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    Following Peter Jackson's Hospitalization, 'The Hobbit' Will Now Start Filming On March 21st

    Bankruptcies, defecting directors and stomach ulcers -- the road to getting "The Hobbit" in front of cameras has been a long and rocky one. Last week it was reported that the film faced another setback when director Peter Jackson was hospitalized with a perforated stomach ulcer, a rather painful ailment that's caused when a hole is burned through the stomach lining, allowing acid and food to enter the abdominal cavity (and we thought the five tacos we had last night for dinner was brutal on our insides).

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    Emir Kusturica To Adapt Epic Bosnian Novel 'The Bridge On The Drina'

    You've won the prestigious Palme d'Or twice within the span of ten years for the films "When Father Was Away on Business" and "Underground" -- a repeat winner's feat that puts you in an elite group of six filmmakers that includes Francis Ford Coppola and the Dardenne brothers -- you're world renowned for your whimsical, whirling dervish-like serio-comedies (the aforementioned pics, plus "Time of the Gypsies," and more) and yet still, you haven't had proper U.S. theatrical distribution for your last four films, making it twelve years since one of your features has been shown stateside (1998's "Black Cat, White Cat" was the last real U.S. limited release).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Where's Lisa Cholodenko's Next Movie?

    This is what came into my email last week.

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    Hey Melissa Leo...

    These self-financed For Your Consideration ads really creep me out. With the SAG and Globe, you already had a good thing going heading into Oscar. Maybe it's just me, but this makes you come across a bit, I don't know, desperate and crazy? I mean, these look like horribly tacky ads for faux fur. And they ain't helping you to that podium.

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    Watch: The New Pornographers Recruit Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Donald Glover & More For Video 'Moves'

    Talk about calling in favours. For their newest video "Moves," The New Pornographers and director Tom Scharpling have enlisted a ridiculously stacked line up of comedians, musicians and other indie-world folk to star, and the results are pretty charming -- though it's kind of too bad the entire video peaks with the fake trailer that opens it up.

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    Ronald Reagan, "Yogi Bear" Environmentalism, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Other Discussion Fodder

    - Honoring Ronald Reagan's centennial yesterday, Big Hollywood's Leo Grin looks at the age of cinema that corresponded to "Dutch"'s Presidency, noting that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were transformed Hollywood about the same time Reagan was transforming politics. In summation:He brought optimism and rejuvenation to an America wrecked for over a decade by liberalism (in both parties), and in so doing set the stage for one of the Golden Ages of cinema: the era of the populist, family-friendly, PG-rated blockbuster. It was a great time, for both the nation and its moviegoers.Ah, but the 80s were also pretty heavy on the R-rated blockbusters, too, at least compared to decades following. But I get his point, even if Spielberg and Lucas' revolution initially coincided with the Carter years. In any event, if you have HBO watch Eugene Jarecki's great new documentary "Reagan" tonight. Also, check out "Let Me In," which hit DVD last week. It's pretty Reagan-centric and worth seeing, even if you're a fan of the original.

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    Mychael Danna Scoring 'Moneyball' & 'Life Of Pi'

    Not every movie can star Robert Downey Jr or Johnny Depp; the most in-demand talents only have a certain amount of time, and sometimes you just have to go with a Channing Tatum or Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. And the same thing is true across all aspects of film production; Roger Deakins can't lens every film, for instance, and Hans Zimmer can't score everything, opening things up for those who, for whatever reason, have never quite gotten the acclaim of those above them in the hierarchy. For instance, take Mychael Danna.

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    2011 Oscar Winner Predictions

    Ugh.. After 6 days of post-Sundance relative offlinery, I should probably jump back on this ship, right? Though dear god is this awards season ever boring. I'd be lying if I said I was remotely excited about these final 3 weeks of awards season coverage, but I might as well attempt to conjure up some spirit by doing a preliminary round of winner predictions. Over the next three weeks I'll have detailed winner predictions up at indieWIRE, including for the handful of categories that involve actual suspense: Best documentary feature, best foreign language film, best original score, and best supporting actress. Until then, here's a basic play by play of how things might go down:

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    Pam Grier Joins RZA & Eli Roth's 'Man With The Iron Fists'

    Blaxpolitation icon Pam Grier of "Jackie Brown" fame has joined the cast of RZA and Eli Roth's currently-in-production kung-fu epic "The Man With The Iron Fists" marking something of a return to the limelight; she also has a supporting role in Tom Hanks' upcoming film "Larry Crowne."

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    Kristin Schaal's WGA Opening

    Schaal hosted the east coast segment of the WGA Awards on Saturday evening.

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