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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tribeca Film Institute Awards New Media Grants

    The Tribeca Film Institute announces the grant recipients for its second annual TFI New Media Fund. The grants are designed for an assortment of interactive, non-fiction, transmedia projects, and range from $50K to $100K apiece, with funding effective immediately. List of recipients below.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Terrence Howard to Guest Star on 'Hawaii Five-0'

    Hawaii Five-0 fans can look forward to a star-studded episode this October, as Terrence Howard will appear in the show's upcoming third season. Kardashian kid Kendall Jenner will appear in the same episode, although separately from Howard. 

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  • The Playlist
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    'Snow White And The Huntsman' Star Sam Claflin Confirmed To Play Finnick Odair In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

    It's been one of the most sought-after roles in recent Hollywood casting history, one that names like Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, Garret Hedlund and even Robert Pattinson were (mostly erroneously) linked to. And after several months, it's finally been filled, with Lionsgate announcing via a press release that Sam Claflin, the 26-year-old British actor who's so far featured in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," has officially signed on to play Finnick Odair in hotly anticipated sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    New Poster for 'Lincoln' Features More of Day-Lewis' Uncanny Profile

    We've already opined that Daniel Day-Lewis is the embodiment of Honest Abe in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," and this new one-sheet poster for the film only reinforces that.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Note to Janice Min - Hey Pot, It's the Kettle, You're Black

    This past Sunday the NY Times Style section featured a piece about the how hard the culture is on celebrity moms. The piece started out with a personal story by its author, Janice Min, (the editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter) about how mortified she was that the women who give her her manicures in LA were shocked that her 4 month post partum body was not a pre delivery body.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Two Clips From Season 3 Of 'Downton Abbey,' Including New Addition Shirley MacLaine

    After the hugely disappointing second season of the show, which crossed over from trashily entertaining to just plain dull, we were wondering if there was anything that could win us back to the third season of smash-hit costume drama "Downton Abbey." And then creator Julian Fellowes went and cast Shirley MacLaine. The 78-year-old veteran Hollywood star, famous for films like "The Apartment" and "Terms of Endearment" among many, many others, is joining the show's cast as the mother of Elizabeth McGovern's Countess of Grantham, and the potential to watch her trade barbs with Maggie Smith is certainly enough to have us setting the DVR for new episodes.

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  • The Playlist
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    David Cross Says New 'Arrested Development' Season Has Been Extended From 10 To 13 Episodes

    We live in a world where a great deal of evil takes place every day. But it's hard to get too upset about humanity when, six years after the show was cancelled, a new season of "Arrested Development" is in production. Like, as we speak. It's been a long path to the revival of the cult favorite comedy, but creator Mitch Hurwitz has finally assembled his original cast for another season of the series (which, for the uninitiated, revolves around the privileged, eccentric Orange County family The Bluths), for a fourth season that will premiere on Netflix next year, before (hopefully) leading into a movie version. And it sounds like we might be getting even more than we originally hoped.

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  • The Playlist
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    Lindy Booth In Talks To Play Night Bitch In 'Kick-Ass 2'; Jim Carrey's Cameo Unlikely

    So it was only yesterday that we were discussing the possibility of Jim Carrey joining the sequel to 2010’s “Kick-Ass” – a film the comedian is reportedly a big fan of. He would be joining a cast that has Aaron Johnson, Chloë Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and maybe even Nicolas Cage all returning, as well as a handful of new additions including Donald Faison and Morris Chestnut. But even yesterday it looked like a long shot, and despite Carrey’s apparent love of Matthew Vaughn’s film, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that their sources think the chances of Carrey taking the role of Colonel Stars (a mobster-turned-fundamentalist-Christian-turned-superhero-recruiter) are slim -- presumably the smaller budget of the sequel to the underperfoming original can't quite afford him.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Visit 'An African Election' Digital Guide Ahead of the Film's October 1 PBS Premiere

    As previously reported, acclaimed documentary An African Election, Jarreth Mertz' behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 elections in Ghana, will have its US national television premiere on PBS WORLD on October 1.

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  • The Playlist
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    David Mamet To Write CBS Reboot Of 'Have Gun - Will Travel'

    Since CBS cancelled his series “The Unit” in 2009, David Mamet hasn’t had a lot brewing on the small or big screen -- his last feature-length film was the 2008 MMA drama “Redbelt.” But the acclaimed playwright has some new television work in the pipeline in the form of a reboot of the classic western series “Have Gun - Will Travel.”

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