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What the Flick?! Online Video Talk Show Goes Live February 19

What the Flick?! Online Video Talk Show Goes Live February 19
I was as unhappy as anyone with the last iteration of At the Movies--the disastrous match-up of celeb-hugger Ben Lyons and Hollywood scion Ben Mankiewicz. But the latter, at least, had some potential as a professional cinephile, if not a serious film critic (I am blissfully happy with the current hosts, evenly-matched alpha males Michael Phillips and Tony Scott).
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  • February 18, 2010 12:22 AM
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Liman and Fletcher Team for Attica

Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) will direct the 70s prison movie Attica, to be written by Geoffrey Fletcher, who temped as he wrote the screenplays that prepared him for the Oscar-nominated adaptation Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire.
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  • February 16, 2010 11:54 AM
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Shahrukh Khan Hits America, Berlin, Meets Leo DiCaprio

Shahrukh Khan is everywhere these days. He gave an interview for NPR on his recent swing through America to promote his latest, My Name is Khan, which Fox Searchlight opened strongly this weekend as it debuted in Berlin. The big question is whether this Bollywood superstar will ever make the move to star in a Hollywood movie. While the studios are chasing him, like fellow star Aamir Khan, he's got it pretty good back home, where Bollywood's insular filmmaking community is a family affair.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2010 9:24 AM
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Hollywood Mogul Robert Evans Inspires Broadway Show

It's no surprise that gravel-voiced Hollywood mogul Robert Evans--a one-time actor, studio head, memoirist and documentary subject--should inspire a stage play. Famed West End, opera and film director Sir Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal) is directing the Broadway production, which will be adapted from Evans' memoirs The Kid Stays in the Picture and The Fat Lady Sang by Jon Robin Baitz (The Substance of Fire). Smuggler Films has acquired the live stage rights.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2010 8:05 AM
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Sony and Marvel Pick Webb for Spider-Man

Sony and Marvel's choice of music-video director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) to helm the next installment of Spider-Man is revealing of what they want that movie to be: stylish and comedic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 12:32 AM
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Iwashina and Dinerstein Launch Parlay Media

Iwashina and Dinerstein Launch Parlay Media
A week before the Sundance Film Festival gets under way, sales agent Kevin Iwashina and producer Ross Dinerstein have closed financing on an overhead and development fund for their new company, Parlay Media. As 50/50 managing partners and co-owners, the dealmaker and filmmaker have set up shop at new offices in Santa Monica. While both men come from the independent film sector, Iwashina is a former CAA agent, while Dinerstein has produced a number of low-budget films. "Our skill sets and Rolodexes are complementary," says Iwashina. "Our combined experience will be the foundation of our company."
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  • January 16, 2010 3:47 AM
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Late Night Wars: What Price Will NBC, Leno and Zucker Pay?

You don't have a mess like the Late Night Wars without fallout. Winners and losers are inevitable.
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  • January 16, 2010 2:53 AM
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Hollywood Mobilizes to Help Haiti

Besides George Clooney and Matt Damon's January 22 Haiti Aid Telethon, and Sean Penn arranging an emergency medical shipment to Haiti, many other members of the Hollywood community are stepping up to help the earthquake-ravaged island. On the eve of their annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have donated $100,000 to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti relief fund. Sandra Bullock, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's foundation, have committed $1 million in relief. And Artists for Peace and Justice is mounting a fundraising brunch this Sunday, reports writer-director Paul Haggis:Our board members have raised a significant amount of money in the past few days and we are hand delivering the funds to Port au Prince now. We have been told supplies are available in Haiti, they are just expensive; the banks are closed, so the hospitals that are still functioning, like the children's hospital we sponsor, St. Damien's -- the only free hospital serving the people of the slums of Port au Prince -- have run out of medicine and fuel for their generators. The emergency cash is a quick fix; we are also partnering with Operation USA and are flying in containers of medicine and supplies within the next few days. Anyone interested in donating can go to our website.
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  • January 16, 2010 1:16 AM
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NBC Settling Conan Departure, Late Night Goes Wild

Finally, Conan O'Brien is close to settling with NBC, which (thanks apparently to Universal chief Ron Meyer) is not only paying the talk show host off, but letting him go work for someone else. Leno, who has been hammered relentlessly, along with NBC and NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker, will stay.
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  • January 15, 2010 6:38 AM
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Tron Legacy Producer Sean Bailey Lands Disney Production Gig

Ben Affleck is a happy man.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 11:56 AM
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