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    Sundance Institute Announces Directors and Screenwriters Lab Participants for 2012

    Congrats to the thirteen projects taken on for this summer's Sundance Institute annual Directors and Screenwriters Labs, which is held May 28 - June 28 at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort in Utah. Countries represented include the United States, Italy, Romania, Australia, Algeria, France, Chile an...

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    13 Projects Accepted for Sundance's June Director and Screenwriter Labs

    The Sundance Institute today announced 13 international film projects selected for this June's Directors and Screenwriters Labs, which will take place at the Sundance Resort under the leadership of Michelle Satter and Gyula Gazdag. This year's massive roster of talented creative advisors inc...

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    Casting Latina Actresses/Black Actors: Revisiting The Hollywood Trend

    Alright, alright, this is not a new topic but given the latest discussion surrounding the casting of Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo as Idris Elba’s ex-wife in the upcoming thriller No Good Deed (see Tambay's post HERE), I thought I’d revisit this seemingly recurring “trend.&...

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    Vince Vaughn Will Make A Lot Of Babies In Remake Of French-Canadian Comedy 'Starbuck'

    Well, this is moving along much faster than we had anticipated. Only a couple of weeks ago it was announced that DreamWorks acquired the rights to Ken Scott’s French-Canadian hit comedy “Starbuck,” with plans to remake it with Scott writing and directing all over again. Well, ...

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    Cannes Market: Cornish & Gleeson Form an Unlikely Pair in 'An Ordinary Man'

    Abbie Cornish and Brendan Gleeson will co-star in that rare thing these days, an original script. Brad Silberling, "The "City of Angels" and "Moonlight Mile" helmer, wrote and will direct dramatic thriller "An Ordinary Man," which follows the unlikely relationship between a fictitious war criminal i...

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    Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen Plays 'The Dictator' For a Roomful of Confused Journalists

    Sacha Baron Cohen held a bizarre press conference in character as General Aladeen from "The Dictator" at the Waldorf Astoria yesterday. Journalists were alternately amused and confounded by his antics.

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    Focus Features' Africa First Program Now Accepting Entries For 5th Year! Get On It!

    I'm sure you're all familiar with this initiative by now, given how much we've talked about it since this site's inception 3 years ago. At least, I hope you're familiar. 

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    Nick Cassavetes To Direct Kristen Stewart Action Flick 'Cali'

    Crime, California and some unsavory characters? Yep, Nick Cassavetes has been there, done that before, with "Alpha Dog" and the director is going to get gritty once again in the Golden State.

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    Trailer Watch: Don't Mess with McConaughey in Deep Fried Texas Redneck Thriller 'Killer Joe'

    Matthew McConaughey is a dirty, twisted cop in "Killer Joe," from director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist") and screenwriter Tracy Letts ("Bug," also directed by Friedkin).

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    Lena Dunham Addresses "Girls" Diversity Criticism & Why I Just Don't Care...

    "I wrote the first season primarily by myself, and I co-wrote a few episodes. But I am a half-Jew, half-WASP, and I wrote two Jews and two WASPs. Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like &mda...

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