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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Indie Spirit Award Nominees Talk; Presenters Are Eisenberg, Saldana, Rudd, Wasikowska

    Film Independent and Indie Spirits sponsor Jameson Irish Whiskey handed out personal recording devices to the 2011 Spirit Award nominees -- which yielded some nominees' take on their filmmaking experiences. Jennifer Lawrence, Aaron Eckhart, Dale Dickey, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger are among the folks who addressed such topics as riding bikes in Manhattan, taking baths and giving blood.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Wolverine or Two Batmen

    Wolverine or Two Batmen

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    U.S.'s New Congress Proposes Spending Cuts on Culture

    The cinema's main lobbyist for culture in Washington is The Creative Coalition. As the premiere nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community since 1989, it is dedicated to educating and mobilizing its members on issues of public importance. Actors Dana Delany and Tim Daly serve as the organization's co-presidents.Today it expressed concern regarding spending cuts proposed by the Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Appropriations. In an outline of proposed funding cuts for the current fiscal year, Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) would cut back funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) effective immediately. The proposal calls for current fiscal year funding that is approximately $12 million lower than last year and $6 million lower than President Obama requested for this fiscal year. The Endowment supports vital programs in all 50 states, providing critical funding for nonprofit arts organizations and programs designed to give children increased access to arts.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Dinner at Eight

    Besides Alfred Hitchcock, the other important director of American films whose centenary arrived in the final year of the 20th Century was George Cukor, and during the first year (of several) in which he got nominated for a directing Oscar (for Katharine Hepburn’s Little Women), he also did a remarkable all-star movie that could nearly stand as a time capsule for the state of popular U.S. cinema circa 1933: DINNER AT EIGHT (available on DVD). The nation’s number one box office attraction, for the fourth consecutive year, was the pug-faced, rotund and aging character actress Marie Dressler, here in her penultimate film. She would be dead from cancer within a year, and this was her last brilliantly personable performance, though not a typical role since she usually played working-class types rather than society women.

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  • The Playlist
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    Really? Jaume Collet-Serra, F. Gary Gray & Jon Chu On Shortlist To Direct 'G.I. Joe 2'

    When it was revealed last month that Stephen Sommers had been quietly removed from the director's chair of "G.I. Joe 2," we figured that a shortlist of contenders would come sooner rather than later. Well, it's been a month and Paramount has apparently got their ducks in a row and have a trio of uh, interesting choices to take over the gig.

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  • The Playlist
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    Susanna White To Direct Adaptation Of Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host'

    While Andrew Niccol has worked closely with Stephenie Meyer on the script and was in line to direct, he's now busy with his sci-fi thriller "Now," and the task of directing an adapting of the "Twilight" author's non-Bella-and-Edward-and-Jacob-related book "The Host" has fallen to another.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Social Network Q & A: Composers Reznor & Ross Talk Score, Fight Club Musical, Editors Baxter & Wall

    Social Network Q & A: Composers Reznor & Ross Talk Score, Fight Club Musical, Editors Baxter & Wall

    Bragging rights to a quantity of Oscars are important to the bigger-scale films vying for technical awards. Amy Dawes covered the Q & A for The Social Network including composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and editors Kurt Baxter and Angus Wall:Trent Reznor took an instinctual, unstudied approach to creating his first film score, and it paid off – surprising even him. So said the Nine Inch Nails frontman last night at a screening in Hollywood of The Social Network, for which the score he co-created with Atticus Ross is nominated for an Oscar – and has already won a Golden Globe.

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  • The Playlist
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    We Just Crapped Our Pants: Ryan Gosling & Nicolas Winding Refn Team For 'Logan's Run'

    Ahhh! This is what Ryan Gosling was alluding to. Let's face it, we didn't give a shit about the "Logan's Run" remake throughout its long development history that saw a number of directors -- notably Bryan Singer and more recently Carl Erik Rinsch (who is moving on to do "47 Ronin") -- circle the director's chair. But congratu-fucking-lations Warner Bros., you made us sit up and take notice.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Devil's Double Boosts Dominic Cooper to Juicy Role in Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    Never has Sundance's power as a crucible for emerging talent been more obvious than this year. Not only did Elizabeth Olsen and Brit Marling ignite film careers, but Brit Dominic Cooper's showy two-hander opposite himself in The Devil's Double (acquired by Lionsgate) has boosted him into final talks for a starring role in Timur Bekmambetov's Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Fox's current-day movie adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his novel, reports Variety. Cooper offered stalwart support in Tamara Drewe, An Education and History Boys.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Gets A Best Friend In Anthony Mackie; Dominic Cooper Stakes Role

    Update: Variety reports that Dominic Cooper has also signed on to the film, in the key role of Henry Sturgess that was previously linked to Joaquin Phoenix.

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