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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: A Couple of Other F Words: Filmmaking and Family by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins

    Guest Post: A Couple of Other F Words: Filmmaking and Family by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins

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  • The Playlist
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    Elijah Wood To Star In Remake Of 1980 Splatter Flick 'Maniac'

    It looks like Elijah Wood is ready to get back in touch with his evil side. After surprising many with his turn as the silent Kevin in "Sin City," the actor will followup his time in the shire by killing some people. Cinematically speaking, of course.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Smurfs' Writers Jay Scherick & David Ronn Will Ruin 'Popeye' This Time

    Back in 2003, people were surprised when Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, writers of “Cats & Dogs,” followed up that piece of fluff with the smart and filthy “Bad Santa.” Ficarra and Requa have gone to direct “I Love You Philip Morris” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and nobody talks about "Cats & Dogs" anymore. Then are there are people like Jay Scherick and David Ronn, a couple of writers who have willfully doled out garbage for more than a decade. From “Serving Sara” to “I, Spy” and “Guess Who,” the only team that can touch these trash men is Friedberg & Seltzer (“Date Movie,” “Meet the Spartans”). We always hold out hope that such Hollywood hacks have a secret remorse for their cinematic sins, but what’s much more likely is that they just shrug it off and say, “We do it for the fans.” And by "fans" they mean unsuspecting patrons who don’t read reviews.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Are A-List Stars Saving—Or Waylaying—Indie Film?

    Are A-List Stars Saving—Or Waylaying—Indie Film?

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  • The Playlist
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    Commercials Director Randy Krallman To Make His Feature Debut On 'Bullies' Starring Danny McBride

    Danny McBride’s had a tough 2011 at the box office. “Your Highness” and “30 Minutes or Less” were basically flops, but money isn’t everything, and McBride is a talented guy who seems to be well-liked by people who greenlight movies. He’d have to be after getting studios to shell out $50 million so he can wear a minotaur’s penis around his neck.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Experimental Filmmaker Ken Jacobs Occupies Wall Street - in 3D!

    The number of filmmakers documenting the Occupy Wall Street is growing. After recent efforts by Jonathan Demme and Jem Cohen, veteran avant-garde luminary Ken Jacobs -- father of Azazel Jacobs -- has uploaded a 6-part series of videos to YouTube (part one is embedded below). Like many of videos to come out of OWS, the footage is verite observations of the activities of the protesters. But Jacobs goes one step further in trying to put viewers into the lively environs, by putting the footage in 3D. (Glasses not included.)

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Anti-fracking “Gasland” Director Josh Fox Keeps Up the Heat

    Anti-fracking “Gasland” Director Josh Fox Keeps Up the Heat

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  • The Playlist
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    When Subject Becomes Plaintiff: Joyce McKinney Sues Errol Morris Over ‘Tabloid’

    Well, she’s been threatening it for months now (but with her, how do you know what she’ll actually do?), but it’s actually come to pass: Joyce McKinney, the subject of Errol Morris’ outstandingly odd “Tabloid,” is suing the director for, among many other things, “likeness, defamation, misrepresentation, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.” “Tabloid” is the story of McKinney’s life, specifically an incident in 1977 when she flew to England to retrieve her boyfriend, who was on missionary work for the Mormon church and who claimed, later, that he had been kidnapped and raped by McKinney. The story became a sensation in England, where it was dubbed the “Manacle Mormon” story or, more luridly, the “Sex in Chains” scandal (McKinney reportedly restrained her boyfriend).

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  • The Playlist
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    Classy: Brett Ratner Says He "Banged" Olivia Munn A Few Times Then Forgot Who She Was

    Brett Ratner has never been shy of making his appreciation of the female form known, and when it comes to his own junk, the director is his own biggest fan. So who can blame him when can't remember the name of somebody he slept with?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch - NYFF Forum: To Union Or Not To Union

    Filmmakers might find this useful. SAGIndie presents: A panel of actors, producers and casting agents including Famke Janssen, Bruce Weiss, Jay Van Hoy, Paul Schnee, Mary Clay Boland, Craig Zobel and moderator Michael Sladek, discuss casting for low-budget films and the role of unions in independent cinema (taped last month at the New York Film Festival):

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