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    'Gomorrah' Director Matteo Garrone Starts Lensing Next Film 'Big House'

    Italian director Matteo Garrone made a big wave in 2008 with his crackling, layered gangster epic "Gomorrah," which earned the support of Martin Scorsese and wound up with a Criterion Collection edition as well. Not too shabby at all. Well, for his next film, he's turned his eye from crime to the media.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The End of An Era: Judy McGrath Exits as MTV CEO

    Judy McGrath has been with MTV practically since its inception, and yesterday, after 30 years she abruptly resigned as the chairwoman and chief executive of MTV Networks. I can't remember a time when McGrath didn't set the tone at MTV which in turn set the tone for two generations of pop culture and music on TV. The network was much more influential back in the day when there were not as many cable choice. But it has smartly morphed in recent years to include hit reality and scripted shows. And while music may take a back seat nowadays, the MTV brand remains strong and one big reason was the steady leadership and dedication of McGrath.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Save the Date: The Topp Twins are Coming to NYC on May 13 for a Q and A with Me!

    One of my favorite films from the Athena Film Festival which I produced last February was The Topp Twins. As I say to everyone on paper this film sounds too way out to work. It's about lesbian twins sister activist singers from New Zealand. But this film rocks. The sisters, Lynda and Jools, are beloved in New Zealand from the farmers to the city folk. Their shows which are a combination of vaudeville act and political rally with some great singing and yodeling thrown in.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Daydream Nation' Is An Emo, Teenage Angst Mixtape & An Insufferable Afterschool Special

    Featuring a dreamy indie-rock soundtrack that quickly turns sour, a sense of disenfranchised teenage romanticism that curdles under its own emo, twee-ness and some occasionally charming performances and admittedly clever quips, the indie film, “Daydream Nation” can’t hide the fact that it is absolutely callow -- riddled with vapid coming-of-age cliches expressed first and foremost by a rather painful voice-over and endless slo-motion music-video montages. Directed and written by Canadian filmmaker Michael Goldbach (co-writer of Don McKellar’s "Childstar"), the tedious and cloying picture reads and sounds like the diary of a deluded and guileless college-kid who assumes the world is dying to hear what he has to say (sadly and ironically, just like one of the characters in the film who has written a godawful novel he thinks is brilliant).

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  • The Playlist
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    'Seventh Heaven' Dad Stephen Collins Joins 'Three Stooges'

    After a couple months of rumor and speculation, The Farrelly Brothers are casting hard on their long-gestating dream project "The Three Stooges" and have added another interesting choice to the film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    In 1995, Tupac Shakur Wrote A Screenplay; In 2011, It's Been Acquired For Production

    Hmm... very interesting... I'm very well aware that he was multi-talented, but I had no idea Tupac Shakur wrote a screenplay; the only one he ever penned. And, the rights to that screenplay have been acquired by a production team planning to make a filmed version of it.

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    Review: 'Something Borrowed' Is Something Truly Awful

    From its empty soul to its poorly framed shots ready for pan-and-scan conversion, “Something Borrowed” seems primed to play on Saturday afternoons on E!, sandwiched between reruns of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Bridalplasty.” Based on the chick-lit hit of the same name by Emily Giffin, this story is a hollow one, filled with unlikable characters and dialogue from someone who likely quotes wisdom from Cosmo. If you thought that “Sex and the City 2” had too much substance, this is the movie for you.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Buck - directed by Cindy Meel

    This film premiered at Sundance and has been playing the festival circuit all spring. It opens on June 24

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  • The Playlist
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    Laura Linney, Samuel West In Talks To Star Opposite Bill Murray's F.D.R. In 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

    Olivia Colman To Play Queen ElizabethDepressingly for those of us in the U.K. who would like to throw off the yoke of our apparently-appointed-by-god inbred oppressors, royalty is big business at the moment. Between the enormous, Oscar-winning success of "The King's Speech," and the royal wedding last week, the Windsors are back, and there's more than one film project in the works at present. For instance, Dakota Fanning is attached to play the young Princess Margaret in the romantic-comedy "Girl's Night Out," although that won't move forward until after director Michael Hoffman is done with "Gambit."

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Remembering Jackie Cooper

    I feel as if I’ve known Jackie Cooper my whole life. Like many baby boomers, I grew up on a daily diet of The Little Rascals (originally known as Our Gang) on television, and also watched reruns of his 1950s TV series The People’s Choice, which I liked because it featured a dog named Cleo who “talked” to the audience. When I first interviewed Jackie, by telephone in 1974, he told me that when he directed episodes of that comedy series he remembered a valuable lesson from The Little Rascals: when in doubt, cut to the dog.

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