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NYT's Dargis & Scott Debate Violent Screen Femmes: Fueled by Rage or Fear of Female Power?

In the NYT's must-read article "Gosh, Sweetie, That’s a Big Gun" (published with this fab summer preview cover illo), Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott have a timely discussion about the recent surge of violent girls and women on the big screen. Excerpts are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 3, 2011 8:45 AM
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Trade Wars: Deadline vs. THR vs. The Wrap

Trade Wars: Deadline vs. THR vs. The Wrap
Anyone who deals with Nikki Finke knows her m.o. If she doesn't land a story first and early or doesn't like something, she will hit back hard until she terrifies her target into giving her what she wants. She is also thin-skinned. Hence her recent email assault on the MPAA's Howard Gantman, who sends me releases all the time. (Full email is below, hat tip: Gawker.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2011 7:02 AM
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Tarantino Speaks on Django Unchained

New York Vulture questioned Quentin Tarantino at the Film Society of Lincoln Center tribute to Sidney Poitier. Tarantino refused to confirm any casting for Django Unchained, including Christoph Waltz, and admitted that the script he finished last Tuesday and handed in to the Weinstein Co. was 366 pages long (that's wrong, I've got a 168-page script). A slight trim may be in order before Tarantino gets the green light. It's unlikely that the Weinstein Co., as well as they did with Inglourious Basterds (worldwide gross: $320 million) at 153 minutes, will want the movie to be quite that long.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2011 6:01 AM
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2011 Webby Award Winners: Arcade Fire, Twitter, Bieber, Funny Or Die, Jim Carrey and More

"This year’s Webby winners exemplify the type of profound effect the Internet is having on popular culture and the world at large,” declares Webby Awards' exec-director David-Michel Davies. "From Arcade Fire’s reinvention of the music video format with The Wilderness Downtown, or the New York Times coverage of revolution in Egypt and the Middle East, the Internet is the driving force of change in the world today.” Among the winners are Justin Bieber, Lisa Kudrow, Arcade Fire, Jim Carrey, Pandora, foursquare, Twitter and FunnyOrDie.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 3, 2011 5:47 AM
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Oprah's OWN Mother's Day Programs: Judds, Extraordinary Moms, No Woman, No Cry, Shania Twain

Oprah Winfrey's OWN network is celebrating Mother's Day weekend with brand new specials and series May 7 & 8. The schedule, listed below, includes Extraordinary Moms (executive produced and hosted by Julia Roberts; Time interviews her and Hillary Clinton about their participation here. ), No Women, No Cry (Christy Turlington's directorial debut), Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes (pictured), the series finale of The Judds, and an intimate portrait of Shania Twain's life and career, Why Not? with Shania Twain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 3, 2011 5:03 AM
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LA Film Fest 2011: Programmers Talk Lineup for Downtown Festival, June 16-26 UPDATED

LA Film Fest 2011: Programmers Talk Lineup for Downtown Festival, June 16-26 UPDATED
Film Independent has made its first round of selections for the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 16-26, returning to downtown's L.A. Live. Over 30 countries will be represented by the 200-plus features, shorts and music videos. Special events, galas, the tentpole opening and closing night selections, guest artists and guest director will be announced closer to the festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2011 4:58 AM
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SFIFF 54 Day Ten: Dog Day Afternoon, Cinema Komunisto, James Woods, Making Friends with Books

SFIFF 54 Day Ten: Dog Day Afternoon, Cinema Komunisto, James Woods, Making Friends with Books
On day ten of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Meredith Brody talks Dog Day Afternoon, sees and loves Cinema Komunisto, digresses on James Woods (among other things) and makes friends via Bossypants and Chekhov's short stories:I start the day by watching as much of the program honoring Frank Pierson with the Kanbar Award for screenwriting as I can before dashing off to see Love in a Puff. The clip that Pierson showed in his Master Class, the afternoon before, reminded me that (a) I know Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon -- the movie they’re going to show as part of the tribute -- very well indeed, (b) yes, the 70s were a golden age of movies, (c) Pacino’s performance (not to mention John Cazale’s – but then I just did) is more riveting than any I’ve seen in the past nine days.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 3, 2011 4:53 AM
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MTV Movie Awards Nominates Twilight and Harry Potter Stars, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Portman

MTV Movie Awards Nominates Twilight and Harry Potter Stars, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Portman
On June 5, Jason Sudeikis will host the MTV Movie Awards, the show guaranteed to recognize the power of celebrity and shrieking teenage girls. EW reports the nominees for Best Female and Male performance, from Oscar-winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan) to Jennifer Aniston (Just Go With It) and Jessie Eisenberg (The Social Network) to Zac Efron (Charlie St. Cloud). Yes, really. The nominees for Best Line from a Movie are also announced, and listed below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 3, 2011 4:47 AM
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Tony Award Nominations: Book of Mormon Leads with 14, Acting Nods for Pacino, McDormand, Redgrave

Tony Award Nominations: Book of Mormon Leads with 14, Acting Nods for Pacino, McDormand, Redgrave
The Tony Award nominations have arrived, and The Book of Mormon leads the way with 14 nominations (15 is the record, held by The Producers [2001] and Billy Elliot [2009]). Here is our interview with the musical's creators, South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Musical The Scottsboro Boys got 12 noms and nine went to Anything Goes. Among the acting nominees are Al Pacino (The Merchant of Venice), Frances McDormand (Good People) and Vanessa Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2011 4:46 AM
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Classics Lure Young and Old to L.A.'s TCM Classic Film Festival

Classics Lure Young and Old to L.A.'s TCM Classic Film Festival
Cari Beauchamp reports from her busy weekend at the TCM Classic Film Festival:Hollywood Boulevard was even more packed than usual this weekend with thousands of people who could have passed for casually dressed conventioneers, but were actually visitors from all 50 states except for West Virginia, in town to attend the second annual Turner Classic Movies film festival.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • May 3, 2011 4:02 AM
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