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    Tahar Rahim & Niel Arestrup To Reunite For Joachim Lafosse's 'Aimer À Perdre La Raison'

    Looks like a reunion of talent from Jacques Audiard's excellent 2009 film "A Prophet" is in the works with Joachim Lafosse's next directorial effort, the family drama "Aimer à perdre la raison" -- which roughly translates to "Loving Without Reason."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ex-Universal Co-Chief David Linde Closes Deal for Reliance-Backed Company with Global Output Pacts

    David Linde has finally closed his long-in-the-works film production and finance company backed by India's Reliance Entertainment, which also backs DreamWorks. Linde has lined up an all-important first-look distribution deal with his former studio, Universal, plus key foreign output deals. The new company has not yet cleared a name-- Linde has been calling it Lava Bear Films. Ex-CAA agent and MRC Film Group president Tory Metzger will be his production head, with ex-Universal digital strategist Adam Rymer as chief operating officer, overseeing financial operations and day-to-day business affairs. Linde plans to both produce and finance projects with a recognizable brand identity for the worldwide marketplace.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Torchwood Fans Rejoice! Starz Debuts Spin-Off Series Miracle Day July 8

    Starz has a new ten-episode spin-off series premiering July 8: Torchwood: Miracle Day, produced by BBC Worldwide. The BBC launched Torchwood back in 2006. Its stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen now join new headliners Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and Alexa Havins. Check it out:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Salvation Boulevard Stars Kinnear, Brosnan, Connelly, Tomei, Harris, Gaffigan

    Salvation Boulevard premiered at Sundance--one of the funnier pictures on display there-- and was picked up by IFC. Check out the new trailer below. George Ratliff directs and co-wrote the adaptation based on Larry Beinhart's 2009 book (Beinhart also wrote American Hero, upon which 1997's Wag the Dog is based). Here is IFC's trailer for the religious comedy, starring Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jim Gaffigan.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Catching Up...

    There never seems to be enough time to deal with all the things I’d like to write about. Fortunately, other people have covered some of these topics, so I’m happy to serve as your tour guide to some worthwhile articles, blogs, and web postings.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    RS 29—America Is Watching: "Southland Tales" and "The Parallax View"

    “The pure products of America/go crazy”—William Carlos Williams Paranoia has been out of fashion in the movies since the 1970s. After Oliver Stone’s JFK, the last serious Hollywood-style entry of the post-Kennedy era to posit a hinky what-if conspiratorial scenario, Richard Donner’s execrable Conspiracy Theory, featuring a wild-eyed, motor-mouthed Mel Gibson, demonstrated how marginalized and discredited such tortuously convoluted mindsets had become to the mainstream. In the late ’90s, the American empire was flourishing, and world conflict seemed distant. The X-Files movie, created by Paranoiac-in-Chief Chris Carter, was more an homage to TV’s favorite paranormal investigators Mulder and Scully than it was an attempt to version reality; it was character-based rather than event-driven. But the tragedy of 9/11 roiled all the old fears about government deception, and the culture industry set about its work: Jonathan Demme remade The Manchurian Candidate, AMC created the series Rubicon, modeled after the classic paranoid thrillers, and the Truth Movement gained a foothold, thanks to the Internet-distributed documentary Loose Change. This film, a farrago of irresponsible, sensationalized conjecture, stoked the imagination of those primed to believe that the Bush administration had either orchestrated the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers, or had allowed the hijackers to implement mass murder in accordance with a neo-conservative ideology hatched under the aegis of William Kristol and Robert Kagan’s Project for the New American Century. Theories like these proved that the will to believe anything was still a feature of American public discourse and its politically disenfranchised classes.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: My Exprience at the AFI Directing Workshop for Women by Amy French

    On May 9th, an audience of six hundred people gathered at the Director's Guild Theater in Los Angeles to ask the question, "Are women directors better suited to explore the subtle nuances of human emotion?" The obvious answer is, of course, "Who cares, THEY HAVE BOOBS!" Sure, that is true, and boobs are awesome. And just like boobs, the short films presented that night by the eight up-and-coming female directors were all remarkably different and entertaining, and people couldn't get enough of them.

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  • The Playlist
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    Liam Gallagher Wants Johnny Depp For Adaptation Of Richard DiLello's 'The Longest Cocktail Party'

    Remember that film about The Beatles' label Apple Records produced by Liam Gallagher that won't feature any Beatles' characters or music? Yeah, neither did we but the outspoken former frontman of Oasis has now brought the project back into the media spotlight by revealing that he's eyeing Johnny Depp for the key role of journalist-writer-publicist Derek Taylor.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview - Julian Renner's Feature Debut & San Diego Black Film Fest Winner "The Three Way"

    Rehashing what I said in my first post on this... about 2 weeks ago, I made several requests on the S&A Twitter and Facebook pages, asking our fans and followers to contact me directly if they are filmmakers with projects in the works, regardless of what stage - filmmakers we've never covered on the site before, and maybe should be.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Showrunners doc

    It seems like we are making some progress on women creating TV shows but from the looks of this trailer, TV is only populated by men. Not a single female showrunner is in the trailer and not a single female actor. The film is directed by Des Doyle and it is still in production. Tell them what you think on their Facebook page. Double yuck.

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