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    HBO Renews for Second Seasons Two Half-Hour Comedies Targeted at Women: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' and Armando Iannucci's 'Veep'

    Great news. HBO Entertainment has renewed two half-hour comedies targeted at women for second seasons. The commitment for Lena Dunham's 'Girls' is for ten episodes. The show has a gross audience to date of 3.8 million viewers.

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    Short Drama "Deluge" Explores African Americans' Relationships to Water (Fundraising)

    S&A readers looking for a worthy film project to support can look no further than Deluge, the forthcoming short drama by filmmaker and S&A contributor Nijla Mumin.

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    "The Box That Rocks" (30 Years of Video Music Box And The Rise Of Hip Hop Music & Culture)

    An upcoming screening next week Tuesday at BAM cinemas right here in Brooklyn, NYC; but also a title the rest of you should be aware of, as it might make it to your neck of the woods eventually...

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    More Notes on the Sight & Sound Film Poll

    Further thoughts on the most prestigious and most ridiculous of all top ten lists.

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    SFIFF 55: Judy Davis, 'Women with Cows,' "The Giants,' Rissient on Hawks

    I have viewed myself into a corner; there’s practically nothing playing this afternoon that I haven’t already seen. I have prepared for this by checking out press screeners, despite my internal script that runs: “you don’t go to film festivals to watch movies on DVD.” So I choose either talking head...

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  • The Playlist
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    'Little Britain' & 'Cruise Of The Gods' Helmer Declan Lowney To Direct Alan Partridge Movie

    Of the many characters he's played over the years, Steve Coogan's Alan Patridge remains the most beloved. The consistently lame, earnestly insecure and narcissitic talk show host has spawned two radio series, three TV stints, a book and more recently the new webseries "Mid Morning Matte...

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    "Thoughts From the Dark Room" - Editor/Producer Jason Pollard Tells His Story; What's Yours?

    The next installment of the What’s Your Story? series comes from Jason Pollard, editor of documentaries Sing Your Song and Slavery By Another Name as well as Pete Chatmon’s Queen Hussy series, and son of legendary filmmaker Samuel Pollard.

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    SFIFF: Lawrence Kasdan Talks Making 'Darling Companion,' Reveals He's In The Midst Of Writing Harlan Coben's 'Stay Close'

    Last week saw the release of “Darling Companion,” the first film from writer/director Lawrence Kasdan in nine years. The film tells the story of Beth (Diane Keaton) and her husband Joseph’s (Kevin Kline) dog getting lost in the mountains after their daughter’s wedding. The co...

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    Tickets, Anyone?

    The news that Fandango, the company that sells admissions to movies online, is expanding its use of “paperless tickets,” using bar codes for smart phones instead, makes perfect sense…but doesn’t make me happy. There goes another facet of the moviegoing experience: tickets!

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    Sally Hawkins Joins Woody Allen's Next Film, Shooting In San Francisco & New York Slated For This Summer

    For a moment there, it looked we wouldn't be getting our annual dose of Woody Allen next year. We figured that with the director busy with a rare acting gig in John Turturro's "Fading Gigolo" and preparing "Bullets Over Broadway" for Broadway in 2013, he wouldn't have...

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