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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Mihir Desai "Collaboration 2.0"

    We are really in this together. As never before, we know no barriers. I met Mihar Desai virtually, over the internet, and have been impressed with his passion, innovative ways, commitment, and collaborative instincts. Possessed with such qualities, it is no surprise that he has come up with a simple solution to solve some problems.I am very interested how the issues of micro-budgeted filmmaking are being addressed around the world. We face a set of common problems. Solutions will come from all over. Adopting transparency and openness, a commitment to share, we will make better films. With his first guest post here, Mihar is stepping forward and offering some solutions. Who will be next?

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  • The Playlist
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    Miranda July Cut An "Accidentally Porny" Sex Scene From 'The Future'

    Dead Cats, Dirty Limericks, Getting Locked In A Closet & More We Learned About Miranda July's LatestWhen our own James Rocchi saw Miranda July's latest film, "The Future" at Sundance back in January, he noted the film succeeded "as a single story about the terrifying possibilities of life, the uncertainty of love and the certainty of the passage of time." A month later, we caught up with July at SXSW, she mirrored his thoughts on the film calling "The Future" a "a horror movie about facing the void, the empty moment where you don’t know what to do with yourself." And it's in that pre-mid-life crisis of sorts that "The Future" finds its compelling pulse.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult' Starring Charlize Theron & Patrick Wilson Hits On December 9th

    Jason Reitman better get on the phone with his tailor now and get an order in on a couple of suits because it looks like he's once again going to be doing a marathon through the awards season following back-to-back hits "Juno" and "Up In The Air."

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  • The Playlist
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    'Moneyball,' '360,' 'The Descendants,' 'Ides Of March,' 'A Dangerous Method' Lead TIFF '11 Line-Up

    'Ten Year,' 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen,' 'Rampart,' 'Anonymous,' 'Butter,' 'Take This Waltz' & Many Many More Also ScreeningWith only a few summer blockbusters left in the tank, all eyes are now turning towards the fall festival season, with the two biggest events, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival unveiling their line-ups this week. Venice comes in a couple of days, but this morning brought Toronto's press conference, with a big chunk of the films for the festival that's matched only by Cannes and Sundance in its importance in the calendar. So, what's in the first wave?

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Bobbie Birleffi and and Beverly Kopf: Directors of Wish Me Away

    Wish Me Away is the incredibly moving coming out story of country music star Chely Wright. When I read a little over a year ago that Wright had come out my first reaction was "so what". After you watch the film you realize how difficult this process was for Wright mostly because of where she worked -- Nashville. She was the first high profile country performer to come out, something she had to do to save her life, and sadly, not for her, but for country music, she is now embarking on a new life post Nashville. Since she came out Nashville has turned its back on her and so she is remaking her life and her career.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Juno Temple is Harvey Weinstein's 'Dirty Girl' In New Trailer

    British actress Juno Temple (daughter of documentarian Julien) started out with memorable roles in “Atonement” and “Notes on a Scandal,” and she’s quickly made a name for herself on this side of the Atlantic too. She may have starred in Harold Raimis’ toxic “Year One,” but managed to nimbly sidestep the fallout from that project, in large part by nixing any expectations she might flower into an English Rose in the Keira Knightely stable, and getting her kit off in Gregg Araki’s spectacularly nuts “Kaboom” earlier in the year and landing a role in the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Kristen Stewart Out, But Her Brother Cameron Is In For Their Mom's Directorial Debut 'K-11'

    Goran Visnjic, D.B. Sweeney & Portia Doubleday Also StarUpdate: We've been informed that scheduling conflicts with "Snow White And The Huntsman" prevented Kristen Stewart from participating in the film.

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Emma Stone With Conan O'Brien

    In one of the freshest scenes in the totally hilarious Crazy Stupid Love, Emma Stone's character talks about her crush on Conan O'Brien, another thing her sensible best friend tries to talk her out of.

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  • The Playlist
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    Todd Phillips Eyes Stoner Weapons Pic 'Arms And The Dudes' As A Potential Directing Vehicle

    After three straight films all ostensibly working from the same formula -- "The Hangover" and "Due Date" films are all ostensibly cut from the same comedic cloth of fish-out-of-water/comedic journey pics -- it seems like director Todd Phillips is looking for a slight change of pace and direction. So how about a stoner pic about weapons sales? We're listening....

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview "Streets" - Film Produced By Will Smith's Bodyguard & Directed By Will Smith PA

    Will Smith returned home to Philadelphia this past Sunday, for the premiere of a new feature film titled Streets.

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