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    'Kevin' Director Lynne Ramsay Working On 2 New Projects, Trashes Peter Jackson's 'The Lovely Bones'

    Filmmaker Says The Period Working On 'The Lovely Bones' Was A "Horrible Time," Calls The 2009 Version "Absolutely Awful"Contrary to popular belief, Playlist writers are not always on the same page, but one recently (re-)acclaimed filmmaker does bind most of us. Coming off her triumphant return with Cannes-approved hit, the psychological motherhood horror, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" -- which looks like one of the two or three current Palme d'Or frontrunners and could likely earn Tilda Swinton the Best Actress prize -- Ramsay is finally back in the saddle (read our Cannes review here).

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    'An Education' Director Lone Scherfig Signs On To Direct 'Music And Silence'

    One of the big brouhahas coming out of Cannes is, happily, that female directors have a much bigger place in the festival, including four rolling out their films in competition for the Palme d'Or. Since Kathryn Bigelow won her Best Director Oscar in 2009, a huge deal has rightfully been made of the meager number of female directors finding success in Hollywood. One counter-example seems to be Lone Scherfig, a Danish director who had an indie hit with "An Education" in 2009, the film that made Carey Mulligan a star. She went on to direct "One Day," an adaptation of the best-selling novel with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, set to release this year; Focus Features is behind the film, making this Scherfig's big Hollywood debut. Now, Screen Daily reports that Scherfig will take on a historical epic set in the court of Danish King Christian IV titled "Music and Silence."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tickets Available to LA Screening of No Woman, No Cry

    More Magazine has made available several tickets to a special screening of Christy Turlington Burns' documentary No Woman, No Cry.

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    Cannes Review: 'L'Apollonide' A Preposterous, Misguided, Sensationalist Bore About Prostitution

    They say prostitution is the world's oldest profession and if that's true, then the discussion about legalizing it has been around just as long. Certainly the argument for doing so is not a bad one, and if done properly, it would create a safer environment for the women in the trade and their clients alike. For director Bertrand Bonello, "L'Apollonide" serves as his thesis on why prostitution needs to be legal but in championing the women he presumably made the movie for in such a woefully misguided, preposterous and exploitative piece of filmmaking, he undermines any point he's trying to make. Add to that a director who substitutes style for substance and you have one of the most tedious experiences so far on the Croisette this week.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cannes Watch: Reviews of Polisse directed by Maiwenn

    From Jordan Minzer in the Hollywood Reporter:A powerhouse of emotional jolts, free-wheeling comedy and socially-minded storytelling, Poliss (Polisse) reps an admirable step up for writer-director-actress Maiwenn, and one which should finally expand her audience beyond French borders. This extensive portrayal of officers working in a Parisian Child Protection Unit is packed with raw energy and visceral performances from an accomplished cast, and despite an unwieldy episodic structure, the film touches where it matters most. Read more.

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    It's "Tree of Life" Day!

    The indieWIRE review you've all been waiting for. I'm honestly trying to read as little as possible and see for myself in 2 weeks (and curb my jealousy for not witnessing the excitement on the Croisette today by pretending it's not even happening), but clearly I'm in the minority...

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Clips From NBC's Most Promising New Series

    This week the networks, one by one, introduce their new shows at the spectacle for advertisers and the press called the Upfronts, and NBC goes first, on Monday. It's best to greet the Upfronts with low expectations: cable channels like HBO, Showtime and AMC have most of the best, innovative shows on TV. But somehow good shows sneak onto the networks too. Here's a look at NBC's most promising or just its weirdest for the fall.

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    Snow White Catfight Continues As Universal Moves 'Huntsman' Up Six Months To June 1st

    Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spin-Off Now Set For December 21st, 2012 Every so often, Hollywood studios find themselves in a game of $300 million chicken, when two films with strikingly similar premises are green-lit simultaneously. And almost invariably, the first film out of the blocks ends up as the more successful: "Capote" landed a full year before the identically-plotted "Infamous," and despite a less starry cast walked away with more awards and a bigger haul, while "Dante's Peak" outgrossed the similarly lava-themed "Volcano" by over $50 million.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Top 10 Reporting Per-Theater-Averages: May 13-15, 2011

    The following is a list of the top 10 per-theater-averages for specialty releases this weekend. Note that it does not include wide releases (1,000+ screens), or studio films on limited screen counts. Check out a full report on the weekend box office here and check back for indieWIRE's box office chart Tuesday afternoon, which will include a full list of all final numbers, including those that didn't report today.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch "Duck" - A Short Film About A Boy Who's Afraid Of Being Touched

    Duck - directed by Jakob Daschek; part of a collection of 8 new shorts, produced by Ridley Scott, in a collaborative effort with USA Network, titled The Character Project.

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