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    Natalie Portman Aside, Is Film Acting Becoming More and More a Collaborative Art?

    I'm late on the whole Natalie Portman controversy involving the doltish dance double, and you're probably done thinking about it, too. But let's move the discussion over a bit. Yes, obviously Portman deserves all the credit for her award-winning performance in "Black Swan." Because that's how these things work. In a way, though, it's not unlike how we credit directors for films that many would argue is a collaborative effort more than a single person's doing. As with most film acting, her performance is somewhat aided by the craft of the director and the editor. In this specific case, she also has help from the double and the special effects technicians who put her face onto that double.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sony Pictures Classics Re-Teams With Whit Stillman For 'Violet Wister’s Damsels In Distress'

    Whit Stillman's first film in a staggering thirteen years has found a familiar home. Sony Pictures Classics has announced that it has picked up the worldwide rights to the filmmaker's next release,"Violet Wister’s Damsels In Distress" (formerly known simply as "Damsels In Distress").

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  • The Playlist
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    Warner Bros. Planning A New 'Justice League' Film For 2013?

    The L.A. Times has just released a profile on Jeff Rubinov, the new president of Warner Bros. following the departure of Alan Horn. It's a short profile, mostly detailing Rubinov's social awkwardness and his professional quirks, such as a refusal to work with David Fincher, who clashed with Rubinov (and everybody else?) during the making of both "Zodiac" and "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," while also honoring his good ideas, such as his suggestion to use the Batmobile in "Batman Begins" and his hands-on approach to the "Sherlock Holmes" films.

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  • The Playlist
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    R.I.P. Farley Granger (1925-2011)

    Barely a week since Elizabeth Taylor has passed, Hollywood has lost another legend from the classic-era of filmmaking. Farley Granger has died at the age of 85.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Real World and Film World Collide

    Today is the release of the DVD of Made in Dagenham. Why people didn't go to see this film when it was released last fall I will never understand. It was good, fun and about something important - the fight for equal pay.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Superbad' & 'Paul' Director Greg Mottola To Helm Aaron Sorkin's New HBO Pilot

    We love movies, and (good) television, and stories in general. That's why we do what we do. And sometimes, we get up to see the slate of developing stories, and it depresses the fuck out of us. It can be hard to keep up your enthusiasm when movie versions of "Candyland" and reboots of "Ms. Marple" are the big stories of the day. But fortunately, every few days brings a piece of news that makes us glow a little, that reminds us that there are smart people doing good work, and it's these times that stop us from developing full-blown drinking habits. Well, fuller-blown drinking habits. And today is one of these times.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Rome courtesy of Danger Mouse

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

    Opens on June 10. Film is written by Kathy Waugh and Megan McDonald

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  • The Playlist
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    Teresa Palmer In Talks To Join Nicholas Hoult In Jonathan Levine's Zombie Romance 'Warm Bodies'

    It's taken a little while, but it seems like Australian actress Teresa Palmer is starting to hit a groove. The 25-year-old actress broke out in 2005 with "Wolf Creek," and quickly found herself coming to Hollywood's attention, turning up in Adam Sandler's "Bedtime Stories" and "The Grudge 2." But then came a couple of setbacks: George Miller cast her as the villain, Talia al-Ghul, in his "Justice League" movie, but the film collapsed, and while Palmer originally had the female lead in Doug Liman's "Jumper" she was recast when the decision was made to age-up the characters.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ryan Murphy Not Directing Will Smith-Produced 'Annie' Remake

    Creative Differences Spawned From Not Having Any Hair To Whip Back And ForthIn Hollywood, the saying goes, you fail upwards. Enter Ryan Murphy, who received his big break in movies by helming the star-studded adaptation of "Running With Scissors." The fact that it was borderline-unwatchable dross didn't seem to affect his next job, the high-profile "Eat Pray Love," which somehow endeared itself to $200 million worth of undemanding Julia Roberts fans, despite being nearly as intolerable as its predecessor. So it goes for Murphy, a "mastermind" between two facile television entertainments ("Nip/Tuck," "Glee") that further remind us of a distinct chasm separating the big and small screens.

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