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  • Shadow and Act
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    Showtime Developing Project That Explores 1970s Music Scene From All Perspectives

    From a Deadline exclusive:

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  • The Playlist
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    Julia Ormond Will Get Motherly In 'Man Of Steel'

    It looks like Superman has found his Mom.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Terence Blanchard Will Compose Original Music For Broadway Revival Of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

    He's only recently completed work on the George Lucas-produced Tuskegee Airmen actioner, Red Tails, and now it's been announced that jazzman, and Spike Lee's favorite composer, Terence Blanchard, will compose the original musical for the upcoming Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which, as was recently announced, Blair Underwood will star in, making his Broadway debut playing Stanley Kowalski.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Gannett Cuts Jobs, Film Threat Returns as Magazine

    Remember Chris Gore's 90s online film mag Film Threat? Well new publisher and editor-in-chief Mark Bell bought it in 2010 from Gore and now, bucking current trends, plans to turn it into a quarterly $4.99 glossy print publication, launching in September. According to Folio, FilmThreat.com gets about 250,000 page views a week.

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  • The Playlist
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    Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively & More Testing For 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

    Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, Olivia Wilde & Possibly Jennifer Lawrence All In The MixSo what happens when your last film earns seven Oscar nominations and two wins for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress? You get your pick of the lot when it comes to rounding up the cast for your next film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Conan O'Brien Adds Acting to His Sizzling Summer Sked

    As Conan O’Brien promos his well-reviewed Can't Stop doc (and bathes in the glow of his widely viewed Dartmouth commencement address), the funny cable talk show host is set to add acting to his resume. Well, not exactly. He's going to play a lowly extra on comedy TV series How I Met Your Mother. Why? He won the walk-on role at a charity event. Rather than perform a showy celebrity cameo, O’Brien, who is 6' 4" says: “I think it's much funnier if I'm just in the bar, in the background."

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    'Men In Black 3' Budget Apparently Up To $215 Million

    The production of "Men In Black 3" is approaching "Waterworld"-esque proportions. The problems have been well documented but here's the short version: production started on the film late last year in New York to take advantage of tax rebates. The problem was, there wasn't a finished script. No matter, filming got underway and the plan was to shoot the present day sequences first (which they did), take a hiatus to nail down the script, and then regroup to do all the time travel stuff. Well, the start date for the second half of the production was slightly pushed as they still continued to tinker with the script and to date, no less than four screenwriters tried to make the script work (David Koepp being enlisted twice in the whole process). And well, the film is still shooting in New York City as you might expect for a movie that has been dragging on forever, costs have risen.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Facebook Feedback Council, Hulu to Sell, Tablet Users Double by 2012, Salon Chief Out

    -As Facebook looks to generate more ad revenues, the social networking hub is forming a twelve-member client council composed of leaders in the advertising world as well as Facebook’s largest clients, reports Ad Age. The group will rotate yearly, allowing a large mix of companies to participate. The first dozen include Nick Brien, CEO of McCann Worldgroup and Wendy Clark, Coca-Cola’s head of integrated marketing.

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    David Alan Grier Talks "We The Peeples;" Drops Release Date!

    Well... as I said in my last post about the project, we haven't heard much of anything about it since early announcements last summer/fall; and suddenly, I've posted 2 items (including this one) about the film, in the last week! That tells me we're getting closer to seeing something of it - a poster, still images, clips, even a trailer. I'm anxious to see what this group of actors (Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll and David Alan Grier), and first-time director (Tina Gordon Chism) have created. I should also note that the film is produced by Tyler Perry.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: New Voting Method Hurts Marginal Academy Ballots

    Steve Pond's mathematical appraisal of the change in Academy voting compares last year's method of voting for top ten best pictures and the new approach that forces each movie to meet a standard of popularity. (He's using a sample of critic votes to make his case.) Thus, if certain films don't grab a percentage of top-place votes, they won't make it into contention during one single elimination round. Pond is suggesting that with the new voting rules, Academy votes for movies such as Biutiful and even Oscar-contenders True Grit and The Kids Are All Right might not have even been considered last year. Departing Academy executive director Bruce Davis doesn't argue with him.

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