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    Review: 'Convento' Is An Intriguing & Moving Look At Art And Life

    The Zwanikken clan story is not your Daddy’s family tales. Back in 1980 Geraldine and Kees (ballerina and photographer respectively) needed a creative spark to their battery, and together with their two children (Christiaan and Louis) they abandoned Holland for a decrepit convent in a remote Portuguese village, rebuilding the monastery as both a home and workshop for their varying endeavors. Situated between two rivers, the building's water wheel was put back to use and the land was soon fit to live off. Their work in art continued, with Christiaan following in their footsteps (unlike his sibling, Louis, a quieter lad who enjoys giving tours around the compound and writing poetry) in a unique way -- using junk electronics and the skeletons of long-gone animals, the deceased creature is reborn mechanically and controlled by computers, ranging from a donkey that moves water between two points and a bird that sings eerie tunes. This work has been part of various exhibitions all over the world, and the "biomechanoid zoologist" splits his time between the convent and studios in both Amsterdam and NYC.

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    Attention, Black British Actors . . . Apparently, You're Not Ghetto Enough For TV, Says One BBC Exec

    BBC Controller of Drama Series and Serials Kate Harwood recently told The Telegraph that "there are more black faces on television than when she started", but "she has heard criticism that many of the black actors who come to auditions are “posh Africans” and not representative of all social classes."

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    Watch Halle Berry Pet A Menacing-Looking Shark In New Clip From "Dark Tide"

    A clip from Halle Berry's shark thriller Dark Tide, ahead of its March 30th theatrical and VOD release.

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    Watch Heather Headley Tackle Whitney Houston's "So Emotional" In Rehearsals For "Bodyguard" Musical

    We already told you about the planned remake, as well as a stage musical adaptation of the 1992 film, 'The Bodyguard, which starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.

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    TFF 2012 Preview - "Babygirl" (Teen Sets Up Trap To Expose Mother's Creepy Boyfriend)

    And the film festival beat goes on... one after the other... I gets no breaks; heading to SXSW this Friday, then once I get back, rolling right into New Directors/New Films, and soon after that, this one, the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. 

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    'Sherlock Holmes' Star Paul Anderson Joins Brian De Palma's 'Passion'; Composer Pino Dinaggio Reunites With Helmer

    There's Paul W.S. Anderson of 'Resident Evil' fame, and there's renowned helmer Paul Thomas Anderson. But we'll now have to throw in another Paul Anderson to the mix -- this time without a middle name or initials. The little-known actor is probably best recognized as Colonel Sebastien Moran in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" and has set up a reunion with his leading ladies on that film, Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, booking a role on Brian De Palma's "Passion."

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    'The Girl' With Abbie Cornish, 'Jack And Diane,' Harmony Korine's Short 'The Fourth Dimension' & More Head To Tribeca

    SXSW kicks off later this week, but once you're done slurping the BBQ sauce off your fingers, pack your backs and head north to Manhattan, as the Tribeca Film Festival is gearing up to unspool in April. To whet cinephile appetites, organizers have dropped the lineup for the World Narrative Feature Competition, World Documentary Feature Competition and Viewpoints categories, and there are plenty of titles to take note of.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Depressing Reality of Women Directed Films in 2012

    I really wish I wasn't writing this but over the last couple of days it has become clear to me that 2012 could be another depressing year for women directed films.  I started feeling sad last week when I was leafing through page after page of the Rentrak list of films with release dates in 2012 and had a hard time finding any women directed films on the list.  I know that list is always a work in progress, but still it was depressing.

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    Review: 'Attenberg' Is A Strange And Unique Experience

    Thanks to the hard-working welcoming committee of Athina Rachel Tsangari's "Attenberg," we are at first introduced to a white wall, where cracks and stains abound. Two young women, Marina (Ariane Labed) and Bella (Evangelina Randou, "Kinetta") dip into the frame, briefly conversing before launching into an unattractive and aggressive tongue union. They detach, with Bella asking if Marina would like to continue her lesson -- but the student claims to no longer have any "spit left." Smelling bullshit from a mile away, Bella teases her but is unsuccessful in her attempt to persuade her friend to resume education. Instead, they get on all fours and act like animals, swiping at one another before finally walking out of the shot. We're left, again, with that bland wall, only now the camera has pulled out a bit further to reveal some small windows and not-particularly-healthy grass. Only one question remains in our heads -- what the hell are the independent Greek filmmakers smoking?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Louisiana Launches LA Film Prize Weekend, Wants to Spark an Indie Revolution

    Louisiana announces its inaugural LA Film Prize Festival Weekend and its $50,000 Grand Prize. The festival will run October 5-7 and will feature short films by anyone in the world - but shot within the Shreveport-Bossier area. The submission deadline is July 9; on August 9 twenty films will be selected to screen at the festival...

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