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Alec Baldwin vs. John Krasinski Argue Yankees vs. Red Sox for New Era Ad

Check out 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin as he argues baseball with The Office's John Krasinski in this New Era ad:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2011 5:58 AM
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Cannes to Honor Bernardo Bertolucci with Honorary Palme d'Or Award

Cannes to Honor Bernardo Bertolucci with Honorary Palme d'Or Award
The 64th Cannes Film Festival will award its 2011 Honorary Palme d'Or award to Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, whose films include Prima della Revoluzione (1964), Novecento (1976), The Conformist (1970), The Last Emperor (1987), Stealing Beauty (1996) (which elicited boos and flapping chairs when it and young Liv Tyler debuted at Cannes) and The Dreamers (2003, pictured with Bertolucci). Bertolucci joins the likes of Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood, who have both received the award within the past decade.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 11, 2011 5:55 AM
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Jeff Buckley Biopic On Its Way: A Selection of His Music and Interview

Jeff Buckley will get his biopic, and it will come via director Jake Scott (director of Welcome to the Rileys, and many rock music videos, including U2, The Smashing Pumpkins, REM & Radiohead). Michelle Sy and Orian Williams are serving as producers, and Buckley's mother, Mary Guilbert, is executive producing, with financing coming from financier Amy Vaughan King. Buckley was an influential musician and son of folk singer Tim Buckley, though he only released one studio album, Grace (1994), before he tragically died in 1997 when he accidentally drowned in the Wolf River Harbour channel of the Mississippi River. At the time, he had been working on his second album. This production has the rights to Buckley's music and has optioned David Browne's book Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. The plan is to kick off production this fall.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 11, 2011 5:42 AM
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True Story Oranges & Sunshine Goes to Cohen Media Group; Stars Emily Watson & Hugo Weaving

Rights for Jim Loach's Oranges and Sunshine, from the producers of The King's Speech, have gone to Cohen Media Group from Icon International. The film stars Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving and David Wendham and tells the true story (from a screenplay by Rona Munro) of social worker Margaret Humphreys, who, after uncovering the organized deportation of children who were sent from the UK to Australia, fought to reunite thousands of families and bring worldwide attention to the scandal.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 11, 2011 5:31 AM
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Shannon Joins Superman: Man of Steel as Supervillain Zod

Superman: Man of Steel has found its villain in character actor Michael Shannon, who will play General Zod in Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Warner Bros. franchise. Shannon joins Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as reporter Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as the Krypton native's adoptive parents.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 10, 2011 11:30 AM
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Appreciating Sidney Lumet; Obits, Spike Lee Tweets, Photos and Clips UPDATED

Appreciating Sidney Lumet; Obits, Spike Lee Tweets, Photos and Clips UPDATED
We raised a toast to Sidney Lumet at dinner Saturday night at the Ashland Independent Film Festival--filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Ashland Independent Film Festival director Joanne Feinberg, film critic Shawn Levy and fellow Oregonian Terri Mintz, and DC Shorts Festival director Jon Gann. We talked about how many great films Lumet made, crammed with strong performances, how he was a New York independent, his and Paddy Chayefsky's amazingly prophetic TV critique Network (see clip) and Lumet's must-read book, Making Movies, a primer for any aspiring filmmaker: "While the goal of all movies is to entertain, the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 10, 2011 7:58 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Hop Tops Arthur and Hanna; Your Highness in Sixth Place

Weekend Box Office: Hop Tops Arthur and Hanna; Your Highness in Sixth Place
It was Russell Brand weekend at the box office, as the Brit comic starred in top-ranked holdover Hop as well as remake Arthur, which went toe-to-toe with smart-house actioner Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan. Ensemble period spoof Your Highness trailed in sixth place, despite a cast led by James Franco and Natalie Portman.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • April 10, 2011 5:12 AM
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The Academy: Who's the Boss? President Tom Sherak Explains Changes

The Academy: Who's the Boss? President Tom Sherak Explains Changes
As president of the Motion Picture Academy, Tom Sherak was very much the guiding force behind presenting Dawn Hudson to the board of governors before their ratifying vote Thursday night. The meeting lasted more than five hours before they brought new CEO Dawn Hudson and her COO partner Ric Robertson in to meet their applause some time before midnight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 9, 2011 1:24 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Barbara Kopple Talks HBO Gun Control Doc, Gun Fight: "Reason is Lost"

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, U.S.A., American Dreams, Shut Up and Sing) is premiering her latest, HBO Documentary's Gun Fight, on HBO April 13, three days before the fourth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting (33 people killed) and a week before the 12 year anniversary of the Columbine Massacre (12 people killed).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 8:29 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Fests, WonderCon, Box Office, In The Works, Academy, Interviews & Women in Film

BOX OFFICE
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 8:26 AM
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