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    Film Quiz: Six Drawings, No Stars

    Artist Paul Rogers sketched images from his favorite movies and designed several sets of six pictures as tough "get this movie" quizzes. No stars. I got most of them, but was stumped by a few. One quiz is on the jump; or you can test your mettle.

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    Ten Things I Learned at the Governors Awards

    1. The Governors Awards will not be televised. At the orange Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland Saturday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave out four honorary Oscars at a new annual event on the awards calendar. Academy executive director Bruce Davis, president Tom Sher...

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    Downsizing: Hollywood Goes on a Permanent Diet

    The studio glory days are over, and everyone knows it. Diminishing expectations and returns are the new normal. (Here's Disney chief Robert Iger's gloomy take.) Palpable anxiety is everywhere as the game of corporate musical chairs keeps removing one chair after another. Folks are scrambling to hang...

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    Weekend Read: The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Editor of the Year, Glickman Leaving MPAA, Geek Chic Daily

    Wes Anderson's stop-motion feature The Fantastic Mr. Fox debuted well at the London Film Festival; Willem Dafoe co-stars with George Clooney and Meryl Streep; he also stars in Lars von Trier's Antichrist---and a host of other movies. Here's Todd McCarthy's Fox review.

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    Changes at Comcast/NBC/Universal, LAT and LA Weekly, John Woo, Serious Man Ending

    John Woo is on the promo circuit with the shortened version of his Asian two-part epic Red Cliff--I'll file on my upcoming Q & A with him. Here's Movieline's interview.

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    Disney's Next Move: Who Will Replace Cook?

    Something had to give at Disney. But motion picture chief Dick Cook was such a fixture at the studio that despite Disney chairman Robert Iger's public complaints about the quality of the movies, I figured production chief Oren Aviv would be the target. Disney's output has been suspect ever since Aviv replaced Nina Jacobson at the studio. Cook, who over 38 years rose up through the ranks to run distribution before he took over running movies, was clearly comfortable with Aviv, who came from the marketing side, but had written the high-concept hit, National Treasure. So Cook and Aviv were both strong marketers, but hit a rough box office patch ...

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    Marvel Update, Netflix Refunds, Simple and Cheap is Good

    Thankfully, a cooling marine layer blew in over L.A. Tuesday morning, which shifted the balance a bit for exhausted firefighters battling the huge Station fire which has destroyed some 63 homes and threatens some 12,000. "The Station fire grew to more than 122,000 acres overnight and continued to burn out of control despite some signs of improving weather conditions," reported the LAT. UPDATE 4:20 PM: "Firefighters made significant progress today in the Station fire, but a tense battle was underway this afternoon to save the communication centers atop Mt. Wilson. By 3 p.m., the fire was approaching closer than ever from two directions: one-ha...

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    Weekend Read: Poland vs. Wells, Almodovar Talks Cruz, Time's Top 50 Sites, MTV Fall Preview

    Hollywood Round-Up: MTV does the click per page routine with its fall movie preview, annoyingly.

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    Classic Cinema, Redbox Update, Batman Reality, Floating Heads

    Hollywood News:Drew Barrymore's roller derby movie Whip It has a new poster and a new release date: October 2.

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    LACMA Film Program Saved, Housing Unit for Aged to Close

    There's good news and bad news.

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