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Development Watch: Franco and Hudson For Deep Throat Lovelace, Gandolfini Gets Busy

- Kate Hudson and James Franco are in talks to star as porn star Linda Lovelace and her pornographer husband, Chuck Traynor, in an adaptation of Eric Danville's book The Complete Linda Lovelace. After Lovelace and Traynor's notorious Deep Throat became a porn classic, she left her husband and accused him of forcing her into pornography and prostitution.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 27, 2011 1:00 AM
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When Strangers Click: HBO's Doc on Online Dating Premieres Valentine's Day

HBO is premiering When Strangers Click--a documentary from Food Inc. Robert Kenner about the online search for human connection-- on (how fitting) Valentine's Day.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 26, 2011 11:20 AM
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Video: Brit Marling Talks Another Earth, Sound of My Voice

Video: Brit Marling Talks Another Earth, Sound of My Voice
It is astonishing how quickly now a talent can soar from zero to 60 with the debut of a micro-budget film at a festival. At Sundance, I interviewed writer-actress-producer Brit Marling as Another Earth screened for Fox Searchlight (video below). Her rising star is the main reason that as soon as Searchlight looked at Mike Cahill's micro-budget sci-fi dramatic competition entry Another Earth, they swiftly pursued a deal, persevering over the Weinstein Co. and Focus Features, and signed all the paperwork early the next morning for less than $1 million for all English-speaking territories, with no P & A commitment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 26, 2011 8:40 AM
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Sundance Video: Ed Helms and Miguel Arteta Talk Comedy on Cedar Rapids

Fox Searchlight brought two new movies to Sundance, and both played like gangbusters: Ed Helms and Miguel Arteta's midwestern comedy Cedar Rapids (February 11), which I've seen--it's hilarious-- and Tom McCarthy's Win Win, starring Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti as a high school wrestling coach (March 18).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 26, 2011 8:06 AM
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Studios, Celebs Make Videos for It Gets Better Project: See Sony, Pixar, DeGeneres

With Chaz Bono's new doc Becoming Chaz (which was acquired by Oprah Winfrey's OWN network)debuting at Sundance, along with David Weissman's historic doc We Were Here, awareness of gender issues is front and center at Sundance--if not everywhere else.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 26, 2011 7:38 AM
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Sundance Dealwatch: Weinstein and SPC Close Deals on The Details and The Guard

With money in their pockets to fund an acquisition-driven slate, The Weinstein Co. moved assertively to raise minimum guarantees in the competitive Sundance sellers' market by plunking down a reported $8 million for worldwide rights to writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes' follow-up to Mean Creek, suburban marital comedy The Details, starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 26, 2011 6:41 AM
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Production Watch: Watts Joins DiCaprio & Hammer for Eastwood's J. Edgar, Mark Webber Keeps It Indie

- Earlier this month Charlize Theron stepped aside (and into Snow White and the Huntsman), moving Naomi Watts and Amy Adams up in line to be considered for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic. Watts has won the role of secretary Helen Gandy, whom Hoover considered an "indispensable" part of his political and personal life. Gandy spent the weeks following Hoover's death destroying files which contained incriminating information which the President used to control the capital's most powerful men. Eastwood couldn't have chosen better. Watts joins the male cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Ed Westwick, Josh Lucas, Damon Herriman and Ken Howard.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 26, 2011 5:24 AM
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Oscar Talk: Thompson, Tapley, Lodge, Knegt React To Nominations

Below, In Contention's Kris Tapley and Guy Lodge, indieWIRE's Peter Knegt and I discuss the Oscar nominations in this special Tuesday edition of Oscar Talk.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2011 8:46 AM
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Banksy's Oscar Reaction: "Last Time There Was A Naked Man Covered in Gold Paint in My House Was Me"

Banksy's Oscar Reaction: "Last Time There Was A Naked Man Covered in Gold Paint in My House Was Me"
Rookie filmmaker Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop, now nominated for best documentary feature Oscar, is causing the ever-elusive street artist to reconsider the concept of awards. "This is a big surprise," he states of the nomination. "I don't agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I'm prepared to make an exception for the ones I'm nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 25, 2011 7:42 AM
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Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod

Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod
With the announcement of the Oscar nominations, momentum shifts toward The King's Speech, which led the fray with twelve nominations, including best picture, actor, supporting actor and actress, director and original screenplay. The Coen brothers western True Grit followed with ten nominations, including picture, actor, supporting actress, director and adapted screenplay. Producer Scott Rudin is grinning as he produced both True Grit and The Social Network, which earned eight nominations, including picture, actor, director, and original screenplay. Chris Nolan's Inception also earned eight, but while the writer-director landed a nomination for original screenplay (his second), he didn't get director, which is a sign that the film was not in the top five of the ten slots, and is unlikely to land best picture. Ben Affleck's The Town was shut out of contention except for Jeremy Renner, last year's discovery for The Hurt Locker, who nabbed his second nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2011 2:04 AM
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