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Golden Globes Predictions

Golden Globes Predictions
The Golden Globes, voted on by 84 idiosyncratic Hollywood foreign correspondents, are always tough to call. I pay heed to awards expert Pete Hammond, who tells me It's Complicated and Avatar played well with the group, and I gather feedback from HFPA members, who are a mix of serious journalists, critics, red carpet interviewers and junket whores. I know they take their votes seriously. But they also have a tendency to vote for the stars they want to show up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2010 10:02 AM
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Emily Blunt Talks Young Victoria, Golden Globes

Emily Blunt Talks Young Victoria, Golden Globes
Brit actress Emily Blunt walks the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Sunday afternoon as a best actress drama nominee for The Young Victoria, which is holding well ($6.3 million so far in North America), and should get a boost from her Globes appearance. She has been there before: she's now an old hand.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2010 7:55 AM
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Composer Zimmer Talks Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Dark Knight, It's Complicated

Composer Zimmer Talks Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Dark Knight, It's Complicated
In many ways, the best thing about Sherlock Holmes is its score (released January 12), featuring exotic Hungarian and gypsy instruments. It's one of about a hundred movie scores delivered by prolific German composer Hans Zimmer, who has earned six Oscar nominations; he won for The Lion King in 1994. On February 2, he earned a seventh Oscar nomination for Sherlock Holmes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2010 6:23 AM
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Iwashina and Dinerstein Launch Parlay Media

Iwashina and Dinerstein Launch Parlay Media
A week before the Sundance Film Festival gets under way, sales agent Kevin Iwashina and producer Ross Dinerstein have closed financing on an overhead and development fund for their new company, Parlay Media. As 50/50 managing partners and co-owners, the dealmaker and filmmaker have set up shop at new offices in Santa Monica. While both men come from the independent film sector, Iwashina is a former CAA agent, while Dinerstein has produced a number of low-budget films. "Our skill sets and Rolodexes are complementary," says Iwashina. "Our combined experience will be the foundation of our company."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2010 3:47 AM
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Late Night Wars: What Price Will NBC, Leno and Zucker Pay?

You don't have a mess like the Late Night Wars without fallout. Winners and losers are inevitable.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2010 2:53 AM
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Hollywood Mobilizes to Help Haiti

Besides George Clooney and Matt Damon's January 22 Haiti Aid Telethon, and Sean Penn arranging an emergency medical shipment to Haiti, many other members of the Hollywood community are stepping up to help the earthquake-ravaged island. On the eve of their annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have donated $100,000 to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti relief fund. Sandra Bullock, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's foundation, have committed $1 million in relief. And Artists for Peace and Justice is mounting a fundraising brunch this Sunday, reports writer-director Paul Haggis:Our board members have raised a significant amount of money in the past few days and we are hand delivering the funds to Port au Prince now. We have been told supplies are available in Haiti, they are just expensive; the banks are closed, so the hospitals that are still functioning, like the children's hospital we sponsor, St. Damien's -- the only free hospital serving the people of the slums of Port au Prince -- have run out of medicine and fuel for their generators. The emergency cash is a quick fix; we are also partnering with Operation USA and are flying in containers of medicine and supplies within the next few days. Anyone interested in donating can go to our website.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2010 1:16 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode 18: More Guild Votes, Sandra Bullock, Michael Bay and Golden Globes

Oscar Talk Episode 18: More Guild Votes, Sandra Bullock, Michael Bay and Golden Globes
In this week’s Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I debate the impact of the latest guild votes and describe the week’s crowded party circuit, from Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 sound demo to cocktails with Sandra Bullock, star of The Blind Side. The weekend brings another round: BAFTA tea, and the Golden Globes Awards and pre-and-after parties.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2010 10:54 AM
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NBC Settling Conan Departure, Late Night Goes Wild

Finally, Conan O'Brien is close to settling with NBC, which (thanks apparently to Universal chief Ron Meyer) is not only paying the talk show host off, but letting him go work for someone else. Leno, who has been hammered relentlessly, along with NBC and NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker, will stay.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2010 6:38 AM
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Tron Legacy Producer Sean Bailey Lands Disney Production Gig

Ben Affleck is a happy man.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 11:56 AM
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Haiti Needs Hollywood's Support

Over coffee today with outgoing MPAA chairman Dan Glickman--who served as Agriculture Secretary in the Clinton administration and plans to return to public service on September 1 when he stops repping the Hollywood studios in Washington--he made clear how much devastated Haiti, which is just 300 miles away from the U.S., needs support from folks in Hollywood. "Our industry needs to step up," Glickman said. "Now [relief organizations] are focused on clean-up, medicine and food. Development work will be done later on."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 10:43 AM
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