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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: The Fighter, AFI Fest, Black Swan, Britannia and Academy Governor's Awards

    Oscar season is in full swing and this last week brought BAFTA's Britannia Awards and the AFI Fest, which unspooled the first L.A. showings of both David O. Russell's The Fighter and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. Kris Tapley and I assess the current state of the race--is Natalie Portman the actress to beat? Will Amy Adams get in over Melissa Leo? Is Christian Bale a lock for a supporting win? Where is James L. Brooks?

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  • Spout
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    5 More Actresses to Consider for the Female Roles in "The Dark Knight Rising"

    We're once again teasingly treated to a casting shortlist, this one for two female roles in Christopher Nolan's next Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." According to Deadline, the names up for contention for either Bruce Wayne's love interest or an unnamed villain are as follows: Natalie Portman; Blake Lively; Rachel Weisz; Anne Hathaway; Naomi Watts; Keira Knightley. If I had to guess and/or choose, I'd pick Lively as the love interest, because I don't see the others being wasted in that capacity nor do I see her as villain material just yet. And I'd go for Weisz as the villain, especially if -- though unlikely -- the part is Catwoman. Not just because she'd been rumored for that very character two years ago, but because she was also the preferred choice back when her (now ex) boyfriend, Darren Aronofsky, was planning a Batman movie.

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  • The Playlist
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    No, Really: Angela Lansbury Will Play Katherine Heigl's Daughter In 'Adaline'

    Basically, Katherine Heigl is making her own 'Benjamin Button.' The actress recently joined the romantic comedy "Adaline" whose premise "revolves around a beautiful woman who hasn't aged in 100 years but hasn't found love, either. She finally meets that guy who might be worth embracing mortality, and all the wrinkles and sagging that comes with it." Sounds a little ridiculous right? We haven't gotten to the good part yet. Adaline gains her immortality when just after she dies in a car accident she is immediately and almost simultaneously struck by lightning, keeping her forever in her 20s. Amazing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Forbes Top Entertainment Earners: Women vs. Men

    - Check out Forbes' annual list of Hollywood's highest-grossing women in entertainment. For one thing, points out THR, there aren't any female directors among the top ten women. James Cameron dominates the men's list, along with George Lucas and Michael Bay, but Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow isn't on the list at all.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Gender Watch: Tourist's Jolie Talks to Vogue, Black Swan's Portman Writes

    - Angelina Jolie is Vogue's December cover girl (photos by Mario Testino), which, as usual, coincides with the release of her latest, The Tourist with Johnny Depp, out December 10. The woman doesn't have an agent, and why would she? The mold or model doesn't apply to her, and yet The Tourist's director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) confirms to Vogue that “she gets every single script that has a female role aged between eighteen and 40—every script. And she just follows her feeling, holds her own counsel. She’s probably the only global megastar that doesn’t even have an agent—she doesn’t even have a publicist.” Vogue's Vicki Woods was taken in and distracted by her famous face but says once you "clear away the craziness and tabloid clatter that swirls around the Jolie-Pitt family (or “brand”)…you find a practical woman with terrific forward-planning skills." Jolie, on playing the role that was originally written for Tom Cruise in Salt:“I felt it was a weird thing that every time you ask for a strong female role, it’s written in this strange way where it uses sexuality far too much. Or it’s all about being a woman and beating a man. So it wasn’t a surprise to me that the only way to do a strong female role properly was to not have originally written for a woman.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Martin Scorsese's Fran Lebowitz Documentary 'Public Speaking'

    The tremendously busy Martin Scorsese has his third picture set to debut this year. Third? Yes. It seems like ancient history, but "Shutter Island" hit theaters in February, the director recently unspooled his ode to Elia Kazan, the appropriately titled, "A Letter To Elia," and now, he's set to unveil his documentary on Fran Lebowitz, "Public Speaking."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Barney's Version' Starring Paul Giamatti & Dustin Hoffman

    In one of the boldest casting moves in recent memory, Paul Giamatti will be playing to an irascible, cantankerous schlub in the forthcoming "Barney's Version." Ok, while the role might be one that Giamatti can knock out in his sleep, and though we didn't think too much of it when we finally caught up with it at VIFF, with a pretty solid cast and based on an acclaimed by novel by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, we'll definitely take this over anonymous alien invasion flick #4271 any day of the week.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tina Brown to Edit Diller and Harman's Newsweek/Daily Beast

    Barry Diller and Tina Brown have closed a deal to merge their two-year-old online The Daily Beast with 77-year-old print weekly Newsweek, which has a sizable online footprint as well. UPDATE: According to Brown on NPR, The Daily Beast will take over Newsweek online, and she will also run the print weekly. She will be its first woman editor.

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  • The Playlist
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    Stop The Presses: The 13 Best Newsroom Movies

    Just as soldiers devour war movies and cops are always the first to pipe up about the latest police thriller, journalists have a soft spot for films focusing on the fourth estate. At their most positive, they can show the kind of crusading, truth-seeking journalists that the embittered hacks wanted to be when they started out (as Aaron Sorkin recently said, "'All The President's Men' made journalists want to be rockstars"), and at their most negative, they provide a certain catharsis.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: Tiny Furniture

    film review: Tiny Furniture

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