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    Ruby Sparks- Written by Zoe Kazan and Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton

    It's no surprise that Zoe Kazan who penned the delightful new film Ruby Sparks opening today is a good writer. Both her parents - Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord are also top tier Hollywood screenwriters. Ruby Sparks is the story of Calvin Weir-Fields (played by Kazan's real life boyfrien...

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    Feminist Dad of the Day: Christian Bale

    I was reading the Batman cover story in EW and I wanted to shaare this quote from the interview with Christian Bale.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Topher Grace Star In Drake Doremus-Directed Campaign For Intel & Toshiba 'The Beauty Inside'

    Drake Doremus seems to like being busy. The director of last year's Sundance sensation "Like Crazy" (which we think deserved to do better than it did), has not only wrapped on his next film (more on that in a moment), but he's also behind the camera for a campaign for Intel and Toshiba that has a co...

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    DVD Watch: First Roles of Now Famous Stars

    Psst! If you want to peek into the past, Acorn Media is making it easy. Want to watch Keira Knightley at age 9? Try Acorn’s DVD of “A Village Affair,” a TV movie whose lesbian love story takes place in a small English village. How about Orlando Bloom at 13 in “Midsomer Murders"?

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    Directors Guild of America Goes All-Digital for 2013 Voting, Sets Awards Schedule

    The Directors Guild of America has set its schedule for the 65th Annual DGA Awards and dinner, which will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. For the first time, DGA members will vote online only--no paper ballots (for the last few years they had ...

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    8th Montreal International Black Film Festival - September 20 to 30

    Last year's lineup was varied and strong, and I'm looking forward to seeing what this year's lineup looks like.

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    'Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People' Funding Deadline Imminent!

    A week ago when I first profiled this project, it had raised just over $34,000 of its $100,000 goal.

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    Venice's Restored Classic Lineup for 80th Fest Includes Welles, Hawks, Bergman, Rosselini and Cimino, In Person with 'Heaven's Gate'

    In celebration of the Venice Film Festival's 80th anniversary, the fest will screen a program of restored classic films, titled "Venezia Classici." Included in the cinephile-dream lineup is Welles' "Chimes at Midnight," Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander," Hawks' "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Rosselini's ...

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  • The Playlist
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    Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman & Ruth Wilson Join 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

    Already pretty much guaranteed to be a major contender in next year's Oscar race along with "August: Osage County" with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, "Saving Mr. Banks" continues to add to its cast with a trio of actors joining Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell.

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    Trailer Watch: Ava DuVernay's Must-See 'Middle of Nowhere'

    Check out the new trailer for Ava DuVernay's drama "Middle of Nowhere," which won her Sundance's Directing Award. Warmly received at Sundance and its Los Angeles premiere at LAFF, the film opens October 12.

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