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  • Women and Hollywood
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    See Jennifer Garner in Serena

    This is the first short from WIGS a new You Tube channel created by Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes) and Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs).

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look Photos: Juno Temple, Leslie Mann & Kate Bosworth In 'Little Birds'

    We've talked about Elgin James' colorful past on numerous occasions but we're now finally on the brink of seeing what he can offer with his debut film "Little Birds." Born out of the Sundance Labs, the film premiered to a warm reception at Park City last year but -- possibly due to a recent incarceration -- won't see a theatrical release until this summer.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: 'The Great Gatsby' Boasts Wild Soundtrack, Dazzling Look

    Baz Luhrmann's anticipated revamp of the Great American Novel has a trailer - and it's got his signature wild look and sound. The soundtrack is coolly unexpected, starting with Jay Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild" and then U2's "Love is Blindness."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2012 BET Awards Nominees Announced; Revisiting 2011 Backlash Over Film Category Noms

    In case you haven't heard, the nominees for the 2012 BET Awards were unveiled last night, with categories in both musc and film as always.

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  • The Playlist
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    Film4 Backs Ben Wheatley's Cops & Monsters Flick 'Freakshift,' Director Also Planning English Civil War Drama

    It's a good day to be Ben Wheatley. The director, who's become one of the most talked-about new directors around thanks to "Down Terrace" and "Kill List," is making his Cannes debut today with his dark, Edgar Wright-exec-produced comedy "Sightseers" -- a press screening is underway as we speak, and we'll have our verdict for you later this evening. And just as that film is released into the wild, Wheatley seems to have landed financing for his most ambitious project yet, and is planning yet another film to follow that.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lionsgate Pacts with StudioCanal for Extended Global Partnership

    At Cannes for the first time in their new roles as co-chairs of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, ex-Summit co-chiefs Patrick Wachsberger, long a major player on the international distribution and film sales scene, and Rob Friedman are wielding some muscle on the Croisette. Lionsgate and French distribution giant StudioCanal are enlarging their pre-existing partnership by renewing their library distribution agreement for Lionsgate to distribute more than 2000 StudioCanal titles, such as "Grand Illusion," "The Last Exorcism," "Terminator 2." Additionally, StudioCanal will also release "Catching Fire," the next installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise in German speaking territories, where the first film has grossed $24 million at the box office. "The Hunger Games" has grossed almost $400 million in North America and is closing on $650 million worldwide. “STUDIOCANAL exemplifies the global reach, market leadership and innovative thinking of the media companies with whom we are partnered around the world,” stated Wachsberger, Friedman and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks. "Our StudioCanal partnership has been an important part of our growth around the world, and we believe that they will become an even more important part of our future.” Olivier Courson, Chairman of StudioCanal stated: “Lionsgate has always been a great partner to StudioCanal...In the UK we are partners in the leading independents home entertainment operation Elevation. And in Germany, we have a long term relationship on current films and are very happy to have "The Hunger Games." Strengthening our partnership with an even stronger Lionsgate on a long term basis is a great opportunity for StudioCanal." The StudioCanal library includes DVD, television, on demand and digital rights to titles from the Carolco and DEG libraries, including "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Total Recall," "Basic Instinct," "Rambo," "Tender Mercies," and "Evil Dead II" and French classics from "Rules of the Game" to "That Obscure Object of Desire" and "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie."

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  • Press Play
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    VIDEO ESSAY: MEN IN BLACK: Three Reasons for Criterion Consideration

    For this month’s Criterion Consideration, coming up with a suitable equivalent to Barry Sonnenfeld's latest film, "Men in Black III," was a bit of a challenge.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look: Chadwick Boseman & Nicole Beharie In Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Film '42'

    With production underway on Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic "42," we now have a number of set photos that provide us our first looks at newcomer Chadwick Boseman and "Shame" star Nicole Beharie respectively portraying Robinson and his wife, Rachel Isum.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sexism Watch: Comment from Critic in Cannes

    Here's how Financial Times critic Nigel Andrews ended a recent piece on Cannes Film Festival

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  • The Playlist
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    Minka Kelly To Play Jackie Kennedy Opposite Matthew McConaughey's JFK In Lee Daniels' 'The Butler,' Lenny Kravitz Also Joins

    While "Precious" helmer Lee Daniels is nominally in Cannes at the moment to promote the debut of the follow up to his Oscar-nominee, "The Paperboy," which screens tomorrow morning (keep your eyes peeled for our review), it seems the director also intends to leak out casting news for his upcoming project, "The Butler." Earlier this week, it was revealed that Daniels would reunite with his "Paperboy" star Nicole Kidman on the project, and now Daniels has revealed that "Friday Night Lights" star Minka Kelly and "Precious" actor Lenny Kravitz have been added to the growing ensemble of "The Butler" as well.

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