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Casting Watch: Theron vs. Rapace For Alien, Hobbit Reunites Cast, Hawkes and Parker for Indie Drama

- Charlize Theron won't be joining Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and new cast member Ed Westwick in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. Naomi Watts and Amy Adams are being eyed by Eastwood to fill the role of Helen Gandy (Hoover's personal secretary). Who can blame Theron for turning down a secretary when she's set to play the Evil Queen in Unviersal's Snow White and the Huntsman. Twentieth Century Fox reportedly is rewriting their Alien franchise prequel for Theron, but director Ridley Scott seems to be favoring Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace. Theron is the only female movie star beyond Angelina Jolie who can carry an action movie--while less-known Scandinavian import Rapace is a gamble. She and Rapace would certainly bring different things to the character of Elizabeth Shaw.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 11, 2011 6:29 AM
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Cinematographers Pick Five Nominees, True Grit In, Fighter Out

Cinematographers Pick Five Nominees, True Grit In, Fighter Out
The American Society of Cinematographers nominees are revealing. Again, the group is rewarding movies that are big and visual:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2011 6:20 AM
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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris Lands at Sony Pictures Classics; The Fate of Past Partnerships

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights for Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Allen's first Paris-shot film is the third to be financed by Spain's Mediapro (the first two were Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2008 and Allen's latest, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger). SPC has also teamed with Allen before, on Dark Stranger, 2009's Whatever Works and 1999's Sweet and Lowdown. Midnight in Paris stars Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, and Owen Wilson.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 11, 2011 6:01 AM
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Oscar Watch: The Makeup Final Seven

Seven films are competing for the final three nominations to be announced January 25 in the makeup category for the Oscars. The Academy’s makeup branch will vote on January 22 after seeing ten-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. These prizes are about live-action makeup, often involving non-digitally enhanced wounds, aging and transformation. The final three in all likelihood will be Alice in Wonderland, The Fighter and The Wolfman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2011 11:20 AM
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Favor Kids Are All Right, Social Network

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Favor Kids Are All Right, Social Network
The Kids Are All Right landed seven awards from The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, including best original screenplay, best ensemble and best actress (Annette Bening), while The Social Network scored four, including best film, director, adapted screenplay and score. Winter's Bone collected two prizes, including best woman director (Debra Granik) and best breakthrough performance (Jennifer Lawrence); Granik also won outstanding achievement for a woman in the film industry in 2010. Black Swan earned four nods.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2011 9:38 AM
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Cable Watch: Holmes' Kennedys Needs Home, Hayek's Wicked Gets 8-Hour ABC Adaptation

- The History Channel has dropped its most expensive project ever, the $30-million Kennedy mini-series starring Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear, bowing to pressure to drop the mini-series as not "fit" for the channel.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2011 9:18 AM
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Ten Semi-Finalists for mtvU Oscar Correspondence Contest

Ten Semi-Finalists for mtvU Oscar Correspondence Contest
The Academy/mtvU OSCARS® Correspondent Contest has named ten semi-finalist college journalism teams, based on creativity, originality and compelling their submitted video material. They are competing for a spot on the red carpet at the 83rd Academy Awards this January.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2011 9:17 AM
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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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