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SyFy's Hollywood Treasure: Help Find Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

Hollywood Treasure, SyFy's new docu-reality series, follows Joe Maddalena, the world's leading authority and auctioneer of original pop culture memorabilia. Think the Wicked Witch's hat from The Wizard of Oz or Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, which he is currently hunting down--they were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005. Maddalena will give you $10,000 if you help him find them.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 12:32 PM
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Freeman To Get AFI Life Achievement Award; Fincher's Rendezvous with Rama in Works

Freeman To Get AFI Life Achievement Award; Fincher's Rendezvous with Rama in Works
Morgan Freeman, 73, is having quite a year. He started off 2010 with his fifth Oscar nomination, for playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus; his latest movie, the well-reviewed comedy thriller Red opens on Friday; and he may actually land David Fincher as the director of his 15 years-in-development outer-space epic Rendezvous with Rama. (See MTV video below.) The reason this is now close to being possible: Fincher and James Cameron's advances with performance capture and 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2010 8:53 AM
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FilmDistrict's Bob Berney Names Theatrical Team; Jeanne Berney Heads Marketing

The shape and structure of producer Graham King and Tim Headington's new acquisitions, distribution, production and financing company FilmDistrict, run out of L.A. by ex-Sony exec Peter Schlessel, is coming into focus.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2010 8:01 AM
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Oscar Watch: Vitagraph to Release Spanish Oscar Entry Even The Rain, Starring Garcia Bernal

Oscar Watch: Vitagraph to Release Spanish Oscar Entry Even The Rain, Starring Garcia Bernal
Vitagrah Films has acquired North American rights to Spain's Oscar submission for best foreign language film, Tambien La Lluvia (Even The Rain), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:54 AM
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Five Things We Learned from Romantic Comedies

HuffPost's The Frenemy shares 14 Things We Learned From Romantic Comedies. Our five favorites are below. Check out their complete list with photos for each point.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:36 AM
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Looking Back: Top Ten of 2010 So Far

While many moviegoers are at sea as they read about supposed Oscar contenders they still haven't seen, the LAT has the temerity to look back at the best of the what the year has had to offer so far. We will open up our Netflix queue for the ones we've missed:Animal Kingdom: "manages to be both laconic and operatic. Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver…marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style to illustrate one of the oldest of genre truths: "Crooks always come undone, always, one way or another."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:29 AM
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First Look: Mara and Craig in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The first photos from the Stockholm set of David Fincher's currently filming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have popped up revealing A Social Network star Rooney Mara in character as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as muckraking journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Mara looks about right to me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2010 5:07 AM
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Production News: Bourne Without Bourne, Mad Max Stalls, Eastern Promises 2

- Writer-director Tony Gilroy is trying to have it both ways. He confirms that The Bourne Legacy will be made without Matt Damon - but he contradicts himself. "This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one's replacing Matt Damon," Gilroy says. "There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter…this is a stand-alone project" that happens to be using the title of Robert Ludlum's book, "but will not use the story":"The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal…Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he's very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I'm building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy...the world we're making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne's return [down the road]…Everything you saw in the first three films actually happened, and everyone who got into them will be rewarded for paying attention. We're going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas. When you see where we're going and see what we're doing it'll be pretty obvious."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2010 12:36 PM
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Legendary Anne V. Coates Coaches Student Editors at UCLA

Every once in a while smart people get together to do good.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 11:22 AM
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Media Watch: New Yorker Profiles Gawker's Denton, Not Interested in Noble Failures

The always fascinating Gawker Media czar Nick Denton has yielded a colorful New Yorker portrait by Ben McGrath. Denton gets the new journalism, and I love that he paints himself as a better alternative than the truly frightening new new journalism, the rising tide of content farms: “I think of us as being a little like the friendly barbarians...You know, like, when the Roman Empire fell, there were the tribes that had come out of Mongolia, and each one that came was fleeing some other yet more barbarian group of barbarians. We’re the barbarians who can actually—probably—be hired to defend your gates."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 10:02 AM
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