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    First Look At Four Characters From Pixar's 'Brave'

    With "Cars 2" hitting theaters tomorrow, we expect a teaser trailer for Pixar's "Brave" to arrive any moment now, but until then yesterday's poster and these character pics will have to do.

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    'Super 8' Star Joel Courtney Lines Up 'Tom Sawyer' & Indie Flick 'The Healer'

    For all the whizz-bang wonder of J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," none of it would have worked as well as it did if he didn't have a great core of young actors to work with. And while Elle Fanning was predictably great, newcomer Joel Courtney matched her note for note and emerged as a major young talent to keep an eye on. And it appears lots of folks are sitting up and taking notice.

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    Little People Are Still Big on the Small Screen: "Life's Too Short" Promo Makes Up for "Snow White"

    It seems every cable station has at least one show involving little people these days. Yet these are mostly "real" (as in reality TV) people rather than actors, though Peter Dinklage continues his rise in stature, if you will, with "Game of Thrones." So maybe I shouldn't be too annoyed that Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsmen" has cast Ian McShane, Ray Winstone and other non-little people as its dwarfs. My first response had been to label the casting as equivalent to blackface. Of course it isn't exactly, but I'm one to think there must be enough good little actors at least comparable to the "Time Bandits" gang, to employ more faithfully and respectfully. But I don't even know that there's been any protest from actual dwarfs or other diminutive persons, actors or not. After all, the other "Snow White" movie in the works, the Tarsem-directed one, will feature little people, including some of those reality TV stars (Sebastian Seraceno and Ronald Lee Clark of "Pit Bosses" are among the septet). Also, while major role Hobbits in "The Hobbit" will be portrayed by big people, diminutive Kiwi actors are being cast as extras.

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    Showtime Developing Project That Explores 1970s Music Scene From All Perspectives

    From a Deadline exclusive:

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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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    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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    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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    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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