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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Carice van Houten - Star of Black Butterflies

    Here is a reposting of the interview I did a little less than a year ago with Carice before she took the Tribeca Film Festival by storm.

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  • The Playlist
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    William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' Starring Matthew McConaughey & Emile Hirsch Gets NC-17 Rating

    It seems the MPAA is still getting under everyone's skin. With controvery over the R-rating for The Weinstein Company's documentary "Bully" still brewing, the ratings board has dropped another eyebrow raising decision, stamping William Friedkin's deliciously dark "Killer Joe" with the dreaded NC-17 rating. 

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Promo/Poster Art For Vin Diesel's Upcoming Bouncer Web Series "The Ropes"

    Haven't heard much on this since my last post in November... Vin Diesel's new web series (he's producing) with Fox Digital Entertainment, titled The Ropes - an original series about the lives of bouncers; something Vin himself was in a former life.

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  • Press Play
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    SIMON SAYS: SNOWTOWN MURDERS and a Guided Tour Through Serial Killer Movies

    The Snowtown Murders comes out in theaters this week. Based loosely on a series of real-life murders that took place in Snowtown, Australia, the film serves as a great reminder of why serial killers in particular are interesting: they’re pathologically disturbed.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Napolean Dynamite' Helmer Jared Hess To Direct 'The Pet' For Producer Scott Rudin

    Jared Hess, remember him? Well back in 2004 he was one of the hottest young directors on the block after the success of “Napoleon Dynamite,” which achieved almost instantaneous cult status and spawned a generation of kids who became inseperable from their "Vote For Pedro" t-shirts. His next project looked set to be a sure fire hit – a similarly quirky comedy, “Nacho Libre” -- only instead of the unknown Jon Heder, he had comedy titan Jack Black still riding the crest of the wave of success from “School of Rock” and “King Kong.” But the film opened to poor reviews, and despite a solid enough showing at the domestic box office, it flopped internationally. Following that up with “Gentleman Broncos” did him no good at all, and eventually Hess found himself back where he started – creating “Napoleon Dynamite – The Animated Series.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Official Teaser Trailer For Chinonye Chukwu's "Alaskaland" Surfaces

    Here's the first official trailer for writer/director Chinonye Chukwu's feature film debut Alaskaland - a film previously profiled on this blog.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Sparkle" Possibly Being Moved Up To A May Release

    According to Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times and a few other media sources, Sony Pictures is working double time on post-production to complete the upcoming Sparkle remake with Whitney Houston.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Downtown DocFest Kicks Off In Belleville, Ontario

    As I head to True/False, I thought I'd mention another documentary film festival -- the inaugural Downtown DocFest in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. A hop, skip & a jump from my hometown, the festival is being organized by the lovely Lynn Braun -- who was a pivotal help in Picton Picturefest, a festival I helped put together last year.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Teaser Trailer For "Neighborhood Watch" With Ben Stiller and Richard Ayoade

    Here's the first brief look of what is supposed to be one of the blockbuster comedies of this summer, Neighborhood Watch (co-written by Seth Rogen) with Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and actor/comedian and director Richard Ayoade who made his feature film directing debut last year with Submarine.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Disney’s Own: Arlene Ludwig

    At its annual pre-Oscar luncheon last week, the ICG Publicists Guild presented a special award to Arlene Ludwig, who is about to celebrate her 50th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company. Julie Andrews and Jodie Foster insisted on sharing the honor of introducing her, which immediately tells you something important about Arlene: she has made and kept friends over these many years, and they are as loyal to her as she is to them.

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