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    Producer Gale Anne Hurd Talks Separating The Comic & TV Versions Of 'The Walking Dead'

    Prolific Producer Says 'Hulk' & 'Terminator' Franchises Moving On Without HerGale Anne Hurd has had an incredibly varied (and just plain incredible) career, starting off as an executive assistant to Roger Corman before becoming one of the biggest genre producers in the business, kind of like a lady Jerry Bruckheimer. With her ex-husband James Cameron she produced "The Terminator," "Aliens," "The Abyss," and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" – big, complicated productions that set the box office on fire. In the years since 'T2' she has dabbled in comedy (the underrated Watergate romp "Dick"), family adventures ("Clockstoppers," which is sort of like the non-perverted version of Nicholson Baker's novel "The Fermata") and superhero yarns – shepherding two versions of both "The Incredible Hulk" and "The Punisher" to the big screen (with notably mixed results).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Elle Honors Hollywood Women

    Elle Magazine celebrated the women of Hollywood at its annual event on Monday evening. The honorees included: Naomi Watts, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Aniston, Stacey Snider, Freida Pinto, Evan Rachel Wood and Elizabeth Olsen. This event is one of the few opportunities for the visible women in Hollywood to talk about the issues that effect women.

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  • The Playlist
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    Book Review: 'Drew Struzan: Oeuvre' Is A Beautifully Complete Look At The Master Illustrator's Work

    Last fall, the great "Art of Drew Struzan" book was released. It did a fairly comprehensive job of chronicling the career of the master illustrator and offered colorful commentary by the artist, giving us an exclusive peek behind the scenes of some of his most memorable work. Just as amazing as seeing early versions of his poster designs for movies like "Back to the Future" was learning some of the circumstantial anecdotes, such as how his concept for "Money Pit," featuring the house capsizing like the Titanic, was shelved because of a real-life ocean liner tragedy. But the selection was obviously chosen for specific reasons – to illustrate a certain point or showcase the artist's creative process. All of his iconic illustrations were there and accounted for (every "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" one-sheet, splashed across the glossy page) but there was just as much left out.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE GO, PART 1: BULLITT, THE FRENCH CONNECTION AND THE SEVEN-UPS

    The subtitle of Aaron Aradillas and Richard Seitz's series "On the Go" says it all: "The Golden Age of the Car Chase, 1968-1985." Films that played in American theaters and on TV during those years were likely to contain at least one car chase. Some pictures from this period were built around a series of car chases. A few were essentially feature-length chases in which most of the action and dialogue took place while the characters were zipping down city streets or interstate highways.

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    'Sunshine' Star Troy Garity Will Try To Kill Ryan Gosling & Josh Brolin In 'Gangster Squad'

    For a time, a decade or so ago, it seemed that Troy Garity was heading to big things. The son of Jane Fonda, and grandson of Henry Fonda, the actor broke through with a scene-stealing turn in Barry Levinson's "Bandits," before going on to feature as the token white guy in the "Barbershop" movies, and deliver a neat little performance as one of the excellent cast of Danny Boyle's "Sunshine." But he never quite made it to the next level, having spent much of the last few years in TV and little-known indies.

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    Channing Tatum To Get Murdered By Steve Carell In Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher'

    We've said it before, and we'll say it again -- Channing Tatum is nothing if not determined. The actor who launched to fame with "Step Up" has eagerly taken on any role he can just to work with a top shelf director. The roster of talent he has spent time with on set -- Kimberly Peirce, Michael Mann, Ron Howard, Kevin Macdonald, Steven Soderbergh (x2) -- speaks for itself. As a producer, he's throwing his weight around on upcoming films like "Ten Year," "21 Jump Street" and "Magic Mike," but he's continuing to seek out opportunities to grow as an actor. His physique doesn't allow him a chameleon presence on screen, but his quest to take on strong dramatic material may have found him the perfect middle ground—a role where his bulk is part of the territory.

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    New Pics From 'My Week With Marilyn' Provide First Look At Julia Ormond As Vivien Leigh

    And Yes, More Images Of Michelle Williams Looking GorgeousHere's the thing about the awards season, and you probably already known this, but the actual quality of the movies vying for statues is sometimes secondary to it actually being a contender. Take "My Week With Marilyn." While The Playlist team who caught the movie at the New York Film Festival essentially shrugged at the made-for-TV vibe of the picture -- you can read our review here -- for mostly everyone else, it played like gangbusters. And it wasn't long after those initial screenings for critics that The Weinstein Company sensed they had something potentially big on their hands, and moved up the release date as a result. So it won't be long until everyone else can get swept up in the old school elegance of the movie, but until then, another batch of photos have landed that give the first glimpse of Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh, and yes, provided more material for dudes who want to put Michelle Williams on their high school locker door.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Academy Award Submissions for Best Foreign Language Oscar With Sales Agents

    The complete list of submissions for the nomination for Best Foreign Language Academy Award, has been announced. 63 countries' selections have been accepted. Last year there were 65 selections. I have added the international sales agents and when there is one, the U.S. distributor. The Female Factor: 8 of 63 films or 13%. Last year, of the 65 films submitted, 9 were directed by women — that’s 14%. The films by women are Leticia Tonos' Love Child ♀ (the Dominican Republic), Valerie Donzelli's Declaration of War ♀ (France), Ann Hui's A Simple Life ♀ (Hong Kong), Juanita Wilson's As If I Am Not There ♀ (Ireland), Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? ♀ (Lebanon), Maria Peters' Sonny Boy ♀ (the Netherlands), Anne Sewitzky's Happy, Happy (Norway) ♀ and Pernilla August's Beyond ♀ (Sweden).

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Makhmalbafs, Ghobadi, Shirin Neshat Call for Iran Film Boycott; Sanction Industry Officials

    Makhmalbafs, Ghobadi, Shirin Neshat Call for Iran Film Boycott; Sanction Industry Officials

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Chatting With Wendell B. Harris, Jr. On "Chameleon Street," Black Cinema, Tyler Perry & More

    We've written about Wendell B. Harris Jr and his under-appreciated feature film debut Chameleon Street countless times on S&A. I've read and watched several interviews with the man, so much that I could probably recite his struggles with that film from memory.

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