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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cannes Winners: The Women

    The Cannes Film Festival concluded last evening and Poliss directed by Maiwenn won the jury prize (which is third place.) The film has been picked up Sundance Selects. None of the other films by female directors won any of the big prizes.

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  • Hope for Film
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    itzon – a new film platform. It’s film, but different.

    I got a press release last week announcing a new platform for indie film that I thought you all would like to know about, and it's FREE. The press release is below. Let me know what you think about this new platform for indie film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    To See In Theaters This Week - "Children Of God"

    Just a reminder for those of you in New York City... Opening this past weekend at Quad Cinemas, Kareem Mortimer's Children of God, produced by Trevite Willis - an award-winning film, set against a backdrop of scaremongering and hate, that introduces us to Jonny (Johnny Ferro), "a creatively-blocked art student struggling with an obsessive-compulsive disorder that sees him cringe away from any human touch; Romeo (Stephen Tyrone Williams) a young man struggling with his obligations towards his family and his band; and the devoutly religious Lena Mackey (Margaret Laurena Kemp) an anti-gay activist whose hypocritical preacher husband has just given her a sexually-transmitted disease. On the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, these three people's paths collide, with life-changing results."

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  • Caryn James
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    Justin Timberlake Is Mozart In Unaired SNL Sketch (Video)

    Justin Timberlake's episode of SNL was packed with great sketches, but another terrific one - full of references to his movie career - never made it into the show. Take a look at this self-mocking dress-rehearsal video of Timberlake as Mozart, who complains "I've been working in music since I was a boy " - that would be on "the Austrian Mouse Club" - and decides to try acting.

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  • The Playlist
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    Academy Award Winner Alan Menken To Score 'Lidsville' For DreamWorks

    If you don't know the name Alan Menken, you certainly know his music. The nine-time Academy Award nominee has won four times for composing the instantly identifiable music to the Disney hit films "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Beauty & The Beast" and "Pocahontas." His most recent nom was for the surprise hit "Tangled" last year but for his next project will find him moving away from the mouse house for the first time in his career.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Banderas Talks The Skin I Live In, Haywire, Career: "I Probably Made Some Mistakes," Reviews

    Banderas Talks The Skin I Live In, Haywire, Career: "I Probably Made Some Mistakes," Reviews

    Hollywood is not always kind to actors with foreign accents. It's tough to cross cultures if you're not an action star like Schwarzenegger or Van Damme. Spanish star Antonio Banderas made the move across the pond after a series of movies with Pedro Almodovar, who he thanks for turning him into an international star. Walking up the red steps of the Palais with wife Melanie Griffith for the gala debut of The Skin I Live In, Banderas still looks the part, but truth is he's been making Hollywood movies like Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots, which he promoted here (arriving by water with Salma Hayek at a photocall in a huge pair of floating black boots) and could use a good shot in the arm.

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  • Spout
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    TrendSpouting: 3D Blamed for Latest Problem with Movie Theater Industry

    First "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" under-performs even with 3D prices and now this. Is it Roger Ebert's birthday? Today's TrendSpouting deals with an ongoing problem with the theater industry.

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  • The Playlist
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    Poster For Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' Starring George Clooney Unveiled

    Believe it or not, it's been a staggering seven years since Alexander Payne's last feature film, the smash hit "Sideways." In the interim he's been developing a few projects, producing "Hung" for HBO, as well as the recent comedy "Cedar Rapids," and he even contributed what is arguably the best short of the omnibus "Paris je t'aime" the closing segment "14e arrondissement," starring the excellent Margo Martindale. Well, Payne is finally coming back with a new feature and it looks primed to be another critical favorite.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Country Strong' Director Shana Feste Swims To A New Trend, Will Direct 'Mermaid'

    Here's how Hollywood works. If an idea is really good and works one time, it means it will be repeated endlessly in a never-ending hope to match that first glory. So, when Jeff Bridges and "Crazy Heart" stormed the award season in 2009, it was no surprise that a transparent attempt was made to do that again and thus "Country Strong" with Gwyneth Paltrow and "My Own Love Song" with Renée Zellweger were foisted upon a movie-going audience that had been there and done that. Shana Feste directed the former and while at point (far in the distance) it was viewed as potential awards bait, as the season actually got underway, it never got much more than cursory nods for the music which even now is pretty forgettable. But try, try again and Feste has now seen that fairy tales are all the rage so she'll try her hand at that.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Update: Oscilloscope Buys We Need to Talk About Kevin, Swinton Gets Oscar Push

    Cannes Update: Oscilloscope Buys We Need to Talk About Kevin, Swinton Gets Oscar Push

    One of my favorite Cannes' competition films, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, was deemed too tricky to handle by the bigger specialty distributors, who worried about the cost of an Oscar campaign for Tilda Swinton--a prerequisite for Luc Roeg's Independent Film Company.

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