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    Joel Edgerton Says 'One Night Stand' A Tribute To John Hughes; Has 'Rashomon'-Style Crime Pic He Hopes To Make In Australia

    If 2011 saw Joel Edgerton getting his feet wet in Hollywood with roles in "Warrior" and "The Thing," 2012 will see the Aussie actor fully diving into those waters. He'll feature prominently in two films slated to be major awards season players, Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" and Kathryn Bigelow's untitled Osama Bin Laden/Seal Team 6 pic. And not only that, he's giving family films a try, starring opposite Jennifer Garner in Disney's "The Odd Life Of Timothy Green." But Edgerton isn't content to wait for opportunities to fall into his lap, and just before he headed to Sundance to premiere his latest Aussie effort "Wish You Were Here," he sold a script to New Regency titled "One Night Stand."

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    U.S. Indies in Post Have 2 European Festivals Looking to Give Them Awards

    U.S. IN PROGRESS PARIS is two-day works in progress event targeted at American independent filmmakers and European buyers. It will take place at the Paris Film Festival on June 7-10 2012 in Paris. The event is looking for U.S. indie soon-to-be-finished films at post-production stage (rough & fine cuts).

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    Sundance Review: Good Performances & Narrative Tapestry Can't Save Emotionally Distant 'The Words'

    A combination of shopworn literary clichés combined with an “Inception”-worthy daisy chain of White People Problems, “The Words” fails to surpass dramatically the bland lack of specificity in its title while still offering a solid roundup of performances from its talented ensemble cast. Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, who received story credit for “TRON: Legacy” (a film this writer liked a lot), wrote and directed this flashback-laden tale of a novelist coming to terms with his life and work by writing a book about a novelist coming to terms with his life and work.

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    Watch Trailer For Indie Drama "Greencastle" About Lonely Widowed Single Father in Rural Town

    Described as a "quirky off-beat drama," Greencastle is written and directed by Koran Dunbar, who is also the lead actor in the film. The film, about a single father in a rural town in PA grieving the death of his late wife, was able to raise post-production costs through Kickstarter last month.

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    A Year and a Day Calender: Rowan

    Rowan is a native of Eurasia, a member of the Rose Family which has been naturalized across Alaska and Canada, and From Maine to California.  The word “Rowan” comes from an old Scandinavian word for “red,” referring to the bright red berries that remain on the tree into early winter.  Rowan is also known as Quickbeam, Quicken, or Mountain Ash, and is sometimes called “The Witch,” because witch-wands, once used for finding metal, were made of Rowan.  In the British Isles, Rowan is used as a prophylactic against lightning and also against any kind of witches’ charms; it is believed that bewitched horses can be controlled only with a whip made of Rowan.  Before their battles in ancient Ireland, Druids kindled fires made with Rowan, summoning the spirits to join in the fight.

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    Sundance 2012: "Compliance" is a Bloodless Horror Film That I Couldn't Resist

    For a good portion of Craig Zobel’s twisted new single-setting drama, “Compliance,” I had difficulty believing what was happening. The film, which is based on a true story, depicts a busy night at a Midwest fast food restaurant during which a teenage employee is accused of theft, detained in a stock room and consequently strip searched in the process of investigating her alleged crime. The problem is there’s no police detective in sight, though there is supposedly one on the phone dictating irregular procedures to the chicken joint’s manager and staff. And to them it all seems a strange yet acceptable idea to conduct such an outlandish probe by proxy with only the word and authority of an unfamiliar “cop.”

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    Jonny Greenwood & Krzysztof Penderecki's Album Lands March 13th, Features Music From 'There Will Be Blood' & More

    To call avant garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki an influence on Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood would be an understatement, but what has been so thrilling to watch is how the alternative-guitarist-turned-film-scorer has created his own bold, creative voice outside the band with his orchestral work. Well, Penderecki and Greenwood have at long last combined forces for an album which will illustrate musically both the passing of the torch from one generation to another, and yet also, how Penderecki's work continues to stand tall today.

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    Watch Angela Davis Offer Her Own Perspective On "The Black Power Mixtape" Documentary

    It's a film you've likely read about numerous times on this site, but only because The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 continues to generate news almost weekly.  This week, PBS' The Independent Lens released a video clip of one the film's subjects, activist Angela Davis, speaking on how she felt as she viewed The Black Power Mixtape.

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    Fiercely Independent: "Simon Killer," "Beasts," "Keep the Lights On" at Sundance

    Not long ago on this blog I called for the celebration of non-corporate films in non-corporate theaters. Well, at Sundance, I've been pleasantly surprised by the committed and audacious indie filmmaking on display: it's defiantly non-corporate, indeed. (And I'd like to thank the Sundance organizers for limiting the sponsorship trailers before the screenings.) The three competition films I've seen so far, "Simon Killer," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Keep the Lights On" all show a surprising lack of interest in commercial viability. If Sundance has become synonymous with Harvey Weinstein-like bidding wars, here are three films that take much highter ground, aiming more for art than commerce.

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    Sundance Review: 'The Raid' Is A Triumph Of Kicks, Punches & Unrelenting Thrills

    If you ever wanted a feature-length version of the scene from Tony Jaa’s “The Protector” where in one shot he literally fights his way up to the roof of a building filled with baddies, then “The Raid” is the movie for you. Although his two previous films failed to make an impression outside of Indonesia, writer-director Gareth Evans crafts a relentless – and relentlessly exciting -- onslaught of visceral entertainment with his tale of a SWAT team that’s ambushed after being assigned to invade a drug kingpin’s heavily-fortified stronghold. Featuring fight sequences almost literally from start to finish, “The Raid” is an action-lover’s dream, precisely because it pitches the choreography at a thrilling but believable level that prevents viewers from succumbing to an overdose of kicks and punches.

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