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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: We Want More Female-Written Plays! by Katherine Bowman

    The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI) recently conducted a study on the number of female-written plays produced in LA. The number is a disappointing yet unsurprising 20%.

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  • The Playlist
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    Emma Stone Won't Face Zombies Again, Actress Turns Down Role In 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies'

    Update: Deadline reports that Emma Stone has unsurprisingly turned down the role of "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies." Watch for Deadline's shortlist story coming in 3...2...1...

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  • The Playlist
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    First Official Look At Martin Freeman As Bilbo Baggins In 'The Hobbit'

    To say that anticipation for Peter Jackson's two-part "The Hobbit" is running high would be an understatement, but luckily for fans of the franchise, the director has gone into the next two films allowing a pretty big window into the world he's conjuring up down in New Zealand. With frequent Facebook updates and communication with fans, it's perhaps not too surprising that the first official look at the film has arrived pretty much right in the middle of production.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Young African American Actors w/ Boxing Experience Wanted For New Spike Lee HBO Drama Pilot

    Here's a casting call for a project announced last night... Spike Lee's teaming with writer John Ridley, Doug Ellin (creator of Entourage) and Mike Tyson to produce a drama series project for HBO titled Da Brick, loosely inspired by Mike Tyson’s youth, set in present-day Newark, NJ, to be scripted by Ridley, directed by Spike.

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  • The Playlist
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    Paul Greengrass & David Yates Sought By Fox For Yet Another 'Frankenstein' Project

    Rising Writer Max Landis Will Pen The Script Once again, the 'Creature of the Moment' wheel has spun in Hollywood. We've seen spates of vampire, alien and zombie movies in recent years, so it was anyone's guess as to what monster would become in vogue next, but we've got bad news to any writers with hip reboots of yetis or gill-men sitting on their hard drives: Frankenstein is in. Danny Boyle tackled Mary Shelley's myth on stage earlier in the year, and there's four different projects in the works focusing on a creature made from reanimated body parts: Guillermo Del Toro has a take, one of his 3,649 dream projects; "Limitless" helmer Neil Burger has a remake of "Bride of Frankenstein" at Universal; "Tomorrow, When The War Began" director Stuart Beattie is attached to comic book adaptation "I, Frankenstein"; and Summit have "This Dark Endeavor," a collaboration between "Mean Creek" writer Jacob Estes and "Let Me In" director Matt Reeves.

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  • Caryn James
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    Louie and Louis: How Original is Louis C.K.’s Sitcom?

    The conventional take on Louie, Louis C.K.’s buzzed-about semi-autobiographical sitcom-with-stand-up, is that the show is unlike anything else on TV, but that’s not exactly the case. It’s an M-rated Seinfeld, a darker Curb Your Enthusiasm (of course, Curb has never been as dark as it pretends) .

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Could Spielberg's Jurassic 4 Save 3-D?

    Could Spielberg's Jurassic 4 Save 3-D?

    As 3-D proselytizers James Cameron and Jeffrey Katzenberg fret about the future of their favorite movie delivery system--and the next Avatar is a long way off, in 2014--some studio execs are harboring second thoughts about which films actually demand the extra time and money, and will lure premium ticket buyers. Already this summer the majority of moviegoers chose to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Kung Fu Panda 2 and even Green Lantern in 2-D, even though the DC Comics movie was playing on 2711 3-D screens.

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  • The Playlist
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    Warren Beatty's Secret Project Is A Howard Hughes Film; Alec Baldwin, Jack Nicholson Circling Roles

    Other Actors Eyeing The Project Include Andrew Garfield, Annette Bening, Shia La Beouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney MaraFile under 'very intriguing development': after more than a decade away from directing (with 1998's underrated political satire "Bulworth"), last week it was reported that 74-year-old Warren Beatty would be returning to Hollywood, helming a new untitled comedy for Paramount. Playlist writer Sam Price, perhaps a little cynical that evening, posited the question: is anyone going to care? Are his best days behind him?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Confirmed! Jamie Foxx Is Tarantino's "Django" And Kerry Washington In The Mix For "Broomhilda"

    Well... confirming what we reported earlier this morning, the news is now mainstream, as Variety just reported that Quentin Tarantino has indeed chosen Jamie Foxx to star in his much talked about slave/revenge project, Django Unchained.

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  • The Playlist
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    How MAD Is That? Ron Howard To Direct Live-Action 'Spy vs. Spy' Adaptation

    You have to say this for Ron Howard: he's full of surprises. Deadline reported today that Howard will be directing a live-action adaptation of the comic strip "Spy vs. Spy" for Warner Bros. Yes, you read that correctly, "Spy Vs. Spy," the satirical black and white comic-book strip from Cuban cartoonist Antonio Prohías that was featured in MAD Magazine from the early 60s until 1987. The cartoon depicted two constantly warring spies who used a variety of booby-traps to kill one another. The duo, who generally alternated between victory and defeat with each new comic-strip. looked identical save for opposite black and white colors.

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