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    Cameron's Task Force Issues Oil Spill Report

    James Cameron, in his recent round of interviews about the Gulf oil spill, said he had assembled an ad hoc task force of leading Woods Hole scientists, and so he did. Here's the result of their labors. Read it and weep. A video report is on the jump.

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    Media Watch: Hello Slake, Waters Has Bestseller, Florio Exits Conde Nast, LAT's Ulin Reviews Books

    Ex-LA Weekly editor Laurie Ochoa still believes in print and has started her own alternative paper, damn it. It's a quarterly (for now) called Slake. And needless to say her husband, food critic Jonathan Gold, is in the first issue.

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    The 2010 FIFA World Cup | Day Seven

    The 2010 FIFA World Cup | Day Seven

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    Michael Feinstein's American Songbook Debuts This Fall on PBS

    Classics crooner Michael Feinstein will make legions of music lovers happy this fall when he premieres a three-part series exploring the history of American popular music. The American Songbook will air October 6, 13 and 20 at 8 PM on PBS. This is my idea of heaven.

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    Daldry and Boyle to Direct 2012 Olympic Ceremonies

    Daldry and Boyle to Direct 2012 Olympic Ceremonies

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    EPIX Becomes Available to Cox, Mediacom, and Charter Subscribers

    EPIX Becomes Available to Cox, Mediacom, and Charter Subscribers

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    This Means War Casting Saga, WGA vs. IMDb, Boyle directs Olympics, Fairy Tales are New Vampires

    - McG can't make up his mind on casting vidgame-to-film This Means War. While Reese Witherspoon is set to play the femme at the center of a dispute between two spies--best friends turned enemies in this action-comedy--the two male leads are up in the air. In-demand Bradley Cooper has bailed on the role originally intended for Martin Lawrence, while Seth Rogen and Chris Pine were both reported as attached at some point. Now Vulture asserts that McG has offered his Terminator Salvation star Sam Worthington the lead. The Playlist, which has been tracking the This Means War casting saga, writes that Justin Timberlake was being considered for the ...

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    Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works

    No question that everyone gets that audiences are suffering sequel and remake overload. But Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner overstates the case that Hollywood is back to chasing originals when he cites a few anecdotal examples of recent studio buys.

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    If It Bleeds, It Leads: The New Wave of Combat Docs

    If It Bleeds, It Leads: The New Wave of Combat Docs

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    Where Are CAA's Next Young Turks?

    The film industry is in disarray. MGM is undergoing restructuring, Overture and Miramax are on the block, the studios are on the run during a tough summer, and too many agents are chasing too few deals as talent turns to television.

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