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    Is Jason Statham's 'Blitz' Going Straight-To-DVD In The U.S.?

    Are moviegoers getting tired of a new Jason Statham movie every six to eight months where he plays a guy who has a job that requires him to beat people up? Granted, his resumé isn't the most varied but the actor has his niche and it seems to be serving both him and the studios well enough. In January, his latest "The Mechanic" opened up to Jason Statham Numbers which means $29 million domestic -- pretty much falling in line with the figures for "The Transporter," "Crank," "Cellular," "Death Race," and "The Bank Job." In an era of uncertainty at the box office he's about as close as it comes to a guarantee, though those numbers aren't going to get anyone at a studio promoted or anything.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Anthony Mackie Was Considered For Jason Bourne Take Over

    We missed this when it was announced late last week that Jeremy Renner had been offered the Jason Bourne franchise, taking over for Matt Damon...

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    Confirmed: 'Secret Door' With Sofia Coppola & Kirsten Dunst Is A Hoax

    Well, that was fun while it lasted. As you no doubt heard over the Easter weekend, the blogosphere lit up when a Twitter account supposedly belonging to Francis Ford Coppola's production company American Zoetrope tweeted, "Happy to announce that Kirsten Dunst has agreed to be in Sofia Coppola‘s new film ‘Secret Door’. Script is still being finished. Stay tuned!” Sounded too good to be true -- and indeed, that was the case.

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    Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' Gets September 16th Release Date

    Not long ago, there was a brief bit of drama surrounding Gus Van Sant's upcoming "Restless." As you might recall, the film was originally set to be released by Sony on January 25th. But the film was yanked from that slot and then transferred over to the arthouse arm, Sony Pictures Classics, who as it turns out are much better suited to handle the film. It's now a major part of next month's Cannes Film Festival where it will open the Un Certain Regard programming. And now, a new release date has been set for the film.

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  • Spout
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    Tribeca 2011: "A Quiet Life" Continues the Recent Wave of Great Italian Gangster Movies

    Much as it may seem strange to us in America, where media representations of the mafia both domestic and foreign are such a major part of our culture, the recent upswing in major Italian film productions dealing with organized crime is kind of a big deal. “Gomorra,” for example, was based on a novel that forced its author into protective custody. No one even published a book that dealt with the issue until “The Day of the Owl” in 1961, and it’s been a tricky issue ever since. Yet now, despite Berlusconi and political influence over the media, we’ve had a series of fantastic films dealing with government corruption and extensive criminal activity, such as “Gomorra,” “Il Divo,” and now “A Quiet Life.” And they all star the incomparable Toni Servillo.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: HBO Doc Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour

    Pop sensation Lady Gaga -- No. 12 on the Time 100 poll -- talks fame in this excerpt from upcoming HBO documentary (Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden, May 7), in which she shows her human side. Of her fans, she says: "I just want to be a queen for them and sometimes I don't feel like one":

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    Vera Farmiga Joins 'Safe House' With Ryan Reynolds & Denzel Washington

    Considering filming on "Safe House" has been underway for quite some time now, this is a fairly big name to be joining the cast this late in the game.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Life In A Day Releases July 24, Will Tug Your Heartstrings

    Check out the new trailer for Life In A Day, which premiered at Sundance in January (and simultaneously on YouTube). The documentary, directed by Kevin Macdonald, produced by Ridley Scott and shot by people all over the world on July 24, 2010, is not to be missed. National Georgraphic is releasing the film, fittingly, on July 24. Here is Anne Thompson's review:

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Research Alert: Changing the Status Quo - Industry Leaders’ Perceptions of Gender in Family Films

    Anyone who has been to a G, PG, or PG-13 (and of course R rated films but they are not included in this study) knows that when they look up on the screen there are many more male characters than female characters with speaking roles. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has been tracking that representation and found that since 1990 that amount of female characters in these films has gone from 28.7% to 29.3%. That's not even one percentage point of improvement over almost 20 years.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Nicholls Fellowships in Screenwriting: Deadline is May 2

    The 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is accepting entries until May 2. So get writing if you haven't earned more than $5,000 from the sale or option of a screen or teleplay, or haven't received another fellowship or prize of more than $5,000.

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