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  • Caryn James
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    Watch the Emmy Nominations Announced

    If you're an awards junkie - no judgment, some of us have a sweet tooth, some of us love awards - here is the video of the nominations as they were announced by Joshua Jackson and Melissa McCarthy (very nice moment when she hears Jackson read her name as a nominee for Best Actress in a comedy.)

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  • The Playlist
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    A.R. Rahman To Score Alex Kurtzman's 'Welcome To People' Starring Chris Pine & Olivia Wilde

    For screenwriter Alex Kurtzman—best known for penning blockbusters like “Star Trek,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Mission: Impossible III”--he couldn't ask for a better batch of talent as he readies his directorial debut, "Welcome to People." The film stars Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mark Duplass, and it will also feature a little cameo by Jon Favreau. But it appears the quality list of collaborators doesn't end there as Kurtzman has enlisted one of the best known and celebrated film composers in the world to tune up his movie.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    If You Missed It...Listen To The S&A Live Podcast Season 2, Ep 14 ("The Help" Controversy)

    If you missed out on yesterday's S&A show, please listen below. The enlightening conversion was thoroughly enjoyable. I have to say, S&A readers definitely ROCK! We covered a few "controversial" hot topics including:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    On The Road: Director Walter Salles' Secret Second Road Trip with Garrett Hedlund

    Jerry Cimino, founder and curator of The Beat Museum, delves into the saga that lead to finally getting Jack Kerouac's On The Road adapted to film. His article reveals that after shooting the film from August through December of 2010, director Walter Salles and star Garrett Hedlund went on the road together with the film's '48 Hudson and a crew of five in April 2011. No one else in the cast (which includes Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Steve Buscemi, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Alice Braga and Elisabeth Moss) knew about this trip, part of Salles' "quest for authenticity." Here is an excerpt from the article and this photo, courtesy of HuffPost.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: John Carter Teaser Lands with Leaping Taylor Kitsch, Epic Imagery

    Having underwhelmed us with their teaser poster, Disney does deliver a rousing first teaser trailer for Andrew Stanton's Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation John Carter. Stanton, the writer-director of Pixar's Wall-E, moves into live-action, directing Taylor Kitsch in the title role as a lonely American soldier who is magically transported to red planet Barsoom, where he boasts gravity-boosted strength. Think Avatar, as James Cameron grew up on these novels. Carter is allied with Red Martians Ciaran Hinds, Lynn Collins, Dominic West and James Purefoy against four-armed Green Martians Willem Dafoe, Polly Walker, Thomas Haden Church and Samantha Morton in this immersive digital epic.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Unknown' Director Jaume Collet-Serra Eyes 'Akira'; Budget Scaled Back To $90 Million

    Well, that's funny. Just last night we reported that indie filmmakers The Polish Brothers were offered, and turned down, the chance to direct Warner Bros.' potential franchise "Akira," marking the first real word on the project ever since Albert Hughes bailed on the film at the end of May. Well, if anything, the Polish Brothers tidbit of info revealed that movement was still happening even if it wasn't out in the open, and now a new name is considering stepping into the high profile pic.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Emmy Voters Too Snobby for Genre Fare: The Borgias, Treme, Justified, The Killing, Walking Dead

    Emmy Voters Too Snobby for Genre Fare: The Borgias, Treme, Justified, The Killing, Walking Dead

    The Emmy voters have weighed in. And yes, the usual worthy subjects were rewarded. Congrats to Emmy nominations leaders, largely from AMC, PBS and HBO, dramas Mad Men (19: Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, John Slattery and Christina Hendricks) and Boardwalk Empire (18: Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald) (nominations list is below), as well as movies and mini-series Mildred Pierce (21: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Brian F. O'Byrne, Melissa Leo, Mare Winningham, Evan Rachel Wood), French bio-epic Carlos (Edgar Ramirez), sequel Upstairs Downstairs (Jean March, Eileen Atkins), Too Big to Fail (William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, James Woods), Cinema Verite (Diane Lane) and Downton Abbey (Maggie Smith).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    EXCLUSIVE: Coolidge Corner Theatre and Alfred P. Sloan's Science on Screen Picks Eight Cinemas

    To implement their collaborative Science on Screen programs, The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have selected eight independent non-profit cinemas throughout the US to each receive $7,000 in grant funding. (The eight theaters that will host the programs are listed below.) Each has a strong reputation for contributing to their cultural community. Applicants were asked to pitch program concepts and detail strategies for recruiting speakers and building audiences, and the recipients will each host a minimum of three events during the June 2011-June 2012 period.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Colin Farrell In 'Total Recall'

    Yep, so the guy who directed two "Underworld" movies and "Live Free or Die Hard" is being given the keys to the "Total Recall" reboot/remake, and if Len Wiseman screws the pooch, it won't be for a lack of having a decent cast.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Dear Taylor Launter,

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