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    Oscar Watch: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin Are Co-Hosting--and Co-Promoting

    Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman, the two producers of the Academy Awards telecast to be broadcast around the world on March 7, have selected two hosts for the show: repeat host Steve Martin (the 73rd and 75th Oscars) and newbie Alec Baldwin. The producers went to last year's host Hugh Jackman first,...

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    Jackman Passes as Oscar Host: New Poll

    Hugh Jackman won our Oscar Host Poll hands down. Now that the song-and-dance man has officially passed on hosting this year's Oscarcast, who should it be?

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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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    Mad Men's Hamm Goes to the Movies

    As Mad Men Season 3 gets under way to huge numbers (yes!), Jon Hamm is wasting no time chasing a movie career--which was stymied by last year's labor unrest. I have high hopes for the first film, The Town, director Ben Affleck's romantic thriller set in Boston, which starts shooting in September. I...

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    Woodstock Now & Then, Mad Men Ads, Journalism Online, Shah Rukh Khan

    The U.S. treatment of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan stirs up a ruckus back in India. Shalini Dore and Jon Brooks explain.

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    Mad Men: Create Your Own Avatar

    Join Don Draper's world. That's my avatar, ready to share a few drinks with the dapper Madison Avenue ad exec. If only. You too can create your own Mad Men avatar. They're proliferating over the web like kudzu.

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    TV's Revenge of the Boomer Women

    It's the revenge of the boomer women. As the movie business has largely abandoned the female demo, especially older segments, television has picked up the slack. Here's my story at More Magazine, which boasts Saving Grace star Holly Hunter on the cover. I'm still catching up with the last season of Damages, starring the ravishing Glenn Close. The ABC soap opera Brothers and Sisters, starring mighty matriarch Sally Field, is a guilty pleasure. And this summer's manna from heaven is Nurse Jackie, starring Sopranos great Edie Falco as a complicated, fallible, sexy New York hospital nurse who cares about saving lives--while popping pills and chea...

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    SDCC Interview: Cameron Talks Avatar

    Here's my Comic-Con interview with James Cameron about how his undersea expeditions informed his return to moviemaking, Avatar. He digs into how he perfected the art of performance capture to allow the warmth of his actors to come through. He wants to do some consciousness-raising with SAG on what p...

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    SNL Portman Short is Hulu Hit

    When you're a squeaky clean white Harvard grad with a demure pixie appeal, what better way to spruce up your street cred than rap on Saturday Night Live? Natalie Portman did, with aplomb (back in 2007) and it's one of the most popular shorts on Hulu. The long tail lives.

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