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    Universal Buys Novel Manuscript 'Demonologist' For Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers

    In a preemptive bid sure to send any number of struggling novelists scrambling back to their word processors, Deadline notes that Universal has acquired an unpublished manuscript by Andrew Pyper called "Demonologist," which is set to be produced by ImageMovers partners Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey.

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    Do the Oscars Still Matter - Even for Documentaries?

    Once again, as we near closer to another Academy Awards ceremony, people are asking the same old question: do the Oscars still matter? It’s a silly question by itself, because we must consider whether they’ve ever mattered, and if so to what extent. To address the debate in full would take a lot of thought and a tremendous amount of words. Fortunately for my sanity this column is specific to documentaries -- not that focusing on the Academy’s treatment of nonfiction films is anything but one of the most complicated topics associated with the Oscars.

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    Attn: Actors, Actresses, Writers, Directors, DPs, Editors, Etc - What's YOUR Story?

    I know that a significant chunk of S&A's audience comprises of actors, actresses, directors, DPs, editors, etc, etc, etc. Some are able to earn a paycheck utilising their artistic and/or technical skills; others - and I'd say the majority - are what we've labeled the proverbial *starving artists*, working diligently, relentlessly, struggling to climb this incredibly steep hill, trying to reach some pinnacle of success - whether personal or professional. And still others exist somewhere between the former and the latter.

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    Pixar Releases New, Beautiful Poster for 'Brave' While First Look at DreamWorks' 'Turbo' Doesn't Quite Rev Our Engines

    A brand new poster for Disney/Pixar's forthcoming feminist fairy tale "Brave," debuted over at the film's official iTunes trailer page (via Coming Soon). It's a brilliant combination of various aspects of the film that have been teased via various promotional images – our heroine, Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a tangle of red hair atop her head, virtuously clutching her bow, a string of mystical glowing stones, and a fearsome bear in the background (keep in mind the movie was originally, more creatively called "The Bear and the Bow"). It's a moody and fierce image and it's enough to keep us excited (while we try to forget about all that creative in-fighting that went on during the film's rocky production). On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, however, is a teaser image for DreamWorks Animation's "Turbo" (via First Showing).

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    Watch: New Teaser For Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmasters' Has Same Fight, New Blood

    And just like that, out of nowhere, comes another new look at Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmasters." Twitch has unveiled a new, Russian teaser trailer for the highly anticipated, mysterious, continually delayed film. It's pretty much what we saw in the teaser last summer, albeit with a few different angles and some very red drops of blood.

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    Watch: Eerie NSFW Trailer For Bruno Dumont's 'Hors Satan'

    To say that director Bruno Dumont is divisive would be an understatement, but the two-time Cannes Jury Prize winner ("Flanders," "L'humanité") certainly has his fans, but even they might be tested with his latest effort "Hors Satan" ("Outside Satan"). Premiering at Cannes last year, it's a ridiculously minimal and frustratingly enigmatic film that we didn't care for that much as we found it mysterious nature dull rather than compelling.

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    New Images From Zal Batmanglij's 'Sound Of My Voice' Starring Brit Marling

    It's one thing for Fox Searchlight to take on a drama about cults from a first time feature filmmaker with no major stars. But it's entirely another thing for the studio to drop a generous helping of the first twelve minutes of the film online, before even a standard trailer has arrived. But that's just what they did earlier this month in a smart move that for anyone who watched (and you should) hooked viewers right into the movie, with the preview ending just at the moment you want to know more.

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    Watch: Trailer For Abel Ferrara's '4:44 Last Day On Earth' Starring Willem Dafoe

    Someone, somewhere deserves some credit when you watch a trailer for a film that you've already read negative reviews for, yet the trailer still makes you want to see it. That was the case for this writer when watching the trailer for Abel Ferrara's apocalyptic "4:44: Last Day On Earth." Our reviewer saw the film at NYFF last year and found that "for all its arty posturing, there's something anticlimactic and ultimately unfulfilling about the film." If that's the case then that's a real shame, because this is a fairly promising preview.

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    Isaach De Bankolé & Anthony Mackie Join Casts of 2 Dark Comedies

    Some quickie casting news...

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    Watch: French NSFW Trailer & 2 Clips From 'Farewell, My Queen' Starring Diane Kruger & Lea Seydoux

    You can imagine the boardroom pitch can't you? "It's the story of Marie Antoinette...but with some girl on girl action." Well, according to our review at Berlinale 2012, the introduction of lesbianism into the tale of France's tragic queen is to no great effect. In fact, the verdict was that it was "overwrought and strangely lacking in drama, staggering under the deadening weight of an uninvolving central character." Well now comes the chance to start forming your own opinions after taking a look at a NSFW trailer and two clips from the film starring Diane Kruger, Lea Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen.

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