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    Michael Cera Learning Spanish For Collaboration With 'The Maid' Director Sebastian Silva

    EXCLUSIVE: Even though many stars and non-stars just adopt the same onscreen persona repeatedly, it seems like Michael Cera has become a whipping boy by those who just need to complain about actors who do good work. Blast on Cera's somewhat limited repertoire of characters all you want, but you can'...

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    Interview with "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie" Director Craig Teper

    Vidal Sassoon's life seems like the ideal subject material for a feature film - an opportunity that filmmaker Craig Teper was unwilling to pass on. Mixing archival and contemporary footage, Teper's documentary follows Sassoon's life from a Jewish orphanage in London to the heights of celebrity and beyond. The director recently got in touch with indieWIRE and went into some of the experiences he had while making "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie." His responses include his origins as a filmmaker, the reasoning behind some of the stylistic decisions he employs in the film, the grueling editing process, and a look at what's in store in the director's c...

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    Little Miss Sunshine Team Tackles He Loves Me, Palahniuk's Gang-Bang, Keaton & Harris Look of Love

    - It's the "yardstick by which so many indie films are measured: a small movie made with first-time directors that blew up at Sundance, became a box-office sensation and an Oscar best picture nominee," writes the LAT of Litte Miss Sunshine. A full five years after its indie-to-Oscar success, its fil...

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    Chicken & Egg Pictures Awards Environmentally Themed Grants

    Nine projects have been named as the recipients of the Chicken & Egg Pictures winter grants. Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company specialized in supporting women filmmakers. These grants are the first to come from the Which Came First Fund, an open call seek...

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    First Look At Leonardo DiCaprio In Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

    Dustin Lance Black Says Story Won't Be De-Gayed For The Big Screen; Photos Of Judi Dench Arrive TooWe told you Clint Eastwood moves fast. It seems only moments ago that Eastwood had firmed up the major roles for "J. Edgar" and what do you know, filming is already underway.

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    Sony and Samuel Goldwyn Tag Team For "Old Fashioned Orgy"

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn Films have partnered for U.S. distribution rights to "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy," the co-directorial debut of Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory ("King of the Hill," "Frasier"). Goldwyn plans to release the film theatrically in the late summer, while ...

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    'American Idol' Winner & Grammy Nominee Fantasia To Star In Mahalia Jackson Biopic

    Back when "American Idol" was still a novelty on these shores (and before the switcheroo of judging panel which now includes Steven Tyler for some reason), Fantasia (aka Fantasia Barrino on her driver's license) was easily one of the biggest sensations the show ever had. Her performances of "Summertime" and "Porgy & Bess" on the program drew raves, and at the age of nineteen, she became the youngest winner the show ever had at the time (17 year-old Jordin Sparks would later break that record). The success on the program vaulted her career leading to five Grammy nominations to date as well as starring role in the Broadway incarnation of "The C...

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    A Premature Defense for Olbermann.

    Tim Goodman is wrong. I think.

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    Sony Negotiating MGM Distrib and Financing Deal, Including Bonds

    Sony and MGM have been in bed together for some time. One of many investors in the company, Sony has released the last two Bond films, and wants to release the next two as well, reports the the LATimes. Streamlined MGM has been strapped for cash for some time, come through bankruptcy, and now has tw...

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    Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Our Picks To Win

    Since 2005, to the delight of awards-season junkies around the country, Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures have released the Oscar-nominated short films a few weeks shy of the ceremony. Launched the same year as YouTube, this annual event boasts a growth of interest not unlike the surging ap...

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