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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: David Van Taylor "R.I.P. Ricky Leacock... Long Live 'FILM TRUTH'?"

    What is it that a camera sees? Do we need to accept and conform to the dominant storytelling paradigms, or is there actually more that we can be striving for? Perhaps no life and work embodies these questions as well as Ricky Leacock. Filmmaker David Van Taylor guest posts today with an examination of him and these issues, and the difference between documentary and essay film. There is a lot that can be said about these subjects, certainly enough for a six hour documentary AND many blog posts.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cannes Film Festival Lineup: The Women

    I don't know what Thierry Fremaux was smoking but whatever it was he should pass it around to other film festival programmers, because this year the Cannes Film Festival has four films by women in competition. Remember, last year there were NONE. While it is still nowhere near equal -- 4 out of 19 for a still lousy 21% -- it is way better than the big ZERO of last year.

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  • The Playlist
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    George Clooney Will Produce & Possibly Direct Movie About 2008 Bailout

    Picture To Be Written By 'Stranger Than Fiction' ScreenwriterSigh, do we really need another movie about the economic collapse? Michael Moore tried to address the issue with his rush job documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story" and he was bested by the immensely better, Oscar-winning "Inside Job." We've also got "Margin Call" and "Too Big To Fail" around the corner; we're kind of exhausted on this topic already. But damn if we can't raise a bit of interest when George Clooney comes sniffing around the subject.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    My 7 Films to Watch at Cannes 2011

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Um... The Trailer For Taylor Launter's Post-"Twilight" Attempt at a Career Actually Looks Kinda Good

    Is it just me? Or does Taylor Launter's first real attempt at a career beyond "Twilight" - mistaken identity action flick "Abduction" - actually look like a lot of cheesy-action-movie fun? I'm sold on the "Bourne", Jr. premise, and serious bonus points the great supporting cast (Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello). I would probably watch this ten times before taking on "Water For Elephants" (or half of the summer movie lineup, for that matter).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sally Field to Take on Mary Todd Lincoln in Spielberg Biopic

    Looks like Sally Field will have an opportunity for a third Oscar if this movie turns out as good as it sounds. Field takes on the female lead of Mary Todd Lincoln In Steven Spielberg's biopic of Abraham Lincoln which is based on the book Team of Rivals by Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. It also doesn't hurt that the script is by playwright Tony Kushner who also wrote Munich.

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  • The Playlist
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    Olga Kurylenko Will 'Expatriate' With Aaron Eckhart In Assassin Thriller

    'Trust' Star Liana Libreto Also On BoardAaron Eckhart's transition from respected character actor into mainstream leading man has been a bumpy road. For every "The Dark Knight" there is an ill-conceived entry like the rom-com "No Reservations," and while it did solid box office ($180 million worldwide) "Battle: Los Angeles" was fucking terrible. But Eckhart isn't through kicking ass and taking names, and he's currently filming "Expatriate" and now has a former Bond girl on his tail.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Peter Jackson Posts First The Hobbit Report, Complete with Maori Ceremony and Andy Serkis in Dots

    Peter Jackson looks happy to be back in Wellywood recreating for The Hobbit many of the same sets from The Lord of the Rings. As the film was about to start shooting, he admits during a Maori opening ceremony, he had thought for a long time that he would not want to return to the world of The Lord of the Rings, but he changed his mind. Movies can be stressful and hard to make, he says, but it's really about the people you work with. UPDATE: Watch it below:

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  • Poverty Jetset
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    Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" Poster

    The poster for Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia," which will screen in competition at the upcoming Festival de Cannes. This is Von Trier's eleventh Cannes selection with previous films including the Palme d’Or and Best Actress winner "Dancer in the Dark" and Grand Prix winners "Breaking the Waves" and "Europa." "Melancholia" co-star Charlotte Gainsbourg received the Best Actress award at the 2009 edition of the festival for von Trier’s "Antichrist." The film is described as a "beautiful movie about the end of the world."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Cannes Entry 'Sleeping Beauty' Starring Emily Browning

    Emily Browning's characters haven't been having a good time in the movie theaters lately. As Baby Doll in Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch," her character escaped the harsh world of a brutal mental institution by becoming a burlesque dancer and action star in alternate realities where wearing skimpy clothes was an act of liberation. Well, as Lucy in Julia Leigh's Cannes competition entry "Sleeping Beauty" she's not going to have it much easier, though, the film will likely be much, much better than Snyder's turgid comic book store mess.

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