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  • Hope for Film
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    Michael Collins on "Utilizing Your First Ever Film Festival"

    Toronto International Film Festival begins tomorrow. Getting you film to a festival is a dream come true for most filmmakers. But it is so easy to overlook the great opportunities that are right before you when you attend a festival. Today, doc filmmaker Michael Collins, shares some of the lessons he's learned from his initial experience at Tribeca.

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  • Caryn James
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    Stephen Colbert Supports Spoiler Alerts (Video)

    A new study finds that people are more likely to enjoy a story if they already know the ending. Is it true? The Colbert Report returned from hiatus last night with a look at happy endings, America's woes, and life's ultimate spoiler. --Natalie Wright

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  • Shadow and Act
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    South African Noir "How To Steal 2 Million" Making International/US Debut At Austin's Fantastic Fest

    South African neo-noir thriller How To Steal 2 Million, which I first profiled about 2 months ago, and was intrigued by, based on what I read about it, and saw from its trailer and recently-released clip, will make its official international premiere at the upcoming 2011 installment of Fantastic Fest, which takes place in Austin, TX, during the last week of September.

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  • The Playlist
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    Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' To Premiere At AFI Fest 2011

    While it was previously reported that Clint Eastwood was unlikely to make any major festival appearances in the run up to the release of his latest effort "J. Edgar," the director will now give it a splashy red carpet premiere at the AFI Fest a few days before it rolls out to multiplexes across the country.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Provocholia Lars Von Trier, Persona Non Grata

    Provocholia Lars Von Trier, Persona Non Grata

    Lars von Trier made a rare post-Cannes public appearance in Berlin last weekend. Tom Christie reports:When Lars von Trier arrived on stage at Berlin’s Babylon Kino Saturday night, by means of a stairway below the stage, he appeared as might a gopher from its hole – tentative, wary, uncertain. Popping up to applause from an adoring full-house (or, at least, a house willing to pay 12 Euros to hear him speak), he immediately popped back down again – perhaps playfully, perhaps not – before managing to get to his chair on stage. Aside from turbulence at 36,000 feet, nothing may scare the famously fearful flyer more than an adoring audience, particularly since his foot-in-mouth episode at Cannes earlier this year, in which he inexplicably called himself a Nazi and made excuses for Adolf Hitler. A man of great comfort and ease behind the camera, Von Trier is before the microphone anything but, a quasi nebbish with halting speech patterns suggesting, somewhat preposterously, a Danish Woody Allen.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Rum Diary' Poster Raids The Liquor Cabinet; 'One For The Money' One Sheet Hopes You Buy Heigl

    A couple of fresh new one sheets from two films that have been sitting around waiting to be released.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Alicia Keys-Produced Broadway Play "Stick Fly" Finds Its Cast...

    Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Emmy nominee Dulé Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, and Condola Rashad make up the official cast of Lydia R. Diamond's play Stick Fly, which Alicia Keys is producing along with long-time Tyler Perry producer, Reuben Cannon, to be directed by Kenny Leon (The Mountaintop, Fences).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Upcoming 70s-Set Web Series "Queen Hussy" Directed By Pete Chatmon

    Below, the first trailer for a new "raunchy" comedy webseries directed by a filmmaker I'm sure some of you folks are already familiar with, Mr Pete Chatmon (whose work we've highlighted in previous post on this site).

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  • The Playlist
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    'Vamps' Poster Says "Nice Girls Suck," Belongs In Another Decade

    MTV’s Hollywood Crush debuted the poster for writer-director Amy Heckerling’s “Vamps,” which stars Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter and Sigourney Weaver. Looking like a cross between the book cover of a “Twilight” knockoff and the poster for a ‘90s horror thriller like “Poison Ivy” or even “Fright Night Part II,” it does little to inspire an unquenchable thirst to see this film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch 4 New Clips From Michael Jai White's Directorial Debut "Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown"

    My last post on this, about a month ago, included an announcement that the film would be released on DVD, UNRATED, on September 13th, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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