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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

News roundup: DGA nominees; a “Mad Men” date

A few items of interest this morning:
— The Directors Guild of America, whose nominees generally match up closely with the Oscar nominees, announced its five contenders for its directing award today: Woody Allen (“Midnight in Paris”), David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”) and Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”). All but Hazanavicius are previous DGA nominees, with Scorsese receiving his ninth nomination (he’s won once, for “The Departed”) and Allen his fifth (ditto, for “Annie Hall”). Some eyebrows were raised at the omission of Steven Spielberg, who had two films in the mix this year (“War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin”), but overall I wouldn’t bet against this group being on the Oscar ballot — nominations for which will be announced January 24.
— Quite possibly many of you, like me, have been wondering if the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” sequels will be happening, considering the film’s tepid box-office take. The answer, on Deadline.com today, is yes. Though director Fincher isn’t signed, the cast is set for sequels and the script to “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” by Steven Zaillian, is complete. The studio’s looking to start shooting “Fire” by late this year or early next year.
— For all of us still struggling with “Mad Men” withdrawal (I miss Roger Sterling!), there’s hope, in the form of an actual date revealed by Jon Hamm this weekend: March 25, says he, is the day of the show’s return to AMC. Amen. Pass the chicken Kiev.

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