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    Review: 'Putty Hill' Combines Narrative And Doc To Provide An Experience Like No Other

    A loud, rapid series of thuds are heard. Deep in the woods, a ferocious game of paintball rages on as if lives were at stake or land was to be won. Taking cover behind a large, makeshift contraption is a young boy, one who wouldn't look too inappropriate on MTV's "Skins." He's not fit for this war, that's for sure, and the camera lingers on him as he catches breath and prepares to hide out for all eternity, or just until the end of the game. Suddenly, an off-camera voice breaks the peace and asks straight-forward, personal questions, which lead to explanations as to why he's involved in a game he could care less for and why his mood is more than a tad glum. A week ago his brother had OD'd and died, these comrades are not his friends but his siblings, taking the young kid out to unleash some bottled emotions. The funeral's just around the corner, and this small-knit town all plan on attending the services, regardless of how well they knew him or not. A few more bits are extracted from the boy (such as his brewing vampire novel -- which you "wouldn't get unless you read it") until a foxy girl discovers his spot and chats him up. Instantly the voice disappears, returning to non-doc narrative and letting the scene play out with a meditative quality.

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    Trailer Watch: Cinema Verite directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

    Now we know- reality TV is all their fault.

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    Michael Winterbottom's 'The Trip' With Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon Hits On June 10th

    Granted, Michael Winterbottom tends to have a few projects on the go at once so we'll forgive you if this one somehow slipped under your radar. While the director's biggest profile release last year was the controversial "The Killer Inside Me," he had another project quietly hit festivals on our shores and television in the U.K.

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    Film 4 and Origin Pictures Set Jane Goldman and Polly Stenham For New Projects

    With the immense critical and commercial success of "The King's Speech" demonstrating what a stupid idea it was to scrap the UK Film Council, who funded the Tom Hooper film, the British film industry is still caught in a kind of a limbo. Projects are certainly moving forward, and recent news like the deal between Fox Searchlight and Ingenious to fund British movies bodes well, but there's still an enormous amount of uncertainty in the business at present, ahead of the Film Council's dissolution a few months from now.

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    Kimberly Peirce Signed Up To Direct Universal's South Central Gang Member Drama 'The Knife'

    After not hearing from her for a while, Kimberly Peirce is ready to direct "The Knife," a drama of a South Central gang member-turned-paid FBI informant, for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Apparently, this man's collaboration with the Feds turned over many criminals, including drug lords and murderers. He was so successful that leaders of gangs put out a "kill all snitches" order, placing the informant's life in danger. The premise is based on a true story adapted from the 2008 article "The Inside Man" in GQ Magazine by Guy Lawson. Black List and Nicholl Fellowship-winning screenwriter Vineet Dewan ("Sand Dogs") will pen the script with Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind") producing. The studio first acquired the rights to the article when it came out, but the project has been buried for the past two years.

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    Poster Exclusive: Ozon 70s Comedy Potiche Stars Deneuve, Depardieu

    One of my favorite films at the Venice Film Festival was writer-director Francois Ozon's feminist 70s comedy Potiche, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu. Here's an exclusive first look at Music Box Films' new poster for the American release on March 25.

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    Martin Scorsese's Next Picture Won't Be 'Wolf Of Wall Street'; Jesuit Priest Drama 'Silence' Is Next

    We just got off the e-horn with Martin Scorsese's publicist. While Vulture is partly correct that Scorsese is once again attached to "The Wolf of Wall Street" with Leonardo DiCaprio, the New York blog only has half the picture down. That drama about the rise and fall of Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort is not next, nor is it shooting this summer.

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    Casting Coup: Maria Bello Lands Helen Mirren Role in NBC's Prime Suspect Remake

    After a rigorous search for the right actress to play the lead detective originated by Helen Mirren in NBC's remake of the hit Brit series, Prime Suspect, Universal Media Studios and the team behind Friday Night Lights has hired veteran dramatic actress Maria Bello (The Cooler, A History of Violence, The Company Men), reports Variety. Bello is great casting: a smart, versatile, athletic actress, she has the authority to pull this off. This is a juicy sought-after role.

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    Martin Scorsese Back In For 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' With Leonardo DiCaprio

    It's a rotating director's chair of sorts for the long-gestating "The Wolf of Street" project; Jordan Belfort's tell-all autobiography of 1990s stockbroker decadence.

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