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  • Women and Hollywood
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    While We Were Away

    Here are some stories that I wanted people to see that ran during the holidays.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    2010 National Film Registry Films - One Female Director Included

    At the end of last month the Library of Congress released this year's list of 25 films that have been added to the National Film Registry.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: The Other Woman

    Natalie Portman is in a couple of movies early this year. This one has been on the shelf for a while and is based on Ayelet Waldman's book Love and Other Impossible Pursuits.

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  • The Playlist
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    Plot For 'Toy Story' Short In Front Of 'Cars 2' Revealed

    Just before Christmas, Pixar story artist Floyd Numan hit Twitter and revealed a pretty crucial detail regarding the new "Toy Story" short that will play in front of "Cars 2" saying, "Saw the Pixar Hawaii short. Cute,” later adding, “Ken and Barbie want to go to Hawaii. I don’t know what it’s gonna be attached to. Fun stuff, however.” Well, thanks to publishers Random House, the cat has been let out of the bag.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Anticipating the Best of 2011: Malick, Spielberg, Scorsese, Fincher and More Sequels

    - With 2010's disappointments behind us, The Daily Beast looks forward to the best prospects of 2011. They include The Hangover Part !! and The Muppets as well as Terrence Malick's The Tree of LIfe, which will be the among the first on the list (May 27) to go head-to-head with its own expectation-building anticipation. It's also the only completely original story on the TDB list.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Playlist's 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2011 - Part 1

    That’s right, 2010 is already in our rear view and we’re looking far, far ahead into 2011. If 2010 was the year of audiences rewarding original, smart blockbusters (“Inception”) and punishing glossy, but empty big-budget tentpoles (“The Tourist,” “Tron: Legacy”) the new year will find studios hoping once again that comic franchises and sequels can bring in the big bucks. No less than five comic-book movies are on the way with “Thor,” “Captain America,” “Green Lantern,” “Green Hornet” and “X-Men: First Class” all swinging into theaters, while tried-and-true franchises get sequels with “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Transformers 3,” “The Hangover 2” and “Sherlock Holmes 2” among the films looking to bank on previous successes.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cine Foundation International Launches Protest Film Campaign, Calls for Panahi Release

    Cine Foundation International was launched on December 10 as both a non-profit film company and human rights NGO aiming to "empower open consciousness through cinema." They are wasting little time, having announced a campaign calling for the release of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. The campaign will include protest films that speak to human rights issues in Iran and throughout the world, six of which are commissioned feature-length, plus twenty shorts. Participating filmmakers may act anonymously or through pseudonyms since voicing their stories can be dangerous. The films, which will address themes of nation, identity, self, spiritual culture, censorship and imprisonment, will be aimed for public, web and various exhibition media.

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  • The Playlist
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    Olivia Wilde Joins 'Welcome To People' With Chris Pine & Elizabeth Banks

    After carving a successful screenwriting career penning blockbusters for such directors as Michael Bay (”Transformers”), J.J. Abrams (”Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible 3”) and Jon Favreau (”Cowboys & Aliens”) as well as producing television shows like “Fringe” and “Alias,” one half of the renowned writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci is set to venture solo into the world of directing with Kurtzman gearing up his directorial debut.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    2011 Preview: The 30 Films I'm Most Looking Forward To

    I assume I'm not the only one sick and tired of top ten 2010 this and that by now. So to fresh start this blog for 2011, I'm going to offer an even more subjective but probably much less boring list: the films I'm most looking forward to seeing in the next 362 days. It's a dreamy list, and it doesn't even include the many, many films we haven't heard of yet that will end up in theaters this year, as well as the films I've already seen - like "Beginners," "Cold Weather," "Incendies," "Kaboom," and "Meek's Cutoff," for example, all of which I highly recommend. It does however, include, lots of Ryan Gosling, some George Clooney and Michael Fassbender, dashes of Tilda Swinton and James Franco, new work from Cronenberg, Almodovar, Von Trier, Soderbergh, Haynes, Spielberg, my dear Sarah Polley, and even Madonna, among many, many others...

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: Another Year

    I look forward to a Mike Leigh movie the way some readers anticipate a new novel by their favorite author. But unlike some writers who hew to comfortable formulas, Leigh always cooks up something different; you never know what to expect. The most obvious common thread in his work is the appearance of familiar actors from his informal stock company, many of whom have won honors for their work in his pictures (Marianne Jean-Baptiste in Secrets & Lies, Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake, Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky, et al). The deeper through-line is his concern with ordinary people, usually from the working class, in a throwback to England’s famous “kitchen sink” dramas of the late 1950s and early 60s. Many of those dramas were famously angry, while Leigh sees the brighter side of life.

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