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Trailer Watch: Made in Dagenham

Check out Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Jaime Winstone, Rosamund Pike and more in Made In Dagenham, a dramatization of the 1968 strike at Britain's Dagenham Ford plant. Director Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls) follows the women who led workers in protest against sexual discrimination (shades of Norma Rae, which won Sally Field an Oscar). The film premiered well this year at Toronto and sits nicely on the Tomatometer with 92%. It opens November 19.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2010 3:36 AM
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Who is Jack Huston?

Jack Huston is popping up all over. Who is this guy? Any relation to Angelica, Danny, John, or Walter? Well, it turns out, all of the above.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2010 1:42 AM
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Galifianakis Dive-Bombs Gibson on The Hangover Part II?

Count me in as a Zach Galifianakis fan. His work in The Hangover, It's Kind of a Funny Story and Vanity Fair's sexy bathing suit layout is brilliant.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 12:32 PM
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Warners Dumps Gibson from Hangover 2 Due to Cast and Crew Protest

Mel Gibson's career rehab hopes via a small role in The Hangover Part II have been dashed, Variety reports. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures took him off the film due to protests from the film's crew and cast (which includes Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms), says director Todd Phillips in a statement:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 10:16 AM
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The Hobbit New Zealand Filming Fracas: Not Resolved

While the blogosphere goes mad with various reports about how or where Peter Jackson's green-lit The Hobbit will be filmed, it seems that the guild problems with shooting in New Zealand have not been resolved. Jackson is still threatening to shoot elsewhere--London perhaps--which could cost New Zealand untold millions. While New Zealand plans to fight to keep the two Hobbit films when Warners brass arrive next week, it may be too late.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 6:52 AM
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Media Watch: Top Newspapers, Ranked by Twitter Followers

The top 25 U.S. newspapers - according to the number of Twitter followers, as recorded by Journalistics a bit over a week ago - is below. Sitting very comfortably in first place is The New York Times with 2.6 million - and they are the only news source on the list that has more followers than print circulation. The Wall Street Journal is number two with 464,591 followers, and The Washington Post comes in at third with 204,514. The Chicago Tribune, however, if you count both of its Twitter accounts, including @ColonelTribune, totals a second-place 879,490.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 5:54 AM
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Oscar Round-Up: Best Actress Buzzing, Quoting The Social Network, Does Winter's Bone Have a Chance?

Oscar Round-Up: Best Actress Buzzing, Quoting The Social Network, Does Winter's Bone Have a Chance?
Buzz is building around this year's best actress Oscar race: "Unlike most years when men dominate the critical buzz for strong roles," asserts TheStar's Zorianna Kit. Well, that's debatable: last year boasted the Sandra Bullock/Meryl Streep flirtation, Carey Mulligan's breakout performance, Mo'Nique, Helen Mirren, Kathryn Bigelow winning for best director…and so on. But certainly this year boasts an abundance of actresses to pick from, including some who grabbed our attention in untraditional roles, from Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right to Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone--and many have not yet seen fall fest fave Natalie Portman in Black Swan. Fasten your seat belts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 21, 2010 4:07 AM
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Video Watch: Halloween Big Cats

For your amusement, here's one of those ubiquitous YouTube cat videos (tune out if you hate them): it's lions and tigers and panthers playing with pumpkins (for charity, natch):
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 3:46 AM
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Media Watch: THR Adds Film Reporter Appelo, Awards Blog The Race, TV Critic Goodman

With the dates looming for the last issue of The Hollywood Reporter print daily (Friday, October 29) and the first weekly issue (Wednesday, November 3) THR is continuing to add staff. They are also figuring out how they will cover the all-important awards season.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 1:18 AM
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Paley Center and SnagFilms Stream Live Doc Debut

In a groundbreaking digital media event, Wednesday the Paley Center for Media, Big Live and SnagFilms are mounting the synchronous American premiere of Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia. It marks the first time a film has premiered with a post-screening panel simultaneously to a theater audience and free online.  
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2010 9:40 AM
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