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DGA Awards: George Clooney makes Uranus jokes, and an absent Woody Allen steals the show

Brevity was the name of the game at last night’s Directors Guild of America Awards, held at the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Last year’s event celebrated the DGA’s 75th anniversary, and as a consequence, the evening ran so voluminously long, DGA president Taylor Hackford felt obliged to promise “to keep things moving quickly” for this year’s affair, to much thankful applause from the crowd.

As it turned out, Hackford needn’t have worried. While it is customary for all the feature film nominees to speak at the DGAs, both Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) and David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) did not attend — Allen has rarely if ever attended awards events, and Fincher had to jet to Japan for Dragon Tattoo‘s premiere in Tokyo. Best Documentary winner James Marsh (Project Nim) and Musical/Variety TV show winner Glenn Weiss (The 65th Annual Tony Awards) were also no shows. So all told, between the dinner and the awards, the evening clocked in just under four hours. Progress!

And EW was there for all of it. Check out the highlights below:  READ FULL STORY

The MPAA talks about SOPA-PIPA and responds to the 'campaign of misinformation'

One week ago, in the wake of a massive black-bar protest by several major Internet companies, Congress tabled plans to move forward with the controversial SOPA-PIPA antipiracy bills. It’s merely the latest twist in an ongoing debate which is at the center of the evolving media landscape. The Motion Picture Association of America has been leading the SOPA-PIPA charge, and MPAA chief Chris Dodd was vociferous in his distaste for Congress’ decision to pull the bills. EW spoke to Michael O’Leary, Senior Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America, about how the MPAA sees the future of antipiracy legislation, and why Hollywood and the tech community should work together, not against each other. (Warning: Thomas Edison makes a cameo appearance as a topic of conversation.) READ FULL STORY

White House petition targets MPAA chief Dodd over statements to Fox News

Chris Dodd — retired Senator from Connecticut, current CEO of the MPAA, and unofficial Commissioner of the Fun Police — has become the most vocal Hollywood advocate for anti-piracy legislation. So it’s not surprising that Dodd had some harsh words for the government in the wake of Congress’s decision to put the hardline copyright bills PIPA and SOPA on hold. However, Dodd has now found himself at the center of a potentially far-reaching scandal, thanks to comments he made on Fox News last week. Dodd told the news network, “Candidly, those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.” READ FULL STORY

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