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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    French Week in Los Angeles: City of Lights City of Angels Preview

    The French are coming! Francophile Cari Beauchamp, author of the must-read Cannes guide Hollywood on the Riviera (with Henri Behar) previews COLCOA:It’s the week that Los Angeles – like most American cities, often bereft of screens showing foreign language films -- can gorge on a smorgasbord of Frenchfilm. The 15th Annual City of Lights City of Angels Film Festival begins on April 11 and runs through April 18, showing over 30 features films includingevery genre, directorial debuts and homages at the Directors’ Guild.

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  • Spout
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    "Ceremony" Director Max Winkler Talks About His Debut Feature and Why P.T. Anderson is The Best Ever

    Max Winkler is new to cinema; his first feature film, “Ceremony,” opens this weekend. But if you’ve seen any of the popular CBS web series “Clark and Michael,” which he directed, you know that his debut film is something to look forward to. “Ceremony” is a great little wedding film, starring Michael Angarano as Sam, a 20-something New Yorker desperate to win back the love of his life (Uma Thurman) before she marries a hilariously self-absorbed documentary filmmaker (Lee Pace).

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Johnny English Reborn' Makes Us Genuinely Concerned For Dominic West's Career

    For getting on fifteen years now, Working Title, the biggest dog in the U.K. production company world, have carved out a severely profitable niche in family comedies that, while they barely make an impact in the U.S. market, manage hugely impressive grosses internationally -- a remarkable feat, considering that comedy is the hardest genre to translate successfully. Starting with the biggest, "Bean," in 1997 (which managed a haul of $250 million worldwide, five times the U.S. take), they've come along every few years, with one equally successful sequel to that film, "Mr. Bean's Holiday," and a pair of "Nanny McPhee" pictures

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The White House Project - Epic Awards

    Last night I attended The White House Project (an organization that I was the first director of) for their annual EPIC Awards. EPIC stands for Enhancing Perceptions in Culture and it honors how important culture is to helping people understand the value of women's leadership.

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  • The Playlist
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    Author Anthony Horowitz Writing Tintin Sequel 'Prisoners of the Sun' For Peter Jackson To Direct

    We're still about eight months (six months if you're in the U.K.) from seeing the long-awaited Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson adaptation of the classic Hergé comic character Tintin, in "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" (the film opens internationally, where the series is a juggernaut, in October, before landing in the U.S. at Christmas). The motion-capture-fueled project was always planned as a trilogy -- the idea was that Spielberg would direct the first film, Jackson the second and another helmer, possibly Robert Zemeckis, the third. While the film's uncertain domestic appeal prevented the original idea of making all three back to back, word has come in that there's been some movement on the second film in the series.

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  • Caryn James
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    TV Review: "Game of Thrones" Has A Heart of Geek

    “I am a khaleesi of the Dothraki!” If that sentence makes you say “Huh?” or “I don’t care,” I am here to tell you that you can live the rest of your life quite happily without ever watching Game of Thrones, HBO’s superhyped, superexpensive new fantasy miniseries.

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  • Caryn James
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    Video Preview: Doctor Who Comes to America

    In the new season of Doctor Who, the Doctor travels to America and visits some landmark places, including the Oval Office. It looks fun to me. Here are two quick glimpses of what's coming up, on April 23.

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  • The Playlist
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    Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Signs On To Direct 'The Crow' Remake

    Nick Cave Script Abandoned?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Crow Reboot Lands Director

    Relativity Media and producer Edward R. Pressman have hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct their remake of Alex Proyas's 1994's The Crow for a fall production start. The original starred Brandon Lee, who died in tragic set accident involving a prop gun loaded with blanks.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Emile Hirsch-Directed Video For Daft Punk's 'Alive' (Sorry, No Lightcycles Here)

    Emile Hirsch has been keeping a low profile of late. He hasn't been seen on screen since 2009's "Taking Woodstock," but he'll be making his way back to screens later this year with the alien invasion flick "The Darkest Hour." He's also got the William Friedkin dark comedy "Killer Joe" likely to do festival rounds at the very least sometime this year. So what is he doing until then? Directing Daft Punk videos, it seems.

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