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Elizabeth Banks vs. Nikki Finke: 'Ugly or Pretty Has Nothing to Do with Funny'

Actress/comedian Elizabeth Banks ("30 Rock," "The Hunger Games") has blogged in response to Nikki Finke's comment at the Emmys that "beautiful actresses are not funny," with a post entitled "Ugly or pretty has nothing to do with funny." Finke made her comment about women in comedy in her "Live-Snarking The 64th Emmys" post just after Julie Bowen's "Modern Family" win.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 28, 2012 11:47 AM
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Magnolia Pictures Nabs US Rights to Malick’s 'To the Wonder' for 2013 Release

One of the luckiest things that ever happened to Terrence Malick was Fox Searchlight falling in love with his labor of love "The Tree of Life." Who else would have lavished so much care and attention on a film that topped out at $13.3 million domestic?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2012 11:37 AM
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DGA's Grim Stats on Director Diversity in Television: 'Our Industry Has to Do Better'

The Directors Guild of America's findings on the diversity of directors in episodic television are grim. Included in their analysis were 3,100 episodes of over 190 scripted shows produced across network and cable channels throughout 2011-2012. After the DGA adjusted their parameters to allow more accurate statistics for this year's report, they adjusted the prior year's results.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2012 4:10 PM
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Walter Hill Is Back in the Saddle with 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' Remake (Video)

Writer-director Walter  Hill is one of the great underappreciated auteurs. He can do it all: stylish action, intelligent dialogue, epic scale and intimate relationships. So it's always good news to announce that he has a new movie, especially when he wrote it himself. Do I want to see him do yet another remake? No. But in this case I am curious to see his take on the classic star vs. star horror flick "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" made famous by Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2012 3:10 PM
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Tina Fey Goes Lightly on EW Cover and Talks 'Mean Girls,' Sarah Palin, Tracy Morgan & 'Bossypants'

Comedy queen and "30 Rock" maven Tina Fey sits down for an interview in the upcoming EW (on newsstands September 28), and talks everything from axed masturbation references in "Mean Girls" to her Sarah Palin impression, from Tracy Morgan's homophobic stand-up rant in 2011 to what didn't make the cut in her bestseller "Bossypants." Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2012 2:26 PM
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Fandango Hires EW Vet and Oscar Expert Dave Karger as Media Front Man

As the LA Times' Geoff Boucher joins ex-USA Today writer Anthony Breznican at weekly magazine EW, 17-year EW vet Dave Karger is moving on. He is heading away from print reporting to a career as a professional video pundit and media front man. He will now grow his media profile at NBCUniversal's Fandango as the online ticketseller's first "chief correspondent." The main lure is increased visibility across NBCUniversal's media outlets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2012 1:39 PM
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AFI FEST Opens with 'Hitchcock' Starring Hopkins and Mirren

The American Film Institute (AFI) is closing AFI FEST with Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and opening on November 1 with Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2012 1:00 PM
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Pace University Adds Guest Lecturers Katie Couric and Ron Howard for New Arts & Entertainment Business Program

Pace University, home of Bravo's "Inside the Actor's Studio with James Lipton," is launching a star-studded Arts and Entertainment Management program to its Lubin School of Business. Katie Couric, Ron Howard, Doug Herzog and a number of other high-profile media professionals will join the business school faculty as guest lecturers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 26, 2012 6:08 PM
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Abramorama to Release 'The Zen of Bennett'

Indie distributor Abramorama will handle the theatrical release of "The Zen of Bennett," a portrait of singer Tony Bennett, beginning October 24 in New York.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2012 6:04 PM
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'Lawrence of Arabia' 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration Hits Theaters October 4

On October 4, "Lawrence of Arabia" will celebrate fifty years with this Sony Pictures' Colorworks restoration by playing at over six hundred theaters throughout the country. Special matinee screenings will include an introduction from star Omar Sharif...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2012 3:57 PM
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