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    Berlin's WCF Launches Training Program in Africa, Awards Over $200K to International Films

    Berlinale World Cinema Fund, an endowment backed by the Berlin International Film Festival, has announced a new initiative in a number of African countries to promote local cinema. The first WCF Factory will be held in Burundi this August.

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    'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' Sequel To Be Written By 'Horrible Bosses' Writers

    John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Penning Script; Phil Lord & Chris Miller Not Returning To DirectHitting theaters in 2009, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" was a surprise hit both with critics and audiences. Hauling in over $240 million worldwide, it was proof that Pixar wasn't the only animation studio with a stranglehold on the public and it also announced the arrival of directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller who have since parlayed the cred they earned on that film, into their first live action gig, taking on the upcoming "21 Jump Street." A sequel was pretty much inevitable, and now the wheels are formally in motion as 24 Frames reveals that "Horrible Bosses" writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will be penning the screenplay.

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    British Actor-Director Noel Clarke Prepping MMA Movie in The Vein of 'The Wrestler'

    Noel Clarke is a prolific actor and director, probably still best known to British audiences and internationally for a stint on “Doctor Who” and his youth dramas “Kidulthood” and “Adulthood,” though he’s appeared across a diverse array of genres and worked with under-appreciated British directors like Philip Ridley and Neil Marshall in fare like “Heartless” and “Centurion”. While his early directorial efforts might not aspire to the sociological exactitude of say, Andrea Arnold or Shane Meadows or the artistry of work being done by director Ben Wheatley ("Down Terrace") or Eran Creevy’s (“Shifty”), his films attempt to deal with social issues of class and race in what could have been an otherwise patronizing and pejoratively ‘urban’ working-class environment.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Two Women Get Directing Gigs - Drew Barrymore and Jerusha Hess

    Drew Barrymore and Jerusha Hess (the co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite) have both signed up for directing gigs. Barrymore will produce and direct Heist Society to be adapted by Shauna Cross (Whip It). The film will be produced Denise DiNovi, Alison Greenspan and will be released by Warner Brothers. It is based on the novel by Ally Carter. Barrymore will direct this film after she directs How To Be Single.

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    Alfred Hitchcock's Silent Movies & F.W. Murnau's 'Sunrise' Getting New Scores

    Hitchcock's Silents Will Be Screened As Part Of The 2012 London OlympicsThe scores of English film director Alfred Hitchcock’s early and rarely seen films and German director F.W Murnau’s 1927 masterpiece “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” are up for a creative and modern musical make-over.

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    How Fun Would It Be To Have Both Glenn Close and Meryl Streep Up for an Oscar

    I know that this is so very far away, but a girl can dream. We already know that Meryl Streep will be in The Iron Lady opening in December, and now comes word that Glenn Close's film Albert Nobbs will also be released this year.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    A Few Words (From Yours Truly...) About "Attack The Block"

    We sure have been talking a lot about this film on S&A haven't we? And If you read Tambay's review of Attack the Block last week HERE then you'll know that he liked the film, but was rather underwhelmed by it. It's no John Carpenter's The Thing or Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's not a horror film that neither bends the rules or transcends the genre, nor does it want to.

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    Review: John Carpenter Retires, Forgets That He Had To Direct 'The Ward'

    An open field. A girl. A fire. A mystery. Ignoring a brief and ultimately irrelevant prologue, the beginning of “The Ward” immediately pulls us into the story of a classic horror convention, the Survivor Girl. Except, tantalizingly, we don’t know what she’s survived and, given a few orchestral cues, we may even question whether she has survived or not.

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    First Look At Dori, Nori & Ori In Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'

    Yet another very early look at "The Hobbit" and with the film still eighteen months away from hitting theaters, it seems like the filmmakers are pathologically intent on making sure every fan approves of what they're doing and the direction they're going in.

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    Who Knew? Ingmar Bergman Loved Soderbergh's 'Ocean's 11' & Owned 'Die Hard'

    Ask the layman, or even the more casual film fan, of their impression of the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, and the words 'depressed,' 'serious,' 'boring,' and 'forbidding' are likely to come up. Not that these aren't occasionally fair descriptions of aspects of the man and his work, but to label him exclusively as any of these things is to overlook the wry humor, the raw sexuality, and sheer entertainment ("The Seventh Seal" is a kind of a blast) found in most, if not all of his films. But even we were surprised to discover that like anyone, Bergman sometimes liked to kick back with a blockbuster.

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