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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Sundance Film Festival: Dispatch Two

    Sundance Film Festival: Dispatch Twoby Damon Smith

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  • The Playlist
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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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  • SydneysBuzz
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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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  • The Lost Boys
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    2011 Oscar Nominations: The Complete List

    Commentary here but some quick yays: "Dogtooth," "I Am Love" for costume design, "The Social Network" for score, John Hawkes for best supporting actor, "Another Year" for original screenplay and "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and "GasLand" for doc. And my nightmare of Hilary Swank getting nominated thankfully never came true. But my nightmare of heading into packed day at Sundance on 2 hours sleep is now a reality. Thanks Oscars!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod

    Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod

    With the announcement of the Oscar nominations, momentum shifts toward The King's Speech, which led the fray with twelve nominations, including best picture, actor, supporting actor and actress, director and original screenplay. The Coen brothers western True Grit followed with ten nominations, including picture, actor, supporting actress, director and adapted screenplay. Producer Scott Rudin is grinning as he produced both True Grit and The Social Network, which earned eight nominations, including picture, actor, director, and original screenplay. Chris Nolan's Inception also earned eight, but while the writer-director landed a nomination for original screenplay (his second), he didn't get director, which is a sign that the film was not in the top five of the ten slots, and is unlikely to land best picture. Ben Affleck's The Town was shut out of contention except for Jeremy Renner, last year's discovery for The Hurt Locker, who nabbed his second nomination.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Miss Representation and Levi Strauss Go Forth in Sundance

    What is most notable as a trend in the films of Sundance is corporate patronage and investment as well as product placement enabling the 7th Art to go forward. From Morgan Spurlock's outright The Greatest Movie Ever Sold which examines the world of product placement, marketing, and advertising by making a film financed entirely by product placement, marketing, and advertising to Miss Representation directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom is showing in U.S. Documentary Competition screened today for the first time. The support it has received from Levis Strauss, whose Shape What's To Come is admirable in that it is built on a large idea for The Millenia Generation Women (born 1980-1995), creating peer-to-peer Mentorships in a global online community based on its own global study that independence trumps marriage, wealth and professional success for women today. The mentor program will operate in India, U.K., U.S., Japan and later France, Brazil and China and focuses on music, film, fashion and social change. Levi Strauss is also creating more in the Transmedia space with its endowment of USC's Annenberg Communications Lab, headed by one of the pioneering indie producers, Jonathan Taplin, but more about that later. For now, Lech L'echa!

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