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    The Late Great Lena Horne Sings Stormy Weather

    Lena Horne has died at 92. Although she was not the first black performer under contract to a major studio, writes Aljean Harmetz in her NYT obit, "Horne was the first to make an impact." Here's Hollywood Elsewhere and the Boston Herald.

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    Betty White Nails Saturday Night Live

    Betty White rocked Saturday Night Live this week with support from returning femmes Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler and jokes about her muffin. Here's the entire episode:

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    Trailer Watch: Spielberg and Abrams' Super 8

    If you object to camcorder trailers, don't watch this trailer for Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' upcoming homage to filmmaking, Super 8--go see it in front of Iron Man 2. For the rest of you, here it is:

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    News Update: Studios Step Up Security, Iron Man Hits Web, Tony Noms, Vaughn Helms X-Men: First Class

    L.A. County sheriffs have stepped up security around movie studios in response to the foiled bombing attempt in New York's Times Square. The LAT reports that the bomb's proximity to Viacom headquarters has led to speculation that the company was targeted because of a recent South Park episode on Com...

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    SFIFF 53 Day Seven: Walter Salles, Father of My Children, Cairo Time, Domain, Soul Kitchen

    On her seventh day at SFIFF53, Meredith Brody practices premature cinematic ejaculation and admires Founders Directing Award-winner Walter Salles, who talks to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and shares research from his upcoming On the Road.

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    Trailer Watch: Clooney in The American

    Anton Corbijn’s follow up to 2007's Control has a September 1st release date and one very marketable combination: Clooney, weapons and women.

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    SFIFF: Walter Murch Keynote Speech

    Editor Walter Murch lays out the “Three Fathers of Cinema: Beethoven, Flaubert, Edison” in his keynote speech at the SFIFF:

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    Bening Talks Vanity-Free Roles in Mother and Child, The Kids Are All Right

    Sony Pictures Classics has a good eye for awards contenders. They scooped up Get Low and Mother and Child out of Toronto, and it's likely that we will see both Robert Duvall and Annette Bening in the awards race this fall.

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    Please Give Nicole Holofcener More Money

    Please Give, writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s thoughtful, well-observed portrait of neurotic, flawed New Yorkers, stars her alter-ego Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt as husband and wife, and Rebecca Hall and a bronzed Amanda Peet as sisters caring for their aging grandmother (Ann Morgan Guilber...

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    SNL Presidents Reunion Funny or Die Video

    If you missed this Funny or Die Presidents Reunion video starring Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd as ex-presidents lecturing Obama, it is hilarious (one reason why it's so good: it's directed by narrator Ron Howard):

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