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    Jeff Buckley Biopic On Its Way: A Selection of His Music and Interview

    Jeff Buckley will get his biopic, and it will come via director Jake Scott (director of Welcome to the Rileys, and many rock music videos, including U2, The Smashing Pumpkins, REM & Radiohead). Michelle Sy and Orian Williams are serving as producers, and Buckley's mother, Mary Guilbert, is executive producing, with financing coming from financier Amy Vaughan King. Buckley was an influential musician and son of folk singer Tim Buckley, though he only released one studio album, Grace (1994), before he tragically died in 1997 when he accidentally drowned in the Wolf River Harbour channel of the Mississippi River. At the time, he had been working...

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  • Spout
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    Anyone Remember "Band of the Hand"? See John Cameron Mitchell as an 80s Action Hero

    Nowadays, John Cameron Mitchell is known as an increasingly accomplished filmmaker, whose excellent "Rabbit Hole" can be currently viewed on Amazon Instant Video (and hits DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday). But 25 years ago today, the guy who broke through with "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" saw one of his...

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  • The Playlist
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    James Marsh Calls His IRA 'Shadow Dancer' Film Starring Clive Owen An "Espionage Thriller"

    'Man On Wire' Director Wants To Keep Vacillating Back And Forth Between Docs and Features

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  • The Playlist
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    Willem Dafoe In Talks For Stephen Sommers' 'Odd Thomas'

    Willem Dafoe is a man of eclectic taste, vacillating between decidedly arthouse fare like "Antichrist" and "The Dust Of Time," low rent fare like "Mr. Bean's Holiday" and "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" and straight up tentpole movies such as "Spiderman" and the upcoming "John Carter Of M...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    SNL, Helen Mirren's Boobs and Older Women's Sexuality

    Something bizarre happened on TV this weekend. While Helen Mirren was supposed to host SNL, it turned out the show was hosted not by Mirren, but by her boobs. This week's episode of SNL highlighted the uncomfortable nature of how we as a culture deal with and talk about sexuality and the older wom...

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Dreadful 'Passion Play' Starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox & Bill Murray

    “Passion Play,” starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray, was the worst film we saw at TIFF last year (though Dustin Lance Black‘s “What’s Wrong With Virginia” comes a close second) and early candidate to top our worst of 2011 list this year. Our man on the ground called it “a cliche-riddled, risible and utterly painful experience that boasts hallmark sentiments and TV movie-of-the-week sensibilities mixed in a disastrous attempt to make a love story about unearned redemption.” And most critics agreed with that sentiment. It was the directorial debut of screenwriter Mitch Glazer and it’s sure to be his last time behind the camera for...

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Magic Valley" Director Jaffe Zin

    TJ Waggs, a high school student living in the small town of Buhl, Idaho, carries the burden of a terrible secret on his shoulders. And he's not the only one having an off-day: A local fish farmer confronts a selfish neighbor that has carelessly poisoned his crop, the shifty county sheriff neglects h...

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    Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Love During Wartime" Director Gabriella Bier

    Jasmin and Assi are newlyweds, but building a life together seems impossible: She's an Israeli, he's a Palestinian. When their homelands turn their backs on them, they choose to live in exile. This tender tale of a love infiltrated by politics follows a real-life Romeo and Juliet on their odyssey fr...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: An Evening with Tina Fey - Queen Bossypants By Ashley Van Buren

    Tina Fey was (quite literally) infectious last Friday night while signing copies of her book, Bossypants. Despite feeling under-the-weather, Fey signed books for the 1,100 people (including 30 Rock’s Grizz Chapman) who showed up to see her at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square. Some fans arrived as early as 10am for the 7pm Q&A and signing. It seems everyone has caught the Tina Fey virus and it's spreading like wildfire. By the event’s start time, the crowd was squeezed into chairs, standing packed along the rear of the room like sardines, or watching Fey’s Q&A with New Yorker magazine editor David Remnick, on closed-circuit TV on one of th...

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  • The Playlist
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    Aziz Ansari Making A Cameo In Raunchy R-Rated Anna Faris Comedy 'What's Your Number?'

    This year, the studios are hoping women can bring in the raunchy R-rated laughs their male counterparts already can. While Warner Bros. will take another bite of the bankable apple with "The Hangover Part II," their competitors are rolling their dice with female driven laffers with Universal's "Bridesmaids," Sony's "Bad Teacher" and Fox's "What's Your Number" all in the pipeline. Female driven comedies -- that aren't rom-coms -- are already a hard sell and it's no surprise that execs are fine tuning the films up until the last minute. You can bet that the SXSW, "work-in-progess" screening of "Bridesmaids" was as much about gauging early audie...

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