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Jackman Passes as Oscar Host: New Poll

Hugh Jackman won our Oscar Host Poll hands down. Now that the song-and-dance man has officially passed on hosting this year's Oscarcast, who should it be?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2009 4:18 AM
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Changes at Comcast/NBC/Universal, LAT and LA Weekly, John Woo, Serious Man Ending

Changes at Comcast/NBC/Universal, LAT and LA Weekly, John Woo, Serious Man Ending
John Woo is on the promo circuit with the shortened version of his Asian two-part epic Red Cliff--I'll file on my upcoming Q & A with him. Here's Movieline's interview.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2009 5:50 AM
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Mad Men's Hamm Goes to the Movies

As Mad Men Season 3 gets under way to huge numbers (yes!), Jon Hamm is wasting no time chasing a movie career--which was stymied by last year's labor unrest. I have high hopes for the first film, The Town, director Ben Affleck's romantic thriller set in Boston, which starts shooting in September. I'm less confident in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, a 50s action fantasy for Warners. Hamm has enormous potential--he could be the next George Clooney-- but has to pick right while he has the chance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2009 2:27 AM
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Woodstock Now & Then, Mad Men Ads, Journalism Online, Shah Rukh Khan

The U.S. treatment of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan stirs up a ruckus back in India. Shalini Dore and Jon Brooks explain.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2009 8:16 AM
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Disney/ABC Replaces Lyons and Mankiewicz with Adult Critics Scott and Phillips

Disney/ABC Replaces Lyons and Mankiewicz with Adult Critics Scott and Phillips
Yes! Sometimes the grown-ups win.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2009 11:45 AM
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Mad Men: Create Your Own Avatar

Join Don Draper's world. That's my avatar, ready to share a few drinks with the dapper Madison Avenue ad exec. If only. You too can create your own Mad Men avatar. They're proliferating over the web like kudzu.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2009 11:18 AM
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TV's Revenge of the Boomer Women

It's the revenge of the boomer women. As the movie business has largely abandoned the female demo, especially older segments, television has picked up the slack. Here's my story at More Magazine, which boasts Saving Grace star Holly Hunter on the cover. I'm still catching up with the last season of Damages, starring the ravishing Glenn Close. The ABC soap opera Brothers and Sisters, starring mighty matriarch Sally Field, is a guilty pleasure. And this summer's manna from heaven is Nurse Jackie, starring Sopranos great Edie Falco as a complicated, fallible, sexy New York hospital nurse who cares about saving lives--while popping pills and cheating on her husband.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2009 5:43 AM
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SDCC Interview: Cameron Talks Avatar

Here's my Comic-Con interview with James Cameron about how his undersea expeditions informed his return to moviemaking, Avatar. He digs into how he perfected the art of performance capture to allow the warmth of his actors to come through. He wants to do some consciousness-raising with SAG on what performance capture really involves. During Friday's panel with Cameron and Peter Jackson, the two men discussed how resistant actors have been to such acting as Andy Serkis as Gollum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2009 5:45 AM
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SNL Portman Short is Hulu Hit

When you're a squeaky clean white Harvard grad with a demure pixie appeal, what better way to spruce up your street cred than rap on Saturday Night Live? Natalie Portman did, with aplomb (back in 2007) and it's one of the most popular shorts on Hulu. The long tail lives.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2009 5:36 AM
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Broderick/Parker Expecting Twins, Sex and City Sequel

Matthew Broderick is in the news these days, not only for giving blocked director Kenneth Lonergan a reported $1 million to finish his long-stalled movie Margaret (which stars Anna Paquin and Allison Janney), but he and wife Sarah Jessica Parker are expecting twins, via a surrogate mother. UPDATE: Broderick gives a comeback performance in Josh Goldin's Wonderful World, writes Jan Stuart.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2009 6:52 AM
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