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Elizabeth Taylor at 24? Nude Portrait is Dancer Lee Evans UPDATE

The London Daily Mail is posting a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at 24, reportedly taken by close friend Roddy McDowall when she was dating producer Mike Todd:He persuaded her to pose naked by promising her it would be done tastefully. She then gave it to Todd as a present after he proposed in 1956 – the pair married a few months later but the relationship was tragically short-lived. Todd was killed 13 months after their wedding day when his private plane crashed during a storm over New Mexico.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2011 4:03 AM
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Cannes Update: Van Sant's Restless Opens Un Certain Regard, Pirates 4 Gets Slot

It's prestigious for Gus Van Sant's Restless, starring Mia Wasikowska, to land the opening night slot of Un Certain Regard (May 12) at Cannes, but it isn't as lofty as a competition spot. That selection is reserved for the real "art films," the auteur slots vying for the coveted Palme d'or.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2011 3:58 AM
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2011 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Goes to Six Projects

2011 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Goes to Six Projects
The Tribeca Film Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced six recipients of the 2011 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, which totals $140,000. Each project dramatizes themes of science and technology, and in addition to the financial grants they will receive creative support from both science and film industry experts for a year. The recipients, listed below, will be honored at a luncheon during the Tribeca Film Festival, running April 20-May 1. Co-chairman of the Tribeca Board Jane Rosenthal states:“Over the past 10 years, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has been an essential part of Tribeca, as well as  the film community, by providing funds to help compelling films with science and technology themes to be made. We look forward to the continued success of the program, including this year’s deserving group of grantees.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2011 9:59 AM
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Five Jennifer Lawrence Quotes from May's Teen Vogue: Cheerleading, Katniss & Big Lebowski

Jennifer Lawrence scored big landing The Hunger Games franchise, on top of her Winter's Bone Oscar nomination and upcoming role in X-Men: First Class (trailer below). Hence, she's landed the cover of Teen Vogue. She calls herself a "massive fan" of the Hunger Games series and says she understands fans' excitement and dedication to her Katniss Everdeen character. Here are five quotes (and a picture) from her interview with Teen Vogue, out April 19.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2011 9:56 AM
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Tom Hanks To Star in Tykwer and Wachowskis' Cloud Atlas, Selling at Cannes

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is the kind of book that presents a challenge to turn into a movie. But Tom Hanks wants to star in the sprawling multi-layered narrative, which will be adapted by German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and The Matrix filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski, who will co-write and co-direct (they're not the Wachowski brothers anymore). Their home studio, Warner Bros., will release the film in North America. But Focus International will sell foreign rights to the film, which is in pre-production for a September shoot, in Cannes this year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2011 9:05 AM
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Headline In Search of a Story: Franco's Oscar Night Did Not Hurt Your Highness Box Office

Headline In Search of a Story: Franco's Oscar Night Did Not Hurt Your Highness Box Office
Some online headline-mongering makes me crazy. Basically, the idea is to take a celebrity name and fashion a question around it. In this case, did James Franco's lousy Oscar hosting lead to last weekend's weak opening of Your Highness?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2011 8:12 AM
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NAB Show 2011: Gordon Smith's Keynote: The Battle Over Broadband

The NAB Show is under way in Las Vegas, where NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith looks to broadcasting's future in his state of the industry keynote address, "Spectrum Should Not Be Used For Speculation," below. He's on the warpath against wireless companies such as AT & T persuading the FCC to take more TV spectrum away from broadcasters. "We are in full battle mode to protect broadcasters from being forced to give up spectrum involuntarily," he says.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2011 8:04 AM
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Cisco Kills Flip Cam: Boo!

I am heartbroken that Cisco has decided to kill the Flip Camera, due to restructuring (see release below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2011 7:28 AM
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Gender Imbalance in Media, Geena Davis, Broken Models of Masculinity & Femininity

Gender Imbalance in Media, Geena Davis, Broken Models of Masculinity & Femininity
In December we applauded Geena Davis's Institute on Gender in Media, which she founded after having a daughter in 2004 and became aware of how growing girls are represented and hypersexualized on screen, long before they have to confront the issue of how grown women are shown. Davis was astonished by the institute's research results -- upon which all of her comments are based: “I was absolutely floored to see that the same kind of imbalance and unfairness that exists in movies made for the general populace was also in these movies made for the very youngest kids.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2011 7:19 AM
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Cannes Adds Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates 4; Allen Controls Opener, Adds Baldwin to Rome Film

Cannes Adds Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates 4; Allen Controls Opener, Adds Baldwin to Rome Film
No reviews of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which does for the City of Light what Manhattan did for New York, will run ahead of its unveiling opening night at Cannes (6 PM Croisette time) on May 11. That means there will be no advance press screening that day. Much like the last Indiana Jones installment, Cannes critics will leap from their chairs to file ASAP. The press conference will take place the following day.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2011 5:41 AM
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