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    Lily Collins Offered The Part Of Stormy Llewellyn In 'Odd Thomas'

    Emma Roberts, Kat Dennings, Portia Doubleday & Addison Timlin Were Also On The ShortlistWe nearly forgot this movie was happening, but there is fresh movement on "Odd Thomas" the next film from Stephen Sommers, and it looks Anton Yelchin -- announced last month to star in the film -- has found his l...

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    D.A. Pennebaker Discusses Richard Leacock and Leonard Bernstein.

    Yesterday's obituary for documentary icon Richard Leacock included quotes from some of the people he affected in his life who have since obtained influence roles in film culture, including Mira Nair, Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker. That last source, the director of such cinema verité classics as "Don't Look Back," ran the production company Leacock-Pennebaker for several years, and shared a number of remarkable anecdotes about meeting and working with Leacock during the early stages of their careers. In the following excerpt, Pennebaker recalls his experience with Leacock during the production of "Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philh...

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    FUTURES | "Weekend" Director Andrew Haigh

    The breakout film at this year's SXSW Film Festival was Andrew Haigh's "Weekend," which screened in the out-of-competition Emerging Visions section and received the audience award. "Weekend" is Haigh's second feature, after 2009's "Greek Pete," whic...

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    Women at the Box Office This Weekend - March 25

    Women Centric Films OpeningMiral - written by Rula JebrealPotiche: reviewSucker Punch: What the Hell is Abbie Cornish Doing in Sucker PunchWomen Directed Films OpeningMy Perestroika - directed by Robin Hessman

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    Gun Hill Road

    I am finally catching up with some of what I missed at Sundance -- just in time for Cannes!. This one I had heard about from a acting school colleague of Rashaad before Sundance was announced. Now I have finally seen the film! Wow! It is so strong and uncompromising, I actually had a tough time staying with these characters, so strongly into their own world were they. The realism of their characters, flaws and strengths, the realism of those rough South Bronx streets, the grittiness and proximity were palpable. This film will remain with me for a long time to come. Esai Morales and Judy Reyes were great. And the young man...who is he?...

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    Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers: "Hit So Hard" Director P. David Ebersole

    This pull-no-punches portrait of the hell-and-back life of Patty Schemel, drummer for Courtney Love’s band Hole during its peak years, is no ordinary rockumentary. Told from the point of view of one band member, "Hit So Hard" takes an unprecedented inside look at one of the most crucial and controve...

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    Mike Skinner Of The Streets Writing Music For Film Version Of Hit British Comedy 'The Inbetweeners'

    The idea of popular musicians being used to score films is by no means a new one -- indeed, some of the top composers at present, such as Danny Elfman and Clint Mansell, got their start in bands (Oingo Boingo and Pop Will Eat Itself, respectively). But we seem to have reached an interesting tipping ...

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    What the Hell is Abbie Cornish Doing in Sucker Punch?

    I must say that I found the film Sucker Punch to be very confusing. I had no idea what it was about except that it was clear that young women were in peril, stuck in a mental institution or brothel. (I couldn't tell the dream sequences from the real sequences -- if anything was real -- since there ...

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    Tom Hooper In Negotiations To Direct Musical 'Les Miserables'

    In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the grand-scale movie musical was the equivalent of today's big-budget 3D sci-fi actioners -- star-packed blockbusters, often based on Broadway hits that were guaranteed to bring in hefty box office hauls. 1965's "The Sound of Music," one of the last whoppers of the genre, for instance, became the biggest film of all time on its release, and remains the third highest grosser of all time when adjusted for inflation. But a series of expensive flops, from "Doctor Dolittle" to "At Long Last Love" and "New York, New York," saw the genre fall out of favor, and the movie musicals nearly disappeared altogether in the 19...

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    Emir Kusturica To Head Un Certain Regard Jury At The Cannes Film Festival

    Two-time Palme d'Or winnter Emir Kusturica -- in 1985 for "When Father Was Away On Business" and in 1995 for "Underground" -- will be returning to the Croisette this year, but this time, he won't have a film in his hands.

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