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Diablo Cody Says The Lack Of Women In Creative Positions In Hollywood Is "Deeply Depressing"

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 1, 2012 9:59 AM
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Diablo Cody is depressed about the Oscar nominations. Not just because her screenplay for "Young Adult" was snubbed -- she already has one statuette at home for "Juno" -- but more so because she wasn't the only woman overlooked this year. Only three were nominated as screenwriters -- Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig for "Bridesmaids," and the late Bridget O'Connor as co-writer of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" -- and none were nominated for Best Director. (Although a few films helmed by women scored nods in other categories: Agnieska Holland's "In Darkness" in Best Foreign Language Film, and Jennifer Yuh Nelson's "Kung Fu Panda 2" in Animated Film).

Supermodel Daisy Lowe To Make Screen Debut Opposite 'Game Of Thrones' Star Alfie Allen In Brit Thriller 'Confine'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2012 9:44 AM
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The track record of supermodels making their way on to the big screen is not a particularly strong one. Cindy Crawford in "Fair Game?" Not so much. Gisele Bundchen in "Taxi?" No thank you. Heidi Klum in "Ella Enchanted?" Let's move on, please. Nevertheless, they keep trying, particularly so in the current generation. Lily Cole, for example, has actually had more success than most, with roles in films like "The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus" and the upcoming "Snow White And The Huntsman." And now, one of Cole's catwalk colleagues is dipping her toes into acting waters.

'Incendies' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm Animated Take On Joe Sacco's Graphic Novel 'Footnotes In Gaza'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2012 9:21 AM
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Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has always been one of French-speaking Canada's most exciting filmmaking talents, thanks to the likes of "Maelström" and "Polytechnique," both of which won him Genie awards for Best Director, but last year saw him really start to make waves internationally with his Oscar-nominated drama "Incendies." That film saw him leap up Hollywood directorial wish-lists, with the filmmaker becoming attached to the long-gestating Black List script "Prisoners," while late last year saw reports that he'd be teaming up with Jessica Chastain for an adaptation of Russell Banks' novel "The Darling."

First Official Image Of Daniel Craig In 'Skyfall' Suggests New James Bond Is A 'Tron' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2012 8:59 AM
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Even given the excitement around the reboot of "Casino Royale" a few years back, we can't remember the last time a James Bond film was quite as keenly anticipated as this year's 23rd installment in the franchise, "Skyfall." Not only does it mark the third time that Daniel Craig has played MI6's finest secret agent -- a somewhat belated return, after the movie was held up for over a year due to MGM's financial problems -- but thanks to the presence of Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, and Oscar-nominated scribe John Logan ("Hugo"), the bar has been raised in terms of the pedigree of the series. 

Prepare Your Eyes & Ears: Katy Perry Teaming With Paramount For A 3D Concert Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 10:13 PM
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Who the fuck listens to Katy Perry? We sure don't but clearly, a lot of you do, as the pop singer nabbed her sixth number one single for "The One That Got Away" off her album Teenage Dream released in the summer of 2010. Whoever the team is at Capitol Records behind this girl, give them a raise: talk about getting major mileage out of the most disposable music ever. But wait -- there's even more coming.

Shia LaBeouf Back In For 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'; Zac Efron Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 9:55 PM
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Movie projects sometimes have strange, curious lives, going through casting changes and riding the tides created by the pulse of the industry in an effort to get made. And the upcoming "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" is a good example of that. The 2007 Black List script by Matt Drake ("Project X") first found a star in Shia LaBeouf way back in 2010, but nearly a year passed, and a new brunette hunk in Zac Efron was attached to the lead. Well, almost 365 days have passed since then, and the project is right back in LaBeouf's lap.

Ridley Scott To Direct Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 9:40 PM
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Well, that didn't take long. Nearly two weeks after Cormac McCarthy sold his first spec script titled "The Counselor," Deadline reports it now has a director in Ridley Scott. Hooray? 

British Reality TV Grad Samantha Barks Beats Taylor Swift To Role Of Eponine In Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2012 8:30 PM
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While, generally speaking, fans of the stage show have been positive about the cast that's been shaping up for "Les Miserables," Tom Hooper's follow-up to his Oscar-winning "The King's Speech," which sees him adapt the long running musical version of Victor Hugo's classic novel, there's been one sticking point; namely, the report that country-pop sensation Taylor Swift had been offered the role of Eponine, the spoiled little girl-turned-penniless waif who sings one of the musical's key numbers, "On My Own."

Common Joins Louis Leterrier's Magician Heist Movie 'Now You See Me'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 31, 2012 8:06 PM
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While making the rounds for his Sundance drama "LUV," rapper/actor/chick magnet Common told Movieline (via Shadow & Act) that he's joined the cast of Louis Leterrier's awesome-sounding magician heist movie "Now You See Me." "I'm about to film this movie called 'Now You See Me,' which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fisher and Michael Caine and Mark Ruffalo - I'd say it's an action movie, about these magicians," Common told Movieline. "It's dope." Dope indeed!

Justin Timberlake To Romance Amy Adams In Clint Eastwood Vehicle 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2012 7:54 PM
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Say what you like about Justin Timberlake, the man is serious about his acting. The former boy-bander started to gain grudging respect of film fans with small turns in films like "Alpha Dog" and "Black Snake Moan," before winning over many thanks to his supporting role in David Fincher's "The Social Network." Now, despite star vehicle "In Time" failing to convert at the box office, he's pretty firmly cemented as an actor, rather than a musician pursuing vanity projects; he was winning and funny in "Friends With Benefits" and "Bad Teacher," even if the films weren't, Warren Beatty considered him for the lead in his Howard Hughes film, and he's not released a record in nearly six years (although he guested on a couple back in 2010).

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