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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Dawn Hudson Takes Over Motion Picture Academy as CEO; Ric Robertson Reports to Her as COO

    With executive director Bruce Davis on his way out, the Academy Board of Governors met on Thursday to vote on who should succeed him. The heir apparent inside the Academy was 30-year veteran exec Ric Robertson, who had been lobbying for the job. The Academy had been interviewing prospective candidates, with an eye on finding new blood and not going with a senior industry player. They wanted someone who could serve in this key administrative job over the long haul. As of June 1, Robertson will be reporting to Hudson, who will be CEO to his COO.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Dawn Hudson Gets Appointed CEO of the Academy

    The big news yesterday was the appointment of Film Independent's chief Dawn Hudson as the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Reports said that post Oscars the folks at the Academy really felt that they needed to bring in new blood (especially since last year's ceremony did not go over well) ...(quoted from Women and Hollywood.)Does it mean the Oscar Awards will morph into the Spirit Awards or vice versa?

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  • The Playlist
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    Danny McBride Talks The Freedom Of TV For 'Eastbound & Down' & The Haven Of HBO

    We know you're aware already, but it bears repeating -- television is producing some of the more ambitious projects these days than their Hollywood movie studio counterparts. HBO in particular has been on the receiving end of much of the praise of late and one has to look no further than Todd Haynes' five-part "Mildred Pierce" (which ends this Sunday, tune in!) -- a sweeping, character driven period drama about a fractious mother/daughter relationship set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and the Jazz Age. Now try walking onto a studio lot and pitching that. But it's not just dramas that have fared well, but comedies too. "Bored to Death," the underrated "How To Make It In America" and the animated "The Ricky Gervais Show" are just a few of the laff-filled highlights at HBO, but their crowning jewel is "Eastbound & Down." The irreverent show stars Danny McBride, an arrogant baseball player on the skids who heads back to his hometown. Even in its brief run -- two seasons of six episodes each -- the show has found a strong following undoubtedly aided by the networks' nurturing attitude.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dave Franco Lands Villain Role In '21 Jump Street,' Johnny Depp Cameo Brewing

    Just a couple of days after Rob Riggle strapped in as the "main villain" in "21 Jump Street," it looks like he's getting a colleague in crime.

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  • The Playlist
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    Roman Polanski Circling Polish Postmodern Mystery 'True Crime'

    Roman Polanski recently wrapped filming on his upcoming, surefire Oscar-bait "Carnage" -- which has already been snatched up by Sony Pictures Classics -- and it looks like he's already eyeing his next project and it may find the director switching gears and heading back into the crime genre, with a project based on a fascinating true story.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Live from Transmedia Hollywood 2: Visual Culture and Design

    Another entry by guest blogger, Meredith Levine. Meredith Levine is a second year MA student of Cinema and Media Studies in UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television. She has been working on the Transmedia Hollywood conference since its inaugural year in 2010. This post will be updated in sections according to the program schedule. The event is also being micro-blogged on twitter by @transmediahwood and #TH2

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    A Great Screen International Review for SILVER TONGUES

    A Great Screen International Review for SILVER TONGUES

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  • The Playlist
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    David Gordon Green Explains Why 'The Sitter' Was Pushed To December

    Filmmaker Says The Comedy Is Like 'After Hours' Meets 'Adventures In Babysitting,' But Has Strong Dramatic NotesA funny thing happened to director David Gordon Green ("All The Real Girls," the upcoming "Your Highness") on his detour into the mainstream: he stayed there a little bit longer than he had originally anticipated. "After 'Your Highness' I wanted to do a character piece. I love working with kids, I wanted to be in NYC and I literally had that guideline," Green said in an interview with The Playlist this week. "But at that point I was knew I didn’t want it to be a comedy."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Tough Girls vs. Male Juveniles, Must-Sees Hanna & Meek's Cutoff

    Comedies Your Highness and Arthur present mainstream escapist fun and antics (from the likes of Danny McBride, James Franco and Russell Brand), as well as thankless supporting females (Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner) while Focus's Hanna leads the line of strong female leads (Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett), followed by Meek's Cutoff's Michelle Williams and Soul Surfer's Annasophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Vera Farmiga steals the show in well-reviewed indie release Henry's Crime; Uma Thurman adds star power to Ceremony. The Flixster forecast puts must-see Hanna on top. Details, reviews, pictures and trailers for this weekend's offerings are below.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    If You're In Toronto This Weekend, Check Out "Littlerock"

    At the Royal Cinema in Toronto this weekend, Mike Ott's Gotham/Spirit Award winning "Littlerock" makes its Canadian debut... If you're in the city, do check it out (more on the film here via indieWIRE):

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