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    USC Scripter Award Nominees: An Education, Crazy Heart, District 9, Precious, Up in the Air

    USC Scripter Award Nominees: An Education, Crazy Heart, District 9, Precious, Up in the Air

    For the first time, I participated in the annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. Voted on by a jury of screenwriters, critics and scholars, these awards honor the authors and screenwriters of the year's best English-language feature (animated or live action) adapted from a printed work. Scripter winners No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire also won adapted screenplay Oscars.

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    SXSW Picks Kick-Ass As Opener

    SXSW Picks Kick-Ass As Opener

    Clearly, Austin is Kick-Ass country.

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    Bond 23 Update: Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct

    When your career needs a boost and there are few available top-dollar jobs: take a franchise.

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    Metacritic Names "Hurt Locker" Best Rated Film of 2009

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    Leipzig Out at National Geographic; Battsek in Talks

    After six years as president of National Geographic Films, Adam Leipzig is moving into an executive producer role on two films he was shepherding at the company, says David Beal, President, National Geographic Entertainment. The first is HBO's planned ten-hour Lewis & Clark mini-series Undaunted Courage, adapted by Michelle Ashford from the 1996 biography of Meriwether Lewis by Band of Brothers writer Stephen F. Ambrose. The film, set in the early 1800s, is also executive produced by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. The second is writer-director Peter Weir's return to the screen, the World War II drama The Way Back, based on the memoir by Slavomir Rawicz, starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan, which is in post-production. It has no distributor.

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    NAACP Likes "Precious"

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The 33 Best Male Performances of the 2000s

    My attempt to get all of my 2000s lists of my system by the end of the week continues with my take on the best male performances of the year - expanded to 33 just because that felt like that was a fair enough number to note most of the performances I felt deserving. Though I'll admit it was a bit unfair for smaller roles, as the majority of these are leads - overall I'm happy with the list. Vlad Ivanov ("4 Months"), Sergi Lopez ("Pan's Labyrinth"), Hal Holbrook ("Into The Wild"), Michael Sheen ("The Queen"), Robert Downey Jr ("Tropic Thunder"), Mark Wahlberg ("I Heart Huckabees") and Dennis Quaid ("Far From Heaven") were some of the supporting roles I almost included but left out at the last minute, while Hugh Grant ("About a Boy"), Michael Stuhlbarg ("A Serious Man"), Javier Bardem ("Before Night Falls"), Jeremie Renier ("L'Enfant") and Matt Damon ("The Bourne Supremacy") were some lead roles that almost made the cut. There's also some interestingly considerable crossover with yesterday's sexiest performance lists, for what that's worth.

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    Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Expands

    After a successful platform launch in four theaters, Sony Pictures Classics will expand The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus to about 400 theaters on January 8. Not sure how many moviegoers will be wooed by this TV spot. Most likely the film, Heath Ledger's last, will sell well when it is released on DVD, when the movie's devoted fan site will be included in the extras.

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