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    Contest Giveaway: 'Somewhere' Prize Packs Including Signed Poster & 'Lost In Translation' BluRay

    Update: Contest is closed. Winners will be contacted via email.

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    Charlize Theron Official For 'Snow White & The Huntsman'?

    Oh boy, it's probably not going to be a great morning for Charlize Theron's PR rep. Last night, news broke that Theron had left Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" in favor of taking a look at a the lead role, freshly rewritten with her in mind, in Ridley Scott's developing "Alien" prequel. But it appears that's not all that's cooking for the suddenly-very-in-demand actress.

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    Section 181 The "Runaway" Production Incentive Offers Free Seminar during Sundance

    There is one U.S. federal tax incentive to encourage investment in film production, and it was reinstated in the new tax bill that just passed Congress. Section 181 allows produces to immediately deduct the qualifying expenditures in the year they occur for the first $15 million to $20 million spent. So what does that mean for you?To learn more about Section 181 and the great benefits to independent filmmakers, a free seminar at Sundance is being offered for free. Thanks to the generosity of their sponsors, law offices Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered's Corky Kessler invites you to the panel seminar during Sundance on January 24th from 2pm to 5pm is now FREE. Seating is limited. To register, please copy and paste the link below, and if you want, please forward it to others. Because no matter what I do, I cannot paste in the right website, I am referring you below to Corky and Film Utah's email. Take it from there!

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    'The King's Speech' Picks Up Surprise Nomination For American Society Of Cinematographers Awards

    With the Golden Globes coming up this weekend, and the Oscar nominations only a couple of weeks away, we're entering the final stages of the seemingly-endless 2010 awards race, and yesterday saw some of the last of the major craft and guild nominations of the season. We covered the DGA noms yesterday, which saw David O Russell beat out the Coen Brothers for the fifth slot, and late last night the American Society of Cinematographers named their picks for the five greatest achievements in the field, and there's another surprise in store there.

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    C. Thomas Howell, Of All People, Joins 'Spider-Man' Reboot

    Is Marc Webb taking a leaf from the Christopher Nolan casting playbook? Since "Batman Begins," Nolan's made something of a habit of casting 1980s icons who've mostly been absent from the big-screen in recent years, names like Rutger Hauer, Eric Roberts, Tom Berenger and even David Bowie, in his big-screen works -- a curious, although mostly successful trait. Now, one more name's been announced for the "Spider-Man" reboot, and like many of Nolan's favorites, it's an actor who hasn't been seen in anything with such a high-profile for a few decades.

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    "Catcher in the Rye" Adapted, "Plan 9 From Outer Space" Remade, "TRON: Legacy" vs "Avatar" and More

    Banksy's "Save or Delete Jungle Book" (above) goes up for auction in London today. The poster was created for a deforestation campaign but never used. "The Catcher in the Rye" was adapted into a movie a few years ago? Yes, but it doesn't ruin how you imagine Holden Caulfield's adventure. It's just 75 minutes of blue screen. The trailer will give you the idea.Dan Hopper at Best Week Ever wants to know why everyone accepts "TRON: Legacy" as a lesser film than "Avatar":Clearly, Avatar was more of a right-place, right-time release from a giant name with absolutely invincible Hollywood momentum behind it, while Tron was widely viewed as a nice-looking but unrevolutionary special effects-driven Disney remake. I personally enjoyed Tron far more, and while I can completely accept that not everyone else did, I’m still absolutely bowled over by how completely differently these two “awesome-looking, questionable plot” films were received by the masses. Is it acceptable to say “This film looked great and I loved it, even though the story was kind of dumb,” or isn’t it? And how did this standard completely reverse itself in the span of a year? Or was Avatar really that great and Tron really that poor and I’m completely and utterly off-base? Anomalous Material's '7 Actors Better Off As Second Fiddle' celebrates actors like Zach Galifianakis, Cillian Murphy and Ed Harris as being better in supporting roles than leads. From the section on John C. Reilly:John C. Reilly can be an extraordinarily funny complementary piece. While Reilly has played lead roles competently in movies such as Cirque Du Freak and Walk Hard, those two movies were massive box office flops that demonstrated that he simply doesn’t have the star power required to highlight a movie.Though neither of these were blockbusters, I'd offer "Hard Eight" and "Cyrus" as proof Reilly can hold his own in the lead slot.

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    Michelle Pfeiffer To Play Chris Pine's Mother In 'Welcome To People'

    The DreamWorks drama "Welcome To People" goes before cameras imminently, and it should prove to be interesting, marking a move into more serious fare for a whole group of actors who, until now, have been more recognized for their involvement in tentpoles and comedies. Following a young businessman who returns home after the death of his father, the film marks the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the script with Roberto Orci and newcomer Jody Lambert; Kurtzman and Orci being best known so far for writing the likes of "Transformers" and "Star Trek."

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    SILVER TONGUES poster unveiled

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    Ron Livingston Joins 'Ten Year' and 'The Odd Life Of Timothy Green'

    Max Minghella Also In 'Ten Year' Ensemble Why isn't Ron Livingston a bigger name? Having delivered a slew of scene-stealing performances since "Swingers" (our personal favorite: Charlie Kaufman's obscene agent in "Adaptation"), the actor has been a near-constant presence on screens big and small, but somehow never made the step-up to Paul Rudd-style leading roles, despite being the lynchpin of the cult comedy "Office Space." Hell, even Nikki Finke seems to like him, and she hates everything.

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    Tina Fey Eyes 'Admission' With Paul Weitz Set To Direct

    Last spring, Tina Fey showed that her "30 Rock" popularity can translate into some box office power (at least when paired with Steve Carell; let's not talk about "Baby Mama") when "Date Night" became a box office hit and it looks she's ready to try another film, although one with a bit more dramatic meat on the bones.

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