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    TV Review, Onion News on IFC

    The Onion’s website promotes its new mock-news show, Onion News Network, with a pitch-perfect skewering of cable blowhards and anchors: the fake network’s stereotypical blonde anchor, Brooke Alvarez, is “Smugger than Keith Olbermann. Louder than Sean Hannity. Prettier than Anderson Cooper.” That ad is also funnier than most of what you’ll find on the half-hour show. (It starts Friday on IFC, 10 ET.)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch Exclusive: Tom Hooper Talks Directing Style in The King's Speech

    In a wide-ranging discussion about his directing approach on The King's Speech, Tom Hooper talks (in the video below) about framing star Colin Firth in wide-lens close-ups so that there was "nothing between him and the character." He mentions one of the visual themes in the film was finding "a visual analogue to stammering which became about framing Colin in relationship to negative space."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Company Men' A Bland, Out-Of-Touch Look At Job Loss

    “The Company Men,” aka “The Supposed Problems of Unsympathetic Rich People” or “Good Actors Stuck in a Mediocre Movie,” tries to be timely, but it’s as out of touch as Pat Buchanan. It aims for “Up in the Air”-level relevance and poignancy with its plot centering on layoffs at a New England company, but it’s more likely to garner yawns than tears. What’s worse is that this isn’t a substandard movie with an equally substandard cast. Instead, first-time feature director John Wells has somehow managed to attract top-level talent Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, and Maria Bello (and Kevin Costner).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Archipelago directed by Joanna Hogg

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  • The Playlist
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    Sacha Baron Cohen's Dual Role, Saddam Hussein Inspired Comedy 'The Dictator' Hits May 11, 2012

    It's been a couple of years since "Bruno" and if you've been feeling an absence of Sacha Baron Cohen on the big screen, that's all about to change. Of course, he has a role in Martin Scorsese's 3D family film "Hugo Cabret" set to hit at the end of the year, and now, his high concept comedy "The Dictator" has landed a release date of May 11, 2012 and will undoubtedly become his next starring vehicle.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mia Wasikowska Circling 'Wettest County' & 'Stoker'

    On-The-Rise Australian Actress May Have To Choose Between Both Films If Schedules Don't WorkDear Internet. Please turn off so we can go to bed. Ok, we've done enough 2011 anticipated pieces to bore you silly, but if we were going to do a Most Anticipated piece on the films beginning production in 2011 -- don't worry we won't -- "The Road" director John Hillcoat's prohibition crime drama, "The Wettest County In The World," and Wentworth Miller's mysterious family drama, "Stoker" would both be near the top of that list.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Enchanted' Writer & Director Teaming On New Pitch For Sony Pictures Animation

    Variety have revealed that “Enchanted” director Kevin Lima and writer David Sussman have been recruited to develop an untitled pitch for Sony Pictures Animation. Originated by art director Michael Kurinsky and producer Chris Chase, the project is described as a part live-action, part CGI animated film like last year’s blockbuster “Alice in Wonderland.” No details have surfaced on the plot yet. The greenlight for the film is waiting on Sussman’s script, with Lima first in line to direct.

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    Sony Finds $120 Million In Their Couch Cushions To Buy Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

    Well, that didn't take long. Just after reports earlier today that director Neill Blomkamp was shopping his secretive sophomore sci-fi epic "Elysium" around town, it's now been revealed that Sony wants to get back into business with the director in a big way.

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Downey Leaves 'Oz The Great And Powerful,' Johnny Depp To Take Over?

    Like baseball cards, these A-List actors are. Robert Downey Jr. is backing out of Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great And Powerful" but the production may have secured a killer replacement in Johnny Depp, currently in discussions to fill Tony Stark's shoes. Sets and effects are already being worked on, with a start date eyed for later this year, so the production is looking to hit the ground running, and it appears Downey just might be too busy to accommodate Disney's hustle.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grants For Science on Screen

    This is a great example of how, through the Art House Convergence, independent theaters are sharing information and best practices. Science on Screen is one of the Coolidge Theater’s longest-running and most popular programs, and they now have the opportunity to help other independent theaters introduce it to their audiences. The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Mass. is teaming up with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to bring the Coolidge’s Science on Screen program to other independent theaters nationwide. Launched in 2005, Science on Screen educates about science while entertaining through movies, providing audiences with enlightenment along with their popcorn. The monthly series creatively pairs screenings of feature films or documentaries with notable figures from the world of science, medicine, or technology. Each film is used as a springboard for the speaker to introduce scientific research or technological advances in a way that engages popular audiences – from the brain structure of the zombies in Night of the Living Dead to how far epidemiology has come since The Andromeda Strain. The Sloan Foundation has awarded the Coolidge Corner Theatre a $150,000 grant to sustain its existing Science on Screen program and to award grants to 6-8 independent theaters across the country to bring the program to their own communities. Denise Kasell, executive director of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Elizabeth Taylor-Mead, the Coolidge’s associate director and the curator of Science on Screen, and Doron Weber, head of the Sloan Foundation’s program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, introduced the national initiative on June 19 at a workshop at the AHC. The Coolidge Corner Theatre is a founding member of the Convergence and has helped shape its mission.

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