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    Heroines of Cinema: Muriel Heslop

    As widely reported earlier this month, the new Sight and Sound poll of the 50 Greatest Films of All Time featured only one film by a female director. It was hardly a surprise to those versed in the inequalities of the film industry. No women competed for the Palme d’or at Cannes this year.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview 'Oblivion' (Based On Real-Life Legal Case That Outlawed Marriage Abductions In Ethiopia)

    Written and directed by Zeresenay Mehari, the arresting story for Oblivion, a feature length scripted film, is based on a true story about the legal-precedent-setting court case that outlawed the practice of abduction for marriage in Ethiopia – also referred to as "Telefa."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Truly Odd Trailer For 'The Letter' With James Franco & Winona Ryder

    It’s been awhile since Winona Ryder, star of a vast array of films from “Edward Scissorhands” to “Girl Interrupted,” has really taken the lead in a picture – lately she’s mostly been a supporting player in films like “Black Swan,” “Star Trek,” and her upcoming reteaming with director Tim Burton on the stop-motion “Frankenweenie.” Unfortunately, if the trailer for her upcoming return to leading lady status “The Letter” is any indication of the film that follows, we’re not quite sure we’re ready to have her back.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Images Of Jennifer Lawrence In Thriller 'House At The End Of The Street'

    For the few superfans out there who are eagerly awaiting Jennifer Lawrence's cheapie thriller "House At The End Of The Street," they likely already know that next Tuesday you can get your hands on the novelization, which will spill the entire movie for you a month before it hits theaters. But for everyone else, a batch of new photos have arrived, confirming that indeed, Jennifer Lawrence wears the hell out of a tank top in this movie. 

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Axe Of Vengeance: Ghanaian Film Posters And Film Viewing Culture

    Long-time readers of S&A will remember our online showcase of these locally-made, hand-crafted Ghanaian movie posters advertising Hollywood, Nollywood, Bollywood, martial arts and home-grown action movies and dramas in the country.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bradley Cooper Finds 'Bad Blood And Trouble'; Also Eyed For Clint Eastwood's 'A Star Is Born'

    While J. Blakeson's underrated feature debut "The Disappearance Of Alice Creed" didn't exactly blow up the box office, it did find its way in front of the right people in Hollywood, and they soon came knocking. Over at Warner Bros., he's already been tapped to direct "The Imitation Game," a hot script that has seen hot directors like David Yates, Ralph Fiennes and Bryan Singer among those being sought for the gig. And now, he's got another big project in the works, and it looks like it will roll first, with a pretty decent name attached.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations' Goes Old-School vs. Alfonso Cuaron's '90s Version

    Unlike Alfonso Cuaron's contemporary-set "Great Expecatations" (1998), starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke, Mike Newell's version (adapted by "One Day" scribe David Nicholls) is set in the 1860s of Charles Dickens' classic. The first international trailer has arrived (below). Starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse") and Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias"), the film will debut in Toronto before its UK opening on November 30. No US release has been scheduled. While Bonham-Carter as Miss Havisham is intriguing, this iteration lacks the movie star ooomph of Paltrow and Hawke's Pip and Estella (but that didn't help with critics: it was 38% rotten).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Winner 'Violeta Went to Heaven' Goes to Kino Lorber [Trailer]

    "Violeta Went to Heaven," winner of Sundance's World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize, will be released in North America by Kino Lorber later this year. The film, from Andrés Wood, tells the story of legendary musician, folksinger and poet Violeta Parra. A full synopsis and the trailer are below. Kino Lorber's Richard Lorber states, "Although [Violeta] is not a household name here, her story is poignantly universal and enhanced by her phenomenal music throughout; she's sort of the Edith Piaf of Latin America. North America audiences on seeing Violeta will be in heaven too."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    A Film Industry Builds In Rwanda w/ Eric Kabera Helping Fuel The Machine

    Much-deserved CNN focus on Rwandan cinema (previously dubbed Hillywood - because Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills). Eric Kabera, founder and chairperson of the Rwanda Film Festival, the country's first film school, and a filmmaker in his own right, is profiled in the encouraging and inspiring piece.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    NYFF Picks 32 New Titles for Main Slate: 'Amour,' 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' 'Frances Ha,' Passion,' 'No,' 'Holy Motors' Make Cut

    The New York Film Festival always leans heavily on the Cannes Fest, and sure enough of the 32 titles they've selected for the main slate of the 50th fest (September 28-October 14), many are from Cannes, including Michael Haneke's "Amour," which won the Palme d'Or. The opening night film by Ang Lee, "Life of Pi," has already been announced, along with closing nighter "Flight," from Bob Zemeckis, and centerpiece gala "Not Fade Away," from rookie director David Chase. Haneke, like many of the directors invited to NY, is a returning filmmaker, having shown "The White Ribbon" in 2009.

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