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Globe Winner Streep Says Hollywood Is Improving for Women

Backstage at the Globes, after winning best actress for Julie & Julia, Meryl Streep said that Hollywood is improving for women. "Sandra Bullock is 45," she said. "The perception is better for her than it was for me at her age." She thanked the Globes for continuing to like her work after 30 years. "It's hard to remain new," she said. A hit like Julie & Julia "is a good signal to the financial end of the business," she said, that a movie that reads uncommercial, about a middle-aged cook, is a big hit. "That's good news."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 2:29 AM
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Golden Globes: McCartney Loses to The Weary Kind

Up also won the Golden Globe for best original score. And "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart won best song. Paul McCartney might have had a better shot if he had written a song for a better movie than Everybody's Fine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 2:08 AM
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Golden Globe Win: Up Will Also Nab Oscar

So far the Golden Globes wins are obvious no-brainers that will likely repeat on Oscar night.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 1:39 AM
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Mo'Nique's Globes Win is No Surprise

Mo'Nique did well. She trembled with emotion as she accepted her supporting actress award, saying: "Thank you, God, for this amazing ride that you're allowing me to go on. ...I am in the midst of my dream...To Gabby, sister, I am in awe of you. Thank you for letting me play with you... I celebrate this award with all the Preciouses, with all the Marys. I celebrate this award with every person that's ever been touched. It's now time to tell, and it's OK."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 1:05 AM
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Backstage at the Golden Globes

"NBC, you're in the toilet right now," says Julia Roberts, hanging with Richard Lovett and Tom Hanks on the drenched red carpet, which literally is soaked. I stood in a puddle picking up my press credential. This is my first time covering the Golden Globes backstage. And I've been inside the Globes dinner party just once--it's a coveted ticket and I hope to get back in there, it's a blast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2010 12:37 AM
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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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