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    Jennifer Lee to Co-Direct Disney's 'Frozen'; Women Helmers Still Minority in Animated Features

    Disney has tapped Jennifer Lee to co-direct the studio's 53rd animated feature "Frozen" with Chris Buck. Lee contributed to the film's screenplay, and was also a co-writer on old-school-arcade box office hit "Wreck-It Ralph."

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    First Quasi-Review Of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Warns Of Jar Jar Binks-Esque Character

    There is probably no film more heavily embargoed this fall than Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Even though it premiered on Tuesday in New Zealand, reviews have been under lock and key, but the New York Daily News has decided to risk the wrath of Sauron and posted the first quas...

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    PGA Honors Music Producer Russell Simmons with 2013 Visionary Award

    The Producers Guild of America announces they will honor producer Russell Simmons with the guild's 2013 Visionary Award at the PGA awards ceremony on January 26.

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    Are Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig Shooting A Film At Barnard?

    This is The Playlist equivalent of a geek rumor, so just bear with us. Granted, the pieces of evidence are a bit flimsy and who knows if it's all just a misunderstanding, but it's also too compelling to ignore. The short version is: Noah Baumbach and possibly Greta Gerwig may be shooting som...

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    ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Writer Derek Connolly Writing A Pixar Film; Jennifer Lee To Co-Direct Disney's 'Frozen'

    Who would have thought that “Safety Not Guaranteed,” the low budget sci-fi-ish Sundance hit, would produce some of the most sought after creative talent in the business right now? It was a cute movie and there was certainly some artistry at work, but anyone who thought that the film’s director, Coli...

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    S&A 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Blu-Ray Giveaway (Enter Now To Win!)

    A film that really doesn't need much of an introduction on this site, at this point, given just how much coverage it's received. 

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    Sundance Lineup is a Win for Women Directors and for Everybody Who Cares About Movies

    For the last couple of years (the time that I have written this blog) I have lived in a world full of disappointment when it comes to film festivals which you can also extrapolate to a world full of disappointment at the opportunities available for women directors. If women directed films can't...

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    Christopher Nolan Says Heath Ledger Initially Didn’t Want To Be In Superhero Or Batman Movies: 6 Things Learned From The FSLC Talk

    Last night at the Walter Reade theater in New York, Christopher Nolan and Film Comment contributing editor Scott Foundas sat down for an hour plus chat about the 'Dark Knight' trilogy, Nolan's career and the traditionalist's love of cinema, the virtues of IMAX cameras and shooting on 65mm, and the i...

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    Reactions to Ex-NBC Universal Honcho Jeff Zucker as President of CNN

    Yes, it's true: CNN Worldwide is finally going to shake things up by hiring former NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Zucker as its new president, succeeding former head Jim Walton. Zucker's takeover will begin in January of 2013.

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    Russell Simmons Will Be Honored With Producers Guild of America's Visionary Award

    Announced today, Russell Simmons will receive the Producers Guild of America's Visionary Award, which will presented at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 26, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

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