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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Backs Off Ten Best Picture Nominations

    Academy Backs Off Ten Best Picture Nominations

    Departing Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive director Bruce Davis has said that it would take three years to test the Academy experiment to give voters --and more important--Oscar show viewers--a choice of ten best picture nominees. The idea was to broaden the choices, bring in The Dark Knight or District 9 on top of more arcane smart-film choices like No Country for Old Men, which did not necessarily lure TV viewers.

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    More: Awards, Oscars
  • Women and Hollywood
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    A Class Act: Julie Taymor Appears Onstage at the Opening of Spiderman

    After being thrown under the bus and fired several months ago and not being paid for her work (she is now in arbitration with the show to get back pay), Julie Taymor was welcomed onstage following the long awaited opening night of Spiderman.

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    More: theatre
  • The Playlist
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    LeBron James Still Not A Championship Winner, Acting Venture 'Ballers' On The Rocks As Well

    After the Dallas Mavericks triumphed over the Miami Heat this week, many fans (including this writer) have been vindicated for their criticism of LeBron James' decision to turn his back on his hometown of Cleveland. The onslaught from these very critics seems to be as strong now as it's ever been with Lebron surely just looking for a hole to hide in. One potential distraction for the star, though, as his gestating acting career looks like have fallen through once again.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weinstein Company Set "Django Unchained " For Christmas Day 2012 Release!

    Courtesy of our sister site The Playlist:

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    More: FYI
  • Spout
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    Top Ten: Best Abs on Film

    This weekend, with the release of "Green Lantern," America gets to continue its love affair with Canadian star Ryan Reynolds and his torso. Shirtless or more in almost every movie he's appeared in this decade, the actor's sex appeal appears to be one of the film's most obvious selling points. Warner Bros., anxious about the new franchise, would certainly love it if women (and some men, of course) are drawn to the theater this weekend to see People Magazine's 2010 Sexiest Man Alive unencumbered by a shirt, and in 3D.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Step One: Finding the Right Producer by Zoje Stage

    In 2008, I won a Fellowship in Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As I left the party in my strapless black dress and uncomfortable shoes I had one thought: "Please dear gods let this be the beginning of my professional career, and NOT just the highlight of years of effort." I have had the same goal for twenty years: to make thought-provoking independent films that explore the complexities, frailties, and dichotomies of the human species. Winning a NYFA Fellowship was both the validation and kick in the ass that I needed, and I set myself a singular goal: to direct "The Machine Who Loved" as my first professional feature. I have been in the "channel" ever since.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Green Lantern' Is A Tale Of Good Versus Evil For Dummies

    Why are superhero and comic book movies so popular? It may be the comfort of believing there is a clear distinction between “good” and “bad” people, that “good” isn’t such an abstract notion within one’s identity and bad, in itself, is an unchanging, sometimes unstoppable force. There is poetry in this oversimplified view, both in the way it calms the troubled minds of moviegoers and the very notion of an unchanging duality forever at war, one side “morally” representing the winning side, the other not.

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  • The Playlist
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    Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Lands On Christmas Day 2012

    In a film that already seems to be packing plenty of surprises, it looks like Quentin Tarantino still has one up his sleeve.

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  • The Playlist
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    Fox Searchlight Backing 'The East' From 'The Sound Of My Voice' Duo Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij

    Brit Marling has to be the most exciting talent to emerge so far in 2011. Virtually unheard of at the start of the year, she made a huge splash at Sundance by writing and starring in Mike Cahill's offbeat sci-fi drama "Another Earth," which became one of the big buys of the festival when Fox Searchlight picked it up. We said it had a "haunting, unshakable vibe that follows you long after you left the theater,” and you'll have a chance to check it out when the studio releases it next month.

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  • Caryn James
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    Theater Review, Spider-Man: A Cheesy Vegas Spectacle

    After way more than $65 million, a near-death experience by one of the actors, the firing of director Julie Taymor and a windfall for late-night comedians, the newly refurbished Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark turns out to be a cheesy Vegas spectacle. To be blunt: Act I sucks. Really, really bad. Act II sucks less. Let me elaborate.

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