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  • Eric Kohn
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    Defending Elvis Mitchell. Sort Of.

    Defending Elvis Mitchell. Sort Of.

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  • The Playlist
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    Madonna Reportedly Working With William Orbit & Abel Korzeniowski On Classical Score For 'W.E.'

    For her sophomore directorial effort "W.E.," Madonna is certainly surrounding herself with some solid talent. She's got Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy to lead the cast in the highly ambitious film, that tells the parallel stories of the love affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, which led to the royal’s abdication, and the contemporary story of a woman, Wally Winthrop, with romantic problems of her own, in addition to an obsession with the life of the Duchess of Windsor. And with all that pomp and circumstance going on, a classical score is unsurprisingly being prepped and the Queen Of Pop has roped in some intriguing collaborators.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Paris Barclay Set To Executive Produce And Direct "Sons Of Anarchy"

    Wasn't long ago when we alerted you to the news of Paris Barclay directing Greg Grunberg and Nicole Ari Parker in the A&E pilot Big Mike about an an underestimated "plus-size" detective with the San Diego Police Department. Well, Barclay has added another project to his resume. According to Deadline, he just joined the Fox show Sons of Anarchy as an executive producer and principal director.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SFIFF: Christine Vachon State of Cinema Keynote: How Can Filmmakers Reach Audiences?

    The veteran Killer Films producer and Shooting to Kill author Christine Vachon (Boys Don't Cry, Far from Heaven, Mildred Pierce) gave the San Francisco International Film Festival's keynote speech on April 24. Here it is:

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  • Spout
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    Tribeca 2011: "Let the Bullets Fly" Is a Wildly Entertaining Commie Blockbuster

    There are so many impressive historical epics coming out of China these days that I expect a majority of the moviegoers over there could be considered connoisseurs of the genre. So when a movie breaks the box office record and becomes the highest-grossing domestic film in Chinese history, it’s probably something not to overlook. “Let the Bullets Fly” is a wonderful blend of comedy, action and intrigue that manages to thoroughly entertain without the extraordinary budget of “Red Cliff” or extravagant art direction of “Curse of the Golden Flower.” More of a Western than anything else, it somehow manages to build ribald humor, gun slinging and a somewhat obvious revolutionary political message into a crowd-pleasing narrative that keeps you on your toes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Composer Cliff Martinez Talks Score For 'Contagion' & Working With Steven Soderbergh

    Says Soderbergh Is Temping The Film With 'French Connection' & 'Marathon Man' ScoresEXCLUSIVE: Working at a relentless pace, Steven Soderbergh's work ethic has benefitted not only from his drive and focus, but from surrounding himself with a regular group of collaborators who understand his process and approach to filmmaking. And one of those regulars is composer Cliff Martinez (a former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers too). He has worked with Soderbergh ever since his debut "sex, lies & videotape," contributing to films big and small including "Kafka," "Traffic," "The Limey," "King Of The Hill" and more. The forthcoming virus thriller, "Contagion," will mark their tenth film together and it will definitely find the duo in new territory. Described by Soderbergh as a type of "horror movie" the star-studded tale -- the cast includes Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law and many, many more -- chronicles the outbreak of a deadly virus as it spreads quickly worldwide. It's a new genre for composer and director alike and the results should be fascinating.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Premium VOD Launches. Just go with it?

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  • The Playlist
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    'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Invited To Open The Venice Film Festival, Fall Release Date In The Works

    Film Described As "A Very Serious Oscar Contender"With the Cannes Film Festival lineup more or less set -- there will likely be a few more film announcements in the next couple of weeks as is usually the case -- the organizers at the Venice, Toronto, Telluride and other fall film festivals have already been making calls to try and get big-ticket films slotted into their festivals. Among the numerous high-profile films talked about as possibilities for Cannes was Tomas Alfredson's highly anticipated "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." Before the lineup for Cannes was announced, reports circulated that it wasn't likely to make it as the film was still in the midst of post-production. As expected, a fall premiere is in the works and at least one major film festival has already come calling at least a month ago to land the film.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Gilbert Gottfried on "those tsunami jokes"

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  • ReelPolitik
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