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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tony Award Nominations: Book of Mormon Leads with 14, Acting Nods for Pacino, McDormand, Redgrave

    The Tony Award nominations have arrived, and The Book of Mormon leads the way with 14 nominations (15 is the record, held by The Producers [2001] and Billy Elliot [2009]). Here is our interview with the musical's creators, South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Musical The Scottsboro Boys got 12 noms and nine went to Anything Goes. Among the acting nominees are Al Pacino (The Merchant of Venice), Frances McDormand (Good People) and Vanessa Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy).

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  • The Playlist
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    Basement Jaxx Soundtrack For 'Attack The Block' Gets U.K. Release Date

    Scores for films are no longer just the domain for classically driven composers. The past year has seen a crop of electronic-based artists take the reins with Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers powering "Tron: Legacy" and "Hanna," respectively, while Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor surprised everyone by walking away with an Oscar for his work on "The Social Network." And it's not gonna stop there.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Keith Davis, Katori Hall Selected For 2011 Sundance June Directors & Screenwriters Labs

    News on the march...!

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  • The Playlist
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    Anna Faris Will Provide Organic Food To 'The Dictator' Sacha Baron Cohen

    With three funny ladies in contention for the part, there was no doubt whoever landed it would be good for the role, it was just a matter of who it wound up being.

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  • Caryn James
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    Almost Real: Fallon-as-Trump Tells Who Really Killed Bin Laden (Video)

    How far from reality does this even seem? Jimmy Fallon as that Combover Candidate makes a statement about the death of Osama Bin Laden: the timing was a plot by President Obama to preempt The Celebrity Apprentice, so guess who gets credit for eliminating Bin Laden?

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  • The Playlist
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks 'Looper' & Navigating The Crumbling Industry With hitRECord

    And Yes, He's Excited For 'The Dark Knight Rises," But No, He Can't Talk About ItJoseph Gordon-Levitt seems to have tossed the Hollywood playbook right out the window. Where most child actors struggle to define themselves once their programs go off the air, the former "3rd Rock From The Sun" star bucked the trend by taking challenging roles in indie films like "Mysterious Skin," "Brick," "The Lookout" and of course, "(500) Days of Summer." The industry finally sat up and took notice of his mainstream potential, as he snagged the villain role in "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra" and as Arthur in last year's "Inception." But not only that, the actor has made a name for himself in the media sphere with hitRECord, his collective production company which is truly doing something unique in terms of giving a voice and creative space online for artists around the world.

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  • Caryn James
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    Beardpocalypse Now: Will Ferrell Finally Shaves Conan's Beard (Video)

    Will Ferrell finally shaved off Conan O'Brien's beard last night in the not-so-dramatic conclusion of Beardpocalypse. I guess it was relief that Ferrell used an electric shaver and not the Sweeney Todd straightrazor he'd been flashing around in the funny video previews. And maybe it was inevitable that after weeks of buildup the actual moment would be a little disappointing.

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  • Spout
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    Spout About: "Pompei"; Bin Laden Movie Associations Continued; "Fast Five" Trumps "The Avengers"

    Before I get into more of the Osama bin Laden movie stuff, I thought I'd open today's discussion roundup with the news about Paul W.S. Anderson's next movie, an "adventure" blockbuster about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and destruction of Pompei (titled "Pompei"). While it has been quite a few years since that disaster took place (back in the summer of 79 -- as in just plain 79 CE), it's still always kind off weird when true catastrophes like this are exploited for popcorn fare (see the Titanic list I posted recently). That's not what I find especially curious this time, however. I'm more thinking about how this week this kind of disaster movie is about the only type acceptable for announcement. We've recently seen a lot of twisters and earthquakes and tsunamis, so ideas around those types of tragedy are all too sensitive at the moment. As is large-scale terrorist attacks, I believe, given that now we're all led to fear a revenge for the revenge for the revenge of the (etc.) that just took place. Still, it has been a pretty big year so far in terms of disaster, enough that the disaster movie genre in general seems gutsy.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Classics Lure Young and Old to L.A.'s TCM Classic Film Festival

    Classics Lure Young and Old to L.A.'s TCM Classic Film Festival

    Cari Beauchamp reports from her busy weekend at the TCM Classic Film Festival:Hollywood Boulevard was even more packed than usual this weekend with thousands of people who could have passed for casually dressed conventioneers, but were actually visitors from all 50 states except for West Virginia, in town to attend the second annual Turner Classic Movies film festival.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Will Kathryn Bigelow Be The First Out of the Gate With a Bin Laden Movie?

    I imagine that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are pretty psyched today regarding the prospects for their upcoming film which has long been rumored to be about the attempt to capture Bin Laden. In January, Variety reported the pair had received financing from Megan Ellison and her company Annapurna Films and that Boal was writing the film.

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