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Blue Valentine's NC-17 Rating Overturned by MPAA

Blue Valentine's NC-17 Rating Overturned by MPAA
Sometimes the right thing happens. Harvey Weinstein milked the controversy surrounding the NC-17 rating for Blue Valentine to bring attention to the movie. Director Derek Cianfrance had refused to trim an intimate sex scene with implied oral sex between Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling from the realistic relationship drama. Finally Wednesday, after Weinstein led 40 minutes of appeals arguments and screened the film at the MPAA's Sherman Oaks offices, the MPAA appeals board overturned the rating.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2010 9:16 AM
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Social Network's Armie Hammer Gets Actor-Nerdy Talking Winklevi, Fincher, Sorkin, Rowing

Social Network's Armie Hammer Gets Actor-Nerdy Talking Winklevi, Fincher, Sorkin, Rowing
TOH's Sophia Savage sat down with The Social Network's scene stealer Armie Hammer on Tuesday afternoon:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 8, 2010 9:05 AM
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Oscar Watch: NY Times Actors Video Gallery

Oscar Watch: NY Times Actors Video Gallery
Let us distract you with The New York Times' Fourteen Actors Acting: A Video Gallery of Classic Screen Types. They look like B & W portraits (and we've included stills here) but are actually mini-videos rounding up faces from the past year: Javier Bardem, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Jesse Eisenberg, Chloe Moretz, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jennifer Lawrence, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassell, Anthony Mackie, Robert Duvall, Lesley Manville and Tilda Swinton.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 8, 2010 8:08 AM
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Inception: Nolan's Hand-Drawn Map

Check out what purports to be Christopher Nolan's own hand-written map of Inception's many dream levels.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2010 5:52 AM
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Development Watch: Will Smith A Modern Robin Hood, Wahlberg Fights Robots, Hardy and LaBeouf Bootleg

- The Wachowskis (The Matrix) are jumping on Warner Bros.' remake wagon with Hood, less than a year after Universal brought the story of the legendary thief back to life with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Rest assured the Wachowski's version (which they wrote) will be different: a modern, urban retelling with Will Smith rumored to be involved. They have also been working on CN-9, said to include an archeological investigation of two US soldiers falling in love in Iraq and an assassination plot against George W. Bush. No word on when either will start shooting.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 8, 2010 4:31 AM
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Sony's Pascal Extends Employment Deal

Amy Pascal is sticking with her gig as co-chairman at Sony Pictures Entertainment for the moment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2010 11:47 AM
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Michael Arndt Digs Into Toy Story 3 and the Genius of the Pixar System

Michael Arndt Digs Into Toy Story 3 and the Genius of the Pixar System
After studying writing as an assistant to Matthew Broderick, among other gigs, Michael Arndt finally wrote Little Miss Sunshine, which impressed quite a few people, screenwriter Robert Towne among them. (He gave Arndt an adaptation to do, which never got made.) Arndt won the original screenplay Oscar for that first produced screenplay. From there he went on to earn a rare solo credit on what many consider to be one of the year's best films, Pixar's Toy Story 3. We sat down for a long dig into the details of how to write a sequel to a beloved franchise at Pixar, which consistently turns out smart blockbusters, year after year: no mean feat.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2010 8:29 AM
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Actress Watch: Multi-Talented Vanessa Paradis, Halle Berry Talks Career Extremes

Vanessa Paradis is multi-talented. She's been a pop singer since the age of 14, muse to Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, partner of and parent with Johnny Depp, and recent co-star with Romain Duris in this year's charming French rom-com Heartbreaker (L'Amacoeur) - a must-see for Dirty Dancing fans. Interview Magazine has her chatting with interviewer Patti Smith. They talk music, playing dress-up, Gene Kelly, Paradis' version of "Hallelujah" (video below) and why having children make it seem "that half your brain doesn't belong to you anymore."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2010 4:47 AM
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Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson

Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson
Paul Giamatti is one of those actors who has enough of a global following, thanks to Sideways and HBO mini-series John Adams, to help get certain movies made. Barney's Version is one of them. You can see why he'd want to dive into the best Mordecai Richler character since Duddy Kravitz. The movie is worth seeing for how the actors run with their roles--from doting Dad Dustin Hoffman to Jewish princess Minnie Driver, hippie girlfriend Rachelle Lefevre and dream wife Rosamund Pike. Sony Pictures Classics is giving the film a qualifying run this week in New York and L.A. before a January 11 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2010 2:00 AM
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Oscar Buff Alert: Academy Countdown Begins Tuesday at Oscar.org

Oscar Buff Alert: Academy Countdown Begins Tuesday at Oscar.org
Oscar buffs can revel in the material the Academy is putting up in honor of the upcoming 83rd Academy Awards. Tuesday Oscar.org will begin counting down to the show on February 27 by revisiting each of the award ceremonies that precede it. Each day the official Academy Award site will highlight photos, audio and video clips and trivia.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2010 9:42 AM
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