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Entertainment Industry and Celebs Pledge Aid for Japan Relief

As the full horror of the scale of earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan, and its ongoing nuclear radiation crisis, hits Americans, folks in show business are stepping up. (Our initial report on Japan's earthquake aftermath and Hollywood is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 18, 2011 6:25 AM
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominees

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominees
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has posted its nominees for the 2010 AWFJ EDA Awards (full list is below). Nominated for Best Film are Black Swan, Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network and Winter's Bone. Oddly, The Kids Are All Right received 16 nominations-- but not best picture. Helen Mirren (RED) got five.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 22, 2010 11:23 AM
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Production Watch: Wilde and Bana, Clooney and Bullock, Miller and Huston

- Olivia Wilde and Eric Bana are in talks to star as outlawed siblings who cross paths with a troubled ex-boxer (Charlie Hunnam) in Kin, slated to shoot in Canada next March. The script comes from Zach Dean (his first feature) and Stefan Ruzowitzky (Anatomy, Anatomy 2, The Counterfeiters) is directing. Wilde, heating up with a stand-out performance in TRON: Legacy, has five titles lined up for 2011; Cowboys & Aliens, comedies Butter and The Change-Up, Now (a sci-fi thriller with Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy) and Civil War pic Cleburne (rumored). Bana is rumored to star in Sheldon Turner's By Virtue Fall, plays opposite Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan in Joe Wright's Hanna (releasing in April), has The Emperor's Children in development with director-writer Noah Baumbach (which co-stars Keira Knightley, Michelle Williams and Richard Gere), and is attached to Armored and Factor X (though neither appear to be going anywhere any time soon).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 17, 2010 5:31 AM
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Oscar Presenters Include Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei, Oprah

Oscar Presenters Include Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei, Oprah
Oscar producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced Monday that on February 27, Oscar presenters for the 83rd Academy Awards will include past nominees and winners Halle Berry (won Best Actress for Monster's Ball), Jeff Bridges (won Best Actor for Crazy Heart), Sandra Bullock (won Best Actress, The Blind Side), Marisa Tomei (won Best Supporting Actress, My Cousin Vinny) and Oprah Winfrey (nominated for Best Supporting Actress, The Color Purple).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2010 6:20 AM
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Harry Potter Producer David Heyman Talks Deathly Hallows, Tentpoles, Gravity

As the seventh and penultimate Harry Potter installment was breaking records for the series, producer David Heyman reflected on producing the mighty franchise. He talked to Anthony D'Alessandro:Most producers can only dream about churning out $24 million from 3,700 midnight showings or $61.15 million in one day.  But that’s what Harry Potter producer David Heyman experiences every time he opens a new chapter in the $5.48 billion Harry Potter franchise: Breaking a new record.  The opening day for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 set a record for the series, ranking the fifth best first day bow among all films. Once an indie producer on such offbeat Parker Posey comedies as 1996’s The Daytrippers, which launched director Greg Mottola (Superbad), Heyman’s producing career took a 180 when he optioned an unpublished manuscript by author J.K. Rowling.  On Hallows opening day, he took time out to give us some insight on how the Harry Potter franchise has impacted his career and the film industry. 
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 23, 2010 3:26 AM
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Forbes Top Entertainment Earners: Women vs. Men

- Check out Forbes' annual list of Hollywood's highest-grossing women in entertainment. For one thing, points out THR, there aren't any female directors among the top ten women. James Cameron dominates the men's list, along with George Lucas and Michael Bay, but Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow isn't on the list at all.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 12, 2010 7:07 AM
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Casting Watch: Nicholson & Cruise Reunite; Bigelow Woos Depp and Hanks; Handler Goes to War

-Jack "You can't handle the truth!" Nicholson and Tom Cruise may reunite for El Presidente, an action comedy about a secret service agent (Cruise) and a former US President (Nicholson) - both on the same side - after a threat is made on his life. While it's hard to imagine the pair being as entertaining playing pals as they were playing enemies shoved into a courtroom face-off in A Few Good Men, this one will still get plenty of attention if it goes ahead (Cruise is attached, an offer is out to Nicholson).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 6, 2010 11:42 AM
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Portman Gaining on Gravity, Sex and the City's Cattrall and Noth Attack Critics

Alfonso Cuaron is in "active negotiations" with Natalie Portman to star in Gravity after failed attempts by Universal and Warner Bros. to keep Angelina Jolie interested. Nor did Blake Lively or Scarlett Johansson gain serious traction. And an attempt to push Sandra Bullock also came to naught. The role will be a challenge; it might as well be the industry's current prima ballerina. Cuaron wrote the script with his son Jonas, whose Hollywood Gang-produced script for a Mexico City-based thriller was also just picked up by Warners.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2010 6:58 AM
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Set with Daldry, Bullock, Hanks

Paramount and Warner Bros. are set to partner on Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: A Novel, with Stephen Daldry to direct two Oscar-winners, Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2010 5:45 AM
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Women in Hollywood: Salander vs. Gilbert, Bullock Is Forbes #1, Rom-Com Actresses, Lady Gaga

- Two literary characters--Lisbeth Salander and Elizabeth Gilbert--built huge fan bases of women book lovers well before the characters hit the big screen. Fans eagerly await the news of who David Fincher will cast as Salander in the English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and subsequent sequels); the Swedish originals starred Noomi Rapace. And author Elizabeth Gilbert is days away from watching herself portrayed by Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2010 5:02 AM
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