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  • Women and Hollywood
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    For Colored Girls - Review

    The actresses who star in the new film For Colored Girls have been saying on the press tour that the film is not just for colored girls. I find it crazy that women have to stand up and say that a film that stars some of our finest African American actresses is not just for one segment of the population based on the title and the fact that the film is populated by just African Americans.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mike White Offered ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

    Small update from earlier in the week: the Natalie Portman-produced “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is obviously a hot project and multiple directors have been circling it after David O. Russell bailed on it for "Drake's Fortune" (and the 300 other projects he's attached himself to), including Mike Newell (”Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time”), Neil Marshall ("Centurion”), David Slade ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"), and Jonathan Demme.

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  • The Playlist
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    Scarlett Johansson Set To Join Matt Damon In Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

    Just a few days ago it was reported that a bevy of beautiful young women, including Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rachel McAdams were circling the female lead in Cameron Crowe's upcoming "We Bought A Zoo," but it looks like one has emerged victorious.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Actor-Musician Breed: From Gosling, Deschanel and Johansson to Crowe, Reeves and Bridges

    Some musicians try to crossover into film (some successfully, others not), and some actors try to crossover into music (ditto). To earn commercial success in both arenas you usually need--more than actual talent in either department--to be accessible pop-star material. On the one hand are mainstream stars, from Jennifer Lopez to Justin Timberlake; on the other, artists like Ryan Gosling or Zoe Deschanel with a passion for genuine expression who don't seem to care if their side careers are successful or not.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Red Band Trailer For Yet Another Casual Sex Comedy 'Friends With Benefits'

    Why the fuck not, right? After every other studio dropped trailers for "Hall Pass," "No Strings Attached" and "Just Go With It" in the past 24 hours, why not one more? It seems like studio marketing executives never heard of audience fatigue, but whatever, you're going to be seeing these trailers forever until they come out, and we totally understand if you get these all mixed up.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Shannon, James Franco & Benicio Del Toro Linked To Hitman Film 'Ice Man'

    Faces Competing Film Starring Mickey Rourke In DevelopmentWhat would Hollywood be without competing projects each year? It could be competing volcano movies, competing killer comet movies, competing talking pig movies, but the mimicry continues.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: FAIR GAME

    My conversion is now complete: I am a card-carrying Naomi Watts fan. I don’t know why I wasn’t her biggest booster before; I’ve liked her work in films as diverse as King Kong and The Painted Veil, but after seeing her this year in Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child, Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger and now Fair Game, I am hooked. She is the real deal, and she gives yet another terrific performance as CIA agent Valerie Plame. The fact that she’s working opposite the extraordinary Sean Penn, as Joe Wilson, only ups the ante.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Distribution University: Indie Workshops in NY and LA

    Paradigm Consulting's Peter Broderick and Cinematech's Scott Kirsner (Fans, Friends & Followers) are mounting some indie distribution workshops to help filmmakers and producers navigate the crazily shifting indie market in NYU, New York (November 13) and UCLA, Los Angeles (November 20). I'll be helping out on one of their expert-led lunch discussions for filmmakers and producers on such topics as working with media/bloggers, understanding the mechanics of VOD deals, working with foreign sales agents, etc.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rumor: Marvel Postponing Pre-Production On 'The Avengers' Due To Ballooning Costs?

    Right now, Marvel is behaving a lot like they just graduated from college. Yes, that "Iron Man" internship opened a lot of doors, but the "Hulk" side venture didn't really yield the results they were hoping for. Their side projects for next summer -- "Thor" and "Captain America" -- do show promise, and it's good to see them taking initiative. But, if reports are to be believed, the folks at the House of Ideas are looking underneath their sofas and mattresses for extra change, because "The Avengers" might be a bit too costly for their inexperience.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Three Critics Debate Future of 3-D

    I invited indieWIRE critics Leonard Maltin and Eric Kohn to join me in a debate about the present and future of 3-D for Moviefone Movies. Here's a sample (read the full piece here):Maltin kicked off the conversation with his take on 'Jackass 3D' opening with $50 million a few weeks back. "I felt they ought to have a huge asterisk next to that saying, 'And we built most of that out of overages in the admission price,'" he argued.

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