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    Steven Spielberg Says His 'Lincoln' Will Focus On Last Four Months Of President's Life

    Film Will Be Released After 2012 Election After a three-year break, Steven Spielberg is getting back to prolific form. He's got two movies due out before the end of the year, and is shortly to start shooting on a new one. Indeed, it's a film that he's been talking about for years, but never seemed to progress -- "Lincoln," his biopic of the great U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, which was long set to star Liam Neeson, but was announced earlier in the year as finally moving forward with Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead.

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    Watch: Two Minute, Blondie-Aided Clip For Steve McQueen's 'Shame' With Michael Fassbender

    The best films aren't necessarily the ones you walk out of raving about, but the ones that haunt you, lingering on your mind for the days, weeks and months afterwards. When we saw "Shame," Steve McQueen's follow up to his debut "Hunger," which reteams the director with star Michael Fassbender, we liked it very, very much indeed, but had a few issues with it that perhaps stopped it from reaching the very top tier of films we saw in Venice.

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    Koo On "Your Audience is Worth More Than $"

    Film may be 110 years old, the Film Industry a century, Amer-Indie, as a semi-organized infrastructure and process, 30 years, but as a creative community we are only a few years, at best, in. Sure the guilds have been here longer, but as an open & transparent, group, activity sharing information and aspirations, it's taken the rise of blogging culture to bring us together.As much as we are coming together on a general basis, indie film communities come together now around specific voices. Nonetheless, other than Kevin Smith there are very few folks who have truly built and served their audiences to such an extent that that audience is in fact a community that can be depended on to support a film to the extent necessary to move it through production and release. Or rather, until recently. Crowdfunding, more than just a money raising tool, allows us to measure how communities can truly make movies happen. Koo, who has built the much loved and very useful blog No Film School, now is making a film, and as he shares below, he couldn't have gotten so far with the support from the community he has so loyally served.

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    Watch: Trailer For Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

    One of the key question marks in this year's Oscar season, one conspicuously absent from our most anticipated post-fall film festival picks feature published this morning, is Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," his decades-spanning drama about the controversial head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover.

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    Reason, madness and DRIVE: Nicholas Winding Refn's damaged macho men

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Warning: this piece contains spoilers for Drive. Read at your own risk.

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    Daniel Espinosa's 'Snabba Cash' Gets A Sequel With New Director; Original Cast Returns

    Update: Moviezine reveals that shooting started in late August in Gothenburg and in Stockholm and the project is aiming to hit Swedish theatres in the fall 2012.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: COWARDS BEND THE KNEE, directed by Guy Maddin

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Fandor's blog site, Keyframe, begins its Director of the Month series today with a week long tribute to Canadian director Guy Maddin. In addition to specially commissioned articles and an exclusive interview with the director himself, Fandor editor-in-chief and Press Play contributor Kevin B. Lee has collaborated with Matt Zoller Seitz to produce this video essay discussing the technical and thematic achievements of Maddin's 2003 feature Cowards Bend The Knee. But the centerpiece of the weeklong tribute is Fandor's first blogathon hosted on Keyframe called The Maddin-est Blogathon in the World. From September 19-23, Keyframe invites writers, video editors and artists to discuss Maddin's body of work on their own sites. Fandor will cross-link to newly published blog posts and give a special prize to the most creative endeavor. Click here if you would like to participate.

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    When Should a Filmmaker Go To a Festival?

    The Holding, Directed by Susan Jacobson.Maybe this little interchange is of interest to other filmmakers...at any rate, it is free publicity for the filmmakers.

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    Liam Hemsworth Boosts Beefcake Factor By Joining 'The Expendables 2'

    While his older brother Chris Hemsworth launched himself to worldwide fame with "Thor" earlier this year, Liam Hemsworth will soon join his sibling in the ranks of mega-movie fandom. Set to star as Gale Hawthorne in the upcoming "The Hunger Games" the actor is looking to take his shirt off again for the ladies and boost his action credentials alongside a bunch of old guys.

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    Ruth Negga Graces UK Screen And Stage This Month In “Shirley” And "Playboy Of The Western World"

    On September 29, Irish actress Ruth Negga (Breakfast on Pluto, Misfits), as reported on this site back in August, stars in the BBC Two biopic Shirley, in which she portrays iconic Diamonds Are Forever singer Dame Shirley Bassey. Negga is reported to have only had eight days to prepare for the challenging role.

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