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On The Lot: Film controversies, Palm Springs International Film Fest and more

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British film director Steve McQueen poses during the presentation of '12 Years a Slave' in Madrid on December 9, 2013. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images

Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times.

Maybe we're all just cranky from holiday hangovers, but it seems there's a lot of criticism trickling in lately for a lot of these Oscar buzzing movies. There's currently some controversy over "Saving Mr. Banks," the Disney movie about the making of "Mary Poppins."

A lot of the criticism seems to stem from the fact that this is Disney doing itself; That the studio has Disney-fied its own history. How involved was Disney in the development of this film?

Now to the new Martin Scorsese film "The Wolf of Wall Street," starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the con man stockbroker Jordan Belfort. This film has caused a bit of a backlash as well, and to rub even more salt in those wounds, the real Jordan Belfort is apparently going the route of many a disgraced sleazeball and pitching a reality TV show. 

In Italy there's been a bit of controversy over the poster for the film "12 Years A Slave."

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is kicking off this week, and this marks the 25th year since Sonny Bono started it back in 1990. Now it's grown to the be third biggest film festival in the country, not to mention probably the one with the best weather. How did this festival become so important? It has a bit more of an international flavor than Sundance. 

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