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Jen Grisanti Talks Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story, Emotional Truth

Jen Grisanti Talks Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story, Emotional Truth
Jen Grisanti, a well-known story consultant and former TV development exec, sponsors a monthly mixer for L.A. writers and reps at the agency-adjacent X Bar in Century City. She chats with Amy Dawes about her new book Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story (Michael Wiese Prods), which guides writers toward discovering their own voices and the value of their unique life experiences.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 14, 2011 2:20 AM
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Hero Complex Fest: Captain America, Favreau, Downey, Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Avengers, Comic-Con

Hero Complex Fest: Captain America, Favreau, Downey, Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Avengers, Comic-Con
Geoff Boucher has a good gig. His Hero Complex print/blog combo gets first crack--along with EW and MTV Movies--at the best access to the top genre movies, including set visits and early interviews. The guy's a strong reporter--he's been at the LAT for some 20 years--and his enthusiasm for the Comic-Con universe is genuine. The LAT has been promoing his second annual Hero Complex Film Festival, which took place last weekend.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2011 11:01 AM
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Summer's Nine Worst Movie Trailers: Green Lantern, Three Musketeers, Change-Up, Mr. Popper

Summer's Nine Worst Movie Trailers: Green Lantern, Three Musketeers, Change-Up, Mr. Popper
The trailers that played in front of X-Men: First Class -- a disappointment in itself after so many strong early reviews -- were about as inspiring as January Jones' line delivery. We were, however, inspired to compile this list of trailers that have turned their films into musts-to-avoid. We can't decide which looks worse, Green Lantern (June 17) or The Three Musketeers (October 14) (you can vote in our poll below). The former is a reportedly $300 million movie that should guarantee Ryan Reynolds is never taken seriously again, with co-star/man-candy Blake Lively's over-exposure far more entertaining than the sub-par CGI aliens. As for Musketeers, the new trailer now playing at a theater new you (the old one is below) plays like soft-core porn for 15-year old girls.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 13, 2011 9:00 AM
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Madonna's W.E. Goes to Weinsteins for 2011 Release

W.E., Madonna's sophomore directorial outing, will be released by The Weinstein Co. this year. Madonna also co-wrote the romantic comedy with Alek Keshishian, who co-directed Miramax's Truth or Dare, which Harvey Weinstein memorably debuted at Cannes in 1991. Madonna co-produced W.E. with Scott Franklin (Black Swan). Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, James D'Arcy, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Dormer, Richard Coyle, James Fox and Laurence star. IM Global handled foreign sales.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 13, 2011 7:24 AM
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In The Works: Coens Go Musical, Pacino's Humbling, Rushdie's Working Tltle/Showtime Sci-Fi TV Series

- ThePlaylist caught a conversation between the Coen Brothers and Noah Baumbach at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (from now on we're calling it The Film Center). The brothers' latest project is a musical.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 13, 2011 6:05 AM
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Academy Receives Record Number of Entries for Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received a record number of entries for the 2011 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. From the 6,730 entries, up to five winners will be selected to receive $30,000 this November.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 13, 2011 5:55 AM
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News Wrap: Hamm Talks Mad Men, Hanks Releases New Larry Crowne Trailer, In Talks with Zemeckis

“I think it should end. Everything should end.” So states Mad Men star Jon Hamm in this interview with the BBC, during which he also criticized AMC studio bosses for the hold up of Mad Men’s fifth season: “When billionaires fight it tends to take a lot longer than when normal people do."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 13, 2011 5:35 AM
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Laura Ziskin, Who Produced More Than Spider-Man, is Dead at 61 UPDATED

Laura Ziskin has succumbed to cancer, which she had fought valiantly for seven years. She produced Spider-Man and To Die For, and one of the best Oscar shows ever, and launched Fox 2000. She was a class act who will be missed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2011 4:17 AM
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Neil Patrick Harris Wraps Tony Awards with a Rap

Neil Patrick Harris Wraps Tony Awards with a Rap
Neil Patrick Harris did another yeoman job hosting the Tony Awards Sunday night, which sent Trey Parker and Matt Stone's best musical The Book of Mormon home with nine wins (I interviewed them here; the complete list of winners is here). One highlight was a host face-off with Hugh Jackman. (Yes, we want the Aussie song-and-dance man back as Oscar host--but if he can't do it, Harris would do!) Another was Harris's opener, during which Brooke Shields muffed her lines. In case you missed the show, Harris raps the Tony Awards to a close in the video, below, along with the lyrics, written during the show by In the Heights' Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kail. Well done.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 13, 2011 3:31 AM
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Angelina Jolie Takes Special Cambodia Journey for Louis Vuitton

It may not seem like a logical pairing, but check out this Angelina Jolie ad for Louis Vuitton. She put together her own clothes and makeup for this Annie Leibovitz photograph. The location is Cambodia (where Jolie shot Tomb Raider and met and adopted her eldest son); the brand's "Core Values" campaign lured Jolie to put her famous face and name to the equally famous luxury line.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 13, 2011 3:23 AM
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