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    Hardwicke Talks Red Riding Hood, Trailer Attached to Deathly Hallows

    We spoke to director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) at the Black Swan AFI Fest after party, where she admitted that she's been sequestered in the editing room with her $42-million Gothic twist on Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried as a "naughty" not so little woman with a red cape in medieval times who tangles with a werewolf, which Warners will open next March. Edward Cullen runner-up Shiloh Fernandez plays her love-interest, Gary Oldman is a priest, and Julie Christie is her grandmother.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Hulu Plus For Everyone

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Weekly Oscar Prediction Update: 17/11/10

    Here's another weekly update of the Oscar prediction charts to supplement Wednesday's awards column on indieWIRE (which this week discusses the worst recent snubs in the best original song category).

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    Producers to Watch: J. Todd Harris - Creative Producer

    During AFM I spoke at length with J. Todd Harris, who we’ve known since his days running John Davis’ Classics division at Fox and from the go-go days of the dotcom bubble when we were both affiliated with a start up called ReelPlay. Todd and I had a wide-ranging conversation that included his background as a theatre producer, his early independent film days, his recent Sundance films (The Kids Are All Right and Bottle Shock), his current projects, and plans to launch Branded Pictures Entertainment (BPE). His two latest completed projects were both launched at AFM (The Family Tree, ISA: Myriad, and Miss Nobody, ISA: Moving Pictures). Both were privately financed independent films. Miss Nobody (www.missnobody.com) stars Leslie Bibb, Adam Goldberg, Missi Pyle, Kathy Baker and Brandon Routh. “It’s based on a darkly funny script by Douglas Steinberg and tells the story of a secretary humorously murdering her way up the corporate food chain. I read it about nine years ago and finally the planets aligned when I met Boston-based producer Allan Jones who put together the financing. Tim Cox directed and made a gorgeous, eye-popping film.”“Allan and I also collaborated on The Family Tree (www.thefamilytreemovie.com) by Mark Lisson with first time feature director Vivi Friedman doing a great job. Hope Davis stars as a woman who gets an unexpected chance to redeem herself and her family when she temporarily loses the memory of her past 16 years.” The film has a wonderful cast, including Dermot Mulroney, Selma Blair, Chi McBride, Christina Hendricks, Gabrielle Anwar, Keith Carradine, Bow Wow, Brittany Robertson, Max Thieriot and John Patrick Amedori.”When I asked Todd how these independent films meshed up with his newly formed company Branded Pictures Entertainment, he got a little philosophical on me:

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  • The Playlist
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    A Few New Details On Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress'

    Chris Eigeman Might Cameo; Stillman Currently On Sixth Draft Of Jamaican Music Pic 'Dancing Mood' So yes, Whit Stillman is currently at work on his first film in over a decade, "Damsels In Distress," and we really couldn't be more excited. It's a voice that has been absent far too long from the filmmaking scene and we're glad he'll be returning.

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    Video: "The Social Network" As Directed by Wes Anderson, Michael Bay, Guilermo del Toro and Others

    Bring out the usual suspects, as in the only few directors that parodists seem to have a handle on for their film spoofs. And when I say "a handle," I mean they don't actually get them at all. CollegeHumor has a new video meant to show what "The Social Network" would have been like had other well-known filmmakers gotten the gig instead of David Fincher. As we saw earlier this year in a Slate satire presenting the Super Bowl as made by famous directors, Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino are favorite auteurs to try and mimic. Anderson has also been the butt of other similar gags, including one involving Spider-Man, and Michael Bay has always been an easy target. These three directors are joined in spirit here by Frank Capra, Christopher Guest and Guillermo del Toro, all of whose imagined visions of the Facebook origin are laid out for laughs.

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    Brief Thoughts on "The Next Three Days."

    Paul Haggis is not a man without talent, but he has had an uneasy time figuring out how to apply it. The embarrassing Oscar orgy for "Crash" validated his fundamentally simplistic composition of American racism, making Academy voters' bias toward themes rather than artistry more transparent than ever. His facile dramaturgy struck me as an unintentional farce about the racist in all of us, as if the Zucker brothers tried to spoof "Do the Right Thing" and came up dry. Perhaps in response to such vitriolic responses, Haggis took an overly restrained approach for his directorial follow-up, "In the Valley of Elah," resulting in a lifeless story made bearable due to Tommy Lee Jones's believably weary face.

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  • The Playlist
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    Park Chan-Wook Could Direct Wentworth Miller's 'Stoker' Starring Carey Mulligan

    Johnny Depp Also Attached?"After India’s father mysteriously dies and her estranged uncle comes to live with her and her mother, people start to go missing in her hometown and India discovers that her uncle may be the cause." This is the logline to "Stoker," the feature-length script debut of actor Wentworth Miller known for his starring role on Fox's now-concluded series "Prison Break."

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    Details Emerge On What's Inside Natalie Portman-Scribed Sex Comedy 'BYO'

    Oh, the many faces of Natalie Portman. On the one hand, she recently told David Poland in an interview that she's very careful about the choices she makes onscreen as she doesn't want to end up edited into hand moisturizer fodder on sites like Mr. Skin (or worse). On the other hand, in the recently debuted red-band trailer for David Gordon Green's "Your Highness," the actress strips down to a thong much to the delight of teen boys everywhere. But it turns out, her pen might be the biggest aphrodisiac yet for dudes who really need to get out more.

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