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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Wendi Deng Murdoch Becomes a Producer

    Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi is venturing into producing with the new film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan based on the best selling book by Lisa See. Ms. Deng Murdoch read the book several years ago and optioned it. She also raised the funding from mostly Chinese investors. The film will be released in the US on July 10 by Fox Searchlight, a division of 20th Century Fox (which Murdoch owns.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Hossein Amini To Do Rewrites On Universal's 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

    There are two ways through life, the way of nature and the way of grace. Or in Hollywood terms, there are two ways to release a movie: rushed on a tight schedule, or finely tuned with a more realistic production. The battle between Relativity and Universal over their respective Snow White films has been ugly, with the former trumping the latter by moving their Tarsem-directed film all the way up to a March 16, 2012 release date -- nine months from now and no, it hasn't started shooting yet. Universal's "Snow White And The Huntsman" is currently set just under a year away on June 1, 2012, with a comparably luxurious year to get it on screens. And it looks like they're going to use that time wisely.

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  • The Playlist
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    Deeply Uninteresting Poster For 'John Carter' Bows

    With "John Carter Of Mars" recently dropping half of its title to simply "John Carter" and now with the first poster being unveiled, it seems Disney is hell bent on making sure audiences don't know this movie takes place in outer space. Instead, if we were to take a guess, the movie appears to be about Taylor Kitsch's quest to get a tribal tattoo (oh wait, that's just the awful font treatment given to the title).

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Jig' Could Have Used A Little More Spring In Its Step

    The common wisdom, when going into any documentary seems to be that, no matter what the subject, it will make it seem really, really interesting. And, truth be told, some pretty thrilling documentaries have been woven from things that, on the outset, appeared quite dull. Anyone who thought that "The King Of Kong" about a "Donkey Kong" championship was going to end up being one of the most thrilling and humanistic sports movies of all time was either psychic or lying through their fucking teeth.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Join Us Today! S&A Livecast Season 2, Episode 10 (Career Comebacks and Choices)

    So guess what today is? Another great live podcast with the S&A Crew! Come chat with us Wednesday at 8:00pm/est about great black cinema news. So what's on tap you ask? Careers...comebacks and choices!

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  • The Playlist
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    Ben Stiller May Take A 'Neighborhood Watch' With Akiva Schaffer Offered Director's Chair

    2010 gave us two sides of Ben Stiller. We saw him in the excellent Noah Baumbach film "Greenberg" and watched him slum it in the absolutely dreadful "Little Fockers," Now, halfway through 2011, the actor is deciding what he'll do after he's finished up Brett Ratner's sort-of-promising ensemble comedy "Tower Heist."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Backs Off Ten Best Picture Nominations

    Academy Backs Off Ten Best Picture Nominations

    Departing Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive director Bruce Davis has said that it would take three years to test the Academy experiment to give voters --and more important--Oscar show viewers--a choice of ten best picture nominees. The idea was to broaden the choices, bring in The Dark Knight or District 9 on top of more arcane smart-film choices like No Country for Old Men, which did not necessarily lure TV viewers.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    A Class Act: Julie Taymor Appears Onstage at the Opening of Spiderman

    After being thrown under the bus and fired several months ago and not being paid for her work (she is now in arbitration with the show to get back pay), Julie Taymor was welcomed onstage following the long awaited opening night of Spiderman.

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  • The Playlist
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    LeBron James Still Not A Championship Winner, Acting Venture 'Ballers' On The Rocks As Well

    After the Dallas Mavericks triumphed over the Miami Heat this week, many fans (including this writer) have been vindicated for their criticism of LeBron James' decision to turn his back on his hometown of Cleveland. The onslaught from these very critics seems to be as strong now as it's ever been with Lebron surely just looking for a hole to hide in. One potential distraction for the star, though, as his gestating acting career looks like have fallen through once again.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weinstein Company Set "Django Unchained " For Christmas Day 2012 Release!

    Courtesy of our sister site The Playlist:

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