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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Natalie Portman Focuses on Producing

    Now that Portman is going to take some time off from being in front of the screen for her pregnancy, she is not going to just disappear. She's ramped up her producing business handsomecharlie with her partner Annette Savitch. The due just got overhead financing from 1821 Pictures (cause studios don't do many overhead deals anymore) and right now they are in pursuit of a director for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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  • The Playlist
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    Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris' To Open The Cannes Film Festival

    While there were rumblings that some other high profile films might open this year's Cannes Film Festival including Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the organizers have resisted the allure of the tentpole and have gone with a still relatively safe choice, selecting Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris" to kick off festivities.

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  • The Playlist
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    Following An Infamous Screening At Sundance, Anchor Bay Picks Up 'Son Of No One'

    Depending on who you ask, the Sundance screening of "Son Of No One" was either an epic disaster or simply a poor movie met with the reception it deserved from the press and industry folk in attendance. While there were some early reports of an "exodus" of people throughout the screening, The Film Stage delivered what appears to be the most honest account of what happened, saying "There were intermittent walkouts leading up to this moment, but no “exodus.” In what was to be believed the ‘final’ scene of the film, Montiel employed some odd (i.e. flabbergasting) editing choices which caused laughing, head-shaking, and groaning from a variety of audience members including myself. After the scene ended the title card came up “Based on the book: Story of Milk,” but no lights were raised. This slight confusion caused some audience members to gather their things and start to get up, but soon after we saw additional scenes wrapping up the plot. Many sat back down to finish the film, and this caused more groans since most already gathered their belongings to exit. Once those additional scenes ended, the lights came up and many exited as quickly as possible. With many needing to get to another screening, or do writing, this ended in a similar fashion, as with all press and industry screenings."

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  • The Playlist
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Talks To Join Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises'

    "Inception" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to reunite with Christopher Nolan in the director's upcoming superhero film, "The Dark Knight Rises." While his role is currently unknown (he was rumored to be playing The Riddler for much of last year but Nolan put the kibosh on that villain making an appearance), Deadline reports that the 29-year-old actor is in talks to take a part in the last installment of Nolan's Batman trilogy.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Women Are Very Much Underserved By Modern Comedy:' Director Paul Feig Talks 'Bridesmaids'

    Fingers crossed, it's looking like the summer of 2011 will be incredibly strong for comedy. Not only have we got the return of the biggest grossing R-rated comedy of all time with "The Hangover 2," but there's also Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal in Jake Kasdan's "Bad Teacher"; Will Gluck's follow-up to the excellent "Easy A," "Friends With Benefits"; Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in "Crazy Stupid Love"; Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman swapping bodies in "The Change-Up"; David Gordon Green and Jonah Hill teaming on "The Sitter" and Ruben Fleischer's "30 Minutes or Less," with Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride.

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  • The Playlist
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    Akiva Goldsman Gets Greenlight For Directorial Debut 'Winter's Tale,' Will Lens In Spring 2012

    Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is probably still most infamous for penning "Batman Forever" and "Batman And Robin," two of the worst entries in the franchise. And while his talents seem to fail him with projects that involve any kind of fantastical bent, give Goldsman something straightforward to work with like "A Beautiful Mind" or "Cinderella Man" and he churns out a decent, if not particularly mind-blowing, script (he won an Oscar for the former). Well, he's been looking to make the leap from writer to director for a while now, and Warner Bros. has finally given him a shot.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Bridesmaids Trailer

    I liked the poster and I am very mixed on the trailer. It really looks like it is a "Hangover" with women. Do women need to prove that we can fart and burp just as well as men? But I am still not convinced it will suck. Maybe the whole thing turns out to skewer the wedding industrial complex. Now that's something I would be interested in seeing.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Fletch' Once Again Attempting A Big-Screen Comeback

    Once upon a time, there was a man called Chevy Chase. From his first appearance on the early days of "Saturday Night Live," it was clear that he was very, very funny. He swiftly became one of the biggest comedy stars of the '80s, starring in hits like "Caddyshack," "National Lampoon's Vacation" and "¡Three Amigos!". It also became clear that Chase was kind of a dick, and the work dried up in the '90s. Now, with Chase mounting a storming comeback as part of the ensemble of the best sitcom on TV, "Community," it seems as good a time as any to resurrect the character perhaps most associated with the actor, Gregory McDonald's investigative reporter "Fletch."

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  • The Playlist
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    'Toy Story 3' Scribe Michael Arndt To Write Disney's 'Snow And The Seven'

    Fresh off receiving an Oscar nomination for co-writing "Toy Story 3," Michael Arndt is onboard to take a run at the script for Disney's ambitious "Snow And The Seven." The project, which began to take shape in 2002, concerns Olivia Snow, a nineteenth century Englishwoman who returns to her colonial home in Hong Kong, where she finds her stepmother has murdered her father. Seeking revenge, she falls in with a band of seven international monks. It sounds like the whole project subsequently tries to cover every single demographic with some anachronistic grrl-power bull combined with wuxia sequences choreographed by Yuen Woon-Ping.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Some Sundance Standouts

    Some Sundance Standouts

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