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  • Women and Hollywood
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    In Memoriam: Laura Ziskin

    While most producers names are not known, Laura Ziskin is not one of them. Yesterday, at 61 she lost her battle with breast cancer. She was a woman who came into the business like other women in the 70s as a personal assistant not because that's a job that is a stepping stone, but because those were the only jobs that women could get in the 70s.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Angelina Jolie Takes Special Cambodia Journey for Louis Vuitton

    It may not seem like a logical pairing, but check out this Angelina Jolie ad for Louis Vuitton. She put together her own clothes and makeup for this Annie Leibovitz photograph. The location is Cambodia (where Jolie shot Tomb Raider and met and adopted her eldest son); the brand's "Core Values" campaign lured Jolie to put her famous face and name to the equally famous luxury line.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Man Of Steel' & More Skip Comic-Con As Major Studios Stay Away This Year

    Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney & The Weinstein Company Pass On San Diego; Marvel On The FenceThe comic/geek crowd are either the most important group to court for genre films or their influence is overstated; it really depends on who you ask. In recent years, the very vocal contingent has generally been thought of as essential to making sure more challenging or niche fare finds an audience or least makes its budget back, but a series of disappointments and flops have the studios reconsidering. Last year, Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" was met with widespread geek acclaim only for the Universal film to sputter at the box office (though to be fair, the marketing for that film did little to embrace anybody outside the core of fans). "Sucker Punch" got major buzz and died on the vine this past spring, while "Tron: Legacy" played modestly despite nerds flipping for footage that Disney teased as early as 2008 (though yes, it has done enough to convince the studio get a sequel moving). And both "Skyline" and "Let Me In" faltered when they hit screens later in the year, after doing the San Diego Comic-Con rounds.

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  • The Playlist
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    Scissor Sisters Frontman Jake Shears & Guitarist Babydaddy To Write Music For 'Fraggle Rock' Movie

    Huh. So it appears that the "Fraggle Rock" film is moving along, despite the doom and gloom forecasted by writer/director Cory Edwards this spring. As you might recall, Edwards took to his blog a few months back saying that The Weinstein Company were pretty much stalling on the movie, the project was in a "deep coma" and he was effectively move on to something else while the studio figured out what to do. This followed reports last summer in which Edwards said he was “struggling to stay in control of my own movie” and that The Weinstein Company wanted a new writer to take on the project to make it “edgier.” Well, it appears it has found some edge.

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  • The Playlist
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    George Harrison's Widow Says Doc By Martin Scorsese On Beatles Guitarist Will Premiere This Year

    It's been a long time coming since it was first announced way back in 2007 but it now looks like Martin Scorsese's documentary on famed Beatles guitarist George Harrison is set to premiere later this year -- or so says Harrison's widow, Olivia.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tony Awards Winners: The Women

    It was a sucky season for women creatives (meaning playwrights and musical creators) at the Tonys this year. Don't only take my word for it. Here's another piece by Princeton academic Jill Dolan on the lack of female Tony nominees.

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  • The Playlist
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    R.I.P. 'Spider-Man' Producer Laura Ziskin (1950-2011)

    In an industry that's still sadly male-skewed, as far as executives, producers, screenwriters and directors go, it would take quite a fight for a female producer to be behind a classic conspiracy thriller, or one of the biggest romantic-comedies of all time, or a billion-dollar superhero franchise, or the Academy Awards, or a series of giant charity telethons, or become the head of a major studio sub-division. Laura Ziskin did all of this, and we're sad to report that the producer and executive passed away yesterday, at the age of 61.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Northside grows in Brooklyn

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  • Spout
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    10 Worst Honeymoons in Film

    This week I will be on my honeymoon. I'm trusting Daniel to fill-in with some content this week, but it might be relatively light posting for a few days. To kick off the week, I figured I'd share an appropriate list I compiled a while back for my wedding's website. I guess it was a little gloomy for the venue, but it's so much easier to find bad honeymoons than good ones in the movies. They make for better stories, I guess. Still, I hope my own is drama free, as well as bomb free, murder free, and lacking in all the following bad times.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bill Hader Says The Aubrey Plaza-Starring Comedy 'The Hand Job' Has Been Retitled 'The To-Do List'

    It's all well and good giving your spec script a taboo-busting, attention-grabbing title: names like "Fuck Buddies" or "I Want To Fuck Your Sister" certainly stand out from the pack, and both of those examples landed on the Black List in past years. But when it comes to actually making the damn thing, you're gong to have to make some kind of compromise, or you're going to have a movie that doesn't have any advertising.

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