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    Watch: Clip From 'Toy Story' Short 'Hawaiian Vacation'

    The Pixar money train will continue rolling in a big way this summer when "Cars 2" revs its engines on screens across the land, but the studio won't miss an opportunity to continue flogging one of their other major franchises as the adventures of "Toy Story" will continue in a new short entitled "Hawaiian Vacation."

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    Franco & Hathaway: Were They Really That Bad?

    Anticipation quickly turned to disappointment last night as bloggers and Tweeters swiftly dissed Anne Hathaway and James Franco's turn as Oscar night's MC's. More than 24 hours later, I don't actually remember much of the show. It was loud at the Oscar watching party, hard to hear and the picture was fuzzy at times.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Dirty Little Secret in Hollywood

    There is a power disparity in Hollywood. A big one. The men have got it. It is never more evident when one of the most high profile people exhibits behavior that makes the whole country and society take note. The man on display for the last several weeks has been Charlie Sheen - the highest paid actor on TV.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Whither the Feminist Comedy Fan? by Emilie Spiegel

    Last week’s 30 Rock raised a lot of questions about the messy and complicated relationship between feminism and comedy. As Rebecca Traister at Salon notes, it’s laudable to see a major network show even take on this issue—and Traister does a thorough job of wading through some of the recent sticking points in a debate that I’m sure has existed on some level since before Lucille Ball.

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    Exclusive: George Nolfi Talks 'Adjustment Bureau,' 'Bourne 4' & Doing Sci-Fi On A Small Budget

    Writer/Director On Working With Matt Damon, The Aborted 'Bourne 4' Script He Wrote & MoreWriter-director George Nolfi has seen quite a bit of the Hollywood machine up close. He's been responsible for scripts for films like "Timeline" and "The Sentinel." His spec script "Honor Amongst Thieves" was made near-unrecognizable as it was rewritten into "Ocean's Twelve." And recently, he showed up as an on-set writer for the tumultuous "The Bourne Ultimatum" shoot, working on crafting a storyline for a megabudgeted action film that didn't yet have one.

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  • Hope for Film
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    IndieFilmFinanceModelV2011.1 :Necessary Attributes

    Last month, I started laying out what I felt was the necessary attributes of a project to get financed within the mainstream indie film industry these days, call it my IndieFilmFinanceModelv2011.1. Those posts have focused on budgets, foreign estimates & value, US acquisition price, and the type of investors involved in films these days. Today, we will look at other attributes that make a film viable for acquisition in different markets.

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    R.I.P.: Jane Russell (1921-2011) & Gary Winick (1961-2011)

    While we're still in the post-Oscar glow this week, Hollywood lost two talents on Monday: an icon of Hollywood's golden age and an indie filmmaking veteran whose embrace of digital filmmaking allowed projects from a number of talented directors to get off the ground.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Actress Rosamund Pike Talks About Women (in Film) and Ambition

    This is from the launch of the Bird's Eye View Film Festival. The festival is in London from March 8-17.

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    Uncle Boonmee opens this week!

    What should be mentioned first is the quiet. But when discussing Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives many will undoubtedly initially gravitate towards the monkey ghosts, the talking catfish, the materializing spirits. Yet it’s the hushed beauty of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films that perhaps most unites them, and which helps make his latest—the surprise Palme d’or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival—what it is, atmospherically, temperamentally, spiritually. The natural wonder of Apichatpong’s Northern Thailand, the swaying branches and grasses of its restive jungles and fields, its crickets and birds, breezes and hums, are all-encompassing on screen, thanks to the filmmaker’s immersive, simple yet forceful sound design, itself a gentle Buddhist gesture. Watching and listening, we are united with every living thing on screen, and we become aware of our place in the cosmos.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tilda a No Go at HBO

    This is the second Diane Keaton project that has not made it to series at HBO. First was the Marti Noxon pilot script where she was to play a "Gloria Steinem" like magazine editor who starts a pron magazine, and now Tilda created by Cynthia Mort and Bill Condon where she played a Hollywood blogger ala Nikki Finke is not going to series.

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