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    Emma Roberts Reportedly Bails On Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

    Considering she's the Nickelodeon-series leading scion of Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts, Emma Roberts has been laudable in her desire to mix it up a bit. Of course, there were the early teen vehicles, like "Aquamarine," "Wild Child" and "Hotel For Dogs," but she's also mixed up her Hollywood fare like "Scream 4" with theoretically more interesting indie films, like "Lymelife," "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "The Art of Getting By." We can't say we've been huge fans of any of them, but it at least shows a desire to be something other than America's next sweetheart. 

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women and Hollywood Joins the National Domestic Workers Alliance #BeTheHelp Campaign

    I have always believed that culture can help make change. I believe that you can use film and TV to move people about issues -- if you do it right. The smart folks with the National Domestic Workers Aliiance are using a cultural opportunity with the film The Help and have created the #BeTheHelp campaign to raise awareness of the real situations for domestic workers. These mostly women are part of an underground economy many times paid in cash and not given the same rights as other workers. Yet they are the life blood of families enabling parents to go to work each and every day knowing that their children are being cared for my people they trust.

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    Watch: NSFW French Trailer For 'The Players,' Re-team Of 'The Artist' Director & Star Michel Hazanavicius & Jean Dujardin

    Oscar nomination ballots close today, and it's looking increasingly likely that French surprise contender "The Artist" will pick up the most nods, with nominations looking all but certain for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and half-a dozen other categories. But is there a "Norbit" factor waiting in the wings? 

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Opening Titles

    OK folks, here are the controversial opening titles for David Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." I find them too nail-on-the head misleading. Do you like them better than I do?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2nd Round Of The Shadow & Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase Underway. Deadline Close! Watch & Vote Now!

    Round 2 will end on January 15, 2012 and a winner will be announced shortly thereafter. So be sure to record your votes soon.

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    David Oyelowo Says Lee Daniels' Aborted 'Selma' Is Still Happening

    With roles in "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" and "The Help" last year, David Oyelowo has maintained a high level of visibility, and that's bound to continue into 2012 as he re-surfaces in next weekend's "Red Tails," "The Paperboy" and "Lincoln," with the Tom Cruise vehicle "One Shot," already slated for 2013. But his star would have rocketed to a distinctly different level had shooting not been scuttled on "Selma," Lee Daniels' ("Precious") planned film about the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march. Oyelowo was set to star as Martin Luther King Jr. in a cast that would have included Robert DeNiro, Hugh Jackman and Liam Neeson.

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    Ólafur Arnalds Score For 'Another Happy Day' Hits On Feb. 27th, Listen To "Lynn's Theme" Now

    Is Iceland the hot new home of film composing? Maybe at least for the moment. Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi has found a new collaborator in Cameron Crowe, not only scoring "We Bought Zoo," but the director's next effort as well, and he's not the only native of Iceland to tune up a movie last year.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    USC Scripter Award Nominations For Adapted Screenplays Include 'A Dangerous Method,' 'Jane Eyre'

    One of the awards I vote for is the University of Southern California's Scripter Awards. Like the AFI Awards, the Scripters are voted on by a mix of industry insiders (many of them screenwriters), academics and critics. The idea is to award the adaptation of a previous work, so these awards have some influence on the adapted screenplay Oscars. Happily, the first three nominees are on my ten best list; all five are in my top twenty.

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    'Role Models' Scribe Timothy Dowling To Rewrite Office Party-Themed Comedy For 'Blades Of Glory' Directors

    Among the R-rated comedy boom of the last decade or so, there were the obvious, instant, giant hits: "Knocked Up," "Superbad," "The Hangover," "Bridesmaids." But there are also the films that, while they didn't turn the world upside down on release, have proven to be cult hits with long legs, films that have found their way into regular rotation just as much as their more monstrously-grossing cousins.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    French Hit "Intouchables" To Be Released On DVD In March

    As previously noted, Harvey Weinstein and his Weinstein Company acquired both stateside distribution rights to the original film AND the English-language remake rights. There's still no word on when/if they plan to release the original film in the USA, or if they purchased stateside distribution rights just so that no one else would release it in the USA, and instead go ahead with their American remake and release that instead as an original movie.

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