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Tamara Drewe: Gemma Arterton Short-Shorts Clip

Stephen Frears' Cannes entry Tamara Drewe is based on Posy Simmonds' well-reviewed graphic novel, which is in turn based on the Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd (which inspired a fab 1967 movie starring Julie Christie). Gemma Arterton plays the title role in a very short shorts: see this amusing clip. UPDATE: Strangely, Arterton isn't coming to Cannes; she's working.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 10, 2010 7:54 AM
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The Late Great Lena Horne Sings Stormy Weather

Lena Horne has died at 92. Although she was not the first black performer under contract to a major studio, writes Aljean Harmetz in her NYT obit, "Horne was the first to make an impact." Here's Hollywood Elsewhere and the Boston Herald.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 10, 2010 3:50 AM
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More: Video, Obit

Betty White Nails Saturday Night Live

Betty White rocked Saturday Night Live this week with support from returning femmes Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler and jokes about her muffin. Here's the entire episode:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2010 2:29 AM
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Trailer Watch: Spielberg and Abrams' Super 8

If you object to camcorder trailers, don't watch this trailer for Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' upcoming homage to filmmaking, Super 8--go see it in front of Iron Man 2. For the rest of you, here it is:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2010 3:12 AM
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News Update: Studios Step Up Security, Iron Man Hits Web, Tony Noms, Vaughn Helms X-Men: First Class

L.A. County sheriffs have stepped up security around movie studios in response to the foiled bombing attempt in New York's Times Square. The LAT reports that the bomb's proximity to Viacom headquarters has led to speculation that the company was targeted because of a recent South Park episode on Comedy Central involving the prophet Muhammad. Viacom owns Comedy Central as well as the MTV network.  At MTV and Lionsgate offices in Santa Monica, guards have been checking vehicle trunks since the incident, among other precautions.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 5, 2010 1:31 AM
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SFIFF 53 Day Seven: Walter Salles, Father of My Children, Cairo Time, Domain, Soul Kitchen

SFIFF 53 Day Seven: Walter Salles, Father of My Children, Cairo Time, Domain, Soul Kitchen
On her seventh day at SFIFF53, Meredith Brody practices premature cinematic ejaculation and admires Founders Directing Award-winner Walter Salles, who talks to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and shares research from his upcoming On the Road.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 5, 2010 1:18 AM
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Trailer Watch: Clooney in The American

Anton Corbijn’s follow up to 2007's Control has a September 1st release date and one very marketable combination: Clooney, weapons and women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2010 7:51 AM
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SFIFF: Walter Murch Keynote Speech

Editor Walter Murch lays out the “Three Fathers of Cinema: Beethoven, Flaubert, Edison” in his keynote speech at the SFIFF:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2010 5:08 AM
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Bening Talks Vanity-Free Roles in Mother and Child, The Kids Are All Right

Bening Talks Vanity-Free Roles in Mother and Child, The Kids Are All Right
Sony Pictures Classics has a good eye for awards contenders. They scooped up Get Low and Mother and Child out of Toronto, and it's likely that we will see both Robert Duvall and Annette Bening in the awards race this fall.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2010 1:08 AM
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Please Give Nicole Holofcener More Money

Please Give Nicole Holofcener More Money
Please Give, writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s thoughtful, well-observed portrait of neurotic, flawed New Yorkers, stars her alter-ego Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt as husband and wife, and Rebecca Hall and a bronzed Amanda Peet as sisters caring for their aging grandmother (Ann Morgan Guilbert), who lives next door. Holofcener gets better with every film--all of which are must-sees, from Walking and Talking to Lovely and Amazing and Friends with Money. Holofcener plans to work again with Frances McDormand on a book adaptation.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2010 1:29 AM
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