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    Watch: Foot Cramps & Sex Don't Mix In Red Band Trailer For 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'

    The marketing machine behind the upcoming ensemble sex comedy "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" has now kicked into full gear as just after a batch of clips and pics from the film hit late last week, your Monday is getting kicked off with a red band trailer for the flick. And you know what? It's pretty amusing.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Is "The Help" this year's "Crash"?

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Studio - A New Film Magazine Targeted at Women Launches in the UK

    Does the world need a film magazine targeted at women? The women who created Studio Magazine in the UK believe we do. This is an online based subscription magazine and it definitely looks a bit on the glossy side and I am guessing that it will be very mainstream. The premiere issue has interviews with Anne Hathaway, piece of the Rise of the Girl Nerds and one of model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who took over as the pretty girl in the Terminator series. But it will also appeal to US folks with an interview with Mirielle Enos who starred in The Killing.

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    Review: 'Gloria: In Her Own Words' A Cliffs Notes Portrait Of The Feminist Icon

    There is perhaps no other woman who is more easily identified to the burgeoning feminist movement of the late '60s and '70s than Gloria Steinem. Vocal, intelligent and yes, very beautiful (even now at 77 she looks remarkable), Steinem galvanized women across the country, and over the years, has tackled topics both taboo and controversial ranging from abortion to female genital mutilation, while becoming a public figure for feminism like no one else has since. But in turn, she has also become a figure of criticism and ridicule from those both inside and outside feminist circles for a variety of reason. And thus, it's a shame that the life of such a powerful, passionate, divisive and fascinating woman is given such a perfunctory portrait with the documentary "Gloria: In Her Own Words."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Why I Made This Film By S. Caspar Wong

    I’ve been called brave twice in my life.  The first time, I left a comfortable, cushy lawyer job and followed my dream of becoming a filmmaker.  The second time is after people watch this film.  

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  • The Playlist
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    Empire Big Screen '11: 'Kill List' Helmer Ben Wheatley's Next Is Edgar Wright-Produced 'Sightseers'

    Comedy 'I, Macrobane' With Nick Frost Will Follow In 2012Perhaps the biggest homegrown hit of Empire Big Screen over the weekend was Ben Wheatley's "Kill List," a low-budget hitman/horror flick from the director of the excellent, terminally underseen crime film "Down Terrace." More than perhaps any other British film that had footage shown, the clips had people talking for much of the weekend, and director Ben Wheatley hit the event on Saturday, along with stars Neil Maskell and MyAnna Buring, to get the buzz going. If you've read our review from SXSW, you'll know that it's a film worth getting very excited about (it even made one member of The Playlist team physically ill -- in a good way), and it crystallizes Wheatley as a real talent to watch.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Maybe Paula Patton Won't Be Playing "Sister" In Sparkle Remake After All (Casting Call)

    Remember her revelation at an ABFF talk last month, when she acknowledged that she'd been offered a role in the Sparkle remake that's in the works, with Salim and Mara Brock Akil (the team behind Jumping the Broom) shepherding the project.

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    'The Aviator' & 'Gladiator' Writer John Logan Teams With Patti Smith To Adapt Her Memoir 'Just Kids'

    It's pretty much impossible to talk about the burgeoning 1970s punk movement in New York City without mentioning Patti Smith, the power of her music and the influence it would have on a generation of artists. But talent and passion isn't created in a vacuum and during Smith's most formative years, she found an emotional and artistic soulmate in photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and together they rose through the early stages of their respective careers together. Smith recently chronicled that relationship in a National Book Award-winning memoir "Just Kids," and now, that story is making the transition to the big screen with some pretty big talent to lend a hand.

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    David Lynch's Debut Album 'Crazy Clown Time' Lands On November 8th, Features Karen O

    In a recent interview, moviemaker Abel Ferrara, discussing the current state of cinema said, “My kind of filmmakers don’t really exist [anymore]...[David] Lynch doesn’t even want to make films anymore. I’ve talked to him about it, OK? I can tell when he talks about it. I’m a lunatic, and he’s pushing transcendental meditation." And certainly, that seems to bear out. It has been five years since Lynch dropped the middling "Inland Empire" and since then he's done anything but direct a movie, instead taking on webcasts, nightclub openings and fashion ad campaigns (though last year there was a half-hearted crowdsourcing attempt to fund a documentary about himself). For better or worse, music seems to be Lynch's new muse (his website is titled David Lynch Music Company in case you need a further tipoff as to his focus these days) and the director is now set to drop his debut album.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Bogart: Unconventional Star, Sex Symbol in TCM's Summer Under the Stars Retrospective

    Matt Brennan takes a different tack in his “Now and Then” column this week, reviewing not two movies but one star. It just so happens that Turner Classic Movies did the work of combining current and classic for him. On Wednesday, the network’s essential series “Summer Under the Stars” gives us 24 hours of Humphrey Bogart. Swoon. Trailer and clip below: They say sex sells, but it never flew off the shelves quite like it did in the heyday of the studio system. Back then a guy didn’t need a six-pack to get us melting, though it didn’t hurt — just try to resist the swaggering muscularity of Brando, busting out of that white T-shirt in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). What the stars had then was energy, suavity, glamour. Clark Gable drove us mad with the glint in his eye. Errol Flynn swashbuckled his way into our hearts, while Cary Grant smooth-talked his way into our dreams.

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