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    Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "The Guard" Director John Michael McDonagh

    Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a salty village cop in Ireland, has a subversive sense of humor, a caustic wit, and an uncanny knack for keeping people at arm’s length. When a straitlaced FBI agent chasing an international drug-smuggling ring hits town, Boyle has no intention of letting the arrival disrupt hi...

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    Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Martha Marcy May Marlene" Director Sean Durkin

    Haunted by painful memories and suffering from increasing anxiety, Martha escapes an abusive cult and returns home to live with her older sister, Lucy, and Lucy’s husband, Ted. With no other family to lean on, Martha tries desperately to assimilate into Ted and Lucy’s upper-middle-class lifestyle. B...

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    Top 2010 Blacklist Writer Shops New Treatment for Fantasy/Comedy 'The Epic of Troy Night'

    You may not know the name Wes Jones yet, but if his success continues, the screenwriter may become as well known as say, Allan Loeb ("Wall Street 2"), Aline Brosh McKenna ('The Devil Wears Prada"), Diablo Cody ("Juno"), or some of the other well-known now-established scribes who were scrappy up-and-...

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    Relativity Hits Sundance with Ex-Paramount Star Acquisition Exec Matukewicz in Tow

    In a piece of acquisition news second only to SnagFilms' pick-up of veteran indie star Bingham Ray, new distrib on the block Relativity has poached Paramount acquisitions exec Joe Matukewicz as SVP of Worldwide Acquisitions. Matukewicz put in nine years as a Paramount exec, winding up as VP Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Paramount Vantage and Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions Group. He head acquisitions and work closely with the Relativity production team, reporting to Relativity production chief Tucker Tooley and marketing and distribution head Peter Adee. Matukewicz has already acquired for Relativity David Ellis’ Untitled 3D Shark Thri...

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    'Blade Runner' Designer Syd Mead To Work On 'Elysium,' Film Set 100 Years In The Future

    Tentative Release Date Being Eyed For 2012 Holiday SeasonWell, the details surrounding Neill Blomkamp's next film "Elysium" have been kept very tightly under wraps, the morsels of info that are spilling out are enticing. The cast so far is very strong with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley...

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    Screenwriter Steven Zaillian to Get WGA Laurel Award

    Writers Guild of America will give Steve Zaillian the Laurel Award for Screen, a lifetime achievement award recognizing his body of work, which includes his Oscar-winning screenplay for Schindler's List (1994) as well as Awakenings and American Gangster. Best-known as the industry's go-to rewrite ma...

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    J. Jonah Jameson Apparently Won't Appear In The 'Spider-Man' Reboot

    Way back in the fall, rumors started circling that John Slattery ("Mad Men") and Sam Elliott were among a number of actors in contention for the role of the Daily Bugle editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson. Well, it appears those rumors were erroneous and/or the game plan has changed.

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    Women and Hollywood Joins IndieWIRE Blog Network

    Please welcome Women and Hollywood to the indieWIRE blog network. It's an excellent fit. Melissa Silverstein is a swift and persistent cinephile who champions the female perspective. She shares info and insight about women filmmakers trying to get their films made and seen, as well as the legions of...

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    Behind the Visual Effects on Black Swan

    Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is one of those movies that is creepy, scary, believable and psychologically taut partly because he deploys 250 visual effects shots to such good effect. They aren't obvious, or on a big-budget scale. While we probably figured out that Nina morphing into a Black Swan at...

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    Sandi Dubowski at Sundance

    Sandi Dubowski is in Sundance co-hosting a Good Pitch Party (see below) and mentions that, "btw, I got a development grant from a new film fund, Catapult for my project and will be holding meetings at Sundance to raise matching funds for my next film, Soul Trainer." Soul Trainer follows the dramatic life story of Amichai Lau-Lavie whose uncle is the former Chief Rabbi of Israel and who is descended from 37 generations of rabbis to King David. Amichai is Jewish royalty, a link in a 5,771 year-old ancient chain, but he is also the creator of a Hasidic female performance character.His Trembling Before G-d and next film, A Jihad for Love dealt w...

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