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    Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Will Play The Venice Film Festival & TIFF After All

    Initially accidentally announced and then quickly retracted from last week's unveiling of the Venice Film Festival lineup, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" is now officially headed to the Lido, and probably Toronto too. The news comes on the heels of the recent release date switch that saw The Weinstein Company move the picture up a month to Septmeber 14th release date from a previous October bow, making the film one of the first major talking points of the awards season.

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    RIP Renowned Film Essayist Chris Marker; Watch His Anti-Colonial Piece 'Statues Also Die'

    “A curious spirit, a tireless filmmaker, a poet in love with cats, a video director, a secretive character, an immense talent... We are Chris Marker’s orphans.”

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Cloud Atlas - Co-Directed by Lana Wachowski

    The Wachowskis are an incredibly successful writing/directing duo best known for the Matrix Trilogy.  They are also known for the cult classic Bound and for writing V for Vendetta.

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    The Essentials: The 5 Best William Friedkin Films

    The decent opening weekend for the NC-17 "Killer Joe" should be celebrated for a number of reasons, but perhaps most notably, it marks something of a comeback for director William Friedkin. The helmer was, for a brief period in the 1970s, the most powerful filmmaker in Hollywood, but a series of critical and commercial flops after "The Exorcist" saw his stock drop quickly, and while there were a few quiet gems, the quality of his work tended to be closer to sub-"Basic Instinct" erotic thriller "Jade" (which Friedkin has said is one of his favorite of his films, curiously), or tree-rape horror "The Guardian," than to his breakout films.

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    Peter Jackson Confirms 'The Hobbit: Part 3' For Summer 2014 Release

    Get your wallets out kids, because after hints at Comic-Con and reports emerging last week that serious talks were underway between Peter Jackson and Warner Bros., it looks like Middle Earth is going to be up on the big screen for the next three years. That's right, "The Hobbit: Subtitle To Be Determind Later" (aka Part 3) is gonna happen. Here's what Jackson had to say on Facebook:

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    'Madagascar' Director Tom McGrath Signs Lease For Ben Stiller's 'Rentaghost'

    With the disappointing box office showing of “The Watch” this weekend, Ben Stiller is likely hoping that the tried-and-true hands that helped make the “Madagascar” films such rousing successes will work his magic for the actor's next film, the big-screen adaptation of late 70s/early 80s Brit TV comedy “Rentaghost.”

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    'Rush Hour 4' In The Works With Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan, Will Be "Gritty"

    You might think that with "Rush Hour 3" making less domestically than the first "Rush Hour" film, and barely passing it worldwide, that any chance at a "Rush Hour 4" would be off the table. But while Chris Tucker once commanded a huge salary -- taking $20 million for "Rush Hour 2" and $25 million for "Rush Hour 3" -- tax woes might be making his asking price come way down. And thus, the possibility of "Rush Hour 4" becomes frightening real.

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    Shonda Rhimes, Cast, Talk 'Scandal' Season 2 (Lots Of Big Reveals In Premiere Episode)

    Time flies... it seems like it was just yesterday that the season ended; but Scandal fans get ready - one of the most, if not THE most talked about TV series on S&A this year was Shonda Rhimes' new series starring Kerry Washington. 

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cross Post: Late-Night TV Stand-Up Demographic Scorecard: First Half, 2012

    Remember when The New York Times profiled Eddie Brill into a corner and caused an uproar both within CBS and Late Show with David Letterman -- which took away Brill's power to book stand-up comedians on Letterman after almost 11 years -- and within the comedy community, which debated whether female comics really do "act like men" to please audiences?

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Continues Its Uptick By Letting Its Characters Fail

    At the close of our recap of last week's "The Newsroom" episode, we wrote of protagonist Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), that we thought "he'd actually be more sympathetic if he actually made a mistake and had to deal with the consequences. In fact, the show would be helped enormously if they made some serious fuck up too, rather than being right every single week." Of course, episode six, "Bullies," had been written and made long ago, but clearly someone on the creative team had the same thought, because it was this exact conceit -- our heroes being wrong, and being less than saintly -- that formed the theme of this week's episode, and the result was a continued upswing for the show, and further proof that "The Newsroom" can be saved after a very rough start.

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