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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Just Wright" Director Sanaa Hamri Teaming With Debra Martin Chase For ABC Musical Film

    Director Sanaa Hamri, known for helming Just Wright starring Queen Latifah and Common, has just been tapped for a new ABC Family, two-hour musical film production.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    I Love You, Mary Trapani Hynes

    Please run for mayor next time:

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  • The Playlist
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    'Harold & Kumar Christmas' Director Todd Strauss-Schulson To Helm Brazil-Set Action/Comedy

    The upcoming release of “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas” is putting New Line in the giving spirit early this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has decided to take 'Harold & Kumar Christmas' director Todd Strauss-Schulson up on a pitch for a currently untitled action-comedy. Even better, Strauss-Schulson is set to helm the film as well.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Monday Hangover: "Attack the Block"

    Monday HangoverAttack the Blockby Adam Nayman and Jeff Reichert

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  • Shadow and Act
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    SXSW Film 2012 Now Accepting Submissions

    The SXSW Film Conference & Festival opened for business this week and is now accepting submissions and registrations for the 2012 event. Filmmakers are invited to submit their new features, short films, music videos and title sequences.

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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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  • 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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