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Women in Hollywood: Salander vs. Gilbert, Bullock Is Forbes #1, Rom-Com Actresses, Lady Gaga

- Two literary characters--Lisbeth Salander and Elizabeth Gilbert--built huge fan bases of women book lovers well before the characters hit the big screen. Fans eagerly await the news of who David Fincher will cast as Salander in the English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and subsequent sequels); the Swedish originals starred Noomi Rapace. And author Elizabeth Gilbert is days away from watching herself portrayed by Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2010 5:02 AM
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Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!

Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!
M. Night's Shyamalan's The Last Airbender was slammed by critics: it earned an abysmal 8% on the Tomatometer. No question that since Shyamalan's strong breakout The Sixth Sense, followed by Unbreakable and Signs, his last features (The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening) are trending downward with both critics and more important, audiences. And movie sites have not hesitated to catalogue everything wrong with the director, and to offer constructive advice.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2010 5:01 AM
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Media Watch: Deadline and PMK Add Segall and Koltai-Levine, Newsweek Sells, Forbes Loves Blogs

It's a smart move for Mail.com CEO Jay Penske to bring on trade-savvy Lynne Segall as vice president/publisher, who was unaccountably let go by the LA Times, where she launched The Envelope, among other cash cows.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 8:14 AM
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Jon Stewart Disses Media Coverage of Chelsea's Wedding

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  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 6:37 AM
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More: Media, TV, Video

3-D Resistance, Teen Stars Disappoint at Box Office, Justin Bieber Biopic, New Idol Judges

- The ultimate Hollywood truism these days: if you can't make it good, make it 3-D. The NYT considers the pull for and push against 3-D domination. At Comic-Con, several directors played to anti-3-D sentiment in the cavernous Hall H. J. J. Abrams believes that “when you put the glasses on, everything gets dim." Joss Whedon loves 3-D, but at the same time was against MGM turning his production of The Cabin in the Woods 3-D: now Whedon hopes being the only non-3-D horror flick could make it special. With almost 60 3-D films set for release in the next two years across some 5,000 digital screens, now 2-D is old-school-cool. Some filmmakers are resisting 3-D; it complicates shooting and, according to both Whedon and Abrams, typically does little or nothing to improve cinematic storytelling. Christopher Nolan resisted making Inception 3-D, while tech-savvy Michael Bay has admitted to making Transformers 3 only partially 3-D.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 3, 2010 5:40 AM
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Unraveling Inception: Zimmer's Piaf Riff, Clothing Clues, Nolan's Anxiety

One of the great pastimes of summer 2010 is unravelling, explaining and debating Inception. Which is the main reason it is such a big hit: repeat business. (The movie's so good that the Chinese government is allowing it to play there, a rare honor for a Hollywood picture.) Here are some recent popular memes:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 5:27 AM
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Colin Fitz Comes Back from the Dead: A Tale of Indie Resurrection

Director Robert Bella went thousands of dollars into debt to get his debut film Colin Fitz, an absurdist comedy about a dead rock legend starring William H. Macy, into Sundance in 1997. He then spent the next 13 years getting himself and the film--which earned good reviews--out of hock. At one low point, when he got sick of sleeping on friends' couches, he moved into his own storage space.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 4:29 AM
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Congrats Diablo Cody: New Baby, Red Band Trailer, Reitman Reunion

Attention-starved screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, The U.S. of Tara) has plenty of good news. She delivered baby Marcello Daniel Maurio on July 27. And her new traveling talk-show Red Band Trailer, recorded in her Airstream, is playing on YouTube. Her first three shows are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 1:27 AM
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Steve Carell Builds a Movie Career as Deadpan Leading Man

Here's a taste of my latest Career Watch examination of the impressive Steve Carell, who can seemingly do no wrong.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2010 8:12 AM
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Pegg and Frost Talk Universal Road Comedy Paul and Tintin

Working Title co-chief Eric Fellner looked anxious before Universal's Comic-Con panel for Paul, an alien road-trip comedy reteaming Simon Pegg and his Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz co-star Nick Frost, as co-writers and co-stars. Seth Rogen voices the friendly alien that the two sci-fi geeks encounter after they leave Comic-Con for a road tour through Area 51. Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman and Jon Hader lend support. Director Greg Mottolla (Superbad) grabbed some exterior shots at the Con last year, but largely restaged the mammoth San Diego event with extras in Albuquerque. (According to Frost, when they asked if they could shoot inside the real Con, the fire marshall said, "no fucking way.")
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2010 7:15 AM
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