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    35 WAYS TO KEEP THE FAITH IN TRULY FREE FILM

    I was invited to speak in Amos Poe’s “Media & Mavericks’ NYU Film School Undergrad class last month. Salman Rushdie and Abel Ferrara spoke before me. Patti Smith was set to follow (so does that mean I’ve opened for Patti?). How could I say no to Amos? Particularly when it was in such illustrious company? His offer to speak got me thinking about what have been the underlying philosophies that have helped me enjoy a prolific life in a capital intensive mass market art form. I entered the film world with the belief that I would be denied access to my lack of connections, class, and rarefied tastes & desires. These "philosophies" that I fou...

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    For Relativity's Big Break Contest, a Good Indie Movie Can Be Hard to Find

    Corporate players have been showing a lot of love for initiatives aimed at cultivating indie film talent. There's Amazon's (controversial) Amazon Studios project; Paramount and Lionsgate are working on new low-budget production initiatives; and the just-announced Open Road Films is a jo...

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    Pick Your Palin: Julianne Moore or Kathy Griffin?

    Sarah Palin manages to make news even on the rare occasions when she keeps her mouth shut. Today in the world of Palin media, it was announced that Julianne Moore will play her in the HBO film Game Change, based on Mark Halperin and John Heilbrun’s best seller about the 2008 election. So far Moore i...

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  • The Playlist
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    Julianne Moore To Play Sarah Palin In Jay Roach's HBO Drama 'Game Change'

    It looks like Tina Fey doesn't have the sole lock on portraying one of the most embarrassing political figures in recent memory.

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  • The Playlist
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    Wagner Moura, Star Of Brazilian Box Office Sensation 'Elite Squad,' Joins Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

    With pre-production starting next month, another name has come aboard Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" and while he's not yet a household name, his appearance in the film should raise his profile considerably.

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    New Look At Havok In 'X-Men: First Class'

    How do you erase the memory of two shitty, shitty posters? Get another still from the movie out there.

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    SEPTIEN: A Busy First Month

    I told myself that I would try to publish incremental posts over the course of the Septien journey in order to keep everyone up-to-speed about where things stand, and while I do plan to keep things as upbeat and positive as possible along the way—for everything that is happening is indeed a tasty, ...

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: First Look At Wayne Wang's 'Snow Flower And The Secret Fan'

    Director Wayne Wang has never been a director that could be easily pigeonholed. He broke through with a trifecta of critical and arthouse faves with “The Joy Luck Club,” “Smoke” and “Blue In the Face,” but he’s also tackled more mainstream fare (”Maid In Manhattan,” “Last Holiday”) while still taking chances on ambitious independent pics (”The Center of the World”). So it's no surprise that his next effort, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," is another gear change for the director, a detailed period piece based on the novel by Lisa See that explores the relationship between two girls in 19th-century China who are matched by laotong -- a bonded...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Genre Development: Sci-Fi Runner Lures Forster; Firth, Kidman & Wasikowska's Stoker; After Dogtooth

    - The Runner is a futuristic sci-fi story about how the earth's surface is made uninhabitable by an attack and a group of survivors in the Rocky Mountains discover a way to send a man back in time to stop the devastation. But the man they send is secretly motivated by saving the love of his life. Disney is now developing The Runner as a vehicle for director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace); Imagine's Brian Grazer is producing alongside Brad Simpson, Forster's Apparatus Entertainment partner. Dave Andron, who originated the concept with Blacklight Transmedia, will write the script. Imagine and Disney are aiming for a transme...

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    Doesn't This Make You Want To Go Out And Make Some Movies?

    Okay, if it doesn't make you want to make them, it should make you want to see some.

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