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    Mark Wahlberg Says They're Looking For A New Director To Helm 'The Fighter' Sequel

    Remember that alleged rift between Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell? Despite their three films together -- "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees," and "The Fighter" -- and Wahlberg being one of the director's main cheerleaders (unlike, say, George Clooney), there may be something to the rumors. The Playlist spoke to Wahlberg last week and when the subject of Russell came up, the actor became quiet and diplomatic.

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    '24' & 'Party Down' Movies Both Aiming For Late Spring/Early Summer Shoots

    Like Jack Bauer wrapping a sleeper hold around his enemy and cooly whispering, "Don't fight it," there's been a certain inevitability to a "24" movie. Based on the hit Bush-era Fox show, the real-time adventures of CTU superagent Bauer has been bound for the big-screen based on the lives and deaths he's experienced, the terrorists he's killed, and the helicopters he's downed. Television, after all, is too small a medium for this man's excellence in the field of counter-terrorism. Do you really need to see the season three episode where it takes him an hour to kick a heroin addiction? You should.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Critics Are from Mars, Actresses from Venus

    Critics! Can’t live with them, can act without them. Why won’t critics accept raw emotion that’s honestly and accurately depicted? Why do they applaud nudity and fake sexual intercourse, but react to sensual scenes from the heart as if they’ve been forced to digest spoiled food?

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Artist' Helmer Michel Hazanavicius & Wife Berenice Bejo Reteaming For Movie Inspired By Fred Zinneman's 'The Search'

    When you're the helmer and star of a near-universally beloved sleeper hit, with Oscars virtually in the bag, it's one of the few scenarios (bar a billion dollar hit) which means your next project can be pretty much whatever you like. The offers roll in, of course, but you have enough kudos that you could ask for $50 million to film a biopic of Shirley Temple, starring Edward James Olmos, and someone would step up to fund it.

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    WB Eyeing 'The Dark Knight Rises' Scribe Jonah Nolan & 'Green Lantern' Writer Michael Green To Rewrite 'Akira'

    It was mere days ago when Warner Bros. shut down the production offices on "Akira," citing a need to retool the entire project. The order was for a "high-end" re-write, and the WB is looking no further than their superhero stable. While no one has yet received the offer to re-do the work of Steve Kloves and David James Kelly, Variety suggests the two most likely candidates are Jonah Nolan and Michael Green.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Two Unforgettable Figures

    Hal Kanter, who lived to be 92, was one of the deans of comedy writers in Hollywood, a man with a résumé as long as it was diverse. He devised scripts for Crosby and Hope and Martin and Lewis.

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  • Press Play
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    MATTHIAS STORK interviews JOHN BAILEY, cinematographer for GROUNDHOG DAY, THE BIG CHILL & THE PRODUCERS (2005)

    I am familiar with your work as a cinematographer but I was unaware of your blog at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) website which covers a wide variety of cinephiliac topics. How did your blog come about and how do you choose topics to write about?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Palm Springs Festival Offers Pre-Globes and Oscar Glitz

    The Academy Awards ballots are due a week from now, but campaigning went into high gear on Saturday night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Gary Oldman and Glenn Close all came calling to accept awards in a genial and celebratory setting.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    (UPDATED) Will Oscar Shaft Truly Indie Docs? They Already Have.

    It's hard to believe that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and its Oscar documentary branch are instilling a new rule that docs would have to receive a review in the New York or Los Angeles Times to be eligible, thereby excluding plenty of worthy indie nonfiction work. Part of the proposed changes for next year also include a major shift on who votes for the final award -- rather than the documentary branch, the entire Academy will now vote for the winner. Despite support from Michael Moore and Steve James, the revisions suggest a move further toward the middlebrow and mainstream.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Speaking of Spain...

    No sooner do I get my blog written on the subject of film in Andalusia and Seville than Javier Martín-Domínguez quits as artistic director of The Seville European Film Festival! Martin Dominguez, who was the correspondent in New York and Tokyo for Spanish pubcaster RTVE and later served as its secretary general, used his contacts and persuasiveness to bring many industry figures to Seville. "I'm not interested in directing a low-profile, limited event," he said after the Seville Town Hall slashed SEFF's budget from €1.7 million ($2.2 million) in 2010 to $1.4 million last year. Further 30% plus cuts are anticipated for 2012. All the regional governments may follow suit and cut their budgets, with the exception of the Sebastian Festival which increased its budget by $500,000 to $9.2 million in 2011, hiking sponsorship deals while institutional support held. See Variety for full article.

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