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    Media Watch: Couric's Soft ABC Debut, LA Times Layoffs, Nicole Miller's Ads Move 100% Online

    Katie Couric will make her debut on ABC News by interviewing Sarah P… Sarah Jessica Parker, that is, which THR calls a soft launch for the news anchor, who made a heavily scrutinized move from to ABC from CBS last June. This position with ABC News will allow her time to develop her daytime talk show, Katie, which will air sometime in September.

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    007 News: James Bond/Daniel Craig, The Face of Indian Railways; Adele to Record Bond Theme?

    Daniel Craig, the James Bond du jour, might trade in his Aston Martin and other fancy wheels for a set of decrepit railway tracks. Daniel Craig is likely to sign on as the official Ambassador of Indian Railways, said Dinesh Trivedi, India’s railways minister. James Bond 23, the newest 007 film, directed by Sam Mendes, will film in India. The new Bond installment features an important sequence on the rails, which required many meetings with ministry officials to obtain permission. As WSJ reports, there needed to be a tradeoff, and Craig’s face on the train, or at least in a television ad, might seal the deal. The Indian railway is less than high-tech, and Trivedi hopes that Craig’s presence will give the train company an image boost.

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  • The Playlist
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    Venice '11 Review: Sono Sion's 'Himizu' Is Close To Unwatchable, And Yet Vitally Important

    If you're after a quick response to recent events, particularly in the case of a cataclysmic disaster, cinema is not your medium. It takes years to write and develop even a bad script, let alone the financing, casting, shooting and pre-production of a film. And that's even without taking into account a reticence to address what has the potential to be traumatic material; there's a reason that it took half-a-decade for the events of 9/11 to reach the screen, and even then many believed that it was too soon for what some dismiss as mere entertainment to address such epoch-changing events.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Who Is Harry Nilsson' Director John Scheinfeld To Helm Elvis Presley Biopic 'Fame & Fortune'

    Even though it has been decades since Elvis Presley first made us feel all shook up, the rock 'n roll icon is still a looming and influential figure whose legend, along with the gritty details of his off-stage life, has become as well known as the timeless music he created. And while there have been a couple notable TV takes on his life -- 1979 film directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell and a 2005 movie with Jonathan Rhys Meyers -- there has has never been a big screen account of Presley's story. But all that is about change.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Stuntman for Will, Denzel and Jamie Makes Directorial Debut With “Akwantu: The Journey”

    For more than twenty-five years Roy T. Anderson, based in hometown Toronto and New York, has performed stunts for such Hollywood stars as Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Eddie Murphy Confirmed as Oscar Host, Could Liven the Proceedings

    Eddie Murphy Confirmed as Oscar Host, Could Liven the Proceedings

    Oscar co-producer Brett Ratner asked his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy to consider hosting the Oscars on February 26. And Murphy has said yes. “Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” said Ratner. “With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances – especially on stage – I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February.”

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    More: Awards, TV, Oscars
  • Shadow and Act
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    New On DVD: Otto Preminger’s “Hurry Sundown”, Starring Diahann Carroll, Robert Hooks

    Quietly released on DVD this past spring, Viennese director Otto Preminger’s (Carmen Jones, Porgy and Bess) 1967 film, Hurry Sundown, has been called "one of the worst films of all-time."

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: Joel Edgerton Talks Playing A Nice Tough Guy In 'Warrior'

    Also Has No Reservations About Tackling Tom Buchanan In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'Swinging and punching its way into theaters this weekend is “Warrior,” a tale of two estranged brothers who find themselves reunited in the MMA (that is, Mixed Martial Arts) ring. As to be expected, much of the screentime of the two leads, Joel Edgerton (playing the older brother, Brendan) and Tom Hardy (as the younger, Tommy), involves skillfully busting their co-stars up as they make their way through the ranks of a championship tournament to eventually face one another for the ultimate prize: a very large check both could use. We recently had the chance to sit down with Edgerton and talk about playing a big guy with a big heart, as well as the preparation it took to go up against his co-stars, who (besides himself and Hardy) were all MMA fighters professionally.

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  • Press Play
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    After 90 years, "Fatty" Arbuckle's rarely-screened LEAP YEAR returns to public view

    By Brian DarrPress Play Contributor

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now: Teen Web Series "The Girls' Bathroom"

    Chapter 3 TV, a collaboration of writer/producer Darralynn Hutson and co-producer Michael Negri, has recently launched its first web series, The Girls' Bathroom.

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    More: Watch Now