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    Had Enough? First Look At Balin & Dwalin From 'The Hobbit'

    So, just how big will the media blitz be for "The Hobbit"? Well, when Time magazine of all outlets is being enlisted this early in the game to drop an exclusive photo of Balin and Dwalin from the film, you can bet the campaign is going to reach every major player in the media world no matter how odd the fit.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Damages Returns by Serena Donadoni

    The relationship between Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) on Damages has typically been described as that of a mentor and protégé, but itʼs even deeper and thornier. The FX series created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman explores one of the most complex female partnerships on television: an almost maternal bond super-charged by ambition. From the first episode, itʼs clear that as an attorney, Ellen wants to be Patty – she tries to emulate her ferocity and single-minded devotion to that all- important case – but doesnʼt literally want to step into her shoes (this isnʼt All About Eve). Despite fissures that would have separated most people, Ellen maintained her fierce loyalty through the third season, while Patty exuded the regal devotion of a proud but distant parental figure.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 4 Clips From 'Captain America: The First Avenger' Keep Up Our Optimism

    One the one hand, director Joe Johnston is a wild card. While he's celebrated for "The Rocketeer" he's also been behind stuff like "Jumanji" and "The Wolfman" so you're never quite sure who you're gonna get. On the other hand, "Captain America: The First Avenger" has a great lead in Chris Evans, a pretty solid supporting cast, and thus far evinces the perfect tone of loyalty to the comic and character, with a good dose of goofy charm to show that it's not taking itself too seriously. So you can see, we're a bit conflicted about the forthcoming superhero flick, arriving on the heels of three comic movies that have been good ("X-Men: First Class"), middling ("Thor") and bad ("Green Lantern"). However if the latest batch of clips from the film is anything to go by, we could be in for a treat.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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  • Shadow and Act
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    Teen Horror Flick Produced By Idris Elba Gets A New Name And Release Date

    The Suicide Kids, a teen horror flick being produced by Idris Elba, just had a name change. The film is now called Demons Never Die.

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  • Spout
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    "Winnie the Pooh" Charms with Slight Twists on a Classic

    I love Winnie the Pooh. Everyone loves Winnie the Pooh. He’s a willy, nilly, silly old bear. Yet sometimes we forget that not everyone has a relationship with our childhood favorites and newer generations in particular. Thankfully, Disney always remembers, as there is always money to be made. From the beloved A. A. Milne novels to this weekend’s newest theatrical feature, there has been an incarnation of this heroic bear for almost every new batch of kids. There were the original shorts in the late 1960s, TV shows in the 1980s, direct-to-DVD films of the 2000s and a whole wide range of other incarnations over the years.

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  • Week of Wonders
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    Photo Op: Miranda July in July

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Celebrates its Quinceanera

    Fifteen years old! Under Marlene Dermer's leadership, with her founding partner, Eddie Olmos, LALIFF shows the best of Latino films.76 films, including 42 feature films (29 narrative and 13 documentaries) and 34 short films from 14 different countries. The feature films selected include 2 World Premieres, 6 USA Premieres, 5 West Coast Premieres and 11 Los Angeles Premieres. This year's program offers a balanced selection of new voices and voices that we have heard before. Together and individually they go beyond telling Latino stories; they narrate in film the human experience. LALIFF is one of few film festivals in the world recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science as a qualifying festival, making the winner of its Short Film Category eligible for Oscar® consideration. In the spirit of celebration, this year LA Times / Hoy launches the first ever Best Short Audience Award at LALIFF. Please check out this year's Shorts' trailers at www.vivelohoy.com/laliff2011

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    Review: 'Without' An Assured Dramatic Debut By Director Mark Jackson

    "Without" was screened last weekend as part of Outfest 2011 in Los Angeles and Sound Unseen International Duluth in June.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    2011 Emmy Nominations: The Women

    For me, the Emmy nominations is an opportunity to take that annual look as to how women are faring in the TV business. I'm not talking about the acting categories. There are some great women nominated all of them, always are, always will be. I'm talking about the writing and directing and other categories that are not as visible to the public.

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