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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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    Premium VOD Launches. Just go with it?

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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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    Gilbert Gottfried on "those tsunami jokes"

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    SFIFF '11: Ewan McGregor & Mike Mills Talk The Sadness, Humor & Joy Of 'Beginners'

    On Thursday night at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco “Beginners,” the new film from director Mike Mills (“Thumbsucker”), kicked off the 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival. “Beginners” is a partially fictionalized account of Mills’ father, played here by Christopher Plummer, coming out of the closet as a septuagenarian. Ewan McGregor fills in for Mills himself as the character Oliver, who recounts the story of witnessing his father, Hal's transition to a gay lifestyle after living most of his adult life married to Oliver’s mother. Soon after Hal’s rebirth, he is diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer that leaves Oliver both caring for and being in awe of the man he realizes he never really knew.

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    Review, "Last Night": Keira Knightley In An Enjoyable Little Romance

    From its long delay in getting here, you’d expect the 2009 Keira Knightley romantic drama, Last Night, to be a disaster, but not at all. It’s merely small and slight, the kind of blithe little relationship film that feels more European than American.

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    U.S. Distributors are Popping Up like Mushrooms: Red Flag Releaseing

    At the Toronto Film Festival 2010, 22 new U.S. distributors picked up films. Most of them have not been heard of since, and the distribution landscape is undergoing great changes. Some of the 22 are still around. For example, Red Flag Releasing LINK just acquired We Were Here, which premiered at Sundance and then went to the Berlin Film Festival. It will distribute the film in partnership with the filmmakers David Weissman and Bill Weber, The Film Collaborative, New Video and PBS’ Independent Lens, creating a release pattern fitting for this incredibly moving look into the tragedy and eventual triumph of a community organizing to respond to the AIDS epidemic. The film’s release will include theatrical, OnDemand, DVD, digital download channels, and television (in spring 2012), as well as an educational/non-theatrical outreach component through New Yorker Films. The film’s worldwide producer’s rep Jonathan Dana and TFC’s Orly Ravid orchestrated the deals.

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    Spout About: "Cinema Verite"; "Scream 4" Feminism; Sonny Corleone's Manhood; "Trollhunter" Trailer

    Did anyone else catch "Cinema Verite" over the weekend? The dramatic telling of the making of "An American Family" debuted on HBO, and I do believe it deserves an award for the most on-the-nose movie of all time. Was it a gag to make a movie about the beginnings of reality television by presenting the most scripted-y script ever written (by David Seltzer, who wrote the Oscar-winning doc "The Hellstrom Chronicle" around the same time the Louds were being filmed)? The best/worst part came early on when Diane Lane, as Pat Loud, spoke the line that was basically the equivalent of "my son is in New York City, staying at the...umm...wait for it...wait for it...oh, what could it be...wait for it...the Chelsea Hotel." Then we get the drag queen who indirectly (yet winkingly) comments on the documentary miniseries before it even begins.

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    Tribeca 2011: Turn me on, goddamit - directed by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen

    While watching the delightful Norwegian film Turn me on, goddamit I couldn't help but think back to another recent and unexpected delight - Easy A. Alma (Helen Bergsholm) is a 15-year-old stuck in a dead end Norwegian town. There is nothing for kids to do except go to school and deal with their raging hormones. Alma gets herself off by spending a lot of time chatting on a phone sex line, so much that she and the operator -- Sven -- are on a first name basis. Alma in no uncertain terms fully admits to her mother when confronted with the enormous phone bill that she is just plain horny. Of course it was in Norwegian, but it was stated plain out as a fact. And that was a breath of fresh air because I can't remember the last time a girl declared her horniness onscreen when she wasn't immediately shamed by someone or everyone.

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