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    Weekend Fest Duel: Classic Films vs. Fest Of Books

    TCM’s first-ever Classic Film Festival launches April 22nd, running 50 classic films and wide-ranging panels over four days at three landmark venues--Grauman’s Chinese, the Egyptian and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

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    Oscar Coverage Round-Up

    IndieWIRE's Sophia Savage culls the best of the Award coverage leading up to the Big Show Sunday night:

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    Vanity Fair's Leibovitz Shoots Directors and Stars

    At their best, the photos in Annie Leibovitz's 2010 Hollywood photo gallery capture feelings between the movie directors and their stars. This one of Quentin Tarantino and straight man Christoph Waltz--who will get an Oscar, even if his boss does not---is my favorite.

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    Haiti Needs Hollywood's Support

    Over coffee today with outgoing MPAA chairman Dan Glickman--who served as Agriculture Secretary in the Clinton administration and plans to return to public service on September 1 when he stops repping the Hollywood studios in Washington--he made clear how much devastated Haiti, which is just 300 mil...

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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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