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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: The Makeup Final Seven

    Oscar Watch: The Makeup Final Seven

    Seven films are competing for the final three nominations to be announced January 25 in the makeup category for the Oscars. The Academy’s makeup branch will vote on January 22 after seeing ten-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. These prizes are about live-action makeup, often involving non-digitally enhanced wounds, aging and transformation. The final three in all likelihood will be Alice in Wonderland, The Fighter and The Wolfman.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Africa in Film: White Wedding

    There are not many films released in the U.S. from Africa and White Wedding is a delicious romp around South Africa, a road trip from Johannesburg to Durban, a mix and match of races and nationalities. Jann Turner ♀, a white female director whose anti-apartheid father was killed in front of her, makes movies with her black partners that capture the humor and pain of today's South Africa.The Little Film Company, who brought the world the 2005 Academy Award winning Best Foreign Language film Tsotsi, is going to release the DVD/ VoD version on January 25 through Image Entertainment. Robbie Little and I have had long discussions about digital marketing, downloading, viewing as has everyone in the industry. While I have not yet delved into what Image Entertainment has in mind for VoD - is it cable TV VoD or Internet VoD? Or both? Will it be released at the same time on both DVD and VoD platforms? How will it be marketed to bring eyes to it? -- I am still happy to see a new film from Africa is entering the U.S. market. We'll be writing more on Africa in Film soon so stay tuned!

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  • The Playlist
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    Sorry Matt Damon, You're Probably Not Going To Be Able To Make Your Own 'Bourne' Movie

    Let's not get it twisted. Everyone loves Matt Damon. He is one of the most beloved actors in the industry because he's a straight-shooter, super-approachable and one of the nicest people you will ever meet in the movie business. Recently a tasty little Damon/'Bourne' franchise news nugget started making the rounds. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine (via Get The Big Picture, not online yet apparently), Damon said, "I'd do ['Bourne'] again with Paul [Greengrass] (who directed Damon in the last two Bourne films, as well as 'Green Zone'.) Universal doesn't actually own the Bourne character - the estate does - so technically I could go to Warner Bros... and Universal could read about it online."

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  • The Playlist
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    Andy Serkis & Ian McKellen Are Officially Back For 'The Hobbit'

    Christopher Lee & Ian Holm Set To ReturnOne more highly touted name expected to return for "The Hobbit" has been confirmed. Deadline reports that mo-cap expert Andy Serkis has officially signed on and will be back in the role of Gollum. Update: THR says Sir Ian McKellen is officially in too to reprise his role of Gandalf the Grey -- a major character in "The Hobbit." No surprise there.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Hailee Steinfeld Nomination Debate

    As the debate about Oscar nominations concludes this week, one interesting conversation that has been going on is the debate about whether True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld should be placed in the best actress or best supporting actress category.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Raven Symone on Her Recent Weight Loss

    Raven Symone showed up last week at the People's Choice Awards looking notable slimmer. Clearly, she was under pressure to lose weight because this is the comment she made when asked about her figure:

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  • The Playlist
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    'Winter's Bone' Writer/Director Debra Granik Writing Treatment For 'Pippi Longstocking' Movie

    After two gritty films -- "Down to the Bone" about a mother battling a drug addiction and this year's "Winter's Bone" following a young woman navigating the tricky moral terrain of her not-quite-lawful family -- writer/director Debra Granik is ready to get real paid. Or at least deliver the film that won't leave you with a hollowed out feeling in the pit of your stomach.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Favor Kids Are All Right, Social Network

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Favor Kids Are All Right, Social Network

    The Kids Are All Right landed seven awards from The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, including best original screenplay, best ensemble and best actress (Annette Bening), while The Social Network scored four, including best film, director, adapted screenplay and score. Winter's Bone collected two prizes, including best woman director (Debra Granik) and best breakthrough performance (Jennifer Lawrence); Granik also won outstanding achievement for a woman in the film industry in 2010. Black Swan earned four nods.

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  • The Playlist
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    RZA's 'The Man With The Iron Fist' Now Shooting In China

    RZA’s obsession with with all things shaolin has, as you probably already know, well informed his hop-hop career and it has now snowballed into a feature. First announced early last year, the kung fu film “The Man with the Iron Fist” is now shooting in China. What in the hell is that, you say? Well, it is a $20 million dollar Universal-funded martial arts flick directed, written, produced and, of course, starring RZA.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Brief Darren Aronofsky Soundbite Re: "Black Swan" Phenomenon

    I briefly spoke to "Black Swan" director and recent DGA nominee Darren Aronofsky this weekend regarding "Black Swan"'s huge box office success, and figured I'd offer this soundbite on when Mr. Aronofsky first suspected "Swan" might be a success:

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