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    Clint Eastwood & Beyoncé Team For 'A Star Is Born'

    Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Hamm, Rihanna and Alicia Keys have all been linked at various points recently, but now the director and star for the long gestating "A Star Is Born" have been revealed and it's a surprising pairing.

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    Feminists Characters Fall Out of Contention for Awards Consideration

    In early October I wrote a post talking about all the great feminist characters that were going to be seen on screen throughout the fall. I was really hopefully that several of them would make it through to awards season so that we could talk not only about the great women playing these characters, but get to talk about the characters themselves.

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    Phelps: "God hates fag enabling perverts at the Sundance Film Festival."

    The ridiculous crazies at the Westboro Baptist Church are heading Sundance way! With one of their nice little quotes seen in the title of this entry sure to be eagerly chanted, the Kansas "church" is planning two demonstrations during the festival: One at 2:45pm on Sunday, and another at 6pm the same day. Both will be at the Eccles Center, and both will be regarding Kevin Smith's right-wing satire horror flick "Red State."

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    James Franco, Benicio Del Toro & Michael Shannon Sign On For Mob Killer Pic 'The Iceman'

    Don't be confused. This isn't the film about the same guy -- mob hitman Richard Kulinski -- that Mickey Rourke was linked to earlier in the fall. Instead, this one is based off the biography by Anthony Bruno and it has attracted some strong names to the project.

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    Women and Hollywood

    IndieWIRE blog network keeps growing. I welcome Melissa Silverstein's Women and Hollywood blog. Women and Hollywood is always my reference when I want to see what notable events and developments concern women. We both like to tally the number and percentage of women directors at festivals. Rather than write more, I refer my readers to Anne Thompson's blog TOH. Now I don't need to quote her anymore, you can just read Women and Hollywood straight.

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    Neill Blomkamp Lines Up Another New Mystery Film 'Chappie,' Will Shoot After 'Elysium'

    Everybody wants to be Neill Blomkamp's friend these days. Sony just dropped $120 million on the director's next project "Elysium," a mysterious sci-fi flick set 100 years in the future with a cast led by Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, and with "Blade Runner" visual futurist Syd Mead on board for set design. Nice. But that's not all the director is cooking up.

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    Russell Brand Circling 'Rock Of Ages'

    "Rock of Ages" may not have anybody officially on board yet, but it's not for lack of trying. Will Ferrell, Katy Perry, Seth Rogen, Taylor Swift, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow have all been linked or rumored at various stages (Rogen recently laughed off those reports) over the past half year or so in what the filmmakers hope will be a star-studded, musical extravaganza. Well, yet another big name is now being thrown into the mix.

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    Welcome To Sundance, 2011

    After a nostalgic 24 hours of severe pre-Sundance hustle here in Park City (grocery runs, schedule making, e-mailing returning, not being sold alcohol at the Utah State Liquor Store because you don't have American ID), things have calmed down ever-so-briefly to allow for a brief rant here. This will be my fourth Sundance, and so far I'm liking the vibe that comes with that number. After a first festival that essentially can never be topped simply out of how shiny and exciting everything was with fresh eyes, my second and third festivals brought on a bit of jadedness where I wondered whether everything peaks the first time around. But now, I feel a greater sense of community here than I ever have in the past, and a much more clear focus on how much the festival has to offer beyond the clusterfuckery that happens after 9pm.

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    Marvel Gets 'Black Panther' Moving Again, Hires Mark Bailey To Write The Script

    A comic property that seems to have been in development forever, Marvel's "Black Panther" may finally be getting his due on the big screen.

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    Watch: Official Video For A.R. Rahman & Dido's "If I Rise" From '127 Hours'

    Though it has unfortunately and undeservedly fallen off the awards season radar, "127 Hours" still remains one of 2010's best films, a frenetic, energetic and harrowing piece of work that uses the story of a man losing his arm to weave a larger thematic web about the importance of human connectivity. So yeah, if you haven't seen it yet use this prime opportunity when theaters are filled with dreck to go check it out.

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