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Little Miss Sunshine Team Tackles He Loves Me, Palahniuk's Gang-Bang, Keaton & Harris Look of Love

- It's the "yardstick by which so many indie films are measured: a small movie made with first-time directors that blew up at Sundance, became a box-office sensation and an Oscar best picture nominee," writes the LAT of Litte Miss Sunshine. A full five years after its indie-to-Oscar success, its filmmakers are reteaming. Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa will tackle He Loves Me, written by Zoe Kazan (Dayton and Faris are developing her first draft).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2011 5:20 AM
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Trailer Watch: Winslet, Leo, Pearce and Wood in HBO's Mildred Pierce

Check out Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce and Melissa Leo in the latest trailer for Todd Haynes' mini-series retelling of the 1945 Joan Crawford classic Mildred Pierce. The five-part HBO series premieres March 27. Here is Amy Dawes' interview with Winslet and Haynes.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2011 4:36 AM
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SBIFF Oscar Directors Panel: Aronofsky, Ferguson, Granik, Hooper, Russell, Unkrich

SBIFF Oscar Directors Panel: Aronofsky, Ferguson, Granik, Hooper, Russell, Unkrich
During the final panel of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 5, Variety’s Peter Bart led a discussion among directors of Oscar-nominated films, including Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), documentarian Charles Ferguson (Inside Job), writer-director Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), David O. Russell (The Fighter) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) before a capacity crowd at the city’s historic downtown Lobero Theater. Justin Lowe reports (video is below).
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  • February 9, 2011 3:14 AM
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Sony Negotiating MGM Distrib and Financing Deal, Including Bonds

Sony and MGM have been in bed together for some time. One of many investors in the company, Sony has released the last two Bond films, and wants to release the next two as well, reports the the LATimes. Streamlined MGM has been strapped for cash for some time, come through bankruptcy, and now has two new CEOs, industry vets Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber, who are seeking to avoid the risk and expense of marketing and releasing their own movies. They are talking to several studios about a worldwide distribution deal for MGM's films and home video, as well as financing on some films such as Sam Mendes' Bond 23, starring Daniel Craig.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2011 3:07 AM
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Dueling Snow Whites: Kavanaugh Lands Roberts as Evil Queen

Relativity has landed Julia Roberts to star as the evil Queen in Tarsem Singh's untitled contemporary comedy adventure based on the Grimm fairy tale Snow White. The neophyte distrib starts principal photography in April with a planned June 29, 2012 release date, which puts it ahead in the race to start two rival Snow White projects. Charlize Theron is in talks to play the wicked Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman for Universal, which is negotiating to sign Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart. Meanwhile, The Playlist reports that Famke Jannsen is joining the Paramount fairy tale remake, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2011 2:22 AM
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Take That Zuckerberg! Winklevi Fight For More Money, Publicity with Spandex

Take That Zuckerberg! Winklevi Fight For More Money, Publicity with Spandex
The Winklevoss Twins (or the Winklevi, as brought to you by The Social Network's Armie Hammer), who lost their most recent fight against Mark Zuckerberg, strike back in an interview with The Daily [UPDATED: Part 2 & 3 after the jump; Piers Morgan interview with the twins here]:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 8, 2011 8:37 AM
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Oscar Watch: Tom Hanks Works for the Academy

Oscar Watch: Tom Hanks Works for the Academy
Academy governor Tom Hanks has been working overtime. At Monday's Academy Nominees lunch he turned up in a well-produced how-to video shot at the empty Hollywood and Highland Kodak Theatre that will be the site of the Oscar Show February 27. His goal: teaching this year's crop of 190 nominees how to give an entertaining acceptance speech: no lists, keep it to 45 seconds, save it for the Thank You Cam, etc. (A more detailed DVD will be sent to all the nominees.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2011 6:29 AM
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Streep Starts Filming Iron Lady Thatcher Role, in Talks for Great Hope Springs with Prada's Frankel

Meryl Streep is portraying Margaret Thatcher (with Jim Broadbent as her husband) in The Iron Lady, director Phyllida Lloyd's follow-up to global blockbuster Mamma Mia!, which started principal photography in London on January 31.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 8, 2011 6:10 AM
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Old Spice's Isaiah Mustafa: "Where You Can Go When Your Man Smells Like Me"

Since Old Spice star Isaiah Mustafa broke out last summer, the hunky actor has landed roles in Horrible Bosses and Tyler Perry's upcoming Madea's Big Happy Family (April 22).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 8, 2011 5:55 AM
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WGA Awards Opening Number: Ferguson and Stonestreet Sing "Write It Gay"

Check out Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet's opening number as hosts of the WGA Awards:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2011 4:00 AM
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