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    Alec Baldwin Says He Lost Out On 'Patriot Games' Because Paramount Owed Another Actor Money

    Hint: It Was Probably Harrison FordIn a column for the Huffington Post, Alec Baldwin turned what was supposed to be a piece telling Charlie Sheen to show some remorse and beg to get his job back on "Two And A Half Men," into a much more interesting story about how he lost out on the Jack Ryan franchise after "The Hunt For Red October."

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    Watch: 'Tron: Legacy' Epilogue 'The Next Day'

    While "Tron: Legacy" wasn't quite the blockbuster franchise starter Disney was hoping for -- though with its international haul and merchandising the film should end up in the black -- it's not a surprise the Mouse House was preparing for a sequel (and they've already started work on an animated spinoff, "Tron: Uprising" to hit the small screen next year).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    25 Year Old Amanda Seyfried Told She Needs Botox

    Amanda Seyfried underwhelmed at the box office this weekend with Red Riding Hood. It took in 14 million and came in third at the box office. Seyfried revealed in an interview with Elle Magazine that she was told be "her people" that she needed to botox her face.

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    Hayley Atwell Joins Gabriel Byrne & Charlotte Rampling In The Noir Thriller 'I, Anna'

    It's not often that you hear of a cast member joining a film after it has wrapped, but we'll take it as it comes.

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    Miami 2011: "Phase 7" is a Great Zombie Movie Without the Zombies; "No Return" is Not to Be Missed

    Secret screenings seem all the rage at film festivals these days, yet the Miami International Film Festival is not the sort I'd expect to hold one. Any regional event like this could do it well, though, as long as they don't venture too far outside the focus of the fest. It makes sense that Miami's catalog teased something new from Argentina, fitting the Ibero-American cinema interests here, while also promising it's a "brilliant genre thriller." And it would be shown at midnight. I knew it had to be something headed to South by Southwest right afterward, guessing either "Phase 7" ("Fase 7") or "Cold Sweat." It was the former.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    New Study from Quebec Finds Female Directors Face Tough Road Getting Films Made

    A new study released last week by Anna Lupien and Francine Descarries, researchers at the Université du Québec à Montréal in partnership with the Réalisatrices équitables an association of female filmmakers in the region found that it's very difficult for female filmmakers and that "women direct a disproportionately small number of the features made in our province." The interesting thing to note is that these numbers are still bad even though there are two agencies who fund filmmaking in the region.

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    SXSW: James Gunn & Rainn Wilson Talk The Dark, Twisted Comedy Of 'Super'

    In James Gunn’s “Super” (review here), Rainn Wilson plays a mild-mannered man who reacts to the “evil” in the world by donning a superhero costume and fighting crime. Of course, it’s never that simple when you’re dealing with Gunn and Wilson. As deranged as Gunn’s previous films have been (particularly his early roots at Troma), Wilson is an equally unpredictable mind, crafting an onscreen persona that continually subverts expectations.

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    Conan O'Brien Explains Mean Conan.

    Conan O'Brien made a brief stop in Austin on Sunday for the world premiere of Rodman Flender's "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop," a behind-the-scenes documentary about the former "Tonight Show" host's roadshow that made major headlines last year. Here's O'Brien during the post-screening Q&A discussing his coping mechanism in the wake of stepping down from his vaunted slot as Jay Leno's replacement.

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    Bradley Cooper Pitches Himself To Play Tom Buchanan In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

    With Baz Luhrmann being irritatingly cutesy and coy regarding his presumably forthcoming adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" -- all he'll really admit these days is that it's something he's researching -- what we know for certain isn't much, except that Carey Mulligan has been selected to play Daisy in the film. And while Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have workshopped the project with Luhrmann in the roles of Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, and are expected to take on those parts, there is another male lead in the film and Bradley Cooper wants it.

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    Watch: Grim & Carefree Trailer For Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire Short Film 'Scenes From the Suburbs'

    Riding high off their Grammy win, and with a post-celebratory jaunt around the world this spring and summer, Arcade Fire show no signs of slowing down any time soon. And they still have more in store for their fans including the Spike Jonze-directed short film "Scenes From The Suburbs" which first appeared in an abbreviated form in the video for "The Suburbs."

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