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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Beaver - Directed by Jodie Foster

    It would have been so much easier if The Beaver stunk and then I could write again about how I can't stand Mel Gibson (and not just for what he did to his girlfriend) and how I don't understand how Jodie Foster could still continue to stand up for him. Mel Gibson should actually be sending Jodie flowers every day because her passionate defense of him (which I saw for myself earlier this week) and in turn his performance in her film could potentially be a starting point for his rehabilitation.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Will Thor Be Latest Jewel in Marvel Crown? Marvel Talks Recipe for Success

    Will Thor Be Latest Jewel in Marvel Crown? Marvel Talks Recipe for Success

    Marvel Entertainment is a model for a company that has cannily looked out for its own interests as it seeks to exploit and protect its rich endowment of comic characters and stories. With Shakespearean actor-director Kenneth Branagh's epic adventure Thor hitting theaters May 6, Anthony D'Alessandro parses the Marvel performance thus far. Like the hammer-wielding god Thor, Marvel Entertainment has smashed the film industry’s bias against superhero projects ever since rolling out the 2000 feature adaptation of Spider-Man ($822 million worldwide B.O.), ushering in the golden age of comic-book cinema. To date, the Marvel feature adaptations, both licensed and inhouse productions, have racked up $7.4 billion at the global box office. The media company will continue to raise that figure with the 22nd Marvel superhero adaptation this weekend, Thor, which is on tap to rake in $55-$70 million at 3,955 theaters (the average domestic bow for a Marvel title is $65 million) after collecting $125 million abroad.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jay Baruchel To Write 'Random Acts Of Violence' & 'Exorcism Diaries'

    It's not a big surprise that actor Jay Baruchel has grander aspirations than being "that awkward guy" in Hollywood movies. Give him half the chance, he'll gladly talk your ear off about his love of the horror genre and his plans to eventually move into the director's chair. In fact, last year, he talked up his racially charged slasher pic "Pig" that he hopes to mount, during the press rounds for "She's Out Of My League." And of course, there's been the long talked about "Seth And Jay Vs. The Apocalypse," which speaks to his comic influences. And it looks like the actor is serious about his intentions to work more off camera.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: ATO (Art Takes Over)

    ATO (Art Takes Over) was launched last year at Cannes by musician Dave Matthews along with Johnathan Dorfman, Sarah Lash and Temple Fennell. Their plan to release 4 to 6 films annually seems to be coming to fruition. In Sundance 2011 they acquired film The Convincer, Casino Jack was acquired in Toronto 2010, and " title="Mao’s Last Dancer">Mao’s Last Dancer in Cannes 2010 which was released in August. Terri was picked up from its producers on its completion September 2010 and is being sold internationally by Coach 14. 20th Century Fox has home video rights. ATO releases its films theatrically through its partnership with Samuel Goldwyn Films in the distribution entity IDP.

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  • Spout
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    Spout About: How to Do "Twins 2"; "Avengers" is a Ponzi Scheme; Real Mothers Adapted for Film

    While I don't think it anything but a bad rumor, I am quite curious about the "Twins 2" buzz circulating around the blogosphere (originating at Hollywood Insider). It really is an awful idea and would likely just end up either a "Grumpy Old Twins" or "Twins Too" concept, the latter involving a new generation of separated siblings. Yet I see some potential for an interesting sequel that's possibly smarter and funnier than the original if done right. Let's not forget the first film had that terrible action subplot with the stolen fuel injector thingy MacGuffin. So you can't get much worse.

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  • The Playlist
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    Alec Baldwin & Rory Culkin Round Out 'Hick' With Blake Lively & Chloe Moretz

    As the film nears the end of production, it looks like the last bits and pieces of casting have quietly fallen into place.

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  • The Playlist
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    Joel Edgerton Confirmed For Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'

    Aussie Actor Turned Down 'Snow White And The Huntsman' For the FilmFour days ago, Osama Bin Laden was killed. Today, it looks like we have a lead actor signed on for the movie about it. Hollywood moves fast.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kevin Macdonald To Direct Adaptation Of Meg Rosoff's 'How I Live Now'

    Director Kevin Macdonald has had an interesting career thus far. He came out of the documentary world with the acclaimed "One Day In September" and "Touching The Void" under his belt, and then helped Forest Whitaker win an Oscar for "The Last King Of Scotland." And while his follow up features -- "State Of Play" and "The Eagle" -- have been somewhat underwhelming, his choices continue to fascinate.

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  • Caryn James
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    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Out-Snooki Snooki in Fallon's "Jersey Floor" (Video)

    The best reason for Jersey Shore to exist? So other people can laugh at it. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler turned up in last night's episode of Jersey Floor, an occasional sketch on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The conceit: you step off an elevator at 30 Rock on the Jersey Floor and you're instantly "Jerseyfied," turned into a partying caricature.

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  • Caryn James
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    Keira Knightley's "Last Night" Opens, the Weekend's Best Romance

    Like so many megastars, Keira Knightley drops into a little indie now and then, but unlike so many she has chosen well. Last Night is a slight but charming romantic drama about a married couple (Knightley and Sam Worthington) who, during one night apart, are tempted by her dashing French ex-boyfriend (Guillaume Cantet) and his sexy co-worker (Eva Mendes).

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