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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women in Film 2011 Finishing Grants

    For the 26th year, Women in Film (in LA) has announced several grants to help projects get through that last hurdle towards the finish line.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kylie Minogue Has A Role In 'Holly Motors' The New Film By Leos Carax Starring Juliette Binoche

    While Kylie Minogue rose to worldwide fame thanks to the breakout album Fever, whose smash hit "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" finally brought the singer the kind of stateside notice Aussie and Europe audiences had already showered on the singer, what many don't know is that before Minogue strutted her stuff on stages around the world, she got her start as an actress. And for those down under, she is still just as well known for her role on the long running soap opera "Neighbours." Well, it seems Minogue is taking an earnest stride back into her first profession (and yes, she has taken roles here and there over the years, most notably in Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge").

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch George Clooney and Grant Heslov's "Tony"

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at a film written and directed by Grant Heslov, who co-scripted and produced "The Ides of March," which opens Friday.

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  • The Playlist
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    Craig Brewer Says He's Looking At His Own Marriage As Inspiration For 'Tarzan'

    Craig Brewer, director of the upcoming reimagining of “Footloose,” told The Playlist over the weekend that he recently finished his latest draft on a new script about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ iconic jungle-dweller, Tarzan. But while the commercial promise of his current film heralds good things for future ones, he said he isn’t counting his chickens before they’re hatched.

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  • Caryn James
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    Ryan Murphy's Stunning, Campier-Than-Glee "American Horror Story"

    Sex, ghosts, murder and old movies create a post-modern, post-Gothic swirl in FX’s stunning new series American Horror Story. Co-created by Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck ) and Brad Falchuk (Murphy's co-creator on Glee), the story of a damaged family and a haunted house is more macabre than Nip/Tuck and has a higher-than-Glee camp quotient. You can’t be seriously terrified of a show in which the housekeeper – Frances Conroy channeling Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca – finds yet another body in the basement and wearily deadpans to her cohorts, “You get the shovel, I’ll get the bleach.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Martin Scorsese's Cut Of 'Margaret' Longer Than Current Version; Producer Turned Down TIFF Premiere

    After six years of legal battles and editing bay drama, Fox Searchlight finally released Kenneth Lonergan's long awaited "Margaret" this weekend in a handful of theaters. Pushed by a marketing campaign that could generously be called "modest," the film opened to fairly dismal numbers and even though it will rollout to more cities next weekend, the extended imbroglio seems to earned the movie a quiet death. Except, in the court of law, the saga of "Margaret" is not over (more on that in a second) but moreover, for anyone who has seen the film, the news that a longer version of Lonergan's film never made it to screens will be an added frustration to a picture that flirts with greatness only to become unhinged in its wild second half (indeed, it split The Playlist team in half).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Melissa McCarthy Hosts SNL

    I'm traveling abroad so I can't access some of the clips that look so great, but I will put in links to sites that you can access in case you missed the show. From posts on the blogosphere it looked like she kicked butt, was fearless and the good news is the ratings were up from last week.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The "Queen Hussy" Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue 2

    Just a little over 2 months after wrapping principal photography, my team and I are proud to announce the premiere of Queen Hussy Episode 1: Puss N Boots (yesterday @ 9am). The amount of talent and hard work contributed to this project has been phenomenal. Favor upon favor upon favor from folks I personally look forward to paying on future work.

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  • The Playlist
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    Last-Minute Reshoots Saved James Franco's Character From Death In 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

    We're not sure that there was a bigger surprise this year than "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes." A tired franchise, from a creative-interference-happy studio, with a green director and a plot straight from "Deep Blue Sea?" Even without the initially unpromising trailers, it looked like a late-summer flop. But happily, it was nothing of the kind: the film became easily the warmest-received blockbusters of the summer, launched director Rupert Wyatt onto the A-list, and has taken an impressive $400 million haul; not bad for a film that allegedly cost less than many of its tentpole competitors. A franchise was (re)born.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Roman Polanski's "Carnage"

    On paper, it’s easy to see why Yasmina Reza’s Tony award–winning play God of Carnage might have appealed to Roman Polanski, who with Reza has adapted the play and directed it into Carnage, a brisk, amusing, and frustrating cinematic chamber drama. A claustrophobic bourgeois horror story about two couples of Brooklyn parents who meet over cobbler and coffee after one of their sons strikes the other with a stick, Reza’s play has superficial similarities to previous Polanski films like Rosemary’s Baby, Cul-de-Sac, and Repulsion, each of which places its protagonists in confined spaces over extended periods of time and observes as the carefully calibrated identities they present to the outside world slowly come apart at the seams. Read Chris Wisniewski's review of Carnage.

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