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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    MGM Partners with Sony on Releasing James Bond 23 Worldwide

    As expected, MGM has closed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony (which released Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) for Sam Mendes' Bond 23, starring Daniel Craig as 007. Sony will also co-finance the film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sally Field to Play Daniel Day-Lewis' Wife in Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln Movie

    Lest you think women past 40 don't really have much of a career in Hollywood... ok, that can often be true in our culture of ageism and youth, but more to the point, 64-year-old actress Sally Field has landed the role of her late-era career. Sure, the actress already has two Best Actress Oscars under her belt, "Norma Rae" (1979) and "Places in the Heart" (1984), but these days she's remembered for "Mrs. Doubtfire" more than anything else.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    International Women's Film Festival: Day One

    So here I am in lovely Dortmund, Germany at the International Women's Film Festival. This is how they say it in German: Internationales Frauenfilmfestival. Everyone has been so amazing. I feel like I have made some great new friends in just one day.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Dowse Says He Hopes To Premiere 'Goon' With Jay Baruchel & Seann William Scott At TIFF

    Says The Film Is "Raging Bull On Ice"While the film world will turn their attention to Cannes tomorrow when the full line-up for the festival is revealed, immediately afterword, the films that aren't mentioned will be pegged for premieres this fall at Venice, Telluride and TIFF, with a whole new round of speculation surely kicking in. It's like comic book movie casting for arthouse nerds. And while TIFF is a good five months away just yet, one filmmaker already has his eye on Toronto.

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    Orlando Bloom's Former Assistant Producing Thriller 'High Wire' For Simon Crane To Direct

    Hollywood is filled with secretaries, dog walkers, waiters, gardeners, shoe salesmen, mail room clerks and other low level position players all with secret scripts they're working on or projects they're trying to get made. And most of them never make it, only talking about making it big until it's just embarrassing. But every now and then, someone manages a foot in the door, the right phone calls and the happenstance connections to get that something moving. And in this case, it's Orlando Bloom's former assistant.

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  • The Playlist
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    Brian Grazer Says '24' Movie Coming In 2012

    While actual details of who is actually doing what on the gestating film version of the hit TV series "24," Kiefer Sutherland just can't stop talking about it. Last month he hit "The View" and said the film was coming next year and that elements of Billy Ray’s script (which was rejected by the studio) will be utilized. “Billy did a fantastic job and there are aspects of that story [that will remain],” Sutherland said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled.” He also said that Tony Scott was working on the film, though that has yet to be confirmed. But leave it to mega-producer Brian Grazer to keep the buzz going about the movie.

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  • Spout
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    What Gay and Evangelical Movies Have in Common

    Inspired by “Soul Surfer,” Salon's Andrew O'Hehir asks the question, “Why are Christian movies so awful?” With the exception of “Passion of the Christ” most of these films ("Fireproof;" "Left Behind") barely even play in cinemas nationwide, and the ones that do are often critical failures. He suggests that the problem is the very motivation for making the films:

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: ‘Atlas Shrugged: Part I’ A Stiff, Soulless, Cut-Rate Adaptation Of Ayn Rand's Epic Novel

    It’s difficult to discuss Ayn Rand and "Atlas Shrugged" without touching on the countless attempts to produce a filmic adaptation of the work, beginning with producer Albert S. Ruddy’s plan in the early ‘70s, which fell apart when Rand insisted on final script approval. From there the highlights include an adaptation by Rand herself, which was unfinished at the time of her death in 1982; passing interest from Clint Eastwood; a TNT miniseries scrapped after the AOL Time Warner merger of the late ‘90s and, perhaps the most interesting attempt of all, a planned two-part adaptation from director Vadim Perelman ("The House of Sand and Fog") with a cast list rumored to include Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

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    Ellen Page & Jesse Eisenberg Will Go To Rome For Woody Allen's Next Film

    Director Will Also Be The Subject Of A 3-Hour 'American Masters' Documentary This FallYes, we know. Jesse Eisenberg has a niche having played a neurotic teenager in “Roger Dodger,” a neurotic apocalypse-survivor in “Zombieland,” a neurotic billionaire in “The Social Network” and a neurotic parrot in this Friday’s “Rio” and while his superfans might want him to stretch his wings a bit, the actor knows his sweet spot and you simply don't turn down an opportunity to work with one of the giants of cinema.

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