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Forbes Top Entertainment Earners: Women vs. Men

- Check out Forbes' annual list of Hollywood's highest-grossing women in entertainment. For one thing, points out THR, there aren't any female directors among the top ten women. James Cameron dominates the men's list, along with George Lucas and Michael Bay, but Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow isn't on the list at all.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 12, 2010 7:07 AM
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Gender Watch: Tourist's Jolie Talks to Vogue, Black Swan's Portman Writes

- Angelina Jolie is Vogue's December cover girl (photos by Mario Testino), which, as usual, coincides with the release of her latest, The Tourist with Johnny Depp, out December 10. The woman doesn't have an agent, and why would she? The mold or model doesn't apply to her, and yet The Tourist's director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) confirms to Vogue that “she gets every single script that has a female role aged between eighteen and 40—every script. And she just follows her feeling, holds her own counsel. She’s probably the only global megastar that doesn’t even have an agent—she doesn’t even have a publicist.” Vogue's Vicki Woods was taken in and distracted by her famous face but says once you "clear away the craziness and tabloid clatter that swirls around the Jolie-Pitt family (or “brand”)…you find a practical woman with terrific forward-planning skills." Jolie, on playing the role that was originally written for Tom Cruise in Salt:“I felt it was a weird thing that every time you ask for a strong female role, it’s written in this strange way where it uses sexuality far too much. Or it’s all about being a woman and beating a man. So it wasn’t a surprise to me that the only way to do a strong female role properly was to not have originally written for a woman.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 12, 2010 6:51 AM
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Tina Brown to Edit Diller and Harman's Newsweek/Daily Beast

Barry Diller and Tina Brown have closed a deal to merge their two-year-old online The Daily Beast with 77-year-old print weekly Newsweek, which has a sizable online footprint as well. UPDATE: According to Brown on NPR, The Daily Beast will take over Newsweek online, and she will also run the print weekly. She will be its first woman editor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2010 6:21 AM
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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Early Reviews

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Early Reviews
Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows, the trailer for which (below) has over 15.1 million page views on YouTube, opens nationwide on November 19 and the early reviews are in. The first six films in the series grossed over $1.7 billion in the U.S. and $5.4 billion worldwide. The first, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was the top earner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2010 11:31 AM
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Oscar Watch: How Box Office Impacts Oscar Contenders

Oscar Watch: How Box Office Impacts Oscar Contenders
Does a film's box office performance have an impact on its Oscar hopes? TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro crunches the numbers and evaluates the current field of Oscar contenders.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 11, 2010 9:00 AM
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AFI Fest Announces Winners

AFI Fest Announces Winners
AFI Fest 2010 announced Thursday four feature audience awards and two short film jury winners. Among the audience winners, the World Cinema feature winner is Sundance entry Boy, about a young boy in 1980’s New Zealand who confronts his long-absent father when he returns home (Taika Waititi. New Zealand). (Trailer is below.) The New Auteurs feature winner is Bedevilled, about an island vacation that turns deadly (Cheol-soo Jang. South Korea). The Young Americans feature winner is Littlerock, about a Japanese student who discovers a different America than the one in her dreams (Mike Ott. USA). The Breakthrough award winner (accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize) is Hamill, inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill (Oren Kaplan. USA).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2010 8:24 AM
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Oscar Watch: Iñárritu, del Toro, Prieto Talk Biutiful, Dying Art Films

Oscar Watch: Iñárritu, del Toro, Prieto Talk Biutiful, Dying Art Films
'Tis the season for Q & As, show-and-tells, and various craftspeople and talent giving Academy and Guild members a chance to see their stuff. TOH's Cameron Carlson attended a recent screening at the Academy's Linwood G. Dunn Theater of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s fest circuit hit Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem as a Spanish street peddler and petty criminal named Uxbal. Inarritu, producer Guillermo del Toro, cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, editor Stephen Mirrione, and composer Gustavo Santaolalla (who won back-to-back Oscars for Brokeback Mountain and Inarritu's Babel) talked afterward, not only about the difficulties making and releasing this foreign-language art film but the woeful state of global cinema. Concluded del Toro of today's discerning smart moviegoers: “You want to buy your free-range fucking organic chicken. Well guess what, you are about to run out of fucking organic free-range film."
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • November 11, 2010 6:14 AM
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AFM News: Wall Street Thriller Margin Call, Starring Quinto and Spacey, Sells Multiple Territories

Rookie feature director J.C. Chandor's Wall Street thriller Margin Call, starring an ensemble including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Mary McDonnell, Simon Baker and in the lead as a risk analyst, Zachary Quinto (who also produced), closed multiple deals at the recent American Film Market. Film sales company Myriad showed a new promo of the film, which follows a group of high-flying players at an investment bank during the 24 hours leading up to the 2008 market crash. It is in post-production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2010 12:03 AM
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About

Born and raised in New York, Anne Thompson has been a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, The Observer, and Wired. She has served as film columnist at Variety, and deputy editor of Variety.com, where her daily blog, “Thompson on Hollywood,” launched in March 2007.  Anne was the Deputy Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the West Coast Editor of Premiere, a Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, and West Coast Editor for Film Comment.  She wrote the film industry column “Risky Business” for L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times syndicate.  A graduate of the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University, she has taught film criticism at USC and hosts the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.
  • By TOH!
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  • November 10, 2010 2:22 PM
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Hollywood Goes Bollywood: L.A. and Indian Producers Form Film Council

As India continues to make inroads in Hollywood by investing in such companies as DreamWorks and IM Global, it remains to be seen what the practical results will be of a signed cooperation pact between the city of Los Angeles and the Indian film industry. The city of L.A., the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and the Film Federation of India have agreed to:develop and strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection and commercial cooperation between the two filmmaking communities.  The two parties also support the creation of the Los Angeles-India Film Council to increase Indian film production in Los Angeles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 11:38 AM
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