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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Joe Wright Sticks it to Zack Snyder

    Joe Wright the director best known for British period dramas like Atonement and Pride and Prejudice opens his first action film Hanna starring Saorise Ronan as a teen assassin this Friday. He screened the film at Wondercon in San Francisco this past weekend and really stuck it to his colleague Zack Snyder for the gender politics in Sucker Punch. I find it very interesting and refreshing that the crap that Snyder tried to get away with in Sucker Punch is not flying and that others -- including male directors -- are calling him out.

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  • The Playlist
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    Legendary Writer Robert Towne To Pen Mini-Series 'Pompeii'

    The 2007 writers' strike wound up either rushing a lot of films into production or killing them off completely: one of the many projects to bite the dust was an adaption of Robert Harris' "Pompeii." Set to be directed by Roman Polanski, with Scarlett Johansson and Orlando Bloom in the leads, problems with the film's spiralling budget were only compounded by the impending work stoppage and the feature film was canceled. Polanski went on to film another Harris novel, "The Ghost Writer," instead. Last spring however, "Pompeii" kicked back to life with Ridley Scott snatching up the rights and looking to take it the television mini-series route and now he's handed it to one of the most famed screenwriters of all time.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Past, Present, and Future Meet in ZENITH's Multi-Platform Release

    Independent filmmakers are always on a search for new ways to get their films seen. Audience building is part of any practical artist's plan. The tools we have available for this improve consistently. Regular readers of this blog probably share my fascination for innovative approaches to distribution, particularly with efforts that put audience first. It's refreshing to see discussions that once were limited to the marriage of form and content to now embrace a three way coupling and add presentation (aka platform) to the mix. Do certain subjects or story-telling methods require unique forms of presentation?

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  • The Playlist
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    Saoirse Ronan Talks Possibility Of Working With Joe Wright Again, Remains Cagey On 'Anna Karenina'

    She might be a good half-decade off being able to drink legally, but Saoirse Ronan has already racked up an impressive array of performances in her career so far. What's more, she seems to know a good deal more about media management than actors three times her age -- while a veteran like, say, Michael Caine is constantly thwarting Christopher Nolan's plans for secrecy, Ronan knows how to run rings around the press when it comes to rumors. She's already come out with a firm refusal to confirm or deny just about anything about her rumored presence in "The Hobbit," and when we caught up with the actress at WonderCon over the weekend, where she was promoting her Joe Wright-helmed thriller "Hanna," she stayed pretty mum on the latest speculation -- that she's set to work with the director a third time on his upcoming adaptation of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: The "Your Highness" Edition

    Usually this column is dedicated to looking at a single short (or two) by the director or star of an upcoming film. As fun as that may be, however, there’s an opportunity I just can’t pass up in next weekend’s new comedy “Your Highness.” Director David Gordon Green, writer/actor Danny McBride and stars James Franco, Zooey Deschanel and Natalie Portman have all been involved in the world of short film in the past, and so we've got a great opportunity to spend a bit of time with each of them. Besides, when is it ever not a good idea to take a break in the day and watch something hilarious (or moving, or somewhat disturbing), especially if some favorite talent is involved?

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  • The Playlist
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    Ryan Reynolds Says 'Green Lantern' Is Not 'The Dark Knight,' Not A Comedy Either

    Actor Says The Story For The 'Green Lantern' Sequel Is "Set In Stone" & Hinted At In This FilmCall it comeback week for Warner Bros' "Green Lantern" superhero franchise but a few months ago it was a completely different story. When the EW magazine cover that first revealed lead actor Ryan Reynolds in costume hit, the core geek crowd were not feeling the CGI-created mask or suit. The first trailer didn't fare much better and was criticized by fanboys for its cheap effects and far-too-goofy tone.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    The Tim Pawlenty Hollywood Experience

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  • The Playlist
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    'X-Men: First Class' Is Basically 'Mad Men' With Mutants, Gets Retro Cool Magazine Covers

    Ordinarily, doing a post about magazine covers isn't exactly our thing, but when they're this cool they're pretty hard to ignore.

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  • The Playlist
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    Joe Wright Says He'll Wait Until Fairy Tale Fad Is Over Before Tackling 'The Little Mermaid'

    In case you haven't noticed, Hollywood has fairy tale fever. "Red Riding Hood" hit theaters last month, and that's just the start of a forthcoming onslaught that will include "Jack The Giant Killer," "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," "Snow White And The Huntsman," Tarsem Singh's Snow White film and just last week a Sleeping Beauty movie was packaged with Hailee Steinfeld in the lead. As you may have forgotten, "Hanna" director Joe Wright was eyeing his own fairy tale-based movie but he may put it off for now.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Ms. Bossypants Writes a Book

    Tina Fey's new book Bossypants comes out this week and it's generally well liked with a couple of caveats. The consensus is that it isn't exactly a memoir but that's ok since it is still a good read and quite funny.

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