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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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  • The Lost Boys
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    The First Great Pop Song of 2011

    Repeat, repeat, repeat.

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  • Caryn James
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    TV Review: Jarecki's "Reagan" Rises Above the Centennial Chatter

    Actors are lying all the time, projecting a made-up persona, yet you have to be able to look in their eyes and see something true. That paradoxical job description goes a long way toward explaining the actor-turned-politician phenomenon, and no actor was ever more politically successful than Ronald Reagan.

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Redford May Return To Acting In Nicolas Vanier's Adaptation Of Own Novel 'Gold In The Snow'

    Veteran actor Robert Redford is reportedly being lined up to star in adventurer Nicolas Vanier's next directorial effort, an adaptation of his own 2004 novel "L'or sous la neige," translated as "Gold In The Snow."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Gabriel Snyder Joins Atlantic Wire as Editor

    @gabrielsnyder has announced his new gig, which is pretty cool:Yep, I have a new job: I am thrilled to be joining The Atlantic Wire as editor. Snyder put in some time at Variety, and Gawker Media, and Newsweek Online--just as they got bought. This is a good match for his considerable online editing skills.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: First Trailer For Richard Ayoade's Much-Buzzed About 'Submarine'

    Plus Alex Turner's Soundtrack Gets A Release Date As you may have noticed, we can't move for trailers today, what with the Super Bowl clips for many of the big movies of the year hitting overnight. But it's taken footage from a land where football is actually played with your feet, to raise the bar, with the debut of the first trailer for Richard Ayoade's "Submarine" over on the film's official Facebook page, courtesy of Optimum Releasing. It's been gathering steady buzz ever since its debut at the Toronto Film Festival last September, and was picked up for U.S. distribution by The Weinstein Company.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sylvester Stallone To Star In Wayne Kramer's 'Headshot'

    Wayne Kramer's career has been a bit of a headscratcher. The director came out of nowhere with "The Cooler," the Sundance sensation that went on to earn Alec Baldwin a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Kramer then followed that up with the the pulpy "Running Scared," a ludicrous post-Tarantino tale that is severely overrated by its niche of fans. He then shifted gears again for the "Crash"-aping "Crossing Over" which was ultimately taken out of his hands by Harvey Weinstein and hacked down from its original 2 hour and 20 minute runtime to the version that's out there now. So what will Kramer do next? Well it appears that he's moved on from "Kane & Lynch" after producers re-approached him last fall and his "Pretty Boy Floyd" gangster pic, announced last summer, we presume remains in development. Looks like he'll just crank out a mindless cop picture in the interim.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' Super Bowl Spot Shows Bad Men Hurting Cute Nubile Mermaids & More

    Also, A Superbowl Spot For The Sci-Fi Romance, 'The Adjustment Bureau'Update: the longer version has arrived. THANK GOD! Alright, thank god this nonsense is over. That's it for Super Bowl movie teaser trailers. The last two of the evening are Rob Marshall's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz and "The Adjustment Bureau" starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

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