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  • Hope for Film
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    Sheri Candler on "New Online Distribution Service: Prescreen"

    Don't you love it when you see something new and it all makes sense. I had the opportunity to view the new distribution platform PRESCREEN and I dug it. I was all set to tell you all about it when I learned they sponsored the book Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul , and as a result Sheri Candler spoke to them and quizzed them on what they were up to. How sweet is that: all the info you need, clear and simple, and I don't have to write anything. Love it. Check it out. Prescreen is just one of many new exciting new tools and partners coming for indie filmmakers who want to step into Direct Distribution.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview With Lone Scherfig - Director of One Day

    One Day directed by Lone Scherfig tells the story of Emma and Dex played by Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Two people who become friends and who stick it out even though there are times when they cannot stand each other. Emma is the grounded one. She's a poor would be writer who takes a long time to find her passion. Dex is a spoiled brat, who doesn't figure out how to get his act together until he realizes that he loves Emma. They become partners and extremely happy later in their relationship which is played out on a single day -- July 15th -- over 20 years. It is a story of friendship and love told through Anne Hathaway's different hairstyles.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Chris Evans as a Drug Addict Lawyer in Puncture

    Marvel star Chris Evans (Captain America, Fantastic Four) is taking on a somewhat weightier role in the upcoming lawyer drama Puncture. But if the film's new trailer is any indication, Evans's bad-boy persona is still part of his appeal. Evans plays Mike Weiss, an unconventional but successful Houston lawyer who is a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger (played by Mark Kassen, who served as a producer and director of the film along with his brother Adam), is his by-the-book, responsible foil and the other partner in their small personal injury firm.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Elizabeth Olsen

    This younger Olsen sister has a lot to say about about how Hollywood depicts young women onscreen. Here's what she had to say:

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  • The Playlist
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    Riley Keough Apparently Beats Out Lindsay Lohan For Role In Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

    Another day, another bit of casting is revealed for Steven Soderbergh's male stripper pic "Magic Mike," but this one comes with a twist.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'A Horrible Way To Die' And Not Much Of A Way To Live

    “A Horrible Way To Die” tells two parallel stories. One of them is rooted in the fear of the mundane, following Sarah (Amy Seimetz), a recovering alcoholic trying to put her life back together. Her alcoholic past can directly be attributed to an abusive relationship, one that had borderline stripped her of her identity. She may have a job, a car, and a house, but Sarah is a ghost, invisible to those around her, floating through life without vice, but also without virtue. And why would there be either? Director Adam Wingard takes a vampiric attention to detail, featuring a world of almost constant nighttime or downshifted cloudiness. The walls of her home are drenched in shadow, her AA meetings are in barren basements. The outdoor world seems to exist only to provide empty parking lots. You’d be forgiven for expecting a twist that reveals she’s been dead this whole time.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Coming To South Africa In 2012 - "Law & Order: Cape Town"

    The Cape Film Commission (CFC) has announced that the long-running American TV police procedural, Law & Order, is coming to South Africa, to be titled, what else but Law & Order: Cape Town.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Fright Night' Writer Marti Noxon On The Influence Of 'Near Dark' & Differences From 'True Blood'

    Plus Her Work On 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' & More“Fright Night” screenwriter Marti Noxon knows a thing or two about vampires. As a writer and executive producer for Joss Whedon’s much beloved “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” she oversaw all manner of things that go bump in the night. She returns to similarly funny/scary terrain for this weekend's "Fright Night" remake, directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Anton Yelchin as a high school kid who suspects that Jerry (Colin Farrell), the dark-haired stranger that moved in next door, might be a vampire.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Hedgehog Written and Directed by Mona Achache

    The Hedgehog is a very unexpectedly touching film. It starts off jarringly, with 11-year-old Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) sick and tired of watching her self possessed family decides she is going to end her life when she turns 12. She takes an old video camera and starts observing those around her apartment building and observes at the building's concierge Renée, an anti-social Tolstoy loving woman. The other person in this triangle of outsiders is Mr. Ozu an apartment resident who is drawn to Renee and actually sees her unlike the rest of the French residents. He draws her out of her shell and they form a friendship, one that ends up inspiring Paloma that maybe there are things worth living for.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For "Machine Gun Preacher" Arrives...

    And it does absolutely nothing to change my mind about how I've felt about it all along - especially after seeing the official poster that I posted a few days ago, which, as I already stated, turned me off instantly. But I guess it's good to Souleymane Sy Savane getting work.

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