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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Where's Lisa Cholodenko's Next Movie?

    This is what came into my email last week.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Hey Melissa Leo...

    These self-financed For Your Consideration ads really creep me out. With the SAG and Globe, you already had a good thing going heading into Oscar. Maybe it's just me, but this makes you come across a bit, I don't know, desperate and crazy? I mean, these look like horribly tacky ads for faux fur. And they ain't helping you to that podium.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: The New Pornographers Recruit Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Donald Glover & More For Video 'Moves'

    Talk about calling in favours. For their newest video "Moves," The New Pornographers and director Tom Scharpling have enlisted a ridiculously stacked line up of comedians, musicians and other indie-world folk to star, and the results are pretty charming -- though it's kind of too bad the entire video peaks with the fake trailer that opens it up.

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  • Spout
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    Ronald Reagan, "Yogi Bear" Environmentalism, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Other Discussion Fodder

    - Honoring Ronald Reagan's centennial yesterday, Big Hollywood's Leo Grin looks at the age of cinema that corresponded to "Dutch"'s Presidency, noting that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were transformed Hollywood about the same time Reagan was transforming politics. In summation:He brought optimism and rejuvenation to an America wrecked for over a decade by liberalism (in both parties), and in so doing set the stage for one of the Golden Ages of cinema: the era of the populist, family-friendly, PG-rated blockbuster. It was a great time, for both the nation and its moviegoers.Ah, but the 80s were also pretty heavy on the R-rated blockbusters, too, at least compared to decades following. But I get his point, even if Spielberg and Lucas' revolution initially coincided with the Carter years. In any event, if you have HBO watch Eugene Jarecki's great new documentary "Reagan" tonight. Also, check out "Let Me In," which hit DVD last week. It's pretty Reagan-centric and worth seeing, even if you're a fan of the original.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mychael Danna Scoring 'Moneyball' & 'Life Of Pi'

    Not every movie can star Robert Downey Jr or Johnny Depp; the most in-demand talents only have a certain amount of time, and sometimes you just have to go with a Channing Tatum or Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. And the same thing is true across all aspects of film production; Roger Deakins can't lens every film, for instance, and Hans Zimmer can't score everything, opening things up for those who, for whatever reason, have never quite gotten the acclaim of those above them in the hierarchy. For instance, take Mychael Danna.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    2011 Oscar Winner Predictions

    Ugh.. After 6 days of post-Sundance relative offlinery, I should probably jump back on this ship, right? Though dear god is this awards season ever boring. I'd be lying if I said I was remotely excited about these final 3 weeks of awards season coverage, but I might as well attempt to conjure up some spirit by doing a preliminary round of winner predictions. Over the next three weeks I'll have detailed winner predictions up at indieWIRE, including for the handful of categories that involve actual suspense: Best documentary feature, best foreign language film, best original score, and best supporting actress. Until then, here's a basic play by play of how things might go down:

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  • The Playlist
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    Pam Grier Joins RZA & Eli Roth's 'Man With The Iron Fists'

    Blaxpolitation icon Pam Grier of "Jackie Brown" fame has joined the cast of RZA and Eli Roth's currently-in-production kung-fu epic "The Man With The Iron Fists" marking something of a return to the limelight; she also has a supporting role in Tom Hanks' upcoming film "Larry Crowne."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Kristin Schaal's WGA Opening

    Schaal hosted the east coast segment of the WGA Awards on Saturday evening.

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  • The Playlist
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    Plot Details Emerge As J.J. Abrams Talks 'Super 8'

    Maybe it's just because virtually every other Super Bowl trailer felt like being headbutted by an exploding Playstation in a candy store, but the first proper look at J.J. Abrams' top-secret "Super 8" seemed to stand head and shoulders above the rest; sure, it's got its fair share of things blowing up too, but it teased an actual movie, not just a bloated CGI-fest. Word's been typically quiet from the secretive hyphenate's latest project since the surprise announcement teaser last summer, but Abrams broke cover as the TV spot was aired to talk to Hero Complex, and a few more concrete details have emerged, both about the plot, and what the writer-director is aiming for.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: AOL Buys Huffington Post, Huffington To Run Media Group

    AOL has placed a big bet on content going forward. And now it's swallowed Blog Queen Arianna Huffington and her traffic magnet, six-year-old privately-held The Huffington Post, into its vast maw, paying $315 million. Here's Huffington and ATD's Kara Swisher, who interviewed Huffington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong at the Super Bowl, where the deal was consummated just after midnight (video below). According to Variety:

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