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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sisters in Crisis: Your Sister's Sister and Union Square

    My time in Toronto was spent trying to seek out as many women directed films as I could. Two of my favorites from the past week are films about sisters.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "13" Gets New Trailer & Theatrical Release Date ((50 Cent, Jason Statham Play Russian Roulette)

    Well damn... Anchor Bay Films didn't waste anytime on this, did they? It was less than a week ago that I announced that they had acquired distribution rights to 13, a remake of the 2006 French film of the same name - a minimalist, black and white, atmospheric, tense thriller that I enjoyed, the feature film debut for Géla Babluani, the young French filmmaker of the original, who also wrote and directed this remake.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Moody Trailer for Channing Tatum Crime Drama 'The Son of No One'

    Channing Tatum has made it hard for us to love him over the years. He began his days as a dancer in a Ricky Martin video, parlayed that success into modelling for the obnoxious eugenic fashion dystopia known to the world as Abercrombie & Fitch, before bumbling into Amanda Bynes transvestite comedies and drippy Nicolas Sparks adaptations. But he’s always seemed to have more fight in him than his anonymous contemporaries (hello, Sam Worthington), a willingness to mock himself as seen in the otherwise dull Allan Loeb-scripted comedy “The Dilemma,” and to have a nose for sniffing out promising material with respectable directors – “Public Enemies,” “The Eagle” – even if the end results often leave a lot to be desired.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Six Clips From Crowd-Pleasing Silent Oscar Contender 'The Artist'

    The big film that no one saw coming this year was Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist." The director was best known for his cult French comedies in the "OSS 117" series, and reunited with star Jean Dujardin for a silent movie homage, riffing on films from "Singin' in the Rain" to "A Star Is Born," shot in black and white and with (almost) no dialogue.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch - "We Bought A Zoo" With J.B.Smoove

    Here's the trailer for the Christmas holiday, heartwarming family film We Bought A Zoo, with Matt Damon and Scatlett Johansson, written and directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, and the soon to be relased rock documenatry Pearl Jam Twenty).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Snoop Dogg Will Play Bluesman/Renowned 70s Pimp Fillmore Slim In Biopic

    Score another one for the raptors (rappers turned actors)... this time it's the Dogg-Father himself, Snoop D-O-Double G-Y Dogg, who's now reportedly attached to star in a biopic on the life of Fillmore Slim (born Clarence Slim), the blues vocalist and guitarist, who was also a well-known pimp in San Francisco in the 60s and 70s, often referred to as "The West Coast Godfather of the Game" and "The Pope of Pimping."

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  • ReelPolitik
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    In Brazen PR Move for "Butter," Harvey Weinstein Taunts Michelle Bachmann

    In Brazen PR Move for "Butter," Harvey Weinstein Taunts Michelle Bachmann

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    The Birds

    The special edition of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 Judgment Day thriller, The Birds (available on DVD), carries not only various production notes, cut scenes from the script, storyboard sketches, trailers, other promotional footage, Tippi Hedren's screen tests--with actor Martin Balsam, and with Hitchcock's off-camera voice directing and kidding around--but also an eighty-minute documentary that goes into enormous and fascinating detail about how this technically most difficult picture was made 48 years ago. Long before computer generated images were even dreamed of, Hitchcock conceived a production so challenging that he himself knew never to raise the issue, "Can it be done?" Because, he told me at the time, "Then it would never have been made. Any technician would have said 'impossible.' So I didn't ever bring that up, I simply said, 'Here's what we’re going to do.'"

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  • Hope for Film
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    Prescreen Debuts as a Social Movie Discovery Platform

    Prescreen was featured on our MUST READ list of the New Platforms. Sheri Candler also did an overview for the community on this site. Now they are launching. Their press release is below, but to understand just what they are doing, watch this short video before.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Morris Chestnut Joins Cast Of New FX Series "American Horror Story"

    Morris Chesnut's name is one I haven't heard much of later; scanning his IMDB resume... the last time he appeared on any screen was in ABC's re-imagining of the 1983 sci-fi miniseries V , which was cancelled in May this year. He was on it for the 2 seasons it aired.

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