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    Blogging Advisory

    I'm on my way to the International Women's Film Festival in Dortmund, Germany. I'm going to be on the jury. I will hopefully be blogging about my experience as a jury member and will try and keep up with news of Hollywood as much as possible.

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  • Spout
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    What's Your Favorite Civil War Movie?

    150 years ago today, the American Civil War began with the Confederate Army's bombardment of Fort Sumter. Turner Classic Movies has already begun celebrating the anniversary with films set during the war aired on Monday and Wednesdays all month (the controversial "Birth of a Nation" was on last night). And there are likely other cinematic tributes elsewhere. The Civil War has been the focus or the backdrop of a whole lot of movies, enough that it would be quite difficult to attempt a list of favorites. So instead I'm looking to readers to name one or a few of their own.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    The Civil War

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  • The Playlist
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    Bradley Cooper To Play 'The Crow'?

    You sure know how to fuck with us Hollywood. Just a few days after “28 Weeks Later” helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo came aboard to direct the long in the works reboot or whatever of "The Crow" -- that looks like it will be dropping the Nick Cave script (what the hell) -- an actor is now ready to get his dark eyeliner going as Eric Draven. And it's kind of baffling.

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  • The Playlist
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    Universal Looking To Pick Up Joseph Kosinski's PG-13 'Oblivion' & Want Tom Cruise To Star

    Oh irony of ironies. Just over a month after Universal officially killed Guillermo Del Toro's $150 million, R-rated "At The Mountains Of Madness," it looks like the studio has not only found a cheaper, PG-13 replacement tentpole, they want Tom Cruise to star in it too.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    2011 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Goes to Six Projects

    2011 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Goes to Six Projects

    The Tribeca Film Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced six recipients of the 2011 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, which totals $140,000. Each project dramatizes themes of science and technology, and in addition to the financial grants they will receive creative support from both science and film industry experts for a year. The recipients, listed below, will be honored at a luncheon during the Tribeca Film Festival, running April 20-May 1. Co-chairman of the Tribeca Board Jane Rosenthal states:“Over the past 10 years, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has been an essential part of Tribeca, as well as  the film community, by providing funds to help compelling films with science and technology themes to be made. We look forward to the continued success of the program, including this year’s deserving group of grantees.”

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  • Spout
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    Would You Really Want James Cameron and Peter Jackson Focusing on Writing Over Effects?

    Having been sufficiently entertained by "Avatar" and "TRON: Legacy," I'm growing out of the need to take issue with movies that put technical spectacle above screenwriting craft. Would I like to see James Cameron do a low-budget film with brilliant dialogue? If I had to choose that over the "Avatar" sequels, no. Seriously. Plenty of people are making well-written films, but very few make movies as impressive, effects-wise, as Cameron. So I'd prefer he do what he does best. And it's not like he's a terrible director that can't hold it together with otherwise great visuals (such as Lucas and many, many others). Honestly, if you disregard much of the narrative and dialogue problems of "Avatar" and "Titanic," which is pretty easy to do, these blockbusters are pretty tight. And I don't know too many people who could rightly deny they weren't amazed and captivated by either film's moving images (and visual storytelling, along with them), which is really what cinema is all about in my opinion.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Five Jennifer Lawrence Quotes from May's Teen Vogue: Cheerleading, Katniss & Big Lebowski

    Jennifer Lawrence scored big landing The Hunger Games franchise, on top of her Winter's Bone Oscar nomination and upcoming role in X-Men: First Class (trailer below). Hence, she's landed the cover of Teen Vogue. She calls herself a "massive fan" of the Hunger Games series and says she understands fans' excitement and dedication to her Katniss Everdeen character. Here are five quotes (and a picture) from her interview with Teen Vogue, out April 19.

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  • The Playlist
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    Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Join Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology Film

    With newbie arthouse loving and totally loaded financier Megan Ellison giving fresh legs to Paul Thomas Anderson's long gestating Scientology flick back in February, and after Universal balked and dropped the $35 million drama, it looks like it's now sputtering back to life, hoping to get a cast assembled for the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sean Penn Eyeing 'The Last Photograph' With Christian Bale, Niels Arden Oplev To Direct

    Penn Turned Down Roles In Both 'Tales From The Gangster Squad' & 'Man Of Steel'Here's a film we haven't heard about in a little. "The Last Photograph" cropped up last summer with Christian Bale attached to star and now there is new movement on the project.

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