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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: I Sold My House To Make My Feature by Sloane U'Ren

    I sold my home to make my feature film debut Dimensions: A Line, A Loop, A Tangle of Threads. It's a sci-fi love story that takes place in England in the 1920s and 1930s...a period-science fiction – not exactly what you're supposed to make on a very limited budget! Some people have said 'insane', others have called it 'inspired'. All I knew was that I wanted to make a film, and to direct...and we could just talk about it or we could actually go ahead and do it. After all, life is short.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Daphne Rubin-Vega & Wood Harris Round Out Starring Cast Of "Streetcar Named Desire" Revival

    Hot off the presses... from my inbox:

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Poster Watch: The Lady

    Here are the teaser posters designed by Shepard Fairey for The Lady starring Michelle Yeoh about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi. Film will premiere at The Toronto Film Festival. I hope to see it there.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Remake Rights To 69 Akira Kurosawa Titles Ready To Be Pimped Out To Americans & Europeans

    It's too much madness to expound on in one post... From Variety:

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Our Idiot Brother' A Breezy, But Uneven Attempt To Replicate The Judd Apatow Touch

    Judd Apatow's smash hits of "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" (not to mention the countless other successful comedies stamped with his producer tag) have spawned a good handful of imitators but few ever get the formula right. What Apatow does so well -- evidenced as far back as "Freaks & Geeks" and "Undeclared" -- is effortlessly find true character moments in the midst of even the raunchiest gags. For example, in "The 40 Year Old Virgin" when Andy returns home after his "bag of sand" gaffe and walks around his house yelling in frustration, it's both hilarious and true -- we've all had those moments where we've said or done something completely mortifying that we can't change. And Apatow excels at building his stories in a way that makes the usually large ensemble of players feel effortlessly real, with their choices and reactions organically born from situations that arise. That influence is clearly stamped on Jesse Peretz's "Our Idiot Brother" a film that takes an Apatow regular in Paul Rudd, surrounds him with a great ensemble, and strives admirably but unevenly to replicate the comedic and dramatic tones Apatow does so well.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Geena Davis in Conversation with Pat Mitchell

    Check out this conversation of two female media icons from the Paley Center for Media.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Raven' Teaser Poster Drips Blood; 'Straw Dogs' Characters Get Their Own One Sheets

    Update: "The Raven" poster removed at the request of Relativity Media.

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  • Caryn James
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    Dominic West and Romola Garai in the Swirling Journalism Drama "The Hour"

    Straight from the era of Good Night and Good Luck, BBC America’s absorbing series The Hour adds spies and romance to its glamorized, nostalgic look at what now counts as old-timey television journalism, with truth-seeking reporters battling timid network chiefs, women producers battling sexism, everyone drinking and smoking day and night. This swirling drama - impeccably cast with Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw and Dominic West – is a greatly entertaining soap opera with an undertone of serious commentary (much like TV journalism today).

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  • Caryn James
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    Director Lone Scherfig Talks About "One Day," Anne Hathaway, and "The Way We Were"

    One Day has a rigid structure that some directors would find impossible. Emma and Dexter - played by Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess - live through two decades of tumultuous friendship and love, although we only see them on July 15th each year. But this romantic drama plays to Danish-born director Lone Scherfig’s strengths.

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  • Caryn James
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    David Letterman Knows Who His Real Enemies Are (Video)

    You've probably heard that some renegade crackpot on a jihadist website issued a death threat against David Letterman recently. On last night's show, Letterman turned the situaiton into a joke - actually a Leno joke - about all the people who hate him.

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