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Laura Linney, 'Mad Men' actresses, George Lucas, and more honored by Women in Film

Women in Film is once again honoring women and those who support women in an industry that tends to be more of a boys club. The Los Angeles-based organization announced the recipients of their 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards this week, and among the honorees are Laura Linney, George Lucas, and Hailee Steinfeld.

The awards will be presented at WIF’s Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, June 12. The event will also celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.

“Our six honorees illustrate the wide spectrum of creative innovation coming from women, and it’s a privilege to be commemorating all of their successes,” WIF president Cathy Schulman said in a statement. READ FULL STORY

Quake in your boots at the red band trailer for the Eli Roth-starring disaster movie 'Aftershock' -- NSFW

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Big screen horror overlord Eli Roth has been comparatively quiet over the past couple of years. But the writer-director-actor now seems to be spreading through pop culture like a particularly virulent, flesh-eating virus (a simile I imagine the man who brought us Cabin Fever would not complain about).

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MTV Movie Awards: We live-blogged it!

You’ve seen the Golden Globes, the SAG awards, the Oscars, and the Razzies. But tonight, the annual awards season comes to an explosive conclusion, as MTV invites all your favorite celebrities to sit down inside the brain of a 14-year-old with their annual MTV Movie Awards bonanza. This year’s show is hosted by Pitch Perfect breakout Rebel Wilson, and will feature categories like “Best Fight,” “Best Kiss,” “Best WTF Moment,” and this year’s closest race, “Best Shirtless Performance.”

EW’s Mandi Bierly and Darren Franich will be live-blogging the chaos starting at 8:45 PM EST. (The show officially kicks off at 9.) It’s a surprisingly packed-in show this year, featuring appearances by Brad Pitt, Peter Dinklage, Steve Carell, Melissa McCarthy, and the stars of hot summer movies like This is The End and Star Trek Into Darkness. There are performances by Selena Gomez, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, and the stars of Pitch Perfect. (Also, they’re debuting a trailer for a little movie called The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.) Join us, won’t you?

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MTV to honor Jamie Foxx with this year's 'Generation Award'

Come Sunday, Jamie Foxx will have one more thing in common with fellow Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock. MTV will honor Foxx with its “Generation Award” at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, the network announced today.

“As a comedian, Academy award-winning actor and Grammy award-winning artist, Jamie Foxx is a triple threat superstar unlike any we’ve seen in a long time,” said MTV President Stephen Friedman in a statement. “Jamie has captivated audiences for nearly two decades with a dizzying array of memorable performances, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate him at this year’s Movie Awards.”

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Connie Britton to romance Adam Driver in all-star 'This Is Where I Leave You' -- EXCLUSIVE

Connie Britton will be the latest addition to the super-cast being assembled for director Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, a dark family comedy that also features Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, and Jason Bateman.

The film, based on the 2009 novel by Jonathan Tropper, is about four combative siblings from the Foxman family who reunite at their childhood home for a week after their father dies, dredging up long-buried hostilities and problems.

Fey, Bateman, Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris, House of Cards) and Adam Driver (Girls, pictured above) play the siblings, while Fonda is their newly widowed mother.

The Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story, and Nashville star Britton will appear as the age-inappropriate girlfriend of Driver’s character — the baby of the family who has grown into perhaps the most troubled of the lot.

Though her character’s presence is part of what antagonizes the family, she is also well-suited for analyzing their various neuroses: She’s a therapist.

Of course, that only makes the situation worse.

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Dan Stevens in negotiations to star in 'Swallows and Amazons'

Downton Abbey‘s loss may be the film industry’s gain. EW has confirmed that ex-Matthew Crawley Dan Stevens is in negotiations to star in Swallows and Amazons, producer Nick Barton’s upcoming adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s children’s book. Another film based on the novel was released in 1974.

The story, first published in 1930, follows a group of six children — the four Walkers, John, Susan, Titty, and Roger, and the two Blacketts, Nancy and Peggy — who meet one summer and unite against a common enemy: the Blacketts’ uncle James Turner, a withdrawn writer whom the children dub Captain Flint (after the pirate immortalized in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island). Stevens is in talks to play Turner.

The former Downton heir can next be seen in Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones and Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate, both currently in production.

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Two VFX shops scale back; Rhythm & Hues finds a buyer

The troubled visual effects industry is facing a major shift, as three VFX shops announced major changes Friday, including the buyout of Life of Pi’s visual effects company Rhythm & Hues.

EW gave you the low-down on the struggles of the VFX industry that have been getting a bigger spotlight since Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy in February. Here’s an update with the latest on three visual effects shops whose collective work includes Life of Pi, the Twilight Saga, and Doctor Who.

Rhythm & Hues, the VFX company behind the Oscar-winning effects in Life of Pi, started its bankruptcy auction earlier this week and has found a buyer. Friday afternoon the U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the winning bidder, a holding company for Prana Studios, a VFX and animation company with offices in Los Angeles and Mumbai, India. A Hollywood Reporter analysis valued the deal at $17.8 million. READ FULL STORY

Steven Soderbergh working on 12-hour adaptation of 'The Sot-Weed Factor'

Let’s just say Steven Soderbergh’s idea of retirement doesn’t include a lot of shuffleboard. The Oscar winning director, who has said that the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra (airing May 26 on HBO) will be his last conventional feature film for the time being, tells EW that he is now at work developing a 12-hour miniseries based on John Barth’s 1960 novel The Sot-Weed Factor.

“I’ve had this on my shelf for a while,” says Soderbergh. “I was going to do it as a movie, but I couldn’t figure it out. So now I’ve had it adapted as 12 one-hour episodes.” Set in the late 1600s, the satirical story follows an English poet who moves to Maryland to take over his father’s tobacco farm. A 1960 New York Times review of the book called it “a bare-knuckled satire of humanity at large” that is “so monstrously long that reading it seemed nearly as laborious as writing it.” In other words, this isn’t exactly The Da Vinci CodeREAD FULL STORY

SXSW: 'Community' star Gillian Jacobs goes nuts in break-up comedy short -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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You’re at the SXSW festival, thinking you’re watching a fairly typical short about young love gone tediously, toxically bad when suddenly someone impales themselves on a glass coffee table. Matt Spicer’s dark comedy short It’s Not You, It’s Me, which has been playing all week as part of the shorts program, stars Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) in a clever snapshot of a woman dangerously pushed to the brink. Spicer, who wrote the script with his brother Eric, says Jacobs’ character was in part inspired by an ex-girlfriend who used to be so physically repulsed by the sight and sound of him eating cereal that she would have to leave the room.

The 28-year-old first-time director shot It’s Not You, It’s Me in three days in the living room of his Los Angeles apartment. “I didn’t tell my landlord,” he tells EW, “and we’re spraying blood everywhere, smashing tables. Of course my landlady showed up halfway through and freaked out and threatened to shut us down.'”

Art prevailed and now after a successful run at SXSW, Spicer is hoping someone will be impressed enough to trust him to direct his first feature off his new dark comedy script. In the meantime he and Max Winkler (Henry Winkler’s son and a buddy from USC film school) are busy prepping The Coward, their adaptation of a Nick Jones play that Spicer describes as “Barry Lyndon meets Trading Places,” which will hopefully go into production this summer. Girls star Adam Driver will play the lead, with Winkler at the helm.

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25 great one-liners from 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' -- VIDEO

When Who Framed Roger Rabbit sprang into theaters in the summer of 1988, animation was as beleaguered as ol’ Wily E. Coyote. These were the dark days of Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective and Universal’s An American Tale, which only seemed to prove that the glory years of cartoon mice and other fuzzy critters had finally run its course. But Robert Zemeckis’s Roger Rabbit changed everything, practically overnight. Much was made of the novelty of combining live-action with animated characters, but Mary Poppins had mixed both a quarter century earlier — and Bert and his dancing penguins were hardly the first themselves. No, what really made Roger Rabbit a hit with audiences of all ages was the come-together moment from all the iconic ‘toons that had thrilled generations of children. It was like “We Are the World,” but instead of Bob Dylan and Ray Charles, there was Daffy and Donald Duck squaring off against each other on dueling pianos and there was Mickey and Bugs free-falling with Eddie (Bob Hoskins) from the top of a skyscraper.

Throw in a new wascally-wabbit named Roger and his ahh-OOOOOOOO-gaa femme fatale of a wife (voiced by Kathleen Turner), and Who Framed Roger Rabbit became the first animated movie to make the year’s top-10 box-office list in more than a decade. The next year, Disney would present The Little Mermaid, which would confirm the resurgence of animation and set the course towards the new golden age that has lasted until the present day.

Tomorrow, Roger Rabbit arrives on Blu-ray for the first time, and even though the new 25th Anniversary Edition doesn’t include any new special features, it’s a delight to revisit Toontown and get hit on the head a few times with some classic Acme-brand laughs. Below, check out 25 great one-liners from the crazy, loony, genius movie that can’t help but make you feel like you’re nine years old again. READ FULL STORY

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