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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Gender Watch: Circumstance's Love Under Assault; Sisters in Hollywood

    Maryam Keshavarz's Sundance dramatic audience award-winner Circumstance will hit theaters this weekend via Roadside Attractions and Participant. It's one of those movies where the story of getting it made is as compelling as the film itself. The lesbian romance deals with Iran's underground youth culture, teenage girls who adore loud music and each other, and drug use. Filming in Iran wasn't an option, and shooting in Beirut had its own hurdles. Producer Karin Chien tells the NYT that it was the most challenging shoot in her career: "“The political terrain was constantly shifting while we were there,..We went in thinking that explicit sexuality was the thing we were going to have to work around most, but it was the Iranian content, the fact that this was set in Iran, that we had to downplay.”

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Love and Risk in Iran: Circumstance Written and Directed by Maryam Keshavarz

    Here is a piece I wrote on Circumstance written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz for the Human Right Campaign's Equality Magazine, for their Summer 2011 Issue.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Photos from the Set of "Dreams Of A Life" - The Mysterious Life & Death of Joyce Vincent

    When Tambay originally posted on this film back in May, relatively little was known about the production or the woman on which it is based. We recently came across still photos from the production, courtesy of production designer Chris Richmond.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Teaser Trailer For Luc Besson's Drama 'The Lady' Starring Michelle Yeoh

    So, Luc Besson has directed a political drama. We're not kidding. The hugely successful producer behind action fare like “The Transporter,” “Taken,” and “District 13” and the director of “The Fifth Element” and “The Professional” has gone ahead and made a movie about Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi titled "The Lady." Perhaps he's trying to make some kind of karmic amends for making us endure so much schlock? Either way, we're fascinated and if this first teaser trailer is anything to go by, Besson is preparing something somewhat majestic in scope.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Live Podcast Today! The Cast Of "Dreams" (Terri Vaughn, Tommy Ford, Angie Stone, Syesha Mercado)

    Although the S&A crew won't "officially" return to our podcast show until September, we decided to do a couple of special shows for you since we miss you that much! Today (Tuesday), at 8pm/est, we'll be joined by the cast of the new film Dreams.Terri Vaughn, Tommy Ford, Syesha Mercado, Dennis "LA" White, Angie Stone and Vickie Winans will be our special guest. In addition, the film's director Joel Kapity and executive producer Marvin Winans Jr.,who stars in the movie also, will be joining us as well.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Toronto's Annual Attendance List of Essentially Every Celebrity There Is

    Torontonians can start planning their stalking now:

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  • The Playlist
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    John le Carré Makes A Cameo In 'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy'

    The anticipation for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" was building long before any of the exciting trailers for the film had arrived, and the reason is pretty clear. With "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson tackling John le Carré's classic novel with an insanely great cast that includes Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke, how is it possible not to be anticipating the film? With its Venice premiere just around the corner, and U.K. release following shortly thereafter, it looks like the man whose novel served as the source material is receiving some big screen recognition.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fiction Vs. Non-Fiction Death Match

    Fiction Vs. Non-Fiction Death Match

    POV blogger Tom Roston (@docsoupman), an old colleague from Premiere, loves documentaries--in fact, he blogs about them. And while I enjoy digging into The Interrupters as much as the next cinephile, I love fiction films even better. So Roston challenged me to pit five fiction films, "whether they’ve been produced in Hollywood, New York or Bombay, against their poor, bedraggled step-siblings, non-fiction films, in a death match." Naturally, Roston thinks his docs are going to win hands-down, but that's part of the fun.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    DVD Review - "I Will Follow" (A Deeply Personal, Reflective Chamber Drama) + Interviews Galore!

    It's out on DVD today, so I'm reposting my early review of the film... (we're giving 5 copies away, so you should be watching for contest posts).

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: NSFW Trailer For Frederick Wiseman's Latest Documentary 'Crazy Horse'

    No one takes their cabaret shows more seriously than the French -- taking off your clothes is pretty much an artform in the nation -- but documentaries about the subject seem to be few and far between. Enter master documentarian Frederick Wiseman whose unobstrusive, fly-on-the-wall approach now seems to be singular in a genre where some filmmakers have become the celebrities in their own non-fiction films. Continuing his tireless work ethic, the filmmaker is back with "Crazy Horse" and the first French trailer for the film has arrived.

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