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    Casting 'The Hunger Games': The Playlist Picks For Katniss Everdeen

    Earlier this week, director Gary Ross' adaptation of "The Hunger Games" received a release date of March 23, 2012. With the roll-out of the film being a little over a year away, we expect to hear casting decisions any day now, and as "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" near their final installments, the 'Hunger Games' trilogy is being eyed as the next Young Adult phenomenon, and it's hoped it could launch a group of stars in the same way that those earlier franchises did. There are a number of key roles in the franchise, but the one that's attracted the most attention so far is the female lead, Katniss Everdeen. Now that the film has had its date set on the calendar, we thought we'd have a look at some possible contenders for the role, as well as some other key figures that Ross will be casting.

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  • Caryn James
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    Oscars: It’s All Over But The Singing

    There could be some surprise winners at the Oscars – that’s why they’re called surprises – but over the weekend the major categories became so boringly predictable that the biggest mystery is whether James Franco and Anne Hathaway can unsettle the stodgy show as hosts. Don’t count on surprises there either.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Ondamax

    Ondamax is one of the busiest and most energetic of international sales agents and production companies. Founded in 2007, the company has made a name for itself as a specialized “cinema boutique”, working essentially with films from or about Latin Americans and U.S. Latinos. Based in Florida, founder Eric Mathis and his team are always seeking new ways to promote and distribute their collection of films. Their first 25 titles reached 550 selections and won 105 awards in festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice and San Sebastian. During last AFM they announced several new initiatives which will be actively in place by the time Berlin roles around including a U.S. DVD distribution deal with Kino Lorber in 2011 and a new venture with Titra for digital restoration of films in Latin America, Canada and the U.S. Ondamax Films/Titra venture shall be powered by the explosion in the number of high-def TV channels which has swept pay TV and digital terrestrial TV sectors.

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    Rumor: Another Sibling Of Hans Gruber To Square Off Against John McClane In Next 'Die Hard'

    Despite Fox telling us last month that there was no script in place for a "Die Hard 5" and that any potential sequel would be "way off" that hasn't stopped gums from flapping about what we might see in the next installment of the franchise.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Clips From The 2011 Sundance Awards Ceremony

    Here's a few videos from last night's awards ceremony as I scramble to finish up the rest of my Sundance work and - after 13 exhausting (but mostly fantastic) days and nights here, finally head home.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Eisenberg & Zuckerberg & Samberg Face Off on SNL; Eisenberg Talks Oscars, Confidence, Ladies

    Watch Jesse Eisenberg explain his female expertise and "freight-train of confidence" on SNL while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg calls the movie that got him on the cover of Time, The Social Network, "interesting."

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    The Party's Over: Gregg Araki's "Kaboom"

    Even more than Pedro Almodóvar, Todd Haynes, and other former enfants terribles of the queer filmmaking world, Gregg Araki seems caught in the double bind of maintaining outré street cred while simultaneously showcasing a more “mature” vision. His Nineties-era oeuvre has become both generational touchstone and lost utopia, with such unapologetically rambunctious and incensed films as The Living End, Totally Fucked Up, and The Doom Generation remembered as much for their promise of an aesthetically and politically engaged queer cinema as for their individual quirks and ragged edges. Araki’s “homo pomo” flippancy, down-and-dirty eroticism, and inchoate dread and rage have become so central to the collective idea of the New Queer Cinema (an idea by no means immune to the warping power of nostalgia) that, for some, any film he makes will be judged mostly by its extremity: how much it fans the “fuck you” flame that Araki helped to light some 20 years ago. But one person’s good fight is another’s lost cause, and Araki’s continuing identification with a largely moribund film movement can give his entire career a perhaps unwarranted but understandable feeling of arrested development. His predilection for youthful protagonists and elbow-nudging visual flourishes only contributes to the notion of Araki as a somehow immature artist, more concerned with flipping you off than pointing the way.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Small Screen: Aaron Sorkin's HBO Drama 'More As The Story Develops' Gets Pilot Pick Up

    Jake Kasdan Teaming With Liz Meriwether For 'Chicks & Dicks,' Mark Wahlberg Sells Sports Pilot 'Home Game'After acclaimed but short-lived runs for two behind-the-scenes shows with "Sports Night" and "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip," who would have thought Aaron Sorkin would have a third chance at a show with a similar concept? Well, thanks to David Fincher and "The Social Network" the writer gets his shot with HBO now ordering a pilot for his cable news show drama, tentatively titled "More As The Story Develops."

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    Watch: Trailer For Aaron Katz's Excellent Indie Noir 'Cold Weather'

    We're at an interesting tipping point in contemporary independent American cinema, one where directors are starting to take the aesthetics and low-key character drama of the mumblecore scene, and marrying them with genre film, and it's producing some of the more original, innovative low-budget works in recent years. From The Duplass Brother's slasher pic "Baghead" and Gareth Edwards' creature flick "Monsters" to Brit Marling's Sundance one-two-punch of "Another Earth" and "The Sound of My Voice," it's a good time for anyone with an interest in the way that genre can be played with onscreen, and one of the best examples to date is Aaron Katz's "Cold Weather."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sundance Deals and Award Winners

    Sundance 2011 is over. The week started off with the NY Times article declaring that Sundance is a welcoming place for women directors, and it ended with a couple of women getting deals and awards. But let's be real, the women still don't get the deals the guys get.

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