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Casting News: Madsen in Red Riding Hood, Irons in Margin Call, YouTubers in Life In A Day

- Catherine Hardwicke has cast Virginia Madsen (Sideways) as the mother of Amanda Seyfried, who plays the title role in Red Riding Hood, repots Variety. Julie Christie has already been cast as the grandmother, Gary Oldman the werewolf hunter, and Lukas Haas the big bad werewolf that terrorizes Red's village. New to this re-telling of the fairy tale, David Leslie Johnson's script features an orphaned woodcutter (played by Shiloh Fernandez) and a blacksmith's son (Max Irons) - the former the object of Red's love and the latter her foredestined fiance. Love will certainly complicate the story, and the combination of stars and relative unknowns will give this medieval thriller plenty to chew on.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 7, 2010 3:39 AM
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From South of the Border to Restrepo, Docs Fill Media Gap

There has never been a richer time for documentaries, nor a greater need of them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2010 12:08 PM
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Lindsay Lohan Breaks Probation, Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail

It's like watching a train wreck. A Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that Lindsay Lohan has violated her parole in a 2007 drug case and sentenced her to 90 days in jail, reports AP: "Prosecutors said she failed to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2010 10:27 AM
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Inception's Joseph Gordon-Levitt Walks on Ceilings

Joseph Gordon-Levitt graces the August cover of Details magazine. He talks about the intense training required to play his character (The Point Man) in Inception; his abiding love for smoking weed; his creative collaboration website hitRECord; and the "most valiant" thing one can do as an artist: "inspire someone else to be creative."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 6, 2010 10:15 AM
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Academy Gets 6,304 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Entries; Will Award Five

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received 6,304 entries for its Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, from which up to five recipients will be granted $30,000 each in November. In its 25th year, the competition welcomed first time entries from Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Uganda and Uruguay. All 50 states and dozens of countries are also represented this year. To be eligible, screenwriters must not have earned over $5,000 from writing for film or TV, entries must be feature length and originally written in English (translations and adaptations are ineligible). Of the 113 fellowships that have been awarded over time, recipients include including Oscar nominee Susannah Grant (The Soloist, Erin Brockovich), Doug Atchison (Akeelah and the Bee), Mike Rich (The Rookie, Finding Forrester), Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Ring) and Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One) (and more).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 6, 2010 7:28 AM
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The Girl Who Played with Fire: Early Reviews

The Girl Who Played with Fire: Early Reviews
The second Swedish film adaptation in Stieg Larsson's hugely successful Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire, is coming out stateside on July 9.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2010 5:50 AM
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Upcoming: Cameron Confirms Titanic in 3D, Bardem in Glee

- In April 2012, 100 years after the great ship sank, Twentieth Century Fox will re-release Titanic in 3D. James Cameron confirmed this Monday after he spoke at Gloria Stuart's 100th Birthday celebration. The actress played the elderly Rose in Cameron's 1997 mega-hit. Cameron called her creativity, artistry and the sparkle in her eyes "a challenge to all of us to live as fully and richly as she has and will continue to do as she heads into her 101st year."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 6, 2010 5:36 AM
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Media Watch: Media Moguls Head for Sun Valley Summer Camp, Relativity Pics on Netflix

- It's known as the summer camp for moguls, writes THR, and Apple God Steve Jobs is probably not coming to the party (he's only attended twice). In it's 28th year, Allen & Co.'s event in Sun Valley, Idaho hosts a range of key media and tech players. They park their private jets and spend their time talking business, dodging media reporters and riding bikes in the high altitude. While their families play in the resort, the moguls will likely discuss such pressing issues as growth strategies post-recession, mergers and acquisitions like the Comcast/NBC Universal deal, and the future of 3-D on film and elsewhere.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 6, 2010 3:47 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Experiments with Grease Sing-Along and Indie Labels Insurge, Vantage, Famous

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Experiments with Grease Sing-Along and Indie Labels Insurge, Vantage, Famous
Whatever happened to Insurge, that new micro-budget Paramount division that sought to take an alternative approach to standard studio filmmaking? “We want to find and distribute crazy, unpredictable, and hopefully awesome movies - movies that make you want to line up to see at your local theater with all your friends (and us)," stated the Beta Insurge website. "Movies that a big studio would never release because they’re too risky, too silly, and they don’t star Sandra Bullock.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2010 3:24 AM
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Inception Early Reviews Are Raves

Inception Early Reviews Are Raves
After the breach of the preset review embargo by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, who was allowed to run early in print but not online--Warner Bros. took a different approach to opening the gates to coverage of the much-anticipated Inception. In a sign that studios are ceding ground to online sites over the traditional trades, on Monday afternoon, the trades shared the same embargo with key fan sites and Oscar bloggers. The junket press saw the film in L.A. last weekend; I saw it with the trades and Oscar bloggers on Friday (and posted my review at exactly 3 PM Pacific).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 10:47 AM
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