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    'Mildred Pierce' begins on HBO

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: A Chat With Rebecca Zlotowski, director of Belle Epine by Kylie Boltin

    Belle Epine is a strikingly intimate portrait of a seventeen year-old girl, Prudence (played by Léa Seydoux) that captures her transition from cocooned youth towards a premature adulthood following the death of her mother. Unable to articulate her emotions, Prudence retreats into a new world marked by speed and danger. It is the debut film for French director, Rebecca Zlotowski. She spoke with Kylie Boltin in New York where her film was included in the New Directors/New Films Festival.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Interview with Me!

    You've all seen my face, now you can hear my voice. To hear an interview with me talking about my life in film and basic world sales and U.S. distribution, live on the air, tune in now. I just listened to it and it's kind of an interesting look back to the beginning of the independent film business as we know it today and an attempt to give a picture of how it is today, so vastly changed and still quickly changing again. Thanks to Digital Buzz and Larry Jordan you can hear it here.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Johnny Depp In Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo Cabret'; Early Peek At The Mechanical Man

    Update: Cinema Blend reports that Paramount has told them it's not Depp in the picture, but they would not confirm or deny if he was in the movie.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Conor Horgan "What I Learned From Making My Movie"

    One Hundred Morning screened at Slamdance 2010. It then won The Workbook Project's Discovery & Distribution Award. We hosted it at our Goldcrest Screening Series to great success. It is now having a NY run and the NY Times honored it with a Critics' Pick notice. When we screened it I noted: "End of the world scenarios come in all forms, but rarely are they dressed in such human(ist) clothing. Big concepts too often forget that it is all about life and how we live it. One Hundred Mornings keeps the characters (and all their foibles) front and center in the most relatable of manners. As much as we need each other, we are still only human. Society may have broken down but the every day stuff of love, jealousy, betrayal, and jerky neighbors is still what it takes to get through the day." I dig the film and love the use of genre to get to deeper subjects.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    The Girl From the Naked Eye

    by guest blogger Peter BelsitoThe Girl From the Naked Eye starring Jason Yee is an exciting new film that is having a private screening in L.A. next week before its Cannes screenings through Archstone this coming May.Los Angeles Domestic (buyers, distributors) screening on the 31st of March 7pm @ Raleigh Studios. By invitation only. Please contact now if you are interested in coming: Henry Mu (henry.mu AT gmail.com.It is really a pleasure to see something as good as this fit into the genre format(s) so well and artistically.The narrative line is a rare combination of modern nocturnal LA Noir mixed with a martial arts format.Jason Yee plays a downcast loser in a seedy business where he chauffeurs pretty young 'bad girls' to their paying dates. Of course he falls in love with one of them who winds up brutally murdered early on. The revenge motif clicks in and from then on the film really delivers. I like the way it is shot and played and our tragic lead couple are really beautiful to watch.Jason Yee is a captivating and charming new presence on the cinema scene who delivers a dead on portrayal of a tragic low level night driver for beautiful 'on call' girls and who must track down the thugs who murdered his beloved. Jason’s honesty draws you into his character’s pain and anger which explodes with his impressive fighting skills and make you feel like you're watching the next big action star in a breakout performance.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rose Byrne Says 'X-Men: First Class' Production Schedule Felt "Luxurious"

    Says That The Cast Has Signed On For Three Films2011 might just be the busiest year yet for actress Rose Byrne. In addition to starring in the hit FX series "Damages," she will have three films arriving in theaters in the next few months: James Wan's latest horror flick "Insidious" which opens this Friday; the Kristen Wiig-led ensemble comedy "Bridesmaids" coming in May and the comic tentpole "X-Men: First Class" arriving in June. There's certainly no doubt -- Byrne is no stranger to being busy. We recently caught up with the actress during press rounds for "Insidious" and our conversation turned to 'X-Men.'

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Hot Docs: The Women

    Hot Docs is one of the best and biggest documentary film festivals. This year's festival takes place in Toronto from April 28-May 8.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kelly Macdonald Replaces Reese Witherspoon As Lead Of Pixar's 'Brave,' First Concept Art Revealed

    Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane Also In Voice CastConsidering the run the studio have been on recently ("Ratatouille," "Wall-E" and "Up" all in quick succession), it's a little sad that we're facing such a gap of original material from Pixar -- "Toy Story 3" came last year, and, much worse, "Cars 2" this year. But we're now heading toward the light at the end of the tunnel: 2012 will see "Brave," formerly known as "The Bear & The Bow," and shows the company once more moving into new territory -- with its first fairy tale, and its first female lead (the delay in the arrival of the latter being something that they've faced criticism for recently).

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  • The Playlist
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    Sarah Gadon Joins The Cast Of David Cronenberg’s 'Cosmopolis'

    With shooting set to begin this summer in Toronto, casting on David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Mathieu Amalric is wrapping up. Samantha Morton joined the cast last week -- as we found out via a Robert Pattinson interview -- now she's been confirmed, and according to Entertainment One, who is handling the picture's distribution in Canada, one more actor has joined the cast: Canadian Sarah Gadon, who will be playing the role of the Pattinson character's estranged wife, Elise Shifrin.

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