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    Ted Hope Brings Hope for Film to IndieWIRE Blog Network

    Ted Hope defines today's indie producer: lean, smart, creative, prolific and always questing for useful intelligence about where our crazy film industry is going to go. The producer of 70 films in 20 years is also a sharer, which is why he blogs, constantly asking questions and throwing out possible answers on his website Truly Free Film. Whether he's on a film set, giving a speech, participating on an industry panel or interviewing rising Sundance stars with old pal and occasional producing partner Christine Vachon, Hope slaps something up on his Hope for Film blog, and invites others to do so as well.

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  • The Playlist
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    D.J. Caruso Closes Deal To Direct 'Preacher'

    While "I Am Number Four" did decent, though not gangbusters numbers over the long holiday weekend, the results combined with the decent CinemaScore of B+ from moviegoers seem to have propelled director D.J. Caruso into his next project. The helmer hit Twitter late last night to announce, "My deal just closed on 'Preacher.' Going back to the dark side and pretty fucking pumped!"

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  • Hope for Film
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    My New Home Means...

    Today is my first post on IndieWire. I think it is going to be a great home, and like any home most of the value comes from opening it up to guests. As we now reside on a platform dedicated to expanding its reach, our collective voice just got a whole lot louder. It's time to expand our community.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Authorized To Use Whatever Force Necessary In 'Source Code' Clip

    Anticipation is high for Duncan Jones' sophomore effort "Source Code," his followup to the acclaimed "Moon," and we'll soon see if the time-looping sci-fi story will deliver the goods.

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  • Spout
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    "Top Gun" Ruined Movies, Justin Bieber is Changing Them Again and Other Discussion Fodder

    - Here are some puzzles for your lonely little child (with "The Shining") staying at the Overlook Hotel in the off season. For a PDF copy, head to designer Shane Parker's blog. [via Popped Culture]

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    First Look: Terry Gilliam's Short Film 'The Wholly Family'; Will Premiere At Bradford Film Festival

    Before he gets to his stint at the English National Opera this spring, directing "The Damnation Of Faust," helmer Terry Gilliam will get his latest short film venture, "The Wholly Family," in the can. First announced last year, the film stars Cristiana Capotondi, Douglas Dean, Nicolas Connolly and Sergio Solli and is being shot on location in Italy, and not without good reason. The film is being sponsored by pasta company Garofalo as part of an annual series of films about Naples, and while details of what it's about have been kept under wraps, the project does have an original script by Gilliam and is not based off the Eve Merriam poem of the same name.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Women of Cinematic Arts Inaugural Film Festival by Katherine Bowman

    Women of Cinematic Arts held its inaugural film festival on February 5 at the Ray Stark Family Theatre at the University of Southern California. The festival featured new and upcoming filmmakers with a screening of shorts followed by an awards ceremony. The requirement for entry into the film festival was that a woman had to be a key player in the making of the movie. Although not every movie focused on female characters, most of the movies were written and directed by a woman. After the shorts screening and awards, there was a reception followed by the screening of On The Ice with producer Lynette Howell (Half Nelson, Blue Valentine.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Hans Zimmer & Mexican Guitar Duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela Teaming For 'On Stranger Tides' Score

    Soundtrack Will Hit Stores On May 17thHans Zimmer has certainly never been any slouch, but lately, the composer seems to have been newly inspired in a way some of his other longstanding contemporaries haven't been. His work for Christopher Nolan on "The Dark Knight" and the Oscar-nominated "Inception" have been brilliantly left-of-field, while his score for "Sherlock Holmes" was inventive in ways we didn't imagine. And it looks like Zimmer is going to continue his unique approach heading into his next big gig.

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    Christopher McQuarrie May Adapt Anime Series 'Star Blazers' To Big Screen Feature

    If the last few weeks are notable for anything in the film world, it's the emergence of two billionaire twentysomethings who look to be giving a much needed adrenaline shot to film financing. David Ellison, 28, and Megan Ellison, 25, are the children of Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, and the sixth-richest person in the world, and have seemingly been connected to every other announced project in 2011 so far. Their first major foray into film production was hugely successful; pairing up to back the modestly-budgeted Coen Brothers western "True Grit," they've seen their investment richly rewarded, with the film taking close to $200 million worldwide so far, and picking up ten Oscar nominations.

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  • Caryn James
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    "Kings of Pastry": Hegedus and Pennebaker In a Different Kind of War Room

    The great documentary team of Chris Hedegus and D A Pennebaker have made enormously influential films like The War Room, which changed the way we see political theater. But they also have a taste for lively, entertaining docs like their latest, Kings Of Pastry, a delightful bon-bon of a film which shows why they’re such masters: they find the narrative, the personal story and the unexpected high drama in a pastry competition in France.

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