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    SFIFF '11: Tindersticks Accompany Claire Denis Films Live On Stage

    Tuesday night at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Castro Theatre hosted one of the more inspired events of the festival. Every year, the San Francisco Film Society puts on an event pairing a musical act with a silent film. The past few years have seen Stephen Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) providing live music for the 1916 version of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” Dengue Fever accompanying the stop-motion feature-length film “The Lost World,” and Black Francis (The Pixies) lending his songs to “The Golem.” This time around, the festival decided to change the rules slightly and invited Tindersticks to play along with the film...

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    Tarantino Wants Will Smith to Star in Django Unchained

    If Quentin Tarantino lands Will Smith for his Django Unchained, it will have a huge impact on the movie. I'm not sure how I feel about it, truth to tell. Imagine that the film is The Good the Bad and the Ugly meets Mandingo or Manderlay. It's what Tarantino said he wanted to do: an entertaining spag...

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    First Look: Brad Pitt As Jackie Cogan In Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade'

    With principal photography now wrapped on Andrew Dominik's adaptation of George V. Higgins' "Cogan's Trade," a new image of star Brad Pitt as the titular Jackie Cogan has been unveiled.

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    One Way To Deal With The Intersection Of SuperAbundance & Economic Collapse

    I must confess I have developed a Standard Operating Response (SOR) to deal with the fact of my ever growing (& groaning) To Read / To Watch List and my ever dwindling pay check.

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    Shake-Up At OWN - Christina Norman Is Out As CEO

    It was announced today that, after just two years as CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network, Christina Norman is out, and will be replaced by Peter Liguori , who is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Discovery Communications. Liguori will work both jobs until a permanent replacement for Norman is fo...

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    "Family Portrait," "Dragonslayer" Top Hot Docs Winners

    The 2011 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its winners this evening at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto. In a ceremony hosted by CBC Radio One's Jian Ghomeshi, 9 awards and over $72,000 in cash prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers. Julia Ivano...

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    Will Smith Circling Lead Role In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    Samuel L. Jackson Closing In On Role Of Evil Plantation Owner's Right-Hand SlaveHere's a surprise move we weren't initially expecting, though perhaps thinking on it a beat it makes sense. Will Smith has apparently emerged as Quentin Tarantino's top choice to play the lead character in his slavery/Sp...

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    "Jumping The Broom" Heading For A $16 million Weekend

    I know, I know it's only Friday in the early evening, but nowadays judging on early projections, studios can determine what weekend B.O. figures will be, and, so far it looks like Jumping The Broom is heading for an excellent weekend opening, placing it in third place, behind Thor and Fast/Five, gro...

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    Will Smith Is Quentin Tarantino's Choice To Play Django!

    Well, I kinda hinted at this in the comment section of Sergio's post on who might be a frontrunner to play the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained... specifically, I referenced the Deadline article that mentioned Tarantino's intentions to cast "top shelf" for the film.

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    Guest Post: Orly Ravid "Going to Market with Your Film, Cannes 2011"

    Ah, it's that time of year again. I just booked my travel at Cannes; of course I did it last minute. My love for the market is as great as my dislike, alas. The place is filled equally with hope as despair. The promise of wealth and discovery looms with every glass of Rose and Pernod -- and I a...

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