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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Julie Taymor Talks Spiderman at LA Theatre Conference

    I'm a bit obsessed about the Julie Taymor/Spiderman situation. Mostly I'm obsessed because of what this will mean for her career, but also what it will mean for other women's careers. Since her departure from the show several months ago, the narrative has been created by everyone else by her, mostly by necessity, since it didn't make sense for her to speak while she was trying to negotiate terms. But still, she was made out to be this incredibly difficult person who would not listen to reason and change the show so that it would be more commercial. Hardy any blame was given to the musicians The Edge and Bono who had never written a musical before, and during crucial times when the show was in previews were unable to be in the country because of prior commitments to U2.

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  • The Playlist
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    Poster For 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' Reveals It Stars Steve Carell's Crotch & A High-Heeled Shoe

    We know it's pretty much the heart of the summer, but if you have plans to spend the last weekend of July doing anything other than sit in a movie theater, you might want to consider rearranging them. On one of the busiest release dates in recent memory, there seems to be something for everyone: blockbuster fans get "Cowboys & Aliens," lovers of cult films get "Attack the Block," those who like "Scarface"-esque dramas with breakout lead performances get Dominic Cooper in "The Devil's Double," indie types get Miranda July's "The Future" or Brendan Gleeson in sweary Irish action-comedy "The Guard," subtitle-philes get French thriller "Point Blank," documentary fans get "El Bulli" and "Life in a Day," and people who hate their kids get "The Smurfs."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 6/19/11 (Phylicia Rashad and Zoe Saldana)

    Texas native Phylicia Rashad welcomes 63. The veteran stage and screen actress has appeared in productions such as The Love Boat, One Life To Live, Uncle Tom's Cabin, A Different World, Blossom, The Cosby Show, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, Touched By An Angel, Everybody Hates Chris, A Raisin In The Sun, Psych, Just Wright and For Colored Girls. In 2004, she became the first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for "Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play," for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.

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  • The Playlist
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    Nicolas Winding Refn Wants To Cast Christina Hendricks As His 'Wonder Woman'

    Plus News From Director On The Red Carpet About 'Only God Forgives' and 'Logan's Run'Warner Bros. has been hoping that the void left by the imminent end of the "Harry Potter" franchise would be filled by the stable of DC Comics characters they own: "The Dark Knight" is already a billion-dollar hit, and any number of similar characters are in various stages of development, including a new take on Superman, "Man Of Steel." But things didn't get off to a good start this weekend, with the filmmaking-by-committee of "Green Lantern" severely underperforming, and looking unlikely to make its money back theatrically.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Beyonce, Anthony Mackie, Terence Blanchard + 175 More Invited To Join The Academy

    Several of you sent this to me, asking for my thoughts. Well, I saw it when it was initially made public on Friday, after the press release was sent out; but I really don't have anything to say about it. Sorry guys...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Morgan Freeman TONIGHT On TV Land

    Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Sidney Poitier, Mike Nichols, Matthew Broderick, Rita Moreno and Many More Among Those Honoring Legendary Actor Morgan Freeman at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award Ceremony

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  • The Playlist
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    'Drive' Duo Ryan Gosling & Nicolas Winding Refn To Re-Team For Romantic Comedy

    Director And Star Trying To Push Albert Brooks To WriteThough his Cannes Best Director winning film "Drive" doesn't hit theaters until the fall, director Nicolas Winding Refn is already lining up a future project with his star Ryan Gosling. In addition to their remake of "Logan's Run," the two have announced plans to make yet another film together, this time a romantic comedy. Refn has already announced the plot of his next film, "Only God Forgives," but recently told the L.A. Times that he and Gosling are hoping to work again on a comedy project in the near future. As if that news wasn't earth-shattering enough for you, Refn and Gosling are trying to persuade "Drive" co-star Albert Brooks to write the screenplay.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Taraji P. Henson & Cedric The Entertainer Talk Their Roles In "Larry Crowne" (Video)

    The film is out July 1st.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Spirited Actor" – The Search For Africa’s Next Hollywood Star

    The search for the next Hollywood star is on, and it starts in Motherland-Africa. The new television reality show, ‘Search for Africa’s Next Hollywood Star’, according to its organisers, is to recruit acting talent in West Africa for Hollywood. Performers will be selected from Ghana and Nigeria. The TV show is organised by The Latin Dance Company, Nigeria, and their Ghanaian collaborators, Davis Media and Paradise Entertainment. Acting coach, Tracey Moore, and film producer and director, Samad Davis, both from the USA, will work closely with the contestants. The competition will see five Nigerians and five Ghanaians vie for the star prize, which includes a one year contract with a Hollywood agent and an opportunity to star alongside African American actor, Morris Chestnut, in a movie project by Davis.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    News Wrap: Green Lantern's Campbell Badmouths Solace, Entourage Chases Weiner, Patti Smith Acts

    Green Lantern and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, says Quantum of Solace was “lousy.” Campbell, who is credited with reviving the Bond franchise in 2006 with Casino Royale, told Crave that Marc Forster's 2008 sequel Quantum of Solace was “uninteresting” and “a bit of a mess.” Campbell holds out hope for the next Bond film: “Sam Mendes is directing it and I’m sure it’ll be terrific.”

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