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AFM IN THE WORKS: Edgerton, Kidman, Dujardin, Del Toro, Cotillard, Watts, Wright, Wahlberg, Ibsen

Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and Xavier Samuel are on board to star in Anne Fontaine's (Coco Before Chanel) The Grandmothers, adapted from the 2003 novella by Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing by-- it's getting better--Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons). In the story, two childhood friends/neighbors (Watts, Wright) each fall in love with the other's son, to the disgust of their wives. Sounds bizarre (and a bit like Toronto title The Oranges). Amazon sheds more light on it:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2011 1:04 AM
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AFM News Briefs: Seyfried as Lovelace, Farrell & Rapace's Violent Spree, Lautner Gets Van Sant

- Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard are now in talks to star as porn star Linda Lovelace and her pornographer husband, Chuck Traynor, in Lovelace, an adaptation of Eric Danville’s book The Complete Linda Lovelace, from Howl directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. W. Merritt Johnson (TV's In Treatment, Temple Grandin) and Andy Bellin (Trust) wrote the adaptation. 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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  • November 2, 2011 5:47 AM
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Mindy Kaling Makes Impertinent and Incisive Digs at Hollywood

In an interview with NPR, The Office's Mindy Kaling, who writes and produces the TV comedy as well as starring as "perpetual teenager" Kelly Kapoor, displayed her unique and subtle understanding of the absurd logic of American pop culture. Among other brash statements, she hails the art of the diet: "We always think of a diet with a big groan. But I think diets are fun. I think it is an American pastime for a lot of women."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 1, 2011 6:29 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Interviews, Fest Updates, In the Works and More

Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Interviews, Fest Updates, In the Works and More
BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS, MARKETING
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  • October 28, 2011 11:35 AM
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Industry Rallies in Support of Jailed Iranian Filmmakers

The Hollywood Guilds, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association have rallied to protest the Iran government's imprisonment of six indie filmmakers, along with the house arrest of Jafar Panahi (pictured). See the release and statements below.ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS UNITE IN SUPPORT OF IMPRISONED IRANIAN FILMMAKERS In September 2011, the Iranian government arrested six independent filmmakers for allegedly working with the BBC, on charges including espionage and treason. Along with the ongoing house arrest of director Jafar Panahi and the prior arrest of actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was later sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes, the arrests sparked outrage from filmmaking communities within Iran and around the world. Prior to the release of two of the filmmakers, all six were denied access to their lawyers and families, who were forced to remain silent.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 19, 2011 10:17 AM
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Pauline Kael, Book Reviews, The Age of Movies, A Life in the Dark

Pauline Kael, Book Reviews, The Age of Movies, A Life in the Dark
Two new books about famed New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael are out: Brian Kellow’s biography Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark and and the Library of America's anthology The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael. A sampling of recent pieces inspired by these Kael books and a selection of her most notorious reviews are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2011 8:27 AM
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Top Ten Film Locations: Hollywood Still Dominates the World

It should come as no surprise that Los Angeles is the top film location in the world, with 366 films (and counting) under its belt. Check out this Wistia infographic, which lists the planet's top ten cities, states and countries:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2011 7:47 AM
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Obit: Pioneer Sue Mengers Was Hollywood's Most Powerful Woman Agent

The minute I learned that legendary ICM agent Sue Mengers had died, I contacted Elaine Dutka, who had memorably profiled the uber-agent for the LA Times. Here's Dutka's obit. Sue Mengers, the first female agent to penetrate the Hollywood boy's club, died Saturday at her Beverly Hills home. Flamboyant, charming, witty, and abrasive, she was the most powerful woman on the agency scene in the 1970's and 1980s--arguably the most famous agent of her time.
  • By Elaine Dutka
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  • October 17, 2011 7:22 AM
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American Cinematheque Ball: Downey Asks Industry to Forgive Gibson His Trespasses

American Cinematheque Ball: Downey Asks Industry to Forgive Gibson His Trespasses
Robert Downey, Jr. and a posse of pals celebrated his American Cinematheque achievement award Friday night at the Beverly Hilton. Downey took advantage of the occasion to plead with the crowd on behalf of his surprise presenter, Mel Gibson (video below), who sat during the show at a table with Iron Man director Jon Favreau, Justin Theroux, Gary Shandling and Jodie Foster, to "forgive my friend his trespasses" as they had forgiven Downey his. "Allow him to continue his great and ongoing contribution to our collective art without shame, he has hugged the cactus long enough." The two men, visibly moved, hugged.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2011 12:35 PM
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SBIFF Video: Michael Douglas Accepts Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film

SBIFF Video: Michael Douglas Accepts Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film
Last night, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival honored Michael Douglas with the sixth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Joined by wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, friends Danny Devito, Rhea Perlman, Annette Bening, Christopher Lloyd, Dennis Miller, Bo Derek, Ivan Reitman, Andy Davis among others, Douglas took to the stage to share these words. Father Kirk Douglas made the presentation to his son, who lives in Santa Barbara. The 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival is set to run January 26 through February 5, 2012. More on the Douglas event here:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 14, 2011 8:00 AM
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