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Q & A: Rodrigo Garcia and Jon Avnet Break the Mold with Star-Powered, Women-Centric Web Channel, WIGS

WIGS is a YouTube channel, but don't let the platform scare you off. Filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia ("Albert Nobbs") and producer-director Jon Avnet ("Fried Green Tomatoes") have created what may be the first scripted, professionally developed web content aimed at women: WIGS. Starting with the launch of its first series Monday...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 15, 2012 11:26 AM
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Career Watch: The Commodification of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp's career has been set on cruise control for years, and it's worked splendidly. He's Hollywood's highest-paid actor along with Will Smith, received not one but two Golden Globe nominations in 2011 (for two of his worst films) and is happy getting paid stupid amounts of money even though he agrees it's ridiculous and does not find it stimulating.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 4:12 PM
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Trailers From Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on 'Daughters of Darkness'

Starting Monday, toh! is proud to broaden your horizons by offering three Trailers from Hell a week for your viewing pleasure. Filmmaker Joe Dante and his partner Elizabeth Stanley have been nurturing this site for a few years now and have built up a sizable collection of trailers complete with voice-over narration. Erudite film fan and collector Dante of "Gremlins" fame often contributes himself, and pulls in other filmmakers such as Allan Arkush and John Badham and screenwriters such as Josh Olson and Larry Karaszewski to provide their commentary. It works!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2012 12:45 PM
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Columbia's Women Filmmakers, from Holofcener to Cholodenko: Not as Easy As It Looks (Video)

The elephant in the room at last week's oddly titled Columbia University Film Festival panel "What Glass Ceiling? The Remarkable Success of Columbia's Women Filmmakers," showcasing filmmakers Lisa Cholodenko, Nicole Holofcener, Shari Springer Berman and Cherien Dabis was how tough it is for these indie filmmakers to be successful at all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2012 6:42 AM
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Magnolia's on a Roll, from 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' and 'Marley' to Twisty Stylish Thriller 'Headhunters'

"Headhunters" is a smart pick-up. It's basically the most commercial movie Norway has to offer, based on Joe Nesbo's global detective bestseller, starring rising star Aksel Hennie ("Max Manus") and Danish "Game of Thrones" baddie Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and directed with style by top commercial director Morten Tyldum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2012 10:41 PM
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Career Watch: Scarlett Johansson, Beyond the Black Bodysuit

Scarlett Johansson's role as Black Widow in "The Avengers" would be unnecessary if the superhero rulebook didn't require at least one buxom babe in black spandex. Thus secret agent Johansson plays a distant fiddle to Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans et al's super-human powers. Although her assassin has no superpower--other than outsmarting, interrogating and shooting and beating people to death ("looking puzzled or confused")--thanks to Joss Whedon's box office hit, attention is back on Johansson the kick-ass action babe rather than Johansson the nude-photo-hacking-scandal babe. But is Black Widow the best Johansson can do?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 3:40 PM
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Cannes: Wicks and Fisher Explain How John Hillcoat's 'Lawless' Went Indie

One of the many Weinstein films on parade at Cannes this year, John Hillcoat's "Lawless" (August 31), started out its life in development with husband-and-wife producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher's Red Wagon shingle at Sony. They brought in Hillcoat and Nick Cave, who wrote Hillcoat's Aussie western "The Proposition."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 12:17 PM
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'Fifty Shades of Grey': What Kind of Movie Could It Be, With What Cast?

The only way EL James' notoriously erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" will ever wind up a half-way decent movie will be if the filmmakers take the high road. Going with Focus Features was a step in the right direction.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 10:26 AM
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Immersed in Movies: It's All About the Hulk in 'The Avengers'

Leave it to Joss Whedon to round up the Avengers in rip roaring fashion and momentarily stave off superhero fatigue as we head into the summer season. He certainly knows how to handle ensemble pieces...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 3, 2012 11:20 AM
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'It's Still About Nudity': VF's Marilyn Monroe Nude Outtakes, GQ's Interview with 'The Man Who Hacked Hollywood'

Marilyn Monroe is the gift that keeps on giving. Vanity Fair's June issue features outtakes from her last photo-shoot. Photographer Lawrence Schiller (aka Larry Wolf) was to take nude photos of the star (in the pool with a suit, out of it naked) and guarantee that they would appear on magazine covers that made no mention of Elizabeth Taylor...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 1, 2012 3:14 PM
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