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Gender Watch: Uphill Battle for Heroines in the Marketplace, From True Grit to Sucker Punch

It's an uphill battle for teenage movie heroines these days, writes LAT's Rebecca Keegan, who argues that female protagonists traditionally "alienate" male audiences. But things are looking up with True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone. They are:"…the product of a film industry in which young women are infiltrating traditionally male genres like action films; female directors and producers are wielding increasing creative influence, and the culture is moving from a sexed-up, dumbed-down model of female adolescence to one marked by smarts, strength and scrap."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2011 9:07 AM
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Directors Guild Reveals Five Male Front-Runners, Skips Women

Directors Guild Reveals Five Male Front-Runners, Skips Women
If there was any doubt as to which films were the front-runners in the Oscar race, they were quelled by the Directors Guild announcement of their nominees. The DGA tends to match Oscar nominations four for five. A movie almost never wins best picture without a DGA nomination, and the DGA winner has been the Oscar winner all but six times since 1948. As expected, first-time nominees Darren Aronofsky and Tom Hooper and vets David Fincher and Chris Nolan are in the running for the DGA's top prize. If the industry still harbors any grudges against David O. Russell for his past on-set behavior, the directors, at least, recognized him with his first DGA nomination for The Fighter.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2011 5:13 AM
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David Strick's Hollywood Launches with The Green Hornet Set Gallery

David Strick is the closest thing Hollywood has to an industry photographer. Everyone knows and trusts him, and they let him get close to the stars and the action. He loves to catch that odd moment that humorously reveals artists at work. He used to shoot on-set pictures for Premiere, and moved on to The Los Angeles Times. Now he's launching "David Strick's Hollywood" with set photos from The Green Hornet at the Reporter, web and print. If they're willing to spend the money, who are we to complain?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2011 3:00 AM
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Carrey Does Black Swan

Black Swan got a promo boost--as it pushes forward at the box office--with a Saturday Night Live spoof (check out Caryn James' review) starring Jim Carrey, complete with black tutu and back tattoos. UPDATE: It was the highest-rated SNL since Betty White last May.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2011 6:23 AM
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More: Video, TV

True Grit Surges Past $100 Million at Sleepy Box Office; Cage and Paltrow Pics Are Soft

On its third go-round, True Grit surged on momentum and strong word-of-mouth to finally beat comedy sequel Little Fockers. The Oscar-buzzed Coen brothers western starring Jeff Bridges faced little or no competition, as many studio holiday entries collapsed. (See TOH's year-end box office wrap.) Anthony D'Alessandro reports:It was a ghost town at the cinema this weekend. Paramount’s True Grit continued to hang its B.O. high as it crossed the $100-million mark Sunday and pushed Universal’s family laffer Little Fockers to second place  ($13.8 million). Also falling short were two new wide entries, Relativity Media’s Nicolas Cage crusades actioner Season of the Witch ($10.7 million), and  Sony/Screen Gems' women's drama Country Strong ($7.3 million), starring Gwenyth Paltrow. Overall box office receipts totaled an estimated $114 million, off 29% from the same frame year ago when Avatar continued to be a phenomenon, grossing $50 million for the weekend.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • January 9, 2011 5:13 AM
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Lane and Gandolfini Talk HBO's Cinema Verite, About An American Family's the Louds

At the Television Critics press tour in Pasadena, HBO screened footage from Cinema Verite, a new look at reality TV pioneers the Loud family, reports Amy Dawes:First-look footage from HBO’s Cinema Verite unveiled Friday in L.A. at the television press tour played as a punchy, potent and emotionally explosive look at what went on behind the scenes during the creation of a landmark television experience.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 9, 2011 1:41 AM
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More: TV, HBO

Lionsgate's Pantelion to Release Diego Luna's Feature Debut Abel

A few years ago, Mexican star Diego Luna's assured directorial debut Abel, about a troubled young boy who returns home from a hospital stint to take on the role of the family’s missing father, would have been scooped up by a specialty distrib. But in today’s market, a small-scale Spanish-language art film faces tougher going (see Biutful).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2011 1:22 AM
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My BlackBerry is Not Working

This BBC One skit from The One Ronnie is hilarious:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2011 1:14 AM
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More: Video

Haynes and Winslet Talk Revisionist HBO Mildred Pierce

Indie filmmaker Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven) talked to television critics about his first foray into television on HBO's Mildred Pierce Friday at the press tour in Pasadena. TOH contributor Amy Dawes reports: The revisionist spirit that shaped classic 1970s American films like Chinatown and The Godfather was a guiding source of inspiration for Todd Haynes in adapting James L. Cain’s 1941 novel Mildred Pierce.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 8, 2011 9:02 AM
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The Social Network Scores Top Awards at National Society of Film Critics (UPDATED)

The Social Network Scores Top Awards at National Society of Film Critics (UPDATED)
The Social Network is still the consensus choice as top film of 2010 among film critics, as the National Society of Film Critics voted the film best picture, director (David Fincher), writer (Aaron Sorkin) and star (Jesse Eisenberg). The 61 critics voted at their annual meeting in New York at Sardi's. Los Angeles and New York critics also went with the film, which the Gurus 'O Gold tip as the frontrunner in the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2011 8:35 AM
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