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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Pilot Pickups: Fox and NBC

    Here are the women created and written shows that got pick ups in the last two days. Note that all four of the shows picked up by NBC are written by women and all will star women.

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  • The Playlist
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    Susan Sarandon & Jim Broadbent Also In Talks For 'Cloud Atlas'

    While they transformed the landscape with the game-changing "Matrix" film, the Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) have truly failed, at least outside their hardcore constituents, to live up to their initial promise. Their follow-up films, "Speed Racer," the last two "Matrix" movies and most of the films they've produced ("Ninja Assassin," "The Invasion") during the aughts were major disappointments. Likewise, German filmmaker Tom Tykwer took the international film world by storm in 1998 with "Run Lola Run," but has failed to connect with audiences or critics with his subsequent films ("Heaven," "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" and "The International").

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Aldamisa

    Aldamisa headed by Sergei Bespalov (The Whistleblower)Web: http://www.Aldamisa.comOffice Cannes: LERINS Stand S9Aldamisa, LLC is an innovative film production, financing and worldwide distribution/sales company.Our goal is to provide the most appropriate production and financing options to producers through innovative integration of new financing methods, co-production, distribution and post-production facilities.Aldamisa, LLC has the financial resources to finance quality film projects.Their objective is to support high quality independent filmmakers with creative collaboration at each step of the process.

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  • Spout
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    The Originals: Hyung Min-woo's "Priest" Is Already Like a Great Movie

    The religious horror/action flick seems to be on its way to becoming a genre of its own. We’ve had “The Book of Eli,” “The Rite,” and of course “Legion.” Paul Bettany and Scott Stewart, star and director of that last blasphemous romp through biblical imagery, have teamed up again to give us this week’s “Priest.” Unlike their previous collaboration, which had a completely original script written by Stewart, this new film is based on an earlier series of Korean comics. Written by Hyung Min-woo, the popular “Priest” manhwa included 16 volumes before ending in 2007. This week I read eight of these books, and after finishing off that first half I can say that a faithful adaptation, with some creative screenwriting and editing, could easily turn into an interesting and gripping action movie.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Ask Idris" About "Luther" Part 2

    In anticipation of season 2 of the BBC series Luther, marketing efforts have begun, incorporating the star of the series, Mr Idris Elba himself, social networking site, Facebook, and video sharing site, YouTube, featuring a 5-part video Q&A series titled Ask Idris. As the title suggests, in the clips, Elba answers, on camera, fan-submitted questions specifically about Luther.

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  • The Playlist
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    Today In Unexpected Pairings: Jack Black & Michael Winterbottom Teaming For Comedy 'Bailout'

    Nothing quite gives a movie star a kick up the ass like two high-profile critically-eviscerated box office flops in a row, and the diminishing returns in Jack Black's career since "School of Rock," aside from the occasional gem like "Margot at the Wedding" and "Tropic Thunder," seemed to reach a trough in the last couple of years with "Year One" and "Gulliver's Travels." Fortunately, the actor seems to have taken stock -- birdwatching comedy-drama "The Big Year," with Owen Wilson and Steve Martin, is faintly promising, and he's reteamed with Richard Linklater on the dark comedy "Bernie," opposite Shirley MacLaine and fellow comeback-kid Matthew McConaughey.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cannes Watch: Reviews of We Need to Talk About Kevin

    Here are some first looks at the female directed films being screened at Cannes. First up: We Need To Talk About Kevin - directed by Lynne Ramsey

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Pam Grier To Co-star In Femme Revenge Flick "Skinny Dip"

    Pam Grier will join Danny Trejo, Michael Madsen and Sasha Grey in the revenge action flick Skinny Dip , currenly being sold to international markets at Cannes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Indecisive Ape Spotlighted In Riveting New Photo From 'Rise Of The Planet of The Apes'

    And that indecisive ape would be Caesar, as performance-captured by Andy Serkis, in this brand new shot from "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes." Caesar appears to be having a hard time deciding whether he wants his beverage to taste great, or to be less filling. He could just ask a human but - oh, crap, no he totally can't because that would just be another attempt for the human to undermine him and his kind. Less filling, you flesh-hogging two-legged miscreants!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes News: FilmDistrict Buys Romantic Comedy Playing the Field, Starring Butler and Biel

    Cannes News: FilmDistrict Buys Romantic Comedy Playing the Field, Starring Butler and Biel

    FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. rights to Cannes market project Playing the Field, Gabriele Muccino's romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Robbie Fox wrote the script. FilmDistrict plans to release the film in spring 2012. FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel describes Playing the Field as "a fun PG-13 romantic comedy." Synopsis is below.

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