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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sundance Trailer Watch: Finding North Directed By Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush

    49 million people in the U.S. -- one in four children -- don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people for who are struggling with food insecurity

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  • The Playlist
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    Nanni Moretti Named Jury President For 65th Cannes Film Festival

    With Sundance just underway, Berlin a couple of weeks off, we're now taking a longer look at to May, when the grand daddy of them all, the Cannes Film Festival, will roll out the red carpet. And it looks like organizers on the Croisette are beginning to put their pieces into position.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance: Stacy Peralta Talks Returning To The '80s For 'Bones Brigade' & His Desire To Make Feature Films

    Prior to 2001, Stacy Peralta was “just” known as one of the young luminaries of skateboarding, a wunderkind skater who turned his sense of civil disobedience into some of the most influential tricks and techniques in the sport’s history. But after “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” Peralta became something of an official biographer for skateboarding as a whole, not just creating a riveting documentary but spawning the fictionalized version of his younger days, “Lords of Dogtown.” At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Peralta is back with another skating documentary, “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography,” in which he chronicles the rise of Powell-Peralta skateboarding company, which he co-owned, and the transformation of the sport into an international industry.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cross-Post: Women Kicking It on Kickstarter!

    Kickstarter, called "the people's NEA" by The New York Times, recently sent out their 2011 round-up of success stories on their crowdsourced fundraising site, with women filmmakers taking significant applause on the roster, including Dee Rees' Pariah.

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  • Spout
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    Slamdance 2012: Doc Competition Offers Sex, Rebirth and Anonymous

    One thing I began to notice last year is that many documentaries are a bit too long. I think some of this has to do with the desire to be sold as a “true” feature length film, although in this day when VOD, online streams and TV formatting overshadow theatrical for nonfiction distribution and viewership, I don’t know why going 90 minutes and above seems favorable to filmmakers when the content just isn’t there. One of the best docs of last year, according to many doc critics and fans (including myself) is Jarred Alterman’s "Convento," which comes in at a mere 50 minutes. We need more of this.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mickey Rourke Had Surgery To Look Like Gay Rugby Player Gareth Thomas, Biopic Shoots In September

    The comeback of Mickey Rourke has been a faltering thing. After years in the wilderness, the actor returned in force with an Oscar-nominated turn in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," and followed it up with supporting roles in bona-fide blockbusters "Iron Man 2" and "The Expendables." Since then, however, things haven't been so hot, with long-delayed films "13" and "Passion Play" mostly disappearing on release, while Rourke's self-destructive tendencies came out again when he bashed not only those films, calling them (accurately) ''terrible," but also director Martin McDonagh, who Rourke labelled a "jerkoff" after he bailed on the helmer's film "Seven Psychopaths." The actor instead lined up the kind of direct-to-video actioners that he was stuck in the 1990s, films like "The Courier," "Black November" and "Java Heat."

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  • The Playlist
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    Maggie Gyllenhaal & Rhys Ifans Circling Noah Baumbach's 40-Hour-Long HBO Series 'The Corrections'

    Nothing demonstrates the status of HBO these days better than "The Corrections." Jonathan Franzen's novel was hugely acclaimed on publication in 2001, later landing atop many of the "best of the decade" literary lists, and was soon snapped up for a film version by Scott Rudin, one of the most important producers in Hollywood, and the man behind some of the most acclaimed novel-to-film translations of the last decade, from "Wonder Boys" to "No Country For Old Men."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Oh, There's Michael...'Underworld: Awakening' Answers Questions You Never Cared Enough To Ask

    “Where’s Michael?” shouts warrior vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) urgently in the trailer for “Underworld: Awakening,” the fourth film in the other vampire/werewolf franchise. “Who’s Michael?” muses a large portion of the audience, presumably a little less urgently, in reply. Because while the ‘Underworld’ films undoubtedly have their appeal -- you don’t goose your way beyond a trilogy without some kind of following making it financially enticing -- they really don’t inspire the kind of widespread fandom that might immediately make the average moviegoer clutch their heart in worry over the fate of Selene’s hybrid werevamp macguffin boyfriend.

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Pattinson's 'Bel Ami' & Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' Latest Additions To Berlin Film Festival

    So, Robert Pattinson fans, just how devoted are you? Always eager to see him fight for Bella in the "Twilight" franchise, a lot of those same fans seem to disappear when does anything that doesn't involve vampires and werewolves. As long expected, his upcoming literary adaptation "Bel Ami," has been confirmed this morning make its world premiere (out of competition) at the Berlin International Film Festival, and we'll be curious to see if RPatz lovers will tolerate him playing a cad.

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  • Hope for Film
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    A Case for Truly Free Short Films

    We all love a success story. We'd hear more of them if we realigned our definition of success. For most emerging filmmakers, success will come from discovery. Movies need to be seen and certain practices limit that. I don't recall how I met Matt Morris. I believe it was through social media online. He thought I would like his short film, and he was right. He had a good sense on how to engage me without wasting my time or taking advantage of my availability. I have really enjoyed seeing how he has gotten his work done and seen. Today he shares some of what he's learned with everyone; sharing seems to be in his DNA. If only that happened more...

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