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    Sidney Poitier to Be Honored by Film Society of Lincoln Center, Star Presenters

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present Sidney Poitier with the 38th Annual Chaplin Award on May 2. The list of presenters set to honor Poitier includes Ben Kingsley, Bill Cosby, Chris Tucker, Dan Aykroyd, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Lulu, Mary Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Norman Jewison, Quincy Jones, Quentin Tarantino and Ruby Dee. Clips from Poitier's film and television career highlights will be screened during the event.

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    Harry Shearer Talks Expose The Big Uneasy, Media Coverage of Katrina, Spike Lee's "Canards"

    Harry Shearer Talks Expose The Big Uneasy, Media Coverage of Katrina, Spike Lee's "Canards"

    The tagline for Harry Shearer's The Big Uneasy, a Katrina doc that digs into the Army Corps of Engineers' role in the post-hurricane New Orleans flood, reads "Natural Disaster? You Don't Know the Half Of It." Shearer is well-known to public radio listeners for his weekly Sunday talkfest Le Show; the Renaissance man is not only a sharp and funny writer-actor-producer-director and mockumentarian (This is Spinal Tap, For Your Consideration, The Simpsons) but a well-versed media commentator and blogger for The Huffington Post. The half-time New Orleans resident is dead-serious when covering the Katrina debacle. On the eve of the hurricane's fifth anniversary, he decided that putting his own more deeply reported documentary into the conversation might help bring the mainstream media up to speed.

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    'A Serious Man' Star Michael Stuhlbarg Joins The Still-Filming 'Men in Black 3'

    The ugly portrait of Hollywood stupidity and hubris -- "hey, we'll figure out the script on set, no problem!" -- is a slightly antiquated one given the rise of successful improvisation, not only in comedy which was the norm, but big-budget narrative (see "Iron Man" where Jon Favreau and co. literally figured out scenes moments before they were shot), but can still be occasionally framed as a cautionary tale. See the latest example: "Men In Black 3" or "Men In Black 3D" whatever you want to call it. Sony's very expensive tentpole revival 10 years after the fact ("MIB2" was released in 2002) has been shooting on and off since December and is still adding new members to its cast.

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    MGM Partners with Sony on Releasing James Bond 23 Worldwide

    As expected, MGM has closed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony (which released Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) for Sam Mendes' Bond 23, starring Daniel Craig as 007. Sony will also co-finance the film.

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    Sally Field to Play Daniel Day-Lewis' Wife in Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln Movie

    Lest you think women past 40 don't really have much of a career in Hollywood... ok, that can often be true in our culture of ageism and youth, but more to the point, 64-year-old actress Sally Field has landed the role of her late-era career. Sure, the actress already has two Best Actress Oscars under her belt, "Norma Rae" (1979) and "Places in the Heart" (1984), but these days she's remembered for "Mrs. Doubtfire" more than anything else.

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    International Women's Film Festival: Day One

    So here I am in lovely Dortmund, Germany at the International Women's Film Festival. This is how they say it in German: Internationales Frauenfilmfestival. Everyone has been so amazing. I feel like I have made some great new friends in just one day.

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    Michael Dowse Says He Hopes To Premiere 'Goon' With Jay Baruchel & Seann William Scott At TIFF

    Says The Film Is "Raging Bull On Ice"While the film world will turn their attention to Cannes tomorrow when the full line-up for the festival is revealed, immediately afterword, the films that aren't mentioned will be pegged for premieres this fall at Venice, Telluride and TIFF, with a whole new round of speculation surely kicking in. It's like comic book movie casting for arthouse nerds. And while TIFF is a good five months away just yet, one filmmaker already has his eye on Toronto.

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    Orlando Bloom's Former Assistant Producing Thriller 'High Wire' For Simon Crane To Direct

    Hollywood is filled with secretaries, dog walkers, waiters, gardeners, shoe salesmen, mail room clerks and other low level position players all with secret scripts they're working on or projects they're trying to get made. And most of them never make it, only talking about making it big until it's just embarrassing. But every now and then, someone manages a foot in the door, the right phone calls and the happenstance connections to get that something moving. And in this case, it's Orlando Bloom's former assistant.

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