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  • SydneysBuzz
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    New York Film Festival's Female Factor ♀

    Once again, Women and Hollywood has tabulated The Female Factor. Same as usual, a paltry 7.4% which means two women with films of their own. If you count 2 women directors out of 10 in Revolucion 20%), it makes 11%. Notably Julie Taymor’s The Tempest ♀ is the centerpiece of the festival (yeah!). Kelly Reichert’s Meek’s Cutoff ♀ is also being screened, and Mariana Chenillo and Patricia Riggen are the two women director’s whose work is featured in Revolucion ♀. That Rose Kuo is there now as Executive Director ♀ as well, also a rather rare position in the festival world for a woman.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Elusive Docs.

    Elusive Docs.

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  • Spout
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    "Avatar" Sequels Could Be Less Violent, Influenced by South American Tribe

    In anticipation of the slightly extended re-release of "Avatar," or as James Cameron calls it, the "last hurrah in theaters" for families at the end of the summer, the filmmaker talked with Entertainment Weekly about that nine minutes of footage added in for the blockbuster's return to cinemas, as well as hint of an even longer cut that will exclusively be available on some future DVD edition. But the most interesting bit of the interview [thanks to The Playlist for highlighting it] has to do with the film's sequels, the plots of which Cameron says have been altered a bit from his original plans due to a response to "Avatar" by an indigenous tribe in South America. Here's the story that made him rethink things in his words:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is Football Scion Who Changed Her Name

    The new Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara, 24, just got a huge boost up the ladder to rising stardom.

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  • iW NOW
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    Rhode Island Fest Announces Winners

    The 2010 Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) have announced the winners in this year's film competition.

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  • Spout
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    Is Rooney Mara Good Enough For Lisbeth Salander? Film Blog Water Cooler 8/16/10

    After weeks and weeks of teases and narrowing down and screen tests and speculation, Sony has finally unveiled the actress selected to play Lisbeth Salander in the English-language version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Not Kristen Stewart, not Natalie Portman, not Ellen Page, not Scarlett Johansson or Emma Watson or Miley Cyrus or Betty White or Justin Bieber or anyone else that's a household name. The winner of the most coveted role of the year (Anne Thompson compares it to the casting of Scarlet O'Hara) -- and therefore the most scrutiny-prone of next year -- is relatiely unknown 25-year-old Rooney Mara, who you may have seen in another remake this year, "A Nightmare on Elm Street," in which she played the lead character, Nancy. She now joins Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard and Robin Wright for the first movie, which will be directed by David Fincher, as well as its two sequels, "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Julia Roberts: Back on Top

    Julia Roberts: Back on Top

    I am mystified by anyone who doesn't think that Julia Roberts knocked one out of the box office park with Eat Pray Love this weekend. It was her best opening since America's Sweethearts: her fans welcomed her back with open arms. (Of course the movie will have to continue to chug along from here, on a global scale, to be truly successful.) Here's a sampling of my latest Career Watch column.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Superheros Send Wrong Image to Boys, Kristen Bell's Indie Role, Edie Falco on Sopranos Movie

    Superheros Send Wrong Image to Boys, Kristen Bell's Indie Role, Edie Falco on Sopranos Movie

    -The identity of the American male is in flux and current superhero movies are sending the wrong image to boys, say researchers at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. There's a difference between today's movie superheros and the past's comic book heros, says Sharon Lamb, PhD: "Today's superhero is too much like an action hero who participates in non-stop violence, he's aggressive, sarcastic and rarely speaks to the virtue of doing good for humanity. When not in superhero costume, these men, like Ironman, exploit women, flaunt bling and convey their manhood with high-powered guns." Past comic book heros were characters that boys could "look up to and learn from because outside of their costumes," she adds, "they were real people with real problems and many vulnerabilities."

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    The Five Thousand Dollar Question

    The Five Thousand Dollar Question

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Michael Douglas Fights Throat Cancer

    Michael Douglas, 65, has been diagnosed with a tumor in his throat, reports People Magazine. The veteran actor will undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. We wish him the best.

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