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Roger Ebert Launches New "At the Movies" on PBS January 21--Without Elvis Mitchell

Roger Ebert Launches New "At the Movies" on PBS January 21--Without Elvis Mitchell
Elvis Mitchell strikes again. The elusive film critic/interviewer has a long history of committing to jobs (and magazine deadlines, and dinner dates) without necessarily coming through. And he was supposed to cohost the new PBS Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies weekly TV series with AP critic Christy Lemire. But the dreadlocked ex-NYTimes critic and host of KCRW-FM's The Treatment has been dropped, though not for lack of chemistry, tweets Ebert, setting the record straight: "Elvis and Christy had great chemistry, as anyone could see who bothered to watch the pilot we posted." (Pilot and Ebert's own blog announcement are on the jump.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2010 4:50 AM
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Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson

Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson
Paul Giamatti is one of those actors who has enough of a global following, thanks to Sideways and HBO mini-series John Adams, to help get certain movies made. Barney's Version is one of them. You can see why he'd want to dive into the best Mordecai Richler character since Duddy Kravitz. The movie is worth seeing for how the actors run with their roles--from doting Dad Dustin Hoffman to Jewish princess Minnie Driver, hippie girlfriend Rachelle Lefevre and dream wife Rosamund Pike. Sony Pictures Classics is giving the film a qualifying run this week in New York and L.A. before a January 11 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2010 2:00 AM
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Economist Film Project Selects Docs for PBS

The Economist Magazine is launching a collaboration with PBS News Hour called The Economist Film Project. The year-long initiative, which starts in January, seeks to showcase thoughtful and provocative documentary films from around the world. The Economist will select short and feature length films from established and emerging filmmakers on subjects that are in line with the mag's interest in economics, the environment, social and human rights, government and politics, religion, media and culture. Selected film segments will air on PBS NewsHour and online for the following year, and will be put in context with related Economist articles. The magazine's deputy editor, Gideon Lichfield, says the project:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2010 7:46 AM
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International Documentary Award Winners Are "Waste Land,""Women Rebel"

Lucy Walker's Oscar short-list documentary Waste Land took two top honors as distinguished feature as well as the previously announced Pare Lorentz Award at the 2010 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards Friday night, hosted by Morgan Spurlock. Waste Land follows artist Vik Muniz on a journey from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil to visit the world's largest garbage dump.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2010 6:00 AM
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SAG Awards Nominations Ballots Mail Tomorrow

The Screen Actors Guild nominating committee is mailing their nomination ballots tomorrow for the 17th annual SAG Awards, taking place on January 30th (on TNT and TBS). Votes, which can be cast via these paper ballots or online, are due by December 13, and they will be announced at West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center on December 16. The film and television nominees will be selected by two separate panels made up of some 2,100 randomly selected SAG members. Submissions for consideration in categories of each actors' choosing (or those representing them), were due October 28. Final voting will be done via postcard and online, and must be completed by noon on January 28. Nomination categories are listed below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 23, 2010 4:45 AM
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Trailer Watch: De Laurentiis's Barbarella, Starring Jane Fonda

Here's a 1968 trailer featuring the fabulous Jane Fonda, Barbarella, in honor of the death of veteran Italian movie producer Dino de Laurentiis. I last saw him when he attended the inaugural Academy Governor's Ball a year ago as a past recipient of the Thalberg award, to pay tribute to ailing winner John Calley, who was unable to attend. UPDATE: Here's Richard Corliss on De Laurentiis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2010 9:05 AM
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Oscar Watch: Paltrow Goes Musical with Country Music Awards, Glee and Country Strong

Oscar Watch: Paltrow Goes Musical with Country Music Awards, Glee and Country Strong
As other stars take to the stage as musicians, Gwyneth Paltrow, 38, is reinventing herself as a singer. Will she follow Jeff Bridges into Oscar consideration?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2010 8:02 AM
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The Stars Who Want to Legalize Marijuana?

Which stars favor the legalization of marijuana? Here's a look, courtesy of The Daily Beast, at celebs who either vocally or inadvertently have been associated with (thanks, paparazzi) the mary jane. They range from venerable Morgan Freeman (who called it "God's own weed") and Prince Harry to Justin Timberlake and Zach Galifianakis, who pointedly smoked a joint on Bill Maher's talk show (see below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 4, 2010 1:39 AM
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Weather Report: Girls in Minis

It seems inevitable. Taiwanese animators NMA have launched a new animated news video, a daily weather report, right out of Paddy Chayefsky's Network. Wave of the future? News weather men, watch your back.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2010 4:01 AM
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Star Watch: McAdams Morning Glory Breakout, Heroic Plame in Fair Game, Rainn Wilson's Soul Pancake

Some wonder why Rachel McAdams has taken so long to break out--it's more than six years since Mean Girls and The Notebook. Now the NYT wonders if she's on the brink of a blockbuster, as her latest, the romantic comedy Morning Glory, is set to open November 10. While there have been "few glaringly stupid" choices, notes the NYT, and she shows a wide range (from crowd-pleaser Wedding Crashers to sprawling ensemble State of Play to the pretty girl in Sherlock Holmes), she hasn't exactly broken out with a star-making role, has she? It's not so much her performances as the execution of these middle-of-the-road studio films. Morning Glory director Roger Michell gushes that McAdams "just radiates life. She has two sets of muscles. One is a kind of railway map of the script, which must be adhered to, and the other is emotional, meaning she can see what floats through the window on the day of shooting and go with that.” She makes the work-life balance sound easy: “Being an actor, you get to have so many lifetimes in one...I like the comfort of home, the stability and security, but I also want to travel and do new things. Being an actor expedites that.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2010 5:13 AM
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