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  • Shadow and Act
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    Terence Blanchard Talks Scoring "Red Tails" For George Lucas

    "The music is definitely heroic. We actually used a 70-piece orchestra with a 40-piece choir. Then, underneath all of that, I have a lot of African and ethnic percussion grooves that I created here at my home studio. I wanted to service the movie in a way that made it grand and big. But at the same time, I didn't want to lose the whole notion of who these guys were and where they came from. So I used the ethnic percussion as a subtle kind of flavor. I didn't want to go too over the top with it, like blues guitars and such. That kind of thing has been done before."

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Says He Studied Fincher's 'Fight Club' For 'Haywire' Fight Sequences

    Director Talks Action Geography, Playing With Narrative & How The Spy-Thriller Has Tested Well With Female AudiencesAside from films lead by Angelina Jolie, action pictures starring women are increasingly rare. What's also few and far between is male stars, known for their action lead roles, who are willing to have their asses handed to them on screen by a member of the opposite sex. When Steven Soderbergh started casting up his latest, the spy action thriller, "Haywire," these are part of the problems he encountered. Well known action stars -- we won't name names -- who didn't want their asses kicked by a woman shied away from the project.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    DC Comics Chiefs Address the Lack of Female Characters

    It looks like one of the outcomes of Comic Con this year is that the co-publishers of DC Comics are addressing fans concern about the lack of female creators and female characters. According to this petition on Change.org by a comic fan and signed by 3,100 people as of this morning, DC had 12 women on its creative teams this past spring. That's 12 out of about 100. Now it seems that as of this fall, DC will have only 2 women on its creative teams. That's a big drop from an already low number.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Call for Video and New Media Installation Art - The Window Project

    How do we extend our work? Film culture has been stuck in a single product mentality for a long time. Even when the core of a work is a feature film, can't we place other elements on to different platforms to aid in the discovery process?As common sense and as necessary as this seems, we are hindered by the lack of opportunity to do so. My spirits are always lifted when I learn of a new opportunity. I am delighted to share this email I got with you.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer for "Changing the Game" Starring Tony Todd

    Written and directed by Rel Dowdel, Changing the Game's cast includes Tony Todd, Sean Riggs, Sticky Fingaz, Irma Hall, Dennis L.A. White and Suzanne Douglas.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Return From Nova Scotia Weddingry

    I've been a barely blogger this past week thanks to a trip to Nova Scotia for what turned out to be one of the most enjoyable weddings I've ever attended. Aiding in that pleasure was Nova Scotia itself, which is a definite second home to me in its remarkable physical beauty and endlessly kind and generous citizens. Thanks for the hospitality, Nova Scotia, and happy post-wedding bliss, Natasha & Daniel:

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  • The Playlist
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    Will Anglo-Hispanic Tensions Form Part Of The Thematic Background For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'?

    Even though Neill Blomkamp is filming his highly anticipated follow up to "District 9" in Vancouver as we speak, details on the project remain tightly wrapped with pretty much the only thing known about the story is the fact it'll revolve around “aliens and humans doing battle on Earth" and will be set 100 years in the future.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch "The Whistleblower" Star Rachel Weisz's Directorial Debut

    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 work directed by "The Whistleblower" actress Rachel Weisz.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    NewFest Crowns Winners

    NewFest wrapped up at the end of last week and female directors got a bunch of surprises.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    On-Set Photos And Video Of Batman & Bane In Action In "The Dark Knight Rises"

    These turned up online over the weekend... if you hate spoilers, and/or would rather watch it all unfold on the big screen and on the big screen only, you may not want to look.

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