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Blogger Wells Raises Cash for Tyrannosaur Screening

Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeff Wells is championing Strand's Tyrannosaur and star Olivia Colman to such a degree that he has taken it upon himself to raise cash for a screening. He's soliciting PayPal funds for a screening room, and the dollars are pouring in.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 19, 2011 5:17 AM
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IN THE WORKS: Theron's Career Comeback Includes Horror Remake; The Departed Prequel; Night Train

Don't be surprised if Charlize Theron decides not to interrupt what looks like a promising career revival-- via Young Adult/Prometheus/Snow White and the Huntsman--with an ugly step-sister. It's a remake of Zwart Water, a Dutch horror film about a little girl whose new friend is the ghost of her mother's dead twin, in which Theron (her production company Denver & Delilah bought the rights; they also produced Young Adult) is set to play the mother. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) will direct. This sounds like the kind of project Hilary Swank would do (see: The Reaping). We're betting that Theron won't end up in the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2011 11:25 AM
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Dragon Tattoo's Rooney Mara Covers Vogue: Fincher Says She's A Great Weirdo

Rooney Mara, aka Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, covers the latest issue of Vogue. "I have really enjoyed being a boy this last year,” she says of how the character has changed her dressing habits. Fincher tells Vogue she's "a great weirdo."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2011 8:57 AM
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Pauline Kael, Book Reviews, The Age of Movies, A Life in the Dark

Pauline Kael, Book Reviews, The Age of Movies, A Life in the Dark
Two new books about famed New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael are out: Brian Kellow’s biography Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark and and the Library of America's anthology The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael. A sampling of recent pieces inspired by these Kael books and a selection of her most notorious reviews are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2011 8:27 AM
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A Global Ban on Breathing and Other Initiatives from Clinton Foundation's Bickering Celeb Division

Thank Funny or Die for this star-packed video, where celebrities continue to try to save the world. Matt Damon, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Jack Black, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Kevin Spacey and Bill Clinton present:Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Brainstorm from President Bill Clinton
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2011 8:12 AM
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My Movie Pitch Announces 2011 Winner, Who Will Collaborate with Ed Burns

My Movie Pitch (from Tribeca Film and American Express) announces its 2011 winner, Susan Brennan. She made a pitch (after the jump) and Ed Burns will write and direct the short with her help. The film will premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. They explain the story together below. You can follow Ed Burns' twitter for updates.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2011 8:03 AM
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Morelia Film Fest Day Two: Mexico by Train, More Delicious Food and Weitz's A Better Life

Day Two of the Morelia International Film Festival in Patzcuaro, Mexico brings a city tour, train ride and more movies. Meredith Brody reports:Today I’ve been told we can sleep in until lunch, and afterwards we’ll be transported to Morelia by train. Or we can join Jim Ramey in a tour of Patzcuaro, which is one of the 100 Historic World Treasure Cities named by the United Nations. Having never been in Michoacán before, of course I opt for the latter, even though there’s a somewhat daunting meeting time of 8:30.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • October 18, 2011 8:00 AM
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Top Ten Film Locations: Hollywood Still Dominates the World

It should come as no surprise that Los Angeles is the top film location in the world, with 366 films (and counting) under its belt. Check out this Wistia infographic, which lists the planet's top ten cities, states and countries:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2011 7:47 AM
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EFA Nominates Pina, Positioning Among the Stars and ¡Vivan Las Antipodas! for Documentary Award

The European Film Academy has nominated three films for the Documentary Prix Arte award, which will be given at their December 3 event in Berlin after the EFA's 2,500 members vote for the winner.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2011 7:42 AM
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Hamptons Film Festival: Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin Chat John Hughes, Misfires, Brando

Old acting pals Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin took to the stage at the Hamptons Film Festival to catch up. Check out indieWIRE's video of the conversation below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2011 7:40 AM
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