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Precocious True Grit Star Already Riding High

In 2003, it was New Zealander Keisha Castle-Hughes; in 2007, Canadian actress Ellen Page. But in 2010, the emerging young female star of awards season is from our very own backyard.

Fourteen-year-old True Grit newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who calls Thousand Oaks home, is being showered with praise by reporters and co-stars. In yesterday’s LA Times profile piece by Amy Kaufman and Geoff Boucher, for example, Matt Damon was extremely complimentary when comparing her to other young actors he has recently worked with.

Via MSN.com, Steinfeld tells LA freelance journalist James Rocchi how haphazardly her path to beating out 15,000 other hopefuls began:

“I heard about the audition from my second cousin. Her mom had just learned how to use [online casting service] Actor’s Access, that’s how she heard about the True Grit audition… She passed it onto my mom and then we called my agents out on it and said, ‘Why aren’t I going out on this?’…”

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LAT Memo: New Movie Editor Has No Entertainment Reporting Experience

In our continuing coverage of the odd dysfunction of the LA Times Arts & Entertainment section, we’ve posted a memo of the latest hire. The new editor appears to have no previous experience covering film which seems like a strange choice since the section has been hemorrhaging vets who covered a flagship industry for LA. Very weird. It’s almost like a real estate mogul buying a major media company. What could possibly go wrong?

But congrats on getting a gig, Julie Makinen.

From: Hofmeister, Sallie

Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 5:18 PM
To: yyEntertainAll

Subject: great news: we have a new movie editor. this is going wide momentarily!

We are delighted to welcome back to The Times Julie Makinen, who will succeed Tim Swanson as movie editor for the Entertainment Department. Anyone who has worked with Julie will recall her fearless and rigorous approach to new challenges. She is known for creative story ideas, sharp editing skills and grace under pressure – as well as for her home-made ice cream and witty top 10 lists.

Julie has spent the last year and half in Hong Kong as deputy business editor of the Asian edition of the International Herald Tribune, fulfilling a longtime desire to live and work in Asia. Prior to that, she held a variety of editing and reporting jobs at The Times and at the Washington Post.

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LA Times Sweeps the Times’ Editorial Awards

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Safe to say the LA Times won all their own awards. Cough. This year’s Pulitzers. Cough. Congratulations all!

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won for beat reporting. Harriet Ryan, Andrew Blankstein, Geoff Boucher, Chris Lee and Ann Powers won for breaking news, the Michael Jackson story specifically.

And the Publisher’s Prize went to Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian for sticking with a Toyota crash story that ended up causing one of the largest auto recalls in history. There’s the real breaking story. Get it? Huh? Breaking.

Complete list and a podcast with Russ Stanton is here.

Coachella Announces Line-Up…Finally

James_Paul_McCartney-small-.jpgPaul McCartney will head the festival – which would explain why he was talking to Stephen Colbert.

Also the The Killers, Morrissey, Amy Winehouse and Leonard Cohen are going to be at the show.

LAT’s Geoff Boucher has a whole thing on why an ex-Beatle headlining Coachella is weird.

We think they were all cool when they couldn’t pay their rent. Now? Sellouts.

Complete list of the line-up after the jump.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

bale_awards_400_2.jpgPrizes Given to Not-Yet-Released Films: The Hollywood Film Festival sounds kinda lame.

guillermodeltoro.jpgThe Hobbit, in IMAX? Director Guillermo Del Toro says he’s “not ruling out” the possibility of a 3-D, IMAX Hobbit movie because “IMAX is a fantastic medium,” it’s innovative and “I am a shareholder.” Wow. And we didn’t think we could get more jaded.

nolan_awards_400_2.jpg More Batman: Geoff Boucher continues his three-part interview with Batman director Christopher Nolan.

LAT In 90 Seconds — Hero Edition

ledger_3fff_2.jpgHero Complex: Fanboy/reporter Geoff Boucher begins the first of his three-part interview with The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan. We weren’t half as interested in Nolan’s answers as we were in Boucher’s questions, which were filled with commentary: “I winced when I read a lot of the political messaging that people said they detected in your film. I think a lot of that says more about my industry than it does yours.”

43067410.jpgDisney Gets A ‘Bolt’ From Pixar: Claudia Eller and Dawn Chmielewski explore how Disney Animation has become ‘Pixar South.’

eeeefgrergrgdfg.jpgPrimetime Heroics? The LAT Opinions page (Hearts) Barack Obama, but not his infomercial: “There’s something cheesy about a 30-minute commercial. One half expects Obama to be introduced by a pitchman in a loud sweater: “But wait, there’s more! If you act by Nov. 4, you also get the foreign policy expertise of Sen. Joe Biden!”

LAT In 90 Seconds

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Graph Of The Day: Geoff Boucher takes in the landscape at the Spike TV Scream Awards and notices George Lucas (whom he’s met before): “Backstage, Lucas, standing not far from black-clad rock star Marilyn Manson and comic-book industry icon Stan Lee, seemed a bit dazed by the strange confluence of pop culture streams. ‘This,’ he muttered, ‘is something.’”

42809413-17122337.jpgIn Overdrive: We enjoyed Alex Pham‘s piece today about how kids are decided to major in video game programming, but “Part Two of Three?” Really? With two wars going on, an election a few weeks away and the economy in the toilet, we have a tough time believing stories about the gaming industry really require the serial treatment.

41492663-07151600.jpgMr. Blackwell, 86: Mr. Blackwell died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was, we’re guessing, wearing a hospital gown.

The Land of the Lost Panel

comiccon01.gif On the panel was director Brad Silberling, cast members Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone, Danny McBride and producers Sid Kroft and Marty Kroft.

“Is H.R. Pufnstuf next?” Asked a fan from the crowd.

“Looks like it,” said Marty Kroft, his brother Sid nodded. They both noted the coverage in Column One in the LAT by Geoff Boucher.

Will Ferrel made a cameo via pre-recorded video that was said to be a live feed with severe technical difficulties.
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Then we were shown a 30-second promo for the movie. It was basically Ferrell looking at the camera while a huge T-Rex is approaching. “Oh no, he’s right behind me isn’t he?” Asks Ferrell.

The film doesn’t look like a remake of a 1970′s kid’s show. It looks like a Will Ferrell movie. Like how Ali had little to do with Muhammad Ali – it was another Will Smith movie.

Land of the Lost looks like Step Brothers with dinosaurs.

LAT In 90 Seconds

John McCain Feels Jilted: Taking a page from the Daily Show (literally in some cases), John McCain‘s campaign camp has put together some videos spoofing the media’s supposed infatuation with Barack Obama. For whatever reason Maeve Reston‘s story doesn’t link to said videos — but we did. Enjoy.

41176586.jpgInvasion of the Popular Kids! Geoff Boucher laments the loss of what Comic-Con once was: “Like some mutant cousin of the Sundance Film Festival, Comic-Con has outgrown its original mission and its limited geography.” Hell, they’re even letting FBLA into the place, so you know its lost its standards.

gwtwpic.jpgMob Mentality: A posse of junk collectors unite to suss out (and expose) a fake Hollywood memorabilia shyster on EBay. We love the idea of citizen justice … particularly when it yields such delicious sentences as: “‘The most obvious fakes I’d ever seen,’ pronounced James Tumblin, a Hawaiian who said he owns the world’s largest collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

36162653.jpgHeard It Through The Grapevine: We wondered if the Buddy Miles obit would mention the fact that he gave voice to those claymation California Raisins in the lede. It did.

36074191-26180642.jpgSkywalker Ranch. With Real Nerf Herders: Reporter Geoff Boucher gets a rare look inside Skywalker Ranch. Apparently, it’s really a ranch. Our favorite paragraph: “My wife, Tracy, and our two kids, Addie and Ben, come up on my third day at Skywalker to see the place (how I could I tell my 10- and 6-year-olds: “Wait at home while I go to Skywalker Ranch”?), and they adore the library and the animal collection at the stables (which began, I’m told, when Linda Ronstadt gave Lucas a cow as a 40th birthday gift). At the firehouse, they giggle with joy at getting a ride in the sweet new $450,000 engine (painted in USC cardinal, no surprise) past the vineyard (the grapes are shipped off to Coppola’s winery, again, no surprise).”

36095153-26075035.jpgCon-Spears-acy Theories: Did someone drug Britney Spears? We don’t know. But we have another question: Did someone on the photo desk swap out this new-standard mug of Spears for one that had her chin zit airbrushed out? We’ve seen this photo a thousand times (seriously, LAT, One Thousand Times), and this is the first time we’ve noticed said pimple. Which makes us suspicious…

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