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    10 Pleasant Surprises From The 2011 Oscar Nominations

    Alright, the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations are in. Now it's time to analyze, bitch and moan, celebrate, postulate and what have you, depending on your subjective opinion of the way the noms turned out (it's honestly amusing watching the Oscar "expert" bloggers quiver in their boots about the diminishing shine on "The Social Network" even though it still has a great shot at Best Picture; worlds have been accordingly rocked.).

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  • Caryn James
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    What the Oscar Nominations Got Right and Wrong

    There were some genuine, mostly happy, surprises among the Oscar nominations – hard to do with those nominations coming so late in the glut of awards season. Here are some highlights and lowlights:

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    Oscarbation: 11 Oscar Nominee Snubs That Agitate Us

    Every year, we wake up for the Academy Award nominations expecting a surprise, hoping the same ten or fifteen movies don't keep getting referenced, honored, what-have-you. Last year, the Academy did a decent job as the field of Best Picture candidates swelled to ten, allowing for more exposure for films from different categories. We're not going to go around endorsing "District 9" as one of that year's finer films, but we were happy it got to sit at the table.

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    Sundance Film Festival: Dispatch Two

    Sundance Film Festival: Dispatch Twoby Damon Smith

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    James Franco In Talks, Offer Out To Kate Hudson For Linda Lovelace Biopic

    Yes, its yet another project linked to James Franco who seems to be spending his time between classes, just calling up producers in Hollywood and chatting with them about projects that pique his curiosity.

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  • Caryn James
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    Will James Franco Be the Best Oscar Host Ever?

    Here’s what I learned watching the Oscar nominations on TV this morning: James Franco could be the best host ever if he goes off message and abandons the hokey script the writers are bound to give him.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Wonder Woman is Revived and Other Women Getting Pilot Gigs

    Bob Greenblatt, the new chief at NBC, is aggressively stepping up his pilot pickups for next season and he's hired several women writer/creators. He has also revived that recently deceased David E. Kelley version of Wonder Woman.

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    The Creative Coalition and Sundance

    The Creative Coalition is the premiere nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education, the First Amendment, and arts advocacy. Actors Dana Delany and Tim Daly serve as the organization's Co-Presidents.The Spotlight Initiative was launched in 2008 by The Creative Coalition to support independent films with messages that make a positive difference in the world. Acclaimed actresses Ellen Barkin and Liv Tyler are receiving The Creative Spotlight Initiative Awards at the annual event held during the Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah Monday evening, January 24th. Ms. Barkin’s film, Another Happy Day, and Ms. Tyler’s film, The Ledge (ISA: Marc Damon's Foresight) are featured in this year’s festival. The Creative Coalition is proud and pleased to honor both Ms. Barkin and Ms. Tyler -- two of the most influential and talented actresses in independent film today. Ellen Barkin, Producer Another Happy Day Liv Tyler, Star The Ledge Other Spotlight Initiative Awards honorees include the cast and writer/director of Margin Call (U.S. rep: Waterfall Media Inc.'s, Cassian Elwes and Laura Rister, 310-601-2100. ISA: Kirk D'Amico's Myriad) an enthralling thriller featuring an all-star ensemble cast set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry. The film was written and directed by J.C. Chandor and stars Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, and Mary McDonnell. Margin Call's Kevin Spacey

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    National Book Critics Circle Finalists - 2010

    Here are the female finalistsFictionJennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad, Knopf

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  • The Playlist
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    Ken Howard Joins The Cast Of Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

    Veteran thespian and Screen Actor's Guild president Ken Howard has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood's upcoming J. Edgar Hoover biopic, which will see Leonardo DiCaprio take on the role of the infamous FBI director, in the Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black-scripted tale.

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