who is one of the five contenders for the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is rising starlet Lea Seydoux. European is good--she may be more fearless about showing her body.

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    Indies at Comic-Con: Eisner's A Contract with God

    At Comic-Con's Eisner Awards Friday night, writer-producer Darren Dean announced that he is adapting Will Eisner's graphic novel A Contract with God into an omnibus movie to be directed by four rising indie directors: San Francisco's Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy), New Yorkers Tze Chun (Chi...

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    Celebrating Glorious Gloria

    Gloria Stuart joined by fellow actresses Carla Laemmle and Pauline Wagner, all of whom are centenarians, at the "Academy's Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart." (photo courtesy of AMPAS)

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    Brief Thoughts on "Salt."

    Brief Thoughts on "Salt."

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    Comic-Con Day One: Tron and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Travel is hell, from the American Airlines flight out of Logan that was canceled--after three hours on the tarmac spent entertaining a cranky one-year-old--to the seventh circle of hell in San Diego known as Hotel Circle. I'm actually not staying there, but I always seem to wind up there in the middle of the night. I miraculously made it into Hall H in time for the Tron panel, and stayed there all day, ducking out to sit on the floor and try to recharge my laptop and BlackBerry, which were drained from my long travel stint. Thus I was rarely tweeting and lost one blog post when my computer expired, and failed to realize my Haunted Mansion sto...

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    Betty Draper: Model Parent

    For anyone needing to brush up on their parenting skills, Mad Men's Betty Draper (January Jones) sets a hell of an example. New York collects some choice bits:

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    Deauville American Film Fest Names Lineup of Newcomers

    The 36th installment of the Deauville American Film Festival, set to run from September 3-12, 2010, has announced nearly all of the films in its competition (one or two may be added before the opening date. In addition to its competition slate, its documentary section, and its American Nights programming, the fest will be adding a section for television this year, Deauville Season 1, with the intentions of become a professional event for TV scriptwriting. The films in competition will be eligible for the Feature Film award, decided by a jury led by French actress Emmanuelle Beart, and the Cartier Most Promising Newcomer Award, whose jury is...

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    FIRST PERSON | "Colin Fitz" Director Robert Bella: From Sundance To Hell And Back Again

    In 1997, Sundance Film Festival Director Geoffrey Gilmore wrote, "'Colin Fitz' is the kind of independent filmmaking that shows how much can be done with very little and underscores the endearing qualities of well-written dialogue and comic inspiration." The movie’s been called by the press and its...

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    Toronto & Venice Wish List: 40 New Films to Hope For

    Even as Cannes announced its lineup, speculation and predictions loomed about what was in store for the two biggest festivals of the late summer. Last week,Toronto announced a hockey feature will be its opening night film last week, and, yesterday Venice said Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" will kic...

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    100 Years of Comic-Con: 1910

    Imagine if the San Diego Comic-Con International was not founded as late as 1970 (then named the Golden State Comic-Con) but instead way back in 1910. We'd be celebrating a centennial of American geekdom right now. Of course, the attendees probably wouldn't have been called geeks then, as much as it could have been appropriate given that one of the known historical uses of the word is from a 1908 strip of the comic "A. Mutt" (which would later become "Mutt & Jeff"), according to Wordorigins.org. It is fitting that the original location for SDCC in 1970, the U.S. Grant Hotel, was built in 1910. It didn't open until October, but as long as we'r...

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