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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: 10 Things I Have Learned Having Our Film CONNECTED In Theaters by Tiffany Shlain

    1. CUTTING YOUR OWN TRAILERDon’t try this. Very dangerous. When you are running at full speed to complete your film on your way to your premiere, don’t fool yourself that you have the perspective to cut your own trailer. We thought we did. At that point we had totally lost perspective and were in no shape to edit the trailer. So after we got our breath we found someone else to cut it.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Highlander' Star Clancy Brown & Heather Graham Join Ramin Bahrani's Dennis Quaid/Zac Efron Movie

    So, it's official, acclaimed indie filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has gone Hollywood. The Iranian-American director behind the trio of well-received, low-key efforts “Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop” and “Goodbye Solo” has put together a pretty WTF cast for his next, still untitled effort. In case you forgot, back this spring the unlikely duo of Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron (really) came aboard. And now, some more random people have rounded out the cast.

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  • The Playlist
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    Steve Carell To Star In 'Moneyball' Director Bennett Miller's Next Film 'Foxcatcher'

    First, we just need to get something off our chest. It's an absolute crime that with his run on the "The Office" now over, six-time Emmy nominee Steve Carell didn't win one time for his fantastic turn as the Michael Scott. More than just a bumbling boss, Carell found real depth and heart in Michael Scott that allowed the character to flourish over seven seasons. Okay, mini rant over. Regardless of industry accolades, Carell has used his sitcom success to spread his wings as a dramatic actor in fare like "Dan In Real Life" and "Crazy Stupid Love," however, his greatest challenge as an actor will find him paired up with "Capote" and "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller for what is an ambitious project for them both.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: SXSW Hit 'Surrogate Valentine' Charms At A Low Frequency

    Singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura stars in “Surrogate Valentine” as a thinly veiled version of himself, a struggling West Coast musician with a wry deadpan humour and a gentle spirit. His open face suggests an innate patience with the fools that surround him as he soldiers thanklessly through underpaid gigs, perfecting his genuine brand of shadow-drenched shoegaze from city to city. His work may make ends meet, but he continues to haggle with distributors who won’t release his material in indie record stores.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    A Snow White Who Kicks Ass

    Here is a cool shot of Kristen Stewart from Snow White and the Huntsman. She looks like she is ready to kick some serious butt.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Doesn't Know Who To Trust In New Clip From 'The Thing'

    What's worse than having a job in the icy, forbidding wastelands of Antarctica? Finding out that there is a shapeshifting monster out there picking off your colleagues.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Indie Drama 'Norman' With Soundtrack By Andrew Bird

    Hear The Song "Hospital" From The Score BelowFor his sophomore feature film, director Jonathan Segal has rounded up quite the array of talent both in front of and behind the camera. To help tell the story penned by Talton Wingate, he's got veterans Richard Jenkins and Adam Goldberg to slot into supporting roles around his young leads Dan Byrd ("Cougar Town") and Emily VanCamp ("Brothers & Sisters") and to power it all, none other than Andrew Bird has written an original score. The result is "Norman" and it promises to be a quietly affecting drama about the pain of adolescence.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Promising Trailer For Alt WW2 Drama 'Resistance' With Michael Sheen & Andrea Riseborough

    What if the Germans had won the war? It's a question that's plagued hacky science-fiction and historical novel writers since...well, the Germans didn't win the war, but that doesn't mean it can't be the source of compelling fiction. Philip K Dick's masterpiece "The Man In The High Castle" is a good example, or Robert Harris' gripping thriller "Fatherland," while the cinematic high watermark is probably the underseen 1966 British film "It Happened Here." It's been a while since the sub-genre made it to screens, but The Guardian yesterday brought us a trailer for a new example from the U.K., the thriller "Resistance."

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  • The Playlist
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    Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Surprise TIFF Audience Winner 'Where Do We Go Now?'

    Lebanese actor/director Nadine Labaki came out of nowhere recently and took home the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at TIFF for her comedy "Where Do We Go Now?" While the film was without a U.S. distributor at the time, a big, unexpected win like that meant someone would swoop down in no time and that's indeed the case as Sony Pictures Classics is reuniting with Pathe Pictures to acquire the pic for North America.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Nelson Mandela's Grandchildren To Get Their Own Reailty Show

    When I first heard about this, it sounded like a really interesting idea. I'm referring to the news reported in the U.K.Guardian newspaper that Nelson Mandela's three adult granddaughters have made a deal with Amercian TV producer Rick Leed to star in a new reality show for South African television, chonicling their lives; it's set to air in early 2012.

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