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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones

    Trailer/Poster Watch: Doremus Talks Voyeuristic Sundance-Winner Like Crazy, Starring Yelchin, Jones

    One of the Sundance Fest’s biggest sales ($4 million), Like Crazy is Drake Doremus's follow-up to raunchy improv comedy Douchebag, which debuted there the year before. Like Crazy won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and breakout actress Felicity Jones (Julie Taymor's The Tempest), took home the Special Jury Prize.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    New Databases Online

    There are at least 3 new databases in play. I'm glad FilmFinders has disappeared under the aegis of IMDbPro. Fierce ... which acquired Laurie Woodrow's TransPacific and Oliver Eberle's ShowBizDataPro some years ago is rumored to be about to introduce its database combining ShowBizDataPro with TransPacific's client-user-friendly db. FilmBizAsia of Patrick Frater and partners is now rolling out its database and subscribers are already signing up. Add to that Cinando's db and TheWrap's The Grid, Screen International's Screenbase, Baseline's The Studio System, and we have an arena of competitors. What makes Patrick's unique is that it is devoted to Asian and Australiasian projects and companies, and it is in as many languages as the main markets require: two types of Chinese, Thai, Korean and Japanese. Most unique is that it gets ALL the Asian names correct!!

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  • The Playlist
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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'Bangkok Knockout' Delivers Awesome Action In An Otherwise Incompetent Film

    In many ways "Bangkok Knockout" is the perfect film for Fantasia (or any other similarly themed genre fest), but let's be clear: the latest from "Ong Bak 2" and "Ong Bak 3" director Panna Rittikrai is terrible in almost every conceivable technical, narrative and aesthetic category. It's atrociously acted, with a derivative, absurd story shot with no real skill except in making sure that when two characters are speaking to each other, they are both in the frame. However, when it's time for the fights -- which are frequent, exciting and amazingly staged, Rittikrai is firmly in his element and the audience is in his hand. "Bangkok Knockout" is precisely the kind of film that needs to be watched with a vocal, appreciative Fantasia crowd cheering along with every astounding punch, flip and kick, if only to share the joy of the sequences and have somebody to ride out the tedium of everything else in between.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sexism Watch: New NASCAR Show Title

    There are not many days when I open an email and read the title of a potential TV show and do a double take. That happened to me yesterday when I opened my daily email from the folks at Vulture to read this headline: "Starz May Order a Female-Led NASCAR Pilot Called Tits in the Pits."

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    More: Sexism
  • The Playlist
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    Alden Ehrenreich Joins Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

    As far as Hollywood debuts go, few directors are as lucky as Park Chan-wook. With a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska, Jacki Weaver and most recently, Lucas Till, Park has a heavy hitting array of talent coming to bat for him in a project that seems perfectly tuned to his sensibilities. And now, one of the final pieces of the casting puzzle is in place and a Coppola family regular continues his rising career with a spot in "Stoker."

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  • The Playlist
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    Spike Jonze Has Directed "Otis" For Kanye West & Jay-Z

    While things seemed to have been quiet for Spike Jonze since his 2009 adaptation of the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” the director has been very busy in the last year or so, making a return to the sort of short form film projects and music videos that gave him his street cred. 2010 saw Jonze delivering the lovely short "I'm Here" and working with Arcade Fire on their “Scenes from the Suburbs” flick, while this year he co-directed the short “Mourir Aupres de Toi (To Die Next),” made the memorable Beastie Boys action figure video "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" and has a brewing Charlie Kaufman-penned feature with Joaquin Phoenix attached to star. But when Yeezy comes calling, you gotta pick up the phone.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Naturi Naughton Cast as Cecilia Reyes in "The Wolverine"

    The Wolverine, sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will be directed by James Mangold and will star Hugh Jackman, Kelly Hu and Naturi Naughton.

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    More: casting, FYI
  • Shadow and Act
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    Former OWN CEO Christina Norman Moves to HuffPost Black Voices

    Back in May, news broke that Christina Norman, who had served as CEO of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network for just two years, had been ousted as a casualty of the network's poor ratings performance.

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    More: Television
  • The Playlist
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    Ryan Gosling Goes Pin-Up In New Poster For 'Drive'

    Plus One-Sheets For 'Like Crazy' And 'The Three Musketeers'We're excited about "Drive" for many reasons: director Nicolas Winding Refn, the killer supporting cast, the badass trailer and the rave reviews. But FilmDistrict has quite sensibly put their biggest asset front and center of the domestic one-sheet: Ryan Gosling. We've tried to maintain our journalistic independence, but in the face of R-Gos's big blue eyes, we just turn to jelly, which is why the backs of our notebooks are full of drawings of our future wedding and attempts to practice our signature with his surname.

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  • Spout
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    "Rio" is Good for Kids, Better for Tourism

    This review was originally published on April 17, 2011. It has been reposted for the film's DVD and Blu-ray release.

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