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    Renny Harlin Talks The Politics Of '5 Days Of War,' Says He Wants To Make 'Long Kiss Goodnight 2'

    It’s been quite a journey for Finnish filmmaker Renny Harlin. Once the director of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ” (the highest-grossing entry in the series at the time) he moved on to the back-to-back onslaught of “The Adventures Of Ford Farlaine” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” that cemented him as one of Hollywood’s top action directors, a designation he carried all the way to the snakebitten “Cutthroat Island,” one of the biggest bombs in box office history.

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    Indie Directors Film "I Will" PSA for 9/11 Day of Remembrance

    Moxie Pictures, a bi-coastal commercial and music video production company, and Deutsch, Los Angeles, an advertising agency, might not be the most obvious pairing to produce a public service announcement. And yet the two firms are collaborating with editor Angus Wall on a new PSA called "I will" that will be released to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 this year.

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    Read The 15 Rules Of ‘Dogtooth’ Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ New Film ‘Alps’

    Film Tagline: "When The End Is Here, The Alps Are Near"For the most part, press notes for a film are usually a dull affair. A bunch of stapled pages with rehearsed quotes from everyone involved, a synopsis and maybe a few images from the flick. They are a handy tool, but ask anyone who comes back from TIFF or Cannes, almost 90% will end up in the recycling bin. However, every now and then there will be something that will you will want to hang on to. Last year's hardback book for "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall Past Lives" was a standout, but even something with striking imagery or a memorable presentation will be enough for us to file it away. Which brings us to "Dogtooth" director Yorgos Lanthimos’ new film "Alps." With a premiere in Venice and TIFF just around the corner, attendees will once again be overloaded with marketing material for the films hitting the Lido but they may want to hang on to the pages for "Alps."

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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