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Vanity Fair's Latest Young Actresses Cover: Stewart, Cornish, Mulligan

Vanity Fair's Latest Young Actresses Cover: Stewart, Cornish, Mulligan
A swatch of pale loveliness, here are this year's Vanity Fair photos of Hollywood ingenues. I believe the mag has done Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), at least, before. Last week, Stewart was in Sundance supporting The Runaways and Welcome to the Rileys; Rebecca Hall stole Nicole Holefcener's Please Give at Sundance; Mia Wasikowska was also there, starring as one of the Kids Are All Right. She plays the title role in Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland, which should break her out even more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2010 5:46 AM
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Spielberg Heating Up Gershwin and Quinto

It looks like DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg are heating up on Doug Wright's script for a planned biopic of composer George Gershwin. Several biopics--including Tony Kushner's Lincoln and a still-in-development look at the life of Martin Luther King--are in the works, and there's also the ten-part family adventure The 39 Clues, written by Jeff Nathanson, which Spielberg could decide to take on. But clearly, the DreamWorks filmmaker is excited about Gershwin. The script is set in the 30s during the period when the songwriter, hugely popular, stretched himself by turning to more serious Broadway musicals.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2010 1:06 AM
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Weekend B.O.: In Seventh Week, Avatar Beats Edge of Darkness

At the weekend box office, Avatar grossed another $30-million, beating all comers for the 7th weekend in a row, including Mel Gibson's return to the screen in thriller Edge of Darkness, which despite earning mixed reviews scored $17 million. Avatar only needs a little more than $6 million to overtake Titanic as top domestic b.o.-grosser, and should do so by mid-week. Patrick Goldstein puts Avatar's grosses in perspective, adjusting for inflation. Another question: does Avatar's rolling b.o. success help or hurt with Oscar voters?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2010 6:52 AM
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#Sundance: Grand Jury Winners Are Winter's Bone, Restrepo

As I suspected it would, Debra Granik's Winter's Bone won the big Sundance award tonight, the dramatic grand jury prize, as well as screenplay. Both are well-deserved. Roadside Attractions looks smart for picking up the taut Ozark thriller, which is set in a rural Missouri community rife with meth-users and dealers. But the overall relationship between Sundance jury prizes and big box office has never been strong. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's Afghanistan documentary Restrepo won the doc grand jury prize. Australian gangster thriller Animal Kingdom and Denmark's The Red Chapel won the world cinema dramatic and doc grand jury prizes, respectively.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2010 4:07 AM
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Oscar Watch: Bigelow First Woman to Win DGA Award

Oscar Watch: Bigelow First Woman to Win DGA Award
It means less for Avatar to have won best drama and director at the Golden Globes than to have lost best film at the Producers Guild and best director at the Directors Guild, both times to The Hurt Locker. And it means less for Inglourious Basterds to have won best ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild than to have lost at the PGA and DGA. See where I am going? Kathryn Bigelow's DGA win Saturday night (the first to a woman in 61 years) is a sign of continued strength for that film, which could well repeat at the Oscars. (BTW, Bigelow, 58, does not look older than her ex-husband, Cameron, 55).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2010 4:07 AM
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#Sundance: Roadside Buys Winter's Bone

Roadside Attractions has acquired Debra Granik's tough Ozark mystery thriller Winter's Bone, which she adapted with Anne Roselini from the novel by Daniel Woodrell. "It's a well-written, tight, well-spun American story," Granik said after the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2010 1:45 AM
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#Sundance: IFC Acquires Killer Inside Me

#Sundance: IFC Acquires Killer Inside Me
If IFC Films could buy U.S. rights to Lars von Trier's controversial Antichrist out of Cannes, they can do the same with Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me, which has similarly ignited a raging debate out of Sundance over its violence toward women. In the film (adapted by John Curran from the 1952 Jim Thompson novel), Casey Affleck's sociopathic Texas sheriff's deputy beats two women to a pulp with his fists. Talk about pulp fiction.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 30, 2010 10:14 AM
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#Sundance: Abel's Diego Luna is Director Discovery of Fest

Of the three actor-directors who made their feature filmmaking debuts at this year's Sundance, it looks like Mark Ruffalo (Sympathy for Delicious) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jack Goes Boating) can keep their day jobs. But Mexican star Diego Luna, with the magical family drama Abel, is the director discovery of this festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 30, 2010 9:51 AM
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#Sundance: Mark Lewis Gets Down with 3-D Cane Toads

#Sundance: Mark Lewis Gets Down with 3-D Cane Toads
With 1988's Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, Australian documentary filmmaker Mark Lewis (The Natural History of the Chicken) introduced Sundance audiences to the cane toad--an amphibian imported Down Under in 1935 to control sugar cane larvae. Of course, the cane toad did nothing of the kind, and turned out to be a remarkably adaptable--and toxic-- creature, capable of killing dogs and pets with its poison glands. This time with Cane Toads: The Conquest, Lewis celebrates the toad as he tries to restore the balance by suggesting it's not all the toad's fault. He takes us from the toad 16 million years ago, through Puerto Rico and Hawaii to Australia and the evolution of the new and improved 3- D "Ava-Toad."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 30, 2010 8:05 AM
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#Sundance: Aamir Khan Talks 3 Idiots, May Release Peepli Live Himself

#Sundance: Aamir Khan Talks 3 Idiots, May Release Peepli Live Himself
How strange that I should land my first interview with my favorite Bollywood star, Aamir Khan, at Sundance. That's because he came to town as the producer of an indie political satire, Peepli Live, which is the first film from India to be accepted at Sundance-- in the world cinema competition. Khan read the script from rookie director Anusha Rizvi and agreed to back it. She cast the film largely with unknowns, including theater actor Omkar Das Manikpuri. (Here's a review from The Hollywood Reporter.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 30, 2010 3:47 AM
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